Vital information about the state of your health is literally at the tips of your fingers!  The state of your nails can reveal dietary deficiencies, circulatory problems, the toxic effects of stress or exposure to chemicals, and even the state of your emotional health.  Let’s take a look at some common issues that surface at your nails.

See the white deposits on the nails on the right?  These can result from:

  • Excess sugar in the diet
    Mineral deficiencies (zinc, calcium, or magnesium)
    Stress
    Dysregulated hormones
    Direct trauma to the nails
These are issues you definitely want to know about, and take steps to correct.  Next time you schedule a manicure, take a few minutes to look closely for any of the following:

Peeling, cracked, easily split nails:

  • Essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiencies
    Chemical exposure
    Anemia
    General nutritional deficiency

Pitted nails:

  • Dermatitis
    Psoriasis of the nails
    Inflammatory arthritis
    Connective tissue concerns

Fungus discoloration:

  • Systemic infection
    Gut dysbiosis

Vertical Ridges:

  • Stress
    Iron deficiency
    Poor nutrient absorption
    Fatty acid deficiency

Small or missing lunula
(white crescent at the base):

  • Anemia
    Poor circulation

Hangnails:

  • Dietary inconsistencies
    Frequent emotional changes
    Nutritional deficiencies

Clubbed nails:

  • Lung involvement
    Toxins
    Gallbladder/liver insufficiency

Concave (spoon-shaped) nails:

  • Anemia
    Protein or iron deficiency

Nail separating from nailbed:

  • Fungal infection
    Poor circulation
    Psoriasis
    Hypothyroidism

Blue tinge to the nailbed:

  • Lung involvement
    Poor circulation

These are issues you definitely want to know about, and take steps to correct.  Next time you schedule a manicure, take a few minutes to look closely at your unvarnished nails.  If you see any of the issues we’ve talked about here, give us a call.  Just like you, your nails should naturally be beautiful!

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