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Interesting Facts About Your Nails and Hair Interesting Facts About Your Nails and Hair
Although not a living part of our body many people spend a decent amount of their day caring and watching over their nails and... Interesting Facts About Your Nails and Hair

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Although not a living part of our body many people spend a decent amount of their day caring and watching over their nails and hair.  And although some of these many sound like myths or superstitions there is a lot of logic behind it and should be paid attention to.

To start on average the lifespan of a human hair is from 3 to 8 years.  Facial hair can also grow faster than any other hair on the body and if a man would allow it to grow for its lifetime it would stretch out to over 30 feet.   You also lose from 60 to 100 strands of hair per day and will show effects from diet, season, age and illness.  Our hairs are so strong that they can support the weight of an apple or 3.5 ounces.

It was recorded that the fastest growing nail on the human body is that of the middle finger and especially the middle finger of your dominant hand.  No one is really sure as to why this occurs but there have ben some links that hint that nail growth is related to the length of ones finger with the shorter fingers growing nails the slowest compared to the longer fingers which grows its nails at a faster rate.  If you have blond hair you have the added bonus of having more hair as hair color determines how dense your hair is also the average person has 100,000 individual hair follicles each being able to produce 20 separate hairs through a person lifetime.  So those with blondes average 146,000 follicles while people with black hair tend to have about 110,000 follicles.

 

Its also interesting to note that your fingernails can grow almost four times faster than your toenails as the nails that get the most use grow the fastest and on average the nails on both toes and one-tenth of an inch each month and are almost the same as hair as they are made from the same protein called keratin and do not require oxygen to grow as the nail plates are dead cells although the nail beds and cuticles are living cells and do require plenty of fresh oxygen, minerals and vitamins.  Also men’s nails grow faster than woman’s nails for obvious reasons, as men tend to do more labor related work.  When nails are freshly cut they will grow faster than nails that are not cut and is why it takes so long to grow long nails.  For those of you who do a lot of typing on computers the typing process is actually great for your nails as the motion is like a type of massage and it is also interesting to note that your nails will reflect not only your physical health state but also your mental state as well.  It is also a myth that the nails and hair will continue to grow after you die as your skin shrinks and give the illusion that that nails and hair grew after a person passed on.  Even though nails are incredibly strong at times they are still capable of being dissolved in a glass of coke because it is highly corrosive and besides just putting a piece of nail to try this out also include an old tooth from your past that you collected.  You will see what soda pop does to your teeth by putting a tooth in a glass and leaving it there for a few days, week and even months to the point were the tooth will also be completely dissolve, Ice cold soda anyone?

 

Three foods that are good for your hair and nails are…

  • Beans, yes beans can be great for your hair as beans like lentils and kidney beans provide an ample supply of important nutrients like zinc, iron and biotin. 
  • Salmon is also great for your hair and nails as they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids which is a high protein source filled also with lots of iron and vitamin B-12.  A deficiency in any of these important nutrients will result in a dry scalp and dull looking hair. Vegetarian? Include one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseed in your daily diet for some plant-based omega-3 fats.
  • Eating vegetables which are dark green are wonderful for you like spinach, broccoli and even Swiss chard which all contain lots of great vitamins like A and C which your body requires to produce sebum which is the oily substance that is secreted by your hair follicles and is the body’s natural conditioner.