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June 1, 2019 / Healthy Aging

Nails Speak Volumes of Your Health

June 1, 2019 2 min read

Some nail abnormalities may be indicative of certain conditions and other health-related disorders. Watch out for any changes!

Just as your skin and hair, nails are in constant renewal. It is essential to include in our diet Vitamins A, B and C, Minerals (zinc, iron, iodine, calcium) and amino acids to have normal formation of keratin.

By eating a balanced portion of food from all groups (vegetables, fruit, legumes, meat, fish…), we’ll be receiving the right amount of all necessary nutrients.

Analyze Your Nails

Yellowish Color and Thickening
This could be fungus, especially if it occurs on your toenails.

Dark Areas
It could be bruising originating under your nails because you banged yourself. The nail may fall off, but it will grow back strong and healthy.

This could be because of lack of some essential nutrients for keratin production.

Hangnails and Wounds
This is typical of people who bite their nails, and this is due to a symptom of anxiety. Biting your skin with your teeth exposes your fingers and nails to more sensitivity and infections.

Hollow Thin Nail
This disorder is associated with iron-deficiency anemia (iron deficiency in red blood cells.)

Nail Dimples
This may indicate the existence of psoriasis.

Did you know that…?

  • Nails grow an average of 3 millimeters per month.
  • They completely renew every three to six months.
  • They grow more in the summer than in the winter.
  • Fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.
  • Nails on your dominant hand (the right hand for those which are right-handed and the left hand for the left-handed), usually grow faster.
  • Men’s nails usually grow faster than women’s

Dehydration Also Affects Your Nails

Nail polish and acetone contain substances that end up turning them brittle and dim. That’s why you have to hydrate them with special hand and foot lotions.

To protect your nails, it is recommended you wear rubber gloves when cleaning your house.

Crescents on some nail roots are made up of cells that have not completed their hardening process. This area is white because it has no blood supply from vessels. All nails have moons, but they are not always visible.

Small white spots that at times turn up on nails are of no importance. They result from banging that has led to a nail’s abnormal keratinization in that area, going away as soon as the nail grows.