7 Common Nail Conditions Linked to Serious Diseases That You Shouldn’t Ignore
You are probably familiar with the saying “Our eyes are the window to our soul”, but were you aware that our nails are essentially doors to our bodies? Lisa Petty, a Canadian nutritionist and aging expert, as well as the author of the 2005 book, Living Beauty (Fitzhenry and Whiteside) wrote, “Nails endure the most when we don’t treat our body well.
At the point when supplements go into our bodies, the skin, hair, and nails get them last. So a nail issue can flag an issue in our bodies.”
Your nails are much more than a cosmetic issue. Yellow, brittle, or ridged fingernails and toenails often indicate health problems and/ or nutritional deficiencies, such as thyroid disease or anemia. Made of keratin protein, fingernails and toenails make certain our nail beds, or the exceptionally touchy piece of skin at the end of our fingers and toes, are protected.
The nail is shaped by nail grids, or collections of veins, nerves, and lymph vessels.
While nails vary in shape due to genetics, everyone’s nails share some of the same qualities. This includes the fact that they are translucent (the pink coloring is the result of the tiny veins beneath the nail plate), feel smooth, and are not particularly fragile.
Unfortunately, when our nails are unable to get enough supplements, they can become stained, hard, or just plain ugly.
Fortunately, it is pretty easy to clear up most nail problems by making changes in your diet, taking supplements and vitamins, and supporting them.
7 Common Nail Conditions
Now, let’s look at 7 of the most common nail conditions, as well as how to treat them.
1. Soft nails that curl upward
Cause: Too little iron
Solution: if an iron test verifies that your iron levels are low, your doctor will usually suggest that you take 325 mg of iron sulfate three times a day.
2. White spots
Cause: An injury to the nail or insufficient zinc levels in the body.
Solution: According to Ms. Petty, you need 50 mg of zinc each day. Good sources of zinc include peas, pumpkin seeds, red meat, and sesame seeds.
3. Split or brittle nails
Cause: Too little biotin, a B vitamin, in the body, or lack of moisture
Solution: Approximately 1/3 of people with brittle nails benefit from taking Biotin Ultra 1mg, a nutritional supplement, two or three times a day. However, it does take a minimum of 6 months to really start working. Biotin should NOT be taken by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless instructed to do so by their physician. Gelatin, colloid minerals, and calcium supplements may also help with this condition, though they aren’t as reliable as Biotin.
4. Yellow nails
Cause: Too little vitamin E or not allowing the nails enough time to breathe free of nail polish.
Solutions: 400 IU of vitamin E twice a day will usually clear up this condition. You can also add plenty of wheat germ oil, hazelnuts, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and almonds to your diet, as they are all good sources of vitamin E.
5. Horizontal dents or ridges
Causes: 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
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