What Your Nails Say About Your Health

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Next time your nails are unpolished, take a look at them. The texture, spots, and ridges you see could be clues to what’s going on with your body. Dr. Luiza Petre, a cardiologist and nutrition expert says nail imperfections can indicate a vitamin deficiency or even big health issues. Here are some signs to watch out for and what they mean.

  • White spots - These can mean all kinds of things, from a fungal infection, to a nail injury. Dr. Petre says most cases aren’t serious and that the flecks most often mean you need more calcium and vitamin C in your diet.
  • Dullness - If your nails aren’t a healthy shade of pink with white tips, it could also be a sign of a vitamin deficiency.
  • Brittle nails - Do your nails split or crack easily? That could be a sign of low thyroid, according to Dr. Petre. Eating avocados and potatoes can help because they contain an amino acid that helps restore the thyroid.
  • Ridges - Those indentations or ridges on your nails could be an iron or silica deficiency, or just a sign of aging. But if those ridges run horizontally, that could be a health issue, so check with your doc.
  • Soft, weak nails - If your nails bend really easily, eating protein-rich foods can help. Nails are made of keratin, layered layers of protein, Dr. Petre says. So to make yours stronger eat more eggs, quinoa, and beans.

Source: Well and Good

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