What Your Nails Say About Your Health
Nail health can often get overlooked in our day to day lives – our nails probably only get our attention when we’re picking out a polish color! But what health secrets could your cuticles be keeping?
Here are the top six indicators of nail health, and the best natural solutions for them:
1. Yellow nails
One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. Left untreated, your nails may thicken and crumble, so it’s best to target discoloration early.
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2. Brittle nails
If your nails are weak and break easily, it could be a sign they’ve been overexposed to harsh chemicals found in washing up liquids, nail polish remover, or swimming pools. Remedy this with a natural boost from gentle plant oils found in nail treatment serums.
3. Vertical ridges
Those unsightly thin lines running up your nail bed are totally normal, and are simply a sign of aging. Keep your fingernails smooth with proper cuticle care: using a nail serum with moisturising essential oils can target this problem.
4. ‘Spoon’ nails
If you’ve noticed your nails have a concave shape to them, it could be a sign of iron deficiency or anemia. Luckily, this is easily treated with natural supplements and a healthy diet. Pack your fridge with leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli; pumpkin seeds and quinoa are also iron-rich health foods.
5. White spots
Popular belief is that white spots on your nails indicate a lack of calcium, but this isn’t always the case. The good news is white spots usually aren’t very significant, and are often just caused by a minor trauma, such as knocking your hand against something. They’ll usually grow out on their own.
6. Swelling and redness
Nail biters are susceptible to paronychia, a skin infection that occurs around your nails. As you chew your nails, bacteria enters through tiny tears in the nail bed, and in severe cases can develop pus that needs to be drained surgically. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) bacterial nail infections are the most common nail problem, but you can prevent this issue using a nail serum with cuticle cleansing properties.
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