As a Reflexologist, I see many people in my week. I am always looking for signs of health problems. One of the easiest health signs to read is nails. Your nails tell you much about your health status. Common nails problems are –

Yellow nails – Your nails may yellow with age or due to the use of acrylic nails or nail polish. Smoking can also stain nails a yellowish hue. If your nails are thick, crumbly, and yellow, a fungal infection could be to blame. Less often, yellow nails may be related to thyroid disease, diabetes, psoriasis, or respiratory disease (such as chronic bronchitis).

Dry, Cracked or Brittle Nails – Lifestyle factors may play a role here, such washing dishes, swimming, or frequently using nail polish remover, exposed to chemicals such as cleaning products, or live in a region with low humidity. Cracking and splitting can be caused by a fungal infection or thyroid disease, particularly hypothyroidism. Brittle nails may also be due to a deficiency in vitamins A and C or the B vitamin biotin.

Clubbing – Clubbing describes when your fingertips become enlarged, and the nail becomes curved downward. It can be a sign of low oxygen in your blood and associated with lung disease. Clubbing can also be related to liver or kidney disease, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and AIDS.

Read more for other nail problems and simple nail care tips

  • White Spots
  • Horizontal Ridges
  • Vertical Ridges
  • Spoon Nails
  • Pitting Nails
  • Color Discolorations
  • White Nails with a Strip of Pink

Writer – Dr. Mercola of


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