Whether you realize it or not your body is constantly sending you messages. And when you learn how to interpret them, you can gain some incredible insights into your health.
In fact, spotting the right message at the right time could literally be a lifesaver.
And surprisingly it turns out one of the most chatty parts of your body is your nails.
Read the startling messages hidden in your nails!
What surprising hidden messages are lurking in your nails? Keep reading to find out.
1. Nail pitting:
Did you spot tiny depressions in your nails that look as if someone pressed on them with a pinhead? They could be a sign of a number of conditions.
Nail pitting affects up to 50 percent of people with the autoimmune condition psoriasis. But pitting is also associated with a few other illnesses including eczema, sarcoidosis, alopecia and reactive arthritis.
Pitting that’s linked to a health condition usually appears on several, or all, of the nails. If the pitting is only on a single nail, it’s likely the result of some type of trauma.
If you discover pitting on both hands, make an appointment to see your dermatologist or general practitioner for a diagnosis.
2. Brittle nails:
Our hands take a ton of abuse. And a number of common activities, such as washing dishes without gloves or swimming in chlorinated water, can cause your fingernails to become brittle.
But if your nails are brittle, despite protecting them during chores and regularly moisturizing, they could be raising a red flag about a vitamin deficiency or hypothyroidism.
If your vitamin A, C or biotin levels have dipped too low, your fingernails and toenails can become brittle. Kale is a good source of vitamins A and C. And sweet potatoes deliver a good amount of vitamin A and biotin.
If tweaking your diet doesn’t do the trick, an under-performing thyroid could be to blame. Check with your doctor about being tested.
3. Half white and half brown nails:
If the bottom halves of your fingernails are white and the top halves are brown it’s time to call the doctor for a checkup. Half and half nails could be a sign of kidney failure.
Experts aren’t exactly sure why, but up to 40 percent of folks whose kidneys stop working properly get this sign.
Spoon-nails are exactly what they sound like; a condition in which your fingernails curve inward like a spoon. Technically called koilonychia, spoon-nails can be a sign of several different serious health issues.
Anemia, or running too low on iron, can cause them. But so can haemochromatosis a liver problem that causes your body to absorb too much of the mineral.
Spoon-nails can also show up in folks suffering with the autoimmune condition lupus, as well as in those with heart and thyroid conditions. In other words, spoon-nails can be a sign of something serious, so they mean a doctor’s appointment is in order.
5. Yellow nails:
Nail polish can stain your nails yellow. Which means putting the polish away for a few weeks may help. However, the color could also be a heads up that there’s something else going on.
Yellowing of the fingernails or toenails is often a sign of a fungal infection or psoriasis. And from time to time discolored nails can occur when you develop a liver problem, diabetes or bronchitis.
If polish isn’t the problem check with your doc about the yellow.
6. Narrow band of pink or brown across the tip:
If your nails have turned white, and you have an arc of pink or brown towards the tip, you have a condition called “Terry’s nails.” Experts say the color appears when there’s a decreased blood supply to the nail bed.
Ignoring Terry’s nails could be a mistake. They’re often a sign of a serious illness, appearing in 80 percent of people with cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, for example.
Terry’s nails can also be a sign of liver, heart or kidney failure. And in some cases, anemia, an overactive thyroid or diabetes triggers them.
7. Black streaks or spots:
If black streaks or dark spots show up on your fingernail, and you haven’t lost a fight with a slamming door lately, pick up the phone and call your doctor right away.
Unexpected black spots that aren’t bruises caused by an injury could be an early sign of a dangerous skin cancer. White streaks or spots, however, are totally normal and typically nothing to worry about.
8. Vertical lines:
Sometimes a line is nothing more than a line. Vertical lines that show up on your nails as you age are typically no reason to worry.
Your nails age just like your skin, and that means your nails aren’t as young and smooth as they once were. Moisturizing regularly may help minimize the lines.
Stop ignoring your chatty nails. Listening to what they have to say could help you stay healthy or even avoid a health disaster.