Recently I noticed my nails were breaking…A LOT…and I tend to have very strong nails that grow fairly quickly. So, you can imagine my surprise and frustration when my nails were peeling out of control and I had no idea what was causing my symptoms. Now before you get grossed out, when I say “peeling” I just mean any extra length that extended beyond the finger would just become brittle and peel, then break off. Annoying.
So, what did I do?……I IMMEDIATELY CALLED 9-1-1!
…Just kidding, I didn’t do that…I wouldn’t recommend it either. I should also mention that I did NOT run to the drugstore to buy Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Nail Top Coat.
Is it just me, or does Sally Hansen have like 30 different (but secretly the same) diamond top coats?
So, here’s what I DID do…
Listen to Your Body’s Symptoms
After having a mini melt-down staring at my mangled nails, I thought to myself, what is my body trying to tell me? I then examined my lifestyle and asked, what changed?
I thought about my diet over the last few weeks and noticed I was eating a TON of fruit. I had been extremely busy for months on end and was on autopilot with my food consumption, eating a lot of fruit, some vegetables, and really nothing else. While it’s good that I was eating fruits and vegetables, I was missing out on one important macronutrient that is essential to nail health.
Cue the Jeopardy music….“What is Protein, Alex?”
Protein. My nails were falling apart because my diet was lacking protein.
The Meaning Behind Your Body’s Symptoms
All too often, we seek temporary solutions where we can simply throw a bandaid over a problem rather than get to the root of the issue and seek a solution. Long term protein deficiency, for example can do quite a bit of damage to your body. Figuring out my deficiency now, BEFORE any irreversible consequences occurred saved me a lot of future health issues, wouldn’t you agree?
If more people took this approach when dealing with their health and bodies, a lot of chronic conditions could be avoided. By not waiting until something small manifests itself into a much larger, harder to fix problem, we are saving ourselves time, money, unnecessary distress, and bodily harm.
The next time you have a headache, rather than just pop a few painkillers to mask the problem, ask yourself why you have a headache. The more knowledge you have with regard to your body and lifestyle, the smarter you’ll be when it comes to making the best choices for yourself.
If a child is crying, the mother doesn’t just tell the baby to be quiet and go about her day, she tries to figure out why, is the baby hungry, tired, need to be changed?.
Think about your body as if it were a child who can’t talk and next time your body is crying, ask it why, then give it what it needs.
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