Fine grooves running horizontal on your fingernails may reveal that you suffered a serious illness a few months earlier. Illness often slows nail growth and produces ridges in the nail root. The ridges grow out with time.
Grooves running vertical on your fingernail may indicate a mineral deficiency of silica. Silica is an important mineral for reorganising the absorption of calcium.
SILICA – rich food sources: Alfalfa, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, strawberries, apples, grapes & onions.
White flecks can be due to a mineral deficiency in particular zinc.
Zinc is beneficial for our immune system, hair, skin, nails, hormones and males prostate glands.
ZINC – Rich food sources: Oysters, fish, pumpkin seeds and nuts.
Whits flecks may also be caused by a minor injury such as a knock to the matrix – the growing part of the nail. The flecks will grow out in time.
Anemia (iron deficiency) is sometimes a cause if the nails are pale or white. We ca request further testing for confirmation.
IRON – Rich food sources: Green vegetables, nuts, parsley, beef, chicken, fish, eggs, oats & soybeans.
SPOON SHAPED NAILS
Bent nails may indicate an iron deficiency – Anemia.
The colour of the nail beds to determine whether you are receiving enough oxygen. A pale colour will indicate a poor peripheral circulation.