The health of your nails says a lot about your overall health. Your nails usually consist of protein keratin, which protects sensitive nerves on the tips of your toes and fingers. Thanks to good blood supply, the nails remain pink. Nail problems usually indicate a lack of nutrients or are caused by emotional or physical trauma.
Signs and what you can do
o Dry and brittle nails indicate a deficiency of vitamin A and/or calcium. Eat more carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach.
White nails may indicate anemia or liver or kidney problems. Include wheat cultivation in your diet.
o Vertical or horizontal protrusions may indicate vitamin B deficiency or a propensity for arthritis. Eat more whole grains, oily fish, avocados and dark green leafy vegetables.
o Round or dark ends of the nails may indicate vitamin B12 deficiency. Includes shitake mushrooms, tempeh, trout, yogurt, miso and sea vegetables.
Cracking nails indicates a decrease in the production of slating. Eat the plums of umeboshi.
o White spots may indicate zinc deficiency. Eat more oysters, brown rice, pepitas, miso, sardines and legumes. Avoid stress, smoking and excessive sweating.
o Inflammation around the nail bed indicates vitamin C deficiency or arthritis. Add broccoli and pepper and avoid red meat, dairy and smoking.
o Cut and cracked nails mean your body is dehydrated. Drink more water.
o Dry nails may indicate thyroid problems, iron deficiency or poor circulation. Exercise, relax and include wheatgrass in your diet.
Tips for Healthy Nails
o Foods rich in calcium and magnesium are essential for nail growth. Includes wheat sprouts and seafood, dark grey leafy greens, sunflower seeds and tofu.
o Essential fatty acids support the health of hair, skin and nails. Includes flaxseed oil, soy products, royal jelly, fish oil, parsley or pumpkin seeds.
o Protein-rich foods such as legumes, cereals, nuts and seeds promote nail growth.
o Sea vegetables are useful due to the high mineral content and ability to remove toxins from our body.
o Broccoli, fish and onions contain large amounts of silicon and sulfur, which are essential for strong nails.
o Carrot juice contains a lot of calcium and phosphorus that strengthen nails.
o Avoid chemicals on your hands as they dry out, cause nail problems and can lead to contact dermatitis.
Eat your skin
Like your nails, what happens in your body and what you expose it to directly affects the health and appearance of your skin. It is important to get a good night’s sleep, as well as avoid alcohol and toxins from the environment, as well as improve digestion. Try to reduce the sun exposure during the day as it dries us.
Your first aid kit for the skin
o Bruises: includes foods containing vitamin C such as broccoli, guava and blackcurrants.
o Reduces inflammation and discharge from ulcers with essential fatty acids found in fish, flax seeds, nuts, seeds and dark green vegetables.
o Defeats and growth: foods containing vitamin V, such as legumes and whole grains.
o Psoriasis, acne and skin color: vitamin A from yellow, green, red or orange foods and wheatgrass. Vitamin D (from the sun) also helps fight psoriasis.
o Eat umebosi plums and follow the rules of good digestion: eat until 8 p.m., chew well, eat simple foods and do nothing while eating except eating!
o Do not drink alcohol or cigarettes if you want to have good skin.
Avoid processed and refined foods.