Our fingernails and toenails are more than just a canvass that we can adorn with pretty nail polish and do our regular cleaning duties. Nails, as small as their part in our bodies, have bigger reasons why they are put there. Although we often take our nails for granted – in the overall health sense – they actually mean more to our health than we know.
Our nails reveal a lot about our entire health. In Chinese remedies and even in conventional medicine, the status, color and health of our nails are said to reflect our health and possible underlying diseases that have yet to be discovered.
Now, that got your attention, huh?
Whitening of Nails
If you take a closer look at your nails, you will discover that it has two or three contrasting colors – white, brown (which reflects the color of the skin), and red (which reflects the color of the insides of the nail). In entirety, the nail is actually white in color, or more transparent.
Nails are essential parts of your fingers and toes where there are a lot of nerve endings that it protects. Thus, healthy nails are important, which means it should be strong, it should have a healthy color and the cuticle should be intact to protect the surroundings of the nails.
Crescent-shaped Whitish Area on Nails
You’re probably looking at your nails right now and wondering: what is that half-moon whitish shape at the base of your nails? Everyone seems to have that too. Is that some sort of genetic resemblance among people?
The answer will surprise you. First of all, the small whitish area on your nails is called lunula, a Latin word for small moon. The lunula is the most sensitive part of the nail because it is the nail’s root. A damaged lunula would lead to a totally damaged and deformed nail. Whereas, if the damaged area is around the lunula, it will grow back normally since the root is untouched.
As important as it is to our nails, the lunula also holds important information to our overall health. The color of lunula, if it is anything other than white, can reveal certain underlying diseases in our body even before other symptoms can show.
Lack of color of the lunula can signify anemia or malnutrition. Reddish smudges inside or around the lunula may mean cardiovascular problems. Bluish or pale color may mean possible diabetes. Lack of lunula may mean slow metabolism or indigestion.
Tips for Healthy Nails
Keep your nails healthy by following these simple tips:
- Soak your fingers into olive oil for about 15 minutes and rinse with water. The minerals from olive oil will keep your nails strong and sturdy.
- Mix avocado, honey, salt and egg yolk into a paste. Rub the paste into your nails and let it sit for about 30 minutes then rinse with water. Do this twice or three times every week for a strong, healthy and shiny nails.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Your nails will reflect your inner health. Thus, healthy nails mean healthy body.
- Add supplements to your diet such as calcium, zinc, iodine and vitamin A. These supplements are good for the body and great for the health of your nails.
Now you know more about nails and how important it is to our body. By all means, you can still indulge on nail art and all those nail designs, as long as you ensure that it does not affect the nail health. Remember, a lot can be said about your health by just looking into the surface of your nails. So keep your nails fungus free and happy. Use foot files and other nail tools to maintain healthy looking nails.