What do Your Nails Say About Your Health & Nutrition?

I explain how your fingernails show health problems.

0:00 How your fingernails show health problems (especially nutrient deficiencies)
0:56 If your nails are brittle this is usually because of a folate deficiency
2:40 Brown or grey nails could be low B12 especially if you are a vegan

In this video, I describe how your fingernails show health problems, especially nutrient deficiencies. I previously did an entire webinar about how deficiencies show up in your hair, skin, and nails. But here I focus solely on your nails.

Your nails give a lot of clues about what’s going on with you internally as far as your nutrients and your foods.

Vertical ridges on your nails could indicate a slow thyroid (hypothyroid). But they could also mean a vitamin B12 or iron deficiency.

If your nails are brittle or break easily this could be because of a folate deficiency. Folate is found in leafy greens, and people with brittle nails usually aren’t consuming enough vegetables. Or it could be a biotin deficiency, meaning a lack of good gut flora (bacteria). If you have a history of taking antibiotics or of digestive issues you may be deficient in biotin.

Fungus on your nail, indicated by a yellowish discoloration, is also an indication of low biotin because of an imbalance in your gut. Taking silica will help strengthen your nails.

If your nails have little white spots this is due to a zinc deficiency. If the white spot is in the center, where it would be after six months of growth, we know you probably had a birthday party six months ago and you probably ate the entire cake because refined carbohydrates and sugar deplete zinc. So too will stress, IBS, and other digestive issues.

Horizontal thin white lines near the base of the nail are indicative of low calcium. Thicker white lines in a different location are usually because of a vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency.

If your nail is slightly brown or grey that could be low B12 especially if you are a vegan. B12 comes from animal products. Or if you had a gastric bypass that will affect your absorption of nutrients. So too could it be low stomach acid?

If the nail is clubbed that could mean a liver or kidney problem.

And if your nail is mostly white with a pink strip across the top that could also be low B12. If it’s completely white or blue that could be low B1.

The common theme of how your fingernails show health problems is low B vitamins and minerals which are involved in making protein, which is what nails are made of.

Dr Eric Berg DC Bio:
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