In the previous two instalments, we have seen how diet can make your skin and your hair healthy and lively. But there is another unexpected part of your anatomy that can also be controlled by your diet. In case you already haven’t guessed it, I’m talking about your nails.
When I was young, my grandmother used to determine whether I was healthy or not by looking at my nails. At that time, I did not understand why she did that. But now I realise that our nails reflect our body’s wellbeing.
A healthy body automatically has healthy nails and vice versa. The current status of your body is directly reflected on your nails.
The color of your nails, the texture of your nails, and the shape of your nails all tell a story. When your nails change color, each color points to a specific defect in your body. White spots on your nails are commonly thought to be indicative of calcium deficiency but do you know it’s not the case. White spots indicate zinc deficiency not calcium as was commonly perceived. Yellow nails indicate liver issues or gall bladder issues or both.
When your nails turn blue or grey, it is a precursory for a heart condition. Brown colored nails are symbolic of adrenal gland dysfunction. The texture of your nails also lets us know, albeit subtly about the position of our body. When we get vertical ridges on our nails, it indicates metabolic disorders or lung conditions.
Horizontal ridges on the nails indicate gout, heart conditions and circulatory disorders. Tiny bulges or depressions on the nails are caused by nail fungi or iron deficiency. Even the shapes of our nails are caused by certain affecting factors in our body. Sometimes we notice our nails bending inwards towards out fingertips. This is caused due to iron deficiency or excessive usage of harsh chemicals or detergents. And when our nails seem to grow outwards instead of straight out, it points to bronchial or lung conditions.
So we see how our nails point out at specific problems in our body. Now that we know the cause, we should also have a look at the solutions. Dark nails and yellowed nails can be cured by taking B vitamin supplements in our food such as carrots, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, peanuts, dry fruits, beans and oatmeal. For non-vegetarians, vitamin B in its various forms can be taken from meats and eggs.
Milk products such as yogurt and cheese also have vitamin B in them.
The zinc and Iron deficiency leading to bulges and depressions on the nail and white spots can be cured by pumpkins, green leafy vegetables, grains and seeds, broccoli and tofu for vegetarians and beef, eggs, pork, lamb and red meat for non-vegetarians.
Strong nails can be gained by increasing the intake of calcium and protein for our body. Milk is a fantastic source of calcium. Any milk product can be taken for calcium. Proteins can be found mostly in legumes and lean meat.
Shiny and healthy nails can be got by having a balanced amount of vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A can be taken from a large variety of vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, lean meats etc. Vitamin A prevents nails from becoming dull. Dry nails can be avoided by the intake of vitamin C which can be found in all types of citrus fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and cauliflowers.
Once you find that all that you eat is all that your body needs, you’ll find your way to a healthier you.