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7 Common Nail Conditions Linked To Serious Health Issues That You Shouldn’t Ignore

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You may have heard that “our eyes are the window to the soul “, but, apparently, nails are the door to the body.

According to numerous professionals, as well as the Canadian nutritionist, Lisa Petty, our nails suffer the most when our body is not treated properly. Moreover, supplements we consume enter the body, are distributed in it, the hair, skin, and only then go to the nails.

Therefore, the conditions of the nails are a great indicator of the internal issues in the body. They may show signs of thyroid issues, anemia, and nutritional deficiency.

The nail bed id creates since the nail is made of keratin protein, and toenails and fingernails touch the skin and the fingers and thus protect them.

They are shaped by nerves, lymph vessels, veins, and nerves. Genetics determines their shape, but the quality of the nails is the same in all people. They are usually not fragile, translucent, and smooth.

Yet, if the nails are not properly supplied with nutrients, they become stained, and hard. These issues can be treated with the use of proper diet, vitamins, and supplements.

Nails often indicate other health issues in the body, and these are the 7 most common nail conditions which show that you suffer from a more complicated internal problem:

Soft nails

Cause: iron deficiency

Solution: In this case, your doctor should suggest the intake of iron-rich foods, as well as 325 milligrams of iron sulfate, three times daily.

White spots

Cause: nail injury and insufficient zinc levels

Solution: You should take 50 milligrams of zinc daily, which is found in pumpkin seeds, red meat, and peas

Brittle or split nails

Causes: Lack of moisture or not enough of the B vitamin biotin

Solutions: Take 2,000 mcg of biotin daily, says Richard Eisen, MD, a dermatologist at South Shore Skin Center in Massachusetts, or nosh on biotin-rich cauliflower, lentils, and peanuts. Moisturize nails from the inside with 1,000 mg of fish oil per day that contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Keep them hydrated on the outside with twice-daily applications of a natural oil, like almond, and wear gloves when washing dishes to keep nails from drying out.

Yellow nails

Cause: too long use of nail polish, which has devoid nails of air/ lack of vitamin E

Solution: 400mg of vitamin E should be taken twice a day, and you can also benefit a lot from the consumption of almonds, hazelnuts, wheat germ, sweet potatoes, peanuts, and other foods rich in vitamin E.

Ridges or horizontal dents

Cause: This may be a sign of more serious health conditions, like trauma, nutritional deficiency, psoriasis, high fever from undergoing surgery. Moreover, the lack of essential nutrients leads to discoloration, changes in the shape, and brittle nails. Ridge is also a result of trauma, such as injury of the front nail part, or cuticle.

Solution: You should take 55 grams of protein daily, and vitamin A up to 10,000 IU. Moreover, you can take 3 milligrams of diet silicon daily to strengthen your nails.

Vertical ridge

Cause: Age (think of vertical ridges as wrinkles on your nails)

Solutions: To smooth out ridges, polish nails with a few drops of almond oil and a chamois buffer. Because buffing removes a thin layer of nail, take only three or four swipes per nail per week, says Rachel Gower, founder of The Upper Hand salons in Houston. Avoid conventional ridge fillers, which use synthetic chemicals, like noxious polyester resin, to fill in grooves.

Fungus

Causes: Yeast or bacteria that grow when the nail matrix and cuticle are continually exposed to warmth and moisture. Fungal infections can spread rapidly, especially under toenails. Signs include yellow, greenish, or dirty-looking nails; thickness; or separation of the nail from the nail bed.

Solutions: Soak nails in antibacterial pure tea tree oil for 15 minutes a day until the fungus clears. Or take one 200 mg capsule of the antifungal herb myrrh three times a day, says Norma Pasekoff Weinberg, author of Natural Hand Care(Storey Publishing, 1998). Note that topical and oral fungal medications are not a sure fix and may cause liver problems, says Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University.

Sometimes, severe nail issues may often lead to fatigue, so you should consult your doctor about a proper treatment as they may indicate more complicated health diseases as follows:

  • Upward/bending nails (thyroid infection)
  • Fragile nails (hyperthyroidism/hypo)
  • Blue nail bed (blood flow issue)
  • Yellow nails (chronic bronchitis)
  • Red nail bed (coronary illness)
  • White nail bed (liver infection)

Sources: www.secretlyhealthy.com, sportonlinegroup.com, www.healthandlovepage.com

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The Moons On Your Nails Can Warn You About These 13 Health Problems

Many people pay little attention to the little white moons on their fingernails. That’s unfortunate, because these white moons, called lunulae, actually contain some insight into your overall health. If you notice some strange things going on with your fingernails, here’s what those things could mean.

The lunula, or lunulae (pl.) (little moon in Latin), is the crescent-shaped whitish area of the bed of a fingernail or toenail. The lunula is the visible part of the root of the nail.

In humans, it appears by week 14 of gestation, and has a primary structural role in defining the free edge of the distal nail plate (the part of the nail that grows outward).

It is located at the end of the nail (that is closest to the skin of the finger), but it still lies under the nail. It is not actually white but only appears so when it is seen through the nail.

Crescent white, also known as lunula or little moon, is found at the one fifth position of the fingernail bottom and it looks like a curved white mark.

The normal fingernails should be ruddy, restrained, tough, arc-shaped, smooth and glossy with clear lunula which tells whether the person is energetic and healthy.

So, if you pay close attention to the appearance on the moons of your fingernails, you can easily detect and prevent health issues before you even notice other symptoms.

In this article, we will help you understand the meaning of lunula/moons.

A Changing Lunula on Just One Finger

In the vast majority of cases, a moon located on the little finger should be non-existent or barely noticeable. This lunula is linked to the performance of our heart, small intestine, and kidneys. If the lunula on this finger is increased, it usually suggests hypertension.

On the other hand, the middle finger is related to the performance of the cardiovascular system and brain. If the lunula is not present at all, this might suggest the presence of hypertension and cardiovascular issues.

Furthermore, the ring finger is directly linked to the work of the lymphatic and reproductive system. An almost invisible lunula can indicate digestion issues.

The thumb lunula mirrors the performance of the spleen and lungs. This is the most noticeable lunula, but it should not cover over 25% of the fingernail. Typically, this lunula is far smaller in people who are smoking tobacco and bigger in people who are dealing with arterial hypertension.

Finally, the index finger lunula can go away completely or become significantly smaller due to poor function of the pancreas, intestine or ENT diseases.

Small Lunula

It’s good to point out that a small lunula, which is almost invisible, suggests the presence of circulatory problems and low blood pressure. So, this is an indicator of bad metabolism, poor immune system and/or lack of vitamin B12 and iron.

In case the lunula is separated from the other elements of the nail plate and there are transverse lines to mark this separation, this means that there are blood sugar level issues and increased the chance of developing diabetes.

Absence of Lunula

There is no reason to be worried in case you can’t find any lunula on the nails of your kid. In many cases, they are invisible on kids’ nails, but they become visible after a while. There are many adults who don’t have these structures because they have a specific physiological profile of nails.

Keep in mind that lunula disappearance that has happened all of a sudden, is often considered being a symptom of a circulatory problem. A scientific study has confirmed that a disappearance like this is linked to thyroid gland problems and lack of iron and B12.

Significantly Large Lunula

Generally speaking, lunula can be considered large when they cover over 30% of the fingernail. This suggests a presence of cardiovascular issues, low blood pressure and/or heartbeat irregularities.

It is common to see large lunula in people who are working heavy physical jobs and in athletes. In case a person is not that physically active and has large lunula, this means that they are experiencing a lot of stress and pressure.

Color Changing in Lunula

The White lunula is natural and healthy. The lunula must be a few shades lighter compared to the skin.

Gray lunula usually suggests digestion issues, fatigue, and nutrient absorption issues.

Red or pink lunula may suggest lung issues and inadequate physical activity.

The purple lunula is an indicator of improper blood circulation and a lack of oxygen. People with purple lunula can expect headaches and dizziness.

Source: grazeme.com, healthyandsmartliving.com