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We used to feel like the Cady Heron of the group who’d roll her eyes to comments like ‘my nail beds suck’. Turns out the state of our nails are actually a window into our health and we should be paying more attention to them.
After speaking to Roni Dawkins-Alder, from Nails Inc we were shocked at how much nails could tell us about what’s going on in the inside. From lacking vitamins to more serious concerns like circulation, this is what you nails say about your health.
‘If you have deep blue nails (it looks a bit like you’ve spilt fountain pen ink on them) then this is usually a sign of bad circulation in the blood’. It happens because of a lack of oxygen. If it’s temporary then it is usually down to stress but if it persists book into see you GP and ask them to check your circulation.
‘Often this means malnutrition’. Have a look at your diets and check that you are getting enough calcium and zinc. If you still struggle, stock up on supplements to help – particularly if you’re pregnant.
‘This is usually due to a fungal infection’ Give your GP a quick call and book in for an appointment to get a topical treatment cream.
‘The main reasons nails split is because of harsh chemicals which are found in lots of household cleansers and other chemical fluids’. Wearing rubber gloves or just keeping nails painted will help this. It’s a common myth that nails need to ‘breathe’. They don’t! If let natural water soaks into the pores in the nail and then cracks as they dry. The best thing you can do is keep a coat of polish on them at all times – even if it’s just clear. We swear by the Nails inc Back to Life Recovery Treatment & Base Coat.
‘Can be caused by caused by lack of vitamin A and B2 in the body.’ You can up your intake of vitamin a by munching foods such as carrots, leafy greens and tuna. Vitamin B2 is sound in spinach, almonds and eggs so pop those on your shopping list too.
These are deep groves in nails. It happens when there is a temporary cell division in the nails and can be caused by infection, injury or a more serious illness. If the problem persists see a GP.
Blood under the nail
This could just be because you’ve knocked your nails or bruised them but if you haven’t had an accident then it could just be a sign of something more serious so again worth popping down to a GP.