Your nails protect the nerves concentrated in the
fingertip and toes. Nails are part of the outer layer of skin and are
made of a protein called keratin. Healthy nails are pink which indicates
a good blood supply. Changes or or abnormalities in your finger or
toe nails likely indicate nutritional deficiencies and may also indicate
a more serious health problem.
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||Low vitamin B intake results
in fragile and brittle nails.
||Aid in the health of
skin and nails. They also help to relieve many inflammation
problems that occur around the nails. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish
oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil. The fatty acids work
well with the amino acid called L-methione.
D, calcium, vitamin B , vitamin
A, magnesium, and zinc which all are helpful
for people with nail and skin health problems. The
supplemental nutrients are also required for general good
health and well being.
||deficiency in vitamin A can causes
dryness and brittle nail. Vitamin A also helps the body process protein.
Problems processing protein
may cause hangnails and other skin related problems.
||a lack of vitamin C can cause hang
||work with vitamin C
||enhances calcium absorption in the
body and the mineral calcium is needed to prevent
brittle and dry nails.
||this herb helps the body use
calcium properly and it is good for the flexibility of the
fingernails and toenails.
||herb theat helps with circulation
problems and is also good for brain and memory function
||needed for proper healthy nail
growth. Note a good calcium
supplement may also contain magnesium and boron.
||this mineral helps with absorption of
both minerals and enzymes. It has been shown that
not getting enough zinc may cause white spots on the finger or
NAIL PROBLEMS - DIAGNOSING
or problems with your finger or toe nails can be a warning of
many different health problems or disease. Often, nail changes
will occur before other symptoms start. The following table
give some help in checking your nail health.
splinter like bits under the nails
infectious endocarditis, a serious heart infection, other
or heart disease, or a bleeding disorder.
indicate a thyroid problems, impaired
and/or circulation problems. Brittle, soft, shiny nails without
a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid known as
nails (thin, flat, spoon-shaped nails)
indicate a vitamin B12 deficiency or
anemia. Nails can also
turn gray or dark if the hands are placed in chemicals such as
cleaning supplies (like bleach) or something you are allergic
blue nail beds
possible pulmonary health problem such as
Downward curving nail ends
heart, liver, or lung / respiratory problems.
indicate person has
can also indicate an internal bacterial infection.
Half-white nail with dark spots at the tip points
have kidney disease
that break easy (chip, peel, crack)
poor nutrition, insufficient hydrochloric acid, and protein in
the diet. As well as deficiency in minerals.
raised at the base, with small, white ends
indicate a respiratory disorder like
bronchitis. This type
of nail problem can be inherited as well.
Red-brownish spots and split ends
psoriasis and the
person probably needs vitamin C, folic acid, and protein.
skin around the cuticles
indicate poor metabolism of essential fatty acids or may
indicate the person has Lupus.
Vertical ridges on nails
poor general health, poor nutrient absorption, and the ridges
may also indicate a
Horizontal ridges on nails
indicate severe stress
(both psychological or physical). Person is also more vulnerable
that the person's cardiovascular system is weakening and the
blood is not circulating good. May also indicate thyroid
possible liver disease
or kidney disease,
anemia. If the white nails have pink near the tips then
cirrhosis of the liver
may be indicated.
internal health problems such as: lymphatic system,
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else