The Keto Diet and Brittle Fingernails

Now for those on keto diet, they would probably panic especially if their nails would become brittle. Other times, some people actually find themselves peeling their fingernails. However, there’s no need to panic just like that. The change in diet caused a change in the body’s biochemistry.

keto diet and brittle fingernails

Being on a keto diet is the latest fad diet. Everyone wants to lose weight but don’t want to change what they eat. Some people find themselves miserable with changing the content of their diet. But with the keto diet, people find themselves completely comfortable with it. Why? People still get to eat the same fatty food they like; all they have to do is ditch the carbohydrates and the sugar.

For those with either a weak sweet tooth or a diabetic, the keto diet looks quite appealing. Especially for those who have indulged in a lot of rich food in their lifetime, the keto diet is quite appealing. But some people forget that not all diets works with everybody. Some diets don’t work at all for them. Like for some people, going vegetarian is impossible due to having iron deficiency in their blood which meat can provide. While many vegans and vegetarians would argue that there are other foods that can help, meat also provides Taurine which is what some people need to get their system going.

Now for those on keto diet, they would probably panic especially if their nails would become brittle. Other times, some people actually find themselves peeling their fingernails. However, there’s no need to panic just like that. The change in diet caused a change in the body’s biochemistry. There are explanations for that.

Keto Diet and Brittle Fingernails Explained

The lack of sugar reduces the production of a hormone

Glucose is one of the raw materials in creating T3, a thyroid hormone that’s related to metabolism. However, the problem with keto diets is that it either reduces the sugar to low or the person eliminates it from their diet completely. Because of this, the production of T3 drops down to drastic levels. And when the production drops, so do the other hormones. Because of this, hair, nails, and even the skin become dull because of the lack of these hormones.

And some of these hormones help in the repair of your hair, skin, and nails to prevent them from becoming brittle.

Imbalanced Diet

“But a keto diet is a balanced diet!”

Unfortunately, it’s not. Your body also needs carbohydrates to survive. Now, the common argument that people on ketogenic diets have is that the cavemen didn’t eat carbohydrates and that there is no such thing as essential carbohydrates. The reason for this is that, you can’t exactly classify the carbohydrates in that manner because it all ends in exactly the same way. Unlike amino acids whose structure dictates its function, carbohydrates don’t need that because they all end up the same way: as glucose.

Even if there are other forms of sugar such as fructose, lactose, maltose, and others, they all end up the same way. Sugars and carbohydrates are classified into three: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides. These sugars are then mostly formed through Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen. Unlike proteins that undergo a variety of processes with certain amino acids, carbohydrates just break down into monosaccharides which then serve as a form of energy. This energy is also present in the creation of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which is the currency for energy.

However, going into keto means pushing your body into mild starvation as it has to find other food to be a source of energy. This then would push your body further into a chemical imbalance as it has to compensate for the lack of a certain mineral, vitamin, or sugar that you need.

Nutritional Deficiencies

Being on a ketogenic diet can cause a variety of nutritional deficiencies. Some run out of protein, others run out of iron and, the others run out of omega-3 fats.

But wait, I’m eating a chock load of protein! How am I running out of protein?

That’s a good question. Yes, you can be eating all the meat you like but is protein what really makes your diet? Even bodybuilders don’t condemn themselves that way. They eat a lot of protein but they also have some carbs to match it up. Why? Protein is a secondary source of energy and will not burn unless you have something already burning. That’s what the carbohydrates are for. However, there are other ways to push this kind of burning which is by eating healthy fats.

Healthy fats are fats that are usually made from omega-3. Foods with this kind of fat are flaxseed, olive oil, and even eggs. Fish also has omega-3 fats which are healthy and can speed up ketosis which is the conversion of food into ketones for energy.

As for iron, not all protein and red meat give enough iron. Some foods still lack the amount of iron for the daily intake. You can take pills or take some vegetables such as spinach to increase the iron intake.

So keto diet is horrible?

No, keto diet is not exactly horrible. But it is a short-term diet. A short-term diet like this can help your body adjust to your new conditions but turning it into your lifestyle may make it problematic. At the same time, googling how to do a keto diet is not exactly how to learn about the diet. Some bodies and blood types cannot withstand the effects and the drastic biochemical change of being on a ketogenic diet. Best ask your dietician and nutritionist first before jumping into a ketogenic diet.

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