Fingernails – Hallmark of Health

Posted on July 23, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , |

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I was visiting a dear friend and she had the ‘flu again for the 3rd time in just a couple of months and I said to her, that enough was enough, I was taking a look at her. Almost straight away her fingernails gave me at least some of the answers she needed to keep her immune system strong enough to avoid these ‘flu’s.

Did you know that you can tell a lot about your health from your fingernails?

Go on take a look now. Are your fingernails well shaped, which means are they softly domed with an oval shape? Are they pinkish behind the nail with very small or almost no ‘moons’? Are your nails shiny and smooth and strong? If not then you may need to take a look at your health.

Without going into the details about what a doctor would look for, in certain diseases, which can affect nail shape etc.. Let’s look at the most common reasons your nails could be trying to message you about your health and wellbeing.

Ridged nails: Nails can be ridged lengthways and horiztonally, it can be so bad that you can actually feel the ridges if you run a fingertip over them. Ridges that run longways are often signs of B Vitamin deficiency especially B12, and this can also be related to deficiency of certain minerals e.g. selenium, silica, and calcium. Pits and horizontal ridges can mean amlabsorption syndrome, malnutrition or injury to the nail bed.

White Spots: These can often be seen in boys approaching 12 and sometimes in younger boys as well, they can also be seen in females, but this is not as common as the most common reason for this is zinc deficiency.

Spoon-shape: This looks a little like the nail is trying to look like a spoon and is almost completely inverted, sometimes so much that it can hold water. This is one of the signs that you need to see your doctor as it can signal severe chronic anemia or iron deficiency or thyriod problems.

Clubbing: This means the fingertips themselves look wider and often flatter at the top than they should, this is another one for the doctor, can mean anemia and can also mean other health challenges that should be investigated.

Pale or dark or really big ‘moons’ under the nail: This is often a sign that your circulation is poor and/or that your immune system is poor. This can often be another sign of mineral deficiency.

Cracking, peeling, splitting: this is all mineral deficiency and omega 3 deficiency, and also can be from trauma to the nails including biting.

If taking a complete spectrum of minerals does not clear most of these nail signs up in about 4 to 6 weeks, that’s when it is time to check for something else. So my lovely friend has been advised to do just that, get onto a high quality mineral supplement and add in a few extra needed minerals in higher doses.

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