What do your nails say about your health?

Your fingernails can provide clues to your overall health and wellbeing. So let’s look at some of the signs, shall we?

Pale nails

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Very pale nails can often be a sign of iron deficiency. The pinks of your nails should be soft baby pink in colour. Foods rich in iron include fish, eggs and meat. If you’re vegetarian or vegan make sure you eat the right amounts of lentils, nuts and green leafy vegetables such as spinach.

White Spots

White marks on your nails may be due to a bump or small trauma, but can also indicate a zinc deficiency. Foods rich in iron include oysters, seafood, seeds and meat.

Peeling nails

Weak, thin nails could indicate a deficiency in hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which can take its toll on your digestion. Bloating is a common symptom of this.

Introduce fermented vegetables and a probiotic can help to strengthen your nails and alleviate any bloating.

Nail Biting

Nail biting is linked with anxiety issues and stress. If you can’t stop biting your nails it may be worth consulting in a health care professional to deal with any underlying issues.

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Olivia Boyd-Smith
Olivia wholeheartedly embraces all things health, fitness and beauty-related in her everyday life. It is more than a passion to her, it is her lifestyle. Studying a combined degree of Communications and Business, Olivia hopes to branch into the Corporate Beauty world where her business mind and passion for nutrition and beauty from the inside out can combine. Exercise is an integral part of Olivia's lifestyle. With 16 years as a ballerina she strongly believes in moving her body every day. Her interests include running, Barre body and reformer Pilates. Olivia has worked with skin Doctors for the past few years while studying, which has allowed her to acquire a vast knowledge of all things skin and body health related. This compliments her interest in nutrition and wellness. She’s also always in the kitchen experimenting with new healthy recipes, allowing her love for beauty foods to flourish. Through her writing Olivia hopes to inform and inspire and readers to live a healthy and beautiful life.