Nails are made up of a keratin called protein, which means just like your hair your nails are a reliable indicator of your health. From a slow building thyroid problem to vitamin deficiencies and even heart problems, your nails are constantly revealing a lot about your health.
Ladies, it's time to start paying attention to your nails and see what your body is trying to tell you. Here are some common signs to look out for...
- 1. Vertical Ridges On Nails
- 2. Horizontal Ridges On Nails
- 3. Pale Nails
- 4. Yellow Nails
- 5. Bluish Nails
- 6. Brittle Nails
- 7. Indentation and Pits On Nails
1. Vertical Ridges On Nails
Vertical rides on your nails indicate that your nail matrix is drying out which is causing your nails to age faster. Applying ointments and moisturizing creams on your cuticles and nails can help you get rid of these vertical ridges.
2. Horizontal Ridges On Nails
Have you been taking too much stress lately? High periods of stress, illness or nutrition issues interrupt protein synthesis of your nails causing to form horizontal ridges. Take some time off to slow down and relax.
3. Pale Nails
Very pale nails can be a sign of anemia, heart failure, or a liver disease. It's indeed time to for a full body check-up.
4. Yellow Nails
One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, it can cause the nail bed to retract, and the nails to thicken.
5. Bluish Nails
Nails with a blue tint is a sign that the oxygen circulation is bad in your hands and feet or that your body isn't getting enough oxygenated blood indicating a lung problem.
6. Brittle Nails
When your nails become dry they become naturally prone to brittleness and breakage. But if you have brittle nails coupled with thinning and dry hair, it could be a possible indication of hypothyroidism.
7. Indentation and Pits On Nails
Small dots or indentation in the nails may indicate possible psoriasis. Although it is harmless in most cases, the psoriasis is solely confined to the nails if you are experiencing reddened, inflamed patches covered in dry skin it is time to visit a doctor.