Here’s What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health

This part of our body can reveal many things about how our body is. You just have to pay them a little attention

If you think that nails are only an unimportant part of the body or simply an indispensable complement to women’s care, you are wrong. Just a decade ago, it seemed that only housewives managed, but nowadays the one who doesn’t wear them impeccably is because he doesn’t want to. But in addition to this artistic expression, being a shield for our buds and excellent for scratching, they have an amazing function.

These multipurpose tools constructed primarily of keratin (the same substance found in our hair and skin cells) can also provide clues about the state of our health and whether or not you are having a proper and adequate diet.

Attentive to the signals

Some signs can be seen with the naked eye and that indicates what nutrient is missing in your body or what disease you may suffer. Everything has to do with your diet: a diet rich in healthy fats, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, etc. and lots of water result in firm nails, with a natural tone, soft (even cuticles) and a normal lunula.

If you do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, you may notice that they are weak, scaly, dull, or simply do not grow. Phosphorus, chloride, or calcium are necessary to maintain shape, color, brightness, growth, and resistance. When the body does not have the necessary nutrients it is forced to be selective by first sending the richest blood to the vital organs.

The extreme regimes or those who severely restrict the amount of food you’re eating can have negative consequences. Any diet that causes chronic hunger or malnutrition will force the body to conserve fats and nutrients to protect its most important parts such as the heart and brain. Nails, hair, and even the skin will often get the least amount of vitamins in these situations, which will cause them to dry out, become fragile and weak.

If you gently press the nail plate (the base) and look at what happens once you stop doing so, you will know if you are dehydrated. Normal and healthy nails turn white when you press on them and then “fill in” when the capillaries underneath recover their natural blood flow. Those that take more than half a second to do so may indicate dehydration. An easy solution? Drink more water.

How are they?

If you see them with white spots or lines you likely have a deficiency of zinc or B6. Similarly, Beau’s lines (striated and horizontal) can also be caused by diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes. If its appearance is pale and discolored, it may be due to a deficiency of iron and protein.

Do the edges of your nails curl like a spoon? Coilonychia, which means “hollow nail”, is a condition usually caused by a severe iron deficiency. If your diet regularly includes foods such as chocolate, spinach, lentils, and tofu, but your nails still curl up, away from the tips of your fingers, consult your doctor. This disease can also be caused by hypochromic anemia, which can include fatigue and weakness and requires medical treatment.

Any diet that restricts any food will force the body to protect its most important parts

If they are very weak and brittle cysteine may be very low. Found in beta-keratin, this important amino acid contributes to the formation of protein structures that play an important role in the growth of our nails, skin, and hair. Fortunately, foods with a high level of this compound also have a high protein content, so eating things like soy, red meat, sprouted lentils, and wheat germ can serve a double function so that they are fit.

Each coloration can have a meaning:

Greens: they are a sign of bacterial infection.

Red stripes: a warning of an infection of the heart valves.

Bluish: they indicate low levels of oxygen in the blood.

Whitish: may indicate problems of the damaged liver. (If someone drinks too much you can check if you look at his hands)

Dark stripes: aging and heart failure.

Also, sushi lovers should be careful. If you eat a lot of fish, you may have high mercury content. People with brittle nails or a single white line across the crest (known as Mee Lines) may be caused by heavy metal poisonings such as arsenic, lead, or mercury. Mackerel, bluefin tuna, tuna, or yellowfin are some of the most concentrated and should be consumed in moderation.

Written by Sarah Gates

Sarah Gates has a passion for writing and inspired to engage in creative writing after completing her studies. For the past 4 years, she has been engaged in the writing of beauty and skin care. Sarah has also written a compilation of high school thesis. She claims to be a nerd and enjoys traveling, listening to music, watching movies and drinking coffee.


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