Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nail Health

Doctors used to look at your hands when you would go in for a check-up. (Maybe they still do, I just haven’t had one in forever!)  Fingernails are considered a window into the body’s health.  Here are a few things to look for:

If the entire nail is white, it could mean kidney or liver disorders or anemia.

If the moon part of the nail turns red, heart problems are suspect. 

Cuts and cracks in nails may indicate the need for more water intake.

Abnormally thick nails might be due to the blood not circulating properly in the vascular system.

Yellow nails can mean there are problems with your liver, diabetes, or respiratory disorders.  

Brittle nails are often a sign of iron deficiency and thyroid problems.  

Very bendable nails could be a sign of arthritis.  (umm…if you had arthritis, I think you’d know that before you notice your nails being bendable.  Just a thought!)

Nails with brass coloring may indicate a tendency toward partial or total hair loss. (No, really?!)

Unusually wide nails that are square can mean a hormonal disorder.

Dryness and brittleness together often indicate a lack of vitamin A and Calcium.  Zinc deficiencies can show up as small white spots on the nails and Iron deficiency may result in ‘spoon’ shaped nails or vertical ridges.   

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