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Nails do tell tales about your health

Nails do tell tales about your healthImage Credit: Supplied

If you are a man, the maximum you would do is trim or file them for the sake of being well-groomed. However, if you are a woman, you would pay extra attention to them, buff them and color them to maintain those precious little assets. Yes, we are talking about nails. Manicures and pedicures are equally enjoyed by both genders. More than grooming and maintenance, they are all about relaxation.

Nail imperfections are more significant and say a lot about your overall body health. For example, white nail beds may indicate anemia. Concave and ridged nails suggest iron deficiency. Common complaints like brittle and peeling nails can indicate a lurking thyroid disorder. Bluish nails mean there is not enough oxygen in the blood. But some exceptions, like yellowing nails, are a direct indicator of an underlying fungal infection.

Spots, ridges, uneven tone, spikes, roughened surfaces – everything has a reason. An unusual appearance in the nails could mean an important organ is not performing to its best capacity. A lot of auto immune disorders show their first symptoms through the nails, e.g. early psoriasis causes nail pitting.

Nails are made up of keratin. To maintain them, it is important to focus on a balanced diet that includes all food groups. Your nails may be conveying a lot to you in indirect ways and you may not even know it. It is important to take a look at your nails in their bare form. Take the polish off once in a while. Leaving your nails bare lets them breathe and replenish.

A healthy nail has a pink nail bed and a firm surface devoid of any ridges or bumps. It also has a transparent hue.

Handy Hints:

• Concave and ridged nails indicate iron deficiency.

• Yellowing nails mean there is a fungal infection.

• Pitting is an early sign of psoriasis and arthritis.

Source: Special to Classifieds