Jan 28, 2009

Your Nails Tell Much About Your Health

Beautiful nails are challenging for me at this time of year, when the cold weather comes, my nails become brittle and break, and I find that I need to spend time filing them to keep them smooth much more than I do in the summer...and if they aren't filed properly, the jagged edges catch on something and they break immediately.

First, let me share a few things about health that your nails tell you, then some tools to help you care for your nails.

What your nails may be telling you about your health:

  • Soft Nails - consider the endocrine system, arthritis?
  • "Spoon" shaped nails - consider the thyroid, iron deficiency possible
  • Ends of fingers swollen and nails club-like - consider respiratory and heart conditions, or the liver...cirrhosis?
  • Pale Under Nail - consider anemia
  • Nails have no "moons" - consider the thyroid, underactive?
  • Nail "moons" very large - overactive thyroid?
  • Ridges that run length of nail - common with aging, but could indicate nutrition deficiency
  • White Spots - Mineral or vitamin deficiency?
These are just a few things to consider. It might not be a bad idea, if you tend to have your nails "done" and covered with artificial nails to let them go natural at times for the health of the nail and to see if there are any health tips your nails can share with you.

Now, here's how to make those nails pretty without running to the nail salon all the time. Not only will you save money on treatments, but getting the right kind of nail files is important, I know I am very fussy about the kind I use.

Updated 3/19/16

1 comment:

  1. Caludia,

    This is a very insightful post. I was aware of the brittle nail issue but didn't know about some of the other ones.

    The same also goes for your hair. If it easily breaks and you can pull out handfuls from your hairbrush or comb, you have a deficiency in Vitamin E & D