Monday, July 9, 2007
Nails Are A Great Health Barometer
For alternative health physicians, fingernails are an excellent barometer on how well you are absorbing nutrients from the food you eat. So if you have a poor diet, it stands to reason that your nails won’t be in good shape.
Common problems include white spots, ridges and brittleness and if you suffer from these problems, these steps will show you how to obtain healthy nails.
If you are suffering from a fungal infection (causing abnormal growth, extreme brittleness, discolouration) and want to know how to obtain healthy nails
- it can be difficult to remove from the nail and the nail bed. The initial course of action will be anti-fungal medication from your doctor, then follow up with our suggestions below.
If you want healthy nails, first understand that nails in poor condition are an indication of a nutritional deficiency.
White spots can indicate a zinc deficiency, ridges in the fingernails can indicate iron and/or a calcium deficiency and brittle nails can indicate a deficiency of the sulphur-containing amino acids.
A nutritional program for healthy nails
* Supplement with the base line nutritional program of all 90 essential nutrients - vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Out of all of these, plant derived minerals produce excellent results in terms of stronger nails and rapid growth.
* Treat the fingernail problems directly with a supplement containing gelatine – especially important for vegetarians.
* Digestive enzymes before meals to improve the absorption of nutrients.
You should begin noticing results within a couple of weeks!
By Paul Newland
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