What Your Nails Tell about You
Do you bite nails? To psychologists this habit is a sure sign of your inner insecurity or over-anxiety about some problem. But it is a known fact that more men bite their nails than women.
The truth is that our finger-nails and how we treat them, may reveal more about us than we realize.
Our nails consist of protein substance called “cratin,”which also found in hair, horns, hoofs and feathers. It is really the result of the formation of living cells that have died and hardened.
Doctors examine our finger-nails to discover much about our health. If our cells have failed to undergo the change into keratin-often due to our ill health or lack of some essential health or lack of some essential healthy food—white spots are visible on our nails. Ridged nails tell the doctor that there is some trouble with the lungs. A thin broken nail is usually caused by a poor or irregular diet.
If we fail to eat sufficient gelatin (a sticky substance that can be obtained from bones), our nails may become thin or break easily.
By the time you reach the age of 50, about two meters of nail will have grown on each finger. Our finger-nails normally grow at the rate of about one-third of a centimeter a month and they grow more quickly in summer than in winter. But they never grow after death, as some people believe.
Manicure—the treatment and care of finger nails—began in the days of ancient Egypt, when kings employed girls to do nothing bat care for their nails. Many manicure sets made of bronze have been found in Egyptian tombs.
The original idea of growing very long nails (sometime up to a half meter!) in China and Siam in olden time was to show the world that the people concerned were wealthy and did not work. The lengthy nails were protected by special silver-nail-cases and people who wanted to create the impression that they were rich would sometimes wear these cases without having long nails.
Manicuring of these long nails took several hours every day: later, when Oriental travelers visited Europe, they used to cat their nails to about two and half centimeters, but they always left the nails on their little fingers long and untouched.