How nails warn you about health problems


Nails and healthI went to the Minnesota State Fair, which is held in twin cities each year.  The most amazing part about the Minnesota State Fair is the amount of people visiting.  I was amazed to see what people, especially; women had done to their nails. Many women took care of their nails really well and were well painted, but I could see some women were careless. Your nails play an important role in beautifying the way you look and preserving a good health on the whole.  Have you ever realized that your fingernails and toenails can indicate potential problems in other parts of your body? 


I remember an educational advertisement on television in India.  One pregnant lady goes to a fortune teller to ask future of her.  For those of you new to art of palmistry, in India, palmistry is somewhat common to read into someone’s future.  Anyhow, the fortune teller looks at back of her hand and tells her that instead of future of your child, you should consume calcium as your nails are becoming white.  You would be amazed to know that your nails besides helping you to open the knot, can also warn you of the future diseases.  The color and shape of your nails provide important sign to your health.  If you have healthy nails, they should have a pink tone. Any change in tone and texture may indicate mineral and vitamin deficiencies that can lead to severe diseases in long term.




Here are a few common health conditions with symptoms that can show up on the ends of your fingers.



Nail Condition


Pale nails that may become brittle, flat, or even spoon-shaped as the condition becomes more severe


Split or deformed nails


Yellowish nails with a slight blush at the base

Chronic Infections

Clubbed fingernails (very rounded, dome shaped nails, described below)*


A silver shaped hemorrhage under the nail, but without pain.

Extreme emotional stress

Bitten or chewed nails

Heart Failure or Chronic lung cancer

Bluish nails along with shortness of breath and a cough


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Brittle, loose nails that are shaped like a spoon (describe below)**


Brittle, loose nails

Kidney disease

White discoloration at the base of the nails

Liver disease (Chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis)

Opaque, white nails

Lung cancer

Clubbed fingernails (very rounded, dome shaped nails)*

Lung diseases (emphysema)

Yellowish, thickened, slow-growing nails


Dark lines beneath the nail


Ends of your nails pulling away from the underlying skin (nail bed)

Zinc deficiency

White spots on the nails


nailclubbing*Nail clubbing: Clubbing occur when the tips of your fingers enlarge and your nails curve around your fingertips. This condition results from low oxygen levels in your blood and could be a sign of lung disease. Clubbing is also associated with inflammatory bowel and liver disease.


spoon-shaped-nail**Spoon nails:  Spoon nails (koilonychia) are soft nails that look scooped out. The depression usually is large enough to hold a drop of liquid. Spoon nails may be a sign of iron deficiency anemia


Now you can appreciate the information that your nails can provide for your well being.  Taking care of your body is vital. In order to have a healthy and strong body, and nails, you need to eat a balanced diet, avoid the junk food and exercise consistently. Healthy diet should include foods such as yoghurt, milk, fish, eggs, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables and whole cereals.  Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices.  In other words, “you are what you eat”. If you want to be healthy, you have to eat healthy.


Healthy nails-healthy diet


8 Responses

  1. lucy says:

    hi my name is lucy and i am 9 years old and i always bite my nails so today i tried doing a manicure and i put sally housen nail growth and it kinda worked my nails are a bit longer then befor but sometimes i still bite my nails but i cant`t help it but sometimes when ppl put on nail polish they think its so pretty so then they dont bite there nails becuz they dont want to get the nail polish off thats what my sis does and now i do it too but i still bite my nails.

  2. AB says:

    Hi, I’m female & 31. I have hair & nail problems. My finger nails have the lines over them as described above but my toes have a white/silver film over them, they are hard to cut too – very brittle. My hair is brittle too. I do have a few health issues that are currently being looked into – heavy periods etc. I’ve had blood tests but so far not got to the bottom it.

    If anyone has any ideas that would be great

    AB x

    • John says:


      Ask your doctor to test you for celiac disease. It causes malabsorption of nutrients. The health issues you mentioned are frequently related.

      Hope this helps!


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