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Jenny Logan.

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This week I am writing about healthy nails after receiving a request, via our Facebook page.

Nail health is often spoken about in the same breath as healthy hair. This is because the growth of hair and nails are affected by the same nutrients and issues. For this reason many of the products we sell for strengthening the nails will also be beneficial for brittle or falling hair.

The main considerations for strong and long nails and hair are as follows.

Silicea: This important mineral is involved in providing the structure on to which hair and nails are built. It provides the strength and structure. It is therefore the best product to choose when struggling with weak or splitting hair or nails.

We have had some great feedback on this, in fact I started using this myself late last year when I noticed that my nails had started to peel and break frequently.

You do have need to be patient because you have to grow new nails, which takes around three months, but I have to say that my nails are now 100 per cent better and they are growing really well, as is my hair.

Iron: This is particularly important for women. Partly due to menstruation and also many of us eat very little red meat, the main source of dietary iron.

People often think that iron only affects the blood and energy levels, but low iron levels can also affect the hair and nails and lead the hair to become quite thin due to less active hair follicles.

It can cause ‘spoon shaped’ nails to grow, with a dip in the middle. The nails can also be really brittle. If you suspect this could be the case it may be worth using a good iron supplement like Silgar’s Hematinic Formula for a month or so.

Thyroid function: If you have ridges in your nails, weak, brittle or falling hair, and struggling with weight issues, it could be worth getting your thyroid levels checked.

The thyroid is a major part of a person’s metabolism, so most people know that it can have an impact on weight loss or gain.

But low levels of thyroid hormone can also lead to problems with hair and nails, low energy, low mood and problems with temperature regulation. Sometimes the thyroid may not be bad enough to need medication, but a ‘borderline’ type reading could still give rise to the problems listed here.

We have seen many people with lower thyroid readings find benefit from a thyroid support supplement including an increase in energy and weight loss and an improvement in hair and nails.

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