Nails are more than just a status symbol, it can also be a sign of your health. Here's what your nails say about your health.
- White spots - These can mean all kinds of things, from a fungal infection, to a nail injury. Dr. Petre says most cases aren’t serious and that the flecks most often mean you need more calcium and vitamin C in your diet.
- Dullness - If your nails aren’t a healthy shade of pink with white tips, it could also be a sign of a vitamin deficiency.
- Brittle nails - Do your nails split or crack easily? That could be a sign of low thyroid, according to Dr. Petre. Eating avocados and potatoes can help because they contain an amino acid that helps restore the thyroid.
- Ridges - Those indentations or ridges on your nails could be an iron or silica deficiency, or just a sign of aging. But if those ridges run horizontally, that could be a health issue, so check with your doc.
- Soft, weak nails - If your nails bend really easily, eating protein-rich foods can help. Nails are made of keratin, layered layers of protein, Dr. Petre says. So to make yours stronger eat more eggs, quinoa, and beans.
Source: Well + Good