Information and facts on Finger and Toe Nail Problems

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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.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
vitamin B complex 7 Low vitamin B intake results in fragile and brittle nails. 
Essential fatty acids 9 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.
Multi-vitamin and 
Mineral supplement
10 contains vitamin 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.
vitamin A 9 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.
vitamin C 9 a lack of vitamin C can cause hang nails
Bioflavonoids 9 work with vitamin C
vitamin D 9 enhances calcium absorption in the body and the mineral calcium is needed to prevent brittle and dry nails.
Horsetail 8 this herb helps the body use calcium properly and it is good for the flexibility of the fingernails and toenails.
Ginkgo biloba 8 herb theat helps with circulation problems and is also good for brain and memory function
Calcium 8 needed for proper healthy nail growth. Note a good calcium supplement may also contain magnesium and boron.
Zinc 8 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 toe nails. 



Changes 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.

Black, splinter like bits under the nails may indicate infectious endocarditis, a serious heart infection, other cardiovascular or heart disease, or a bleeding disorder.
Brittle nails may indicate a thyroid problems, impaired kidney function, and/or circulation problems. Brittle, soft, shiny nails without a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid known as hyperthyroidism.
Bumps on Nails  Person may have rheumatoid arthritis
Dark nails (thin, flat, spoon-shaped nails) normally 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 to.
Deep blue nail beds indicate possible pulmonary health problem such as asthma or emphysema.
Downward curving nail ends may denote heart, liver, or lung / respiratory problems.
Flat nails can indicate person has Raynaud's disease
Greenish nails normally a fungal infection, can also indicate an internal bacterial infection.
Half-white nail with dark spots at the tip points person may have kidney disease
Nails that break easy (chip, peel, crack) indicate a poor nutrition, insufficient hydrochloric acid, and protein in the diet. As well as deficiency in minerals.
Nails raised at the base, with small, white ends may indicate a respiratory disorder like emphysema or bronchitis. This type of nail problem can be inherited as well.
Pitted Red-brownish spots and split ends indicate psoriasis and the person probably needs  vitamin C, folic acid, and protein.
Red skin around the cuticles can be indicate poor metabolism of essential fatty acids or may indicate the person has Lupus.
Vertical ridges on nails indicate poor general health, poor nutrient absorption, and the ridges may also indicate a kidney disorder.
Horizontal ridges on nails can indicate severe stress (both psychological or physical). Person is also more vulnerable to arthritis.
Thick nails indicate that the person's cardiovascular system is weakening and the blood is not circulating good.  May also indicate thyroid disease.
White nails indicate possible liver disease or kidney disease,  anemia. If the white nails have pink near the tips then cirrhosis of the liver may be indicated.
Yellow nails indicate internal health problems such as:  lymphatic system, respiratory disorders, diabetes, and liver disease.



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 Stress)

  • 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


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........Symmetry herbal and nutritional products for Women, Children, and Men includes vitamins, herb supplements, skin care, weight loss, water filters, sport's nutrition, and health maintenance. Giving you and your family an alternative natural way for prevention and healing treatment of disease - also to aid in well being of mind, body, and spirit.