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People often say our eyes are the mirror of our soul. And how that cannot be true? Eyes are so expressive and so powerful of relating our mood, intentions, decision point.

A true statement is that our nails are the mirrors of our health. You see, skin, nails, hair are those details of our body that exist on the perifery, i.e., outside the body’s organs and represent its State of Health through their own look.

When you catch a glance at a person’s hands, your subconscious registers a quick response as to the health of person’s hands’ and overall health. Those mini signals come from the look of person’s NAILS.

Let’s take a tour into some nails conditions and where they come from. Better yet, how we can take care of our nails in the best way possible.

To help do it, Regina who boasts a BA in Nutritional Health Science and a vast experience in Nutritional Medicine, we’ll dive into some details below! Take a look, read, reflect, ask questions. Let’s have an ample day and leave our today’s #AMCoffee with better knowledge of how to take care of our bodies.

 

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  1. CoffeeTime says:

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  3. CoffeeTime says:

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    Here’s a list of some common nail signs and what they can mean…
    by Regina

    Nails with no color or a blueish hue can be a sign of anemia.

    Regina says: confirm with a blood test and supplement with a good quality iron complex such as tktk. Include grass-fed beef, kale and other green leafy vegetables in your diet to help boost your iron levels.

    Purple nails may reflect poor circulation.

    Regina says: dry skin brushing is great for improving overall circulation. Make sure to brush from your hands and towards the heart. Massaging your cuticles with a rich and nourishing nail oil will also help stimulate blood flow to the nails and improve growth as well as healthy looking nails. Try my homemade nourishing nail & cuticle oil, which is rich in healthy fats without any chemicals and preservatives.

    White spots on the nails often signify a zinc deficiency.

    Regina says: zinc rich food sources include in seafood (particularly oysters!), beef/lamb, poultry, pumpkin and sesame seeds as well as garlic.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I did know blue nails meant something but thought maybe poor circulation …I had no idea anemia could make your nails bluish or with out any color

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Didn’t know this! I occasionally have white spots on my nails…gonna have to beef up the zinc!

    • Passed the test, lol. None of the three. But my nails are thin and break very easy. Like I said , I think its the cleaning fluid.

      • Karen Hinkle says:

        my nails are brittle so I see some things I can do to help them out I like the skin brushing will give it a try

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I know some of these but not all. The lady that use to do my nails was telling about some of these things. It is all good to know. Ty 🙂

    • Wendi Watson says:

      i always have zinc deficiency and i have always been told that that is why the doctor always asks to see you hands because they can tell a lot about your body by your nails

  4. CoffeeTime says:

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    Nail Conditions Continued – What May Be Wrong & Ways of Improvement
    By Regina

    Horizontal ridges on the nails can be a sign of stress, gut malapsorption and other digestive problems.

    Regina says: Chewing your food properly is a simple yet very effective way to improve nutrient absorption and digestion. Don’t eat when you’re stressed and always sit down when you eat your main meals. Taking a tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar before meals is also a well known and easy way to help aid digestion.

    Finally, a good quality probiotic is extremely beneficial for digestion and overall gut health, especially in the case of leaky gut and candida overgrowth. I love the Ultimate Flora probiotics as they are potent multi-strain probiotics in a delayed release vegetable capsule – meaning they can withstand the acidic environment as they pass through the stomach down to the large intestine. For more on probiotics and what they do, read How To Improve Digestion Naturally.

    Soft, brittle nails may be a sign that your body is deficient in essential fatty acids and possibly not receiving enough of these due to a lacking diet or poor absorption.

    Regina says: Include chia seeds, flax seeds & walnuts into your diet. My healthy nut & seed bread & bircher muesli with chia seeds are both loaded with these healthy essential fats. If you prefer a good quality oil supplement I recommend Eskimo’s omega 3 fish oils.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I personally have never had the ridges but for the 1st year I grew them after knowing them off for 30 yrs they were very soft,split easy and were brittle. I like lots of nuts but not much of a seed fan or walnut fan .I cant eat when stressed -the food sticks in my throat and I always sit to eat (even my snacks) but had no idea it actually helped digestion

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Your nails tell so much that I didn’t know! I have never had horizontal ridges but I do have vertical ones on some nails.

    • Good info.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      My nails are to soft so the lady that started doing my nails almost a year ago told me to use Sally Hansen products for stretching them. She said I had healthy nails. I went to her a couple months for fake nails til my nails started growing again. I had started biting them after I had stopped working and that was in 2001 so I bit them for years. Now I do my own nails.

    • Wendi Watson says:

      they are here and there and yes i have had them

  5. CoffeeTime says:

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    Nutrition could be a huge missing factor from our diets that cause “malfunction” and self-expression of the nails, skin, body.

    Here’s more from Regina and her suggestions on how to improve nail conditions:

    Brown spots or nails that are pitting (looking like prickles in the nail) are often associated with eczema and psoriasis. However, it can also reflect nutrient deficiencies such as low levels of vitamin C and/or folic acid.

    Regina Says: Add a high nutrient alkalising green smoothie to your daily diet to help supply some essential nutrients, such as folic acid and vitamin C. Besides nutrients it will also aid detoxification.

    Even though psoriasis and eczema are often associated with genetic predisposition, they are also both often rooted in poor gut health such as leaky gut. By healing the gut, the symptoms often improve and disappear. That said, it can be a lengthy process and varies with the individual, so talk to a holistic health care practitioner about the best treatment for you.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I also used to suffer pits in my nails(10 yrs or so ago) but always assumed it was from constantly chewing on them…its interesting to learn there may of been several other reasons for my bad nails (and I am thankful I don’t have those nail issues anymore (or bite them!)

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      I’m going to have to keep on eye on dd’s nails…she has eczema and dermatitis. Never noticed any of these signs yet though!

    • Good thing , I bought spinach at the grocery store yesterday.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I think it is very important for us all to pay attention to our bodies. This is all great info.

    • Wendi Watson says:

      i love these facts because they are for sure things i have heard in the past and its a great refresher to have to fall back on to to try and fix some nutritional facts

  6. CoffeeTime says:

    amcoffee
    Love Regina’s way of approaching the subject of ailing nails and the nails that need simple turn for a better nutrition.

    If your nails are spooned (if your nails curve inwards) it can signal low B12 and/or iron. This is surprisingly common, given that around 25% of women of menstruating age suffer from iron deficiency and should be addressed as it can lead to anaemia.

    Regina Says: Include iron rich foods into your diet. These include red meat, mussels, fish, green leafy vegetables – kale, collards, mustard greens, chard are especially high in iron.

    While good quality iron supplements are hard to come by and are often hard on the stomach, Floradix is the exception. Floradix contains less iron than most other supplements, but its absorption rate it much higher compared to most other. It also contains B vitamins and vitamin C which enhance absorption, herbal extracts to increase digestion, and fruit juices to ensure proper stomach acidity (note: Floradix is suitable for pregnancy as well).

    As for B12, adding a spoonful of nutritional yeast with added B12 to your diet is a great way to get a good dose of B12 from a non-animal source. Other than nutritional yeast, B12 is primarily found in animal meats and is therefore a common deficiency among vegans and vegetarians. This nutritional yeast by Engevita tastes amazing and is an inactive yeast, meaning it won’t contribute to an overgrowth of candida yeast. It is great sprinkled on salads, soup and added to stews and stir fries and tastes great.

  7. CoffeeTime says:

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    One More Nail Condition that could be Indicative of Thyroid Function
    by Regina

    Nails that are weak, dry and split easily can reflect an under-active thyroid function. It can also be caused by a deficiency in minerals such as silica, copper, and magnesium as well as essential fatty acid deficiency.

    Regina Says: Eat a variety of fresh produce and make sure to chew your food properly to ensure optimal absorption of essential nutrients needed for strong nails. You may also want to consider a good quality multivitamin to make sure you get adequate B vitamins and minerals (I recommend Chapter Organics and Simply One by SuperNutrition).

    If you suspect an under active thyroid you will likely have other indicative symptoms as well. I suggest talking to your doctor and/or holistic health care practitioner about what nutritional and herbal supplements can help restore your thyroid balance before its too late and you need thyroid medication.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I had No idea our nails told us so much about other areas of our body

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Mine used to be really soft (other than my thumb and pinkie – they were always really hard) but in the past few years they have gotten stronger. My ring and middle fingers are still bendable but no as bad as they were. Guess I’ve been eating better! 🙂

    • WOw, Im going to ask the doctor to maybe run a test on both my daughter and I.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      This makes a lot of sense. People with fibromyalgia I heard are lacking in magnesium.

    • Wendi Watson says:

      i love fruit and and i eat a lot of it but i still have those nails that break at the same spots every time at the same length lol explain that to me

  8. CoffeeTime says:

    amcoffee

    Check out this MayoClinic quick slide presentation for different ailing conditions of the nails. It’s worth watching. Will take you about 4 minutes to read, but to reffect… a bit more! Worth watching and learning about it.

    • Jessica Parent says:

      I was wondering what “spooning” was (mine used to do that when I was a kid but I thought its cuz I was always biting them) Thanks for the visuals which give me a better understanding of unhealthy nails

    • Amanda Alvarado says:

      Wow! I don’t have any of those thankfully! Nice to see visuals! I was thinking spooning was growing the opposite way than it is! It was great getting to see what the nail pitting looks like too!

    • Wendi Watson says:

      now i see what you mean by spooning i could not understand that but wow that looks like a problem and i would have been to the dr wayyyy before that

  9. Wow, Nice info. Thanks so much.

  10. Rebecca Swenor says:

    Okay I feel bad for all of them people. I was just cringing and thinking ouch for a lot of them. It is very important we pay attention to what are bodies are telling us.

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