Fingernails Can Tell Tales

Fingernails by jhhwild
Fingernails, a photo by jhhwild on Flickr.

Did you know that your fingernails can give you clues about your health? It’s true! Sometimes your nails show you signs that indicate a health imbalance even before there are other symptoms. Have you ever taken a moment to sit and REALLY contemplate your nails? Well, maybe today is a great day to start.

Firstly, what do healthy nails look like? They will be smooth, without pits, ridges or beading. Each nail should have modest rounding, being neither too flat or raised. There should be no discoloration; healthy nails will be a not-too-pale or not-too-dark shade of pink. Moons should be seen in each nail. Also, nail cuticles should not have cracks or tears but look smooth.

As you can guess, there can be many deviations from the ideal nails. Sometimes the deviations can be an indicator of a health imbalance. If in doubt, check it out by asking your trusted health care practitioner. The following are some of the possible indicators.

Soft, shiny, brittle nails where the moons cannot be seen may point to a thyroid imbalance.

Brittle nails may mean a lack of iron or circulation issues or thyroid or kidney challenges.

Easily chipped, cracked, peeling or breakable nails may mean low hydrochloric acid or a general lack of necessary nutrients.

Flat nails may be implying Raynaud’s disease.

Beading of the nail can mean rheumatoid arthritis.

And this…ahem… just scratches the surface! If you want to research further the recommended reading includes:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC fifth edition

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