Here’s How Your Nails and Your Overall Health Are Connected

There are few things more irritating than growing your nails out only to have one break off slightly before they’re at the peak of their growing career. You try and hold off on cutting them, but after two or three nails have bit the dust, you decide it’s time to pull out the clippers and give ’em a trim.

I have had weak nails for as long as I can remember. Long, but weak. I used to bite my nails like an absolute savage, but I got a handle on this over time and now refrain from biting them entirely. That being said, it’s frustrating when you have seven long nails and three stubs, and my nails break often because they’re so weak.

I wanted to conduct some research to determine why my nails are so flimsy, and in doing so I gained a better understanding of how nails are often times an indication of one’s overall health, specifically if the condition of nails changes drastically. Weak, brittle nails can be a sign of a thyroid issue, specifically a slow thyroid; psoriasis; autoimmune disease; illness; bodily trauma; a vitamin deficiency; liver disease; cardiovascular disease; melanoma; an iron deficiency. I learned that I have a thyroid issue a couple of years ago, which is likely the cause of my own weak nails, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re concerned about your nail health, it might not be a bad idea to speak with your doctor.

Using harsh chemicals frequently or over-painting and manicuring your nails could also be the cause of damage and weakness, so try and determine what it is that could be causing problems. Again, it’s best to ask your doctor about it, but this information is useful considering nails are essentially a flashing light regarding our overall health.

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