Your Questions Answered: Hair, Skin & Nails
Your Questions Answered: Hair, Skin & Nails
There's no doubt that the winter months are tough on our bodies and minds. It's reflected in everything from our skin and hair to our nails.
You asked us plenty of questions about your hair, skin, and nails and we thought we'd answer a few of them here.
I've got lifeless hair that's breaking. What can I do?
Dull hair can be caused by a lot of things. It's a good idea to keep track of a few factors if it's really bothering you. Keep a journal for a couple of weeks and ask yourself these questions:
▪ What's my diet like?
▪ Do I lack any key nutrients?*
▪ Did I recently change any products or use too many?
▪ Has my hair been treated with harsh chemicals?
▪ Am I using too much heat on your hair?
▪ Does my hair get duller during certain times of the month?
If you keep track of how these things affect the appearance of your hair, you'll be able to pinpoint the problem.
*Make sure you're getting enough vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iron, zinc, and protein.
Why are my nails peeling?
You can tell a lot about your health by looking at your nails. If you're really worried, you should talk to your doctor, but here are some other things to consider:
WHAT MIGHT BE THE CAUSE?
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Have you been washing your hands a lot lately?
Over the past few years, we've all been doing this a lot, and it can lead to dry nails. Applying natural oil-based moisturisers can help protect your skin and nails.
Do the products you use have harsh chemicals in them?
Wear gloves when you're using strong cleaners or doing any tasks involving chemicals or dyes.
Do you eat a balanced diet?
Often peeling nails are a sign of low calcium and iron, vitamin D, and B vitamin deficiencies. Make sure you eat a healthy diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins.
Do you get manicures a lot?
Too much buffing, extensions, or polish can lead to thin, brittle nails. Give it a few weeks and see if they improve.
Is a high-protein diet good for your hair, skin, and nails?
Our hair, skin, and nails are mostly protein. A combination of keratin, collagen, and elastin prevents wrinkles and gives our skin strength and elasticity.
Hair and nails are more brittle and grow slower when you eat low-protein diets. Fortunately, most of us* get plenty of protein from meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and dairy foods... so it might not be necessary to change your diet.
It's important to note that too much protein can be bad. Include at least one serving of lean meat, poultry, seafood, legumes, eggs, and two low-fat dairy products every day to get skin, hair, and nails that look great.
*You might want to consider a protein supplement if you don't eat meat or dairy products.
How many vitamins should I take for my hair, skin, and nails?
Make sure you follow the dosage instructions on any nail, skin, or hair supplement you take. Taking more won't give you any faster results, and you might damage your health.
Always start with your diet and make sure it's filled with these things:
▪ Vitamin A - Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach, and kale
▪ B Vitamins - Dark leafy greens, almonds, meat, fish, and seafood
▪ Vitamin C - Citrus, strawberries, and peppers
▪ Vitamin D - Fish, cod liver oil, and some kinds of mushrooms
▪ Vitamin E - Almonds, spinach, sunflower seeds, and avocados
▪ Iron - Eggs, red meat, and spinach
▪ Zinc - Spinach, pumpkin seeds, and lentils.
Can you tell me what the best collagen supplement is?
Food should always take priority over supplements, but if you have trouble getting more protein into your diet, you may want to consider a collagen supplement. Here are a few things to take into consideration:
▪ Pick a collagen protein that has the fewest ingredients. You just want collagen protein isolate.
▪ Avoid added sugar. Usually, flavoured collagen drinks have added sugars, which can upset your GI tract or just add unnecessary calories. Try the plain version and see what you think. It's easy to add your own natural flavours or sweeteners.
▪ Get them from a reputable source. Make sure any supplements you take are of the highest quality and don't have fillers. Here at Supplement Hub, our practitioners handpick every product.
Keep taking that collagen supplement if you're trying it. You might not notice the health benefits for two or three months.