Health directly relates to the condition of your nails, so fingernail problems may be a first step towards further issues. Healthy nails are usually pink in color because of blood vessels below them. Having a heart, thyroid, digestive or fungal disorder can easily be seen by just looking at the nails. Fingernail problems are usually a sign of other health issues one might have.
How to Recognize Fingernail Problems
Here are some common symptoms which you can look for, in order to see whether you have any fingernail problems:
- Pale, spoon-shaped and brittle nails are a result of nutritional substances deficiencies like calcium, zinc and iron, but also too much selenium.
- Nails that grow slowly show that there is general malnourishment.
- Brittle nails come from a deficiency of biotin.
- Distorted or flakey fingernails are a resulttep towards frther of a fungal overgrowth in the nail.
- Fingernail problems such as spots that are white on your nails are caused by the lack of vitamins and minerals.
- Brittle nails and dry skin around; and also a cold feeling show that there is a problem with your thyroid gland.
- If the color is whitish hue then you might have a liver problem.
- When they appear blue you have insufficient oxygen in your body.
What To Do
Since general health is an important factor in our lives, it is important to check your nails consistently to avoid any fingernail problems occurring. Toxins in your body tend to make you vulnerable to diseases, hence should be eliminated completely. These diseases include; circulatory, digestive, immune, liver & hormones. All these diseases can lead to fingernail problems.
Using Vitamin and mineral supplements
- Vitamin A helps in nail growth and assists in repairing the nail bed.
- Vitamin B2 increases health and formation of nails.
- Vitamin C improves the overall health and makes the protein component of nails. Deformities in nails are a result of a vitamin C Deficiency.
- Biotin strengthens keratin (protein forming the nails).
- Calcium helps in strengthening the nails.
- Iodine develops the overall condition of the nail.
- Iron deficiencies result in brittle nails, pale and ridged nails.
- Magnesium repairs and maintains the nail bed for healthy nails. It also facilitates calcium functions.
- Zinc heals the nails for proper growth.
Other nutrients and herbs that fight against fingernail problems
- Omega 3 oils have the required acids for healthy nails.
- Omega 6 oils make the nails stronger.
- Acidophilus assists in preventing fungal infections affecting the nails, tea tree also prevents fungal infections when applied on the affected nail(s). A fungus may also be prevented by soaking fingers in a concoction of warm pacu d’arco and goldenseal tea about 15 minutes each day until it heals.
- Garlic improves blood flow towards the nail bed hence allows proper growth. It also helps in preventing infections.
- Ginkgo Biloba increases nutrients availability around the nail as it enhances circulation and fights fingernail problems.
- Aloe Vera helps in cleansing and healing the digestive tract.
A Proper Diet Helps
Here are some foods that will contribute to the general health of your nails and will help you avoid having fingernail problems:
- Salmon, mackerel and sardines
- Nuts and seeds,
- Vegetables and fruits,
- Eggs and chicken,
The general health of your body will always influence the general condition of your nails. Therefore, supplying the body with important nutrients, then your nails will also be as healthy as possible.Fingernail problems are very rare if you’re healthy