Did you know that fingernails suffer a lot when we maltreat our bodies? Nail issues can be early indicators that there something really wrong is going on in our organism, be it some health issue or a nutritional insufficiency. We will teach you how to recognize signs of a certain disease or nutritional issue, based on the state of your nails.
- Fragile nails bending upwards – Usually a result of iron deficiency and it can be solved by taking iron sulfate, in consultation with your doctor.
- White marks – Can be a result of zinc deficiency. If this is the case, you should include more red meat, pumpkin and sesame seeds, and peas into your regular diet.
- Nails becoming yellow – Vitamin E deficiency. You should increase the intake of vitamin E (it is contained in hazelnuts, peanuts and almonds, for instance).
- Brittle nails – Biotin deficiency and/or not enough moisture. This issue can be solved by consuming Biotin Ultra 1mg, but be sure to consult with your doctor prior to taking it.
- Fungus – These microorganisms usually form as a consequence of long exposure to moisture and heat. Nails become thicker, parts of them start breaking away, and they become sort of yellow or even green. You can get rid of these by bathing the nails in antibacterial immaculate tea tree oil every day.
- Horizontal dents or ridges – Dents are usually a sign that a medical condition, such as psoriasis, nutritional deficiencies, a high fever, or trauma from undergoing surgery, has impacted your nail’s ability to grow. (Nutritional deficits may also cause your fingernails to become brittle, discolored, or misshapen). Ridges are often the result of a trauma, such as frequently hitting the front edge of your nail on something hard or picking at your cuticles. According to Petty, getting enough protein (the recommended ADA is 55 grams), as well as taking a supplement of vitamin A (up to 10,000 IU a day) to help your nails metabolize the protein in effective. You can also take 3 mg of dietary silicon (choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid) a day to help strengthen your nails.
- Vertical ridges – While horizontal ridges often indicate a vitamin or mineral deficiency, as well as general malnutrition, vertical ridges tend to be benign. To smooth out ridges, use a few drops of almond oil and a chamois buffer to polish your nails. Do not do buff your nails more than 3 or 4 times a week because buffing removes a thin layer of your nail. Also stay away from traditional ridge fillers which are known for using synthetic chemicals, such as polyester resin, to fill in a groove.
If you recognize any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you need to act accordingly and consult with your doctor, in order to prevent a more serious condition from developing.