You can learn a lot from look­ing at your nails

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, Nu­tri­tional Health Coach and Vega Al­lergy Tester based at The Nat­u­ral Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wex­ford 053 9121613 | clairm1@eir­ | www.nat­u­ral­health­

WHAT are your nails telling you? Your nails can give you clues about the health of your body. This list is not meant to cause panic, it’s sim­ply a use­ful list to help give you a clue about where to start. You may need di­ges­tive or im­mune sup­port or sup­ple­ments for the nails but a chat with a health care pro­fes­sional can help you fig­ure out what di­rec­tion you need to take.

Take a look at your nails and see what con­di­tion they are in. Healthy nails should be pink with a mild sheen and have a nice round shape. They should not be brit­tle or break eas­ily, nor should they have spots or grooves.

Here are some signs for you to look out for: White spots on the nails can in­di­cate a zinc de­fi­ciency.

Hang­nails can be a sign that you are low in folic acid, B vi­ta­mins or vi­ta­min C.

Nails that are weak and brit­tle could mean that you need ex­tra vi­ta­min A, or that you are low in B vi­ta­mins or Sil­ica. Low stom­ach acid is a com­mon cause of weak/brit­tle nails. A di­ges­tive en­zyme that con­tains Be­taine may help.

Fun­gal nail in­fec­tions are un­sightly and em­bar­rass­ing and can be slow to heal. The fun­gal in­fec­tion will need to be treated. Avoid sugar and yeast as these foods will en­cour­age the growth of fun­gal in­fec­tions. Sup­ple­ments like garlic, oregano or Spi­lan­thes can help. Paint­ing anti-fun­gal tea tree so­lu­tion daily on the nails can be of ben­e­fit. You will need to work on this prob­lem from the in­side and the out­side. Pa­tience may be re­quired!

Vertical ridges in the nails can in­di­cate low iron, or lung prob­lems.

Horizontal ridges are as­so­ci­ated with gout, and cir­cu­la­tion prob­lems.

Small bulges can be a sign of iron de­fi­ciency. Yel­low nails might be a sign of gall­blad­der prob­lems.

Brown nails could mean that your adrenal glands are un­der stress.

Think of your nails as in­di­ca­tors of a prob­lem. Sim­i­lar to the red lights in your car, they can in­di­cate that some­thing is wrong or needs at­tend­ing. So take a look at your nails. What con­di­tion are they in?

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