The nails present a screen doors to our bodies. We need to take care of them. More than just cosmetic annoyances, brittle, ridged, or yellow fingernails and toenails can indicate nutrient deficiencies and health problems ranging from anemia to thyroid disease. “Nails suffer the most when we don’t treat our bodies well,” says Lisa Petty.
“When nutrients go into our bodies, the skin, hair, and nails get them last. So a nail problem can signal a problem in our bodies.”
Nail bed is made prom keratin protein, fingernails and toenails which are going to protect the ultra sensitive skin .
The nails are formed by matrices. And they present the collections of nerves, lymph vessels which are protecting cuticles. They will grow in different shapes na lengths depending from the genetics.
No matter of the genetics, all healthy nails have the same characteristic which are smooth, not easy breakable and translucent.
They can have different difficulties, and in case you can’t fix it, we are here. In addition we are going to present you several nails problems with their solution.
- Brittle or split nails
This is appearing because you have lack of moisture or not enough of the vitamin B.
Cure: Take 2,000 mcg of biotin daily, says Richard Eisen, MD, a dermatologist at South Shore Skin Center in Massachusetts, or nosh on biotin-rich cauliflower, lentils, and peanuts. Moisturize nails from the inside with 1,000 mg of fish oil per day that contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Keep them hydrated on the outside with twice-daily applications of a natural oil, like almond, and wear gloves when washing dishes to keep nails from drying out.
- Soft or upward-curving nails
This problem is calling when you have iron deficiency
Cure: If tests confirm low iron, take 325 mg of iron sulfate three times a day, Eisen recommends.
- Vertical ridges
Vertical ridges Are appearing because of the age.
Cure: To smooth out ridges, polish nails with a few drops of almond oil and a chamois buffer. Because buffing removes a thin layer of nail, take only three or four swipes per nail per week, says Rachel Gower, founder of The Upper Hand salons in Houston. Avoid conventional ridge fillers, which use synthetic chemicals, like noxious polyester resin, to fill in grooves.
- Yellow nails
Lack of vitamin E and not enough space between the polishes are causing yellow nails.
Cure: Eisen recommends 400 IU of vitamin E twice a day. Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and wheat germ oil are also good sources of this antioxidant.
Fungus is caused by the bacteria which are developing in the nail matrix and cuticle. This infection is spreading fast. The signs of this infection are yellow, greenish or dirty looking nails.
Cure: Soak nails in antibacterial pure tea tree oil for 15 minutes a day until the fungus clears. Or take one 200 mg capsule of the antifungal herb myrrh three times a day, says Norma Pasekoff Weinberg, author of Natural Hand Care(Storey Publishing, 1998). Note that topical and oral fungal medications are not a sure fix and may cause liver problems, says Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University.
- White spots
The cause is nail trauma.
Cure: Petty recommends 50 mg of zinc daily. You can also get zinc from red meat, sesame seeds, pumpkinseeds, and peas. White spots caused by trauma will disappear as the nail grows.
In addition we are going to present you several nail conditions which are indicating serious problems and you need to visit your doctor.
- Upward-curving nails: thyroid disease
- Brittle nails: hyper- or hypothyroidism
- Yellow nails: chronic bronchitis
- Blue nail beds: circulation problems
- Red nail beds: heart disease
- White nail beds: liver disease