• Apart from a few rare occasions such as a stubbed tow or an ingrown nail, our nails don’t cross our thoughts too often during the day. However, if you think about it, they are truly unique. They are like cartilages on your fingers. It sounds bizarre, but it’s the truth. The wave-shaped plates over your fingers are full of interesting traits that you not be aware of. But we have taken it upon ourselves to impart nail knowledge so that our readers know that nails have much more to offer than just a place for you to bite on during stressful situations.
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    Your Nails are made of the same Substance as your Hair

    What? But hair and nails have such different textures, how can they have the same building blocks?

    Hard to believe? We get it. But it is the truth. Nails and hair are made of the same component that is grouped differently in the two. That is, nail and hair are made of a substance called Keratin; you might have heard of it on shampoo commercials. Keratin is a proactive protein that is less prone to tearing or breaking than other proteins in the body. By putting two and two, you can conclude that whatever keeps your hair healthy will keep your nails healthy too. SO you don’t need to eat particular dishes to keep your nails in tiptop shape. Eating protein and fat-rich diet is sufficient to keep your nails healthy.

     Nails grow 3.5mm per Month

    According to the American Academy of Dermatology, on an average, fingernails grow 3.5mm a month. It’s less than a tenth of an inch. And the nails on a person’s dominant hand tend to grow faster.

    Bonus: Nails on men tend to grow faster than women. That is not fair, well, so is life!

    White Spots on one’s Nails aren’t a Sign of Calcium Deficiency

    How often have you heard parents fretting over white spots on their children’s nails because they believe it’s a sign of calcium deficiency? We are more than happy to pop this bubble of myth. Dear reader, white blotches on nails do not indicate a calcium deficiency in the body. You can shout it from cliff tops or announce it on the radio with full certainty.

    White dots on nails are just a sign of previous trauma to the nail plate (the hard part of a fingernail) or the nail matrix (the part from where a nail grows). It’s much like how a plastic specimen forms a white line on the site of indentation. So the next time somebody looks at your nails with concern and gives you the ‘calcium deficiency hokum,’ don’t pay heed to it because you have nothing to worry.

    Nails differentiate a Primate from a Mammal

    Most mammals have claws that they use for gripping and movement, but those claws don’t have nails. Fingernails are what distinguish primates (humans and giant apes) from other mammals.

    Nails say a lot about one’s overall Health

    If you go to a dermatologist, he’ll tell you more than you’d want to know about your whole health situation by just looking at your nails. Nails are a window to your entire body. Deficiencies, conditions, and allergies can have an impact on nails, which gives them the power to rat your health out.

    Nails grow faster in the winter than in the summer

    The American Academy of Dermatology reports that nails grow more quickly in the winter than in the summer. However, there are a bunch of other factors to consider, as well. A person’s age, gene, diet, and a few other things can affect the pace of nail growth.

    Stress can damage your nails

    Is stress good for anything, really? We don’t think so!

    Nail-biting under stress is as common as the common cold. But unfortunately, the damage to nails due to stress doesn’t stop at nail-biting. Chronic stress can have adverse effects on your nail health. In some cases, stress can impede nail growth. HuffPost published an article in 2017, which reported that chronic stress makes nails brittle.
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    If you are consistently high on stress, your nails will start to peel off. Furthermore, nourishment in your body is diverted from reaching the nails and hair due to stress and fatigue.

    From now on, when your nails start chipping every other day, think about the amount of stress you have been under lately.

    Nails and Chalkboards are not compatible for a Reason

    Do you ever wonder why does one’s whole body squirm when nails meet a chalkboard? We’ll tell you why. Because the sound that nails make against a blackboard is naturally as such that it’s amplified when it reaches our eardrums. The increased frequency of the noise is what makes our bodies cringe instantly.

    Bonus: At times, people are more affected by the sound made by nails on a blackboard when they know the source. According to a study, people react more severely and find nails against a chalkboard ore unpleasant when they are aware of the source.

    The Sturdiness of Nails is Genetic

    For some people clipping nails requires a lot of strength, while for some, just a nudge is enough. Why is that? Mostly, it’s the genes.

    Although genetics have a significant role in maintaining the hardness of nails, some other factors can contribute to it as well. Keeping your nails exposed to water and soap for long durations can make nails brittle. So when you have to wash clothes or do the dishes, wear gloves and dry them off afterward.

    Cuticles keep Germs out of your body

    Cuticles have a purpose. They are not just on your fingers for you to adorn them; they lock in the moisture and keep environmental germs out of the body. Make sure to keep them clean so they can do their job unfettered.

    Give your nails more acknowledgment than just a vessel to make your fingers pretty. They are more than just looks!