So let's finish up this week with "healthy nails"
And the question for today is this . . . why are "healthy nails" so important?
Well . . . it turns out your nails act as indicators for malnutrition, kidney disease, liver disease and the other health issues we spoke of the other day.
And taking care of our nails can help determine the health of the body . . .
How you ask???
Well . . . think of your fingernails and toenails as little shields that "protect" the fingers and toes from infection and bacteria that we come in contact with everyday. They help to prevent bacteria from entering the body and causing other illnesses.
So again . . . how can we tell if our nails are "unhealthy"???
Well . . . as we spoke the other day . . . discoloration with dark streaks, white streaks or changes in overall nail color . . . or . . . change in nail shape (curling or clubbing), changes in nail thickness (thickening or thinning), nails that become brittle, nails that are pitted, bleeding around the nails, or swelling and redness around the nails.
And how can we help to keep our "nails" healthy???
Well . . . that would be things like . . . using cuticle oil daily, use a soft nail file, use natural nail polish and eat a "nail-friendly "diet.
And "nail-friendly" foods would be . . .
Lean meat, nuts, hemp seeds, eggs, dark leafy greens like spinach, orange and yellow veggies like carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes, healthy oils like olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil, bone broth like chicken or beef and lots and lots of "WATER".
You see . . . "hydration" is also a contributing factor to our overall nail health.
A good test would be . . . a "normal" healthy nail will turn white when pressed and then "refill" when the capillaries underneath regain their natural blood flow . . .
But . . . nails that take longer than a half a second to "refill" . . . may indicate "dehydration".
So drink more water people!!!
And tomorrow, I'll give you one of my favorite "nail-healthy" recipes . . . and a "download" to "HEALTHIER NAIL".
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