Many of us might have visited the doctor at one time or the other with minor health-related problems, the common ones being fever, cold, diarrhea, or something of that sort.
The doctor would do a preliminary check-up and in the process he would look into the eyes, ask you to show the tongue, make you take a deep breath or two and also ask you to show your fingers and nails in those fingers. Sometimes, he would even apply slight pressure on the nails casually as part of the preliminary check-up. Can you recollect such an experience for you?
Probably most of you would have. Is it not?
Had you ever thought what does the doctor get from seeing the nails? Is he looking at the polish you had in the nails or the color of the polish? No.
He is just assessing the present state of your health. Assessing the state of health by looking at the nails? Are you kidding?
Nails provide important clues to the doctor about the present state of your health. If your nails are soft, something like a shape of a spoon having an upward curve, then it is an indication to the doctor that you might be a candidate for anemia, which is caused to iron deficiency. If the nails in your hand or on the toe are something of a round or club shape, then it is an indication to the doctor that you might be suffering from some sort of a serious lung disorder. Similarly, if the nails are thick and also in a dark color, then some sort of fungal infection might have affected you – this is what the doctor will conclude.
The small nails have so much to say about your present state of health. So, a healthy maintenance of your nails, not just by applying nail polish or some other rough treatment, but by nutrition-filled diets, can not only make your nails look naturally beautiful but also signals a good and healthy body.
Nails, the small portion in front of the fingers and toes, are basically composed of a hard protein called keratin, the very protein that forms the outer layer of the skin and hair. The pale half-moon sized portion at the base of the nail joining the finger is the only living cell part in the nail, while the balance part is made up of dead cells. The half-moon part is called as lunula.
In order to maintain a good health of the nail and also for the body as can be assessed from the nails, one has to consume more food that has rich iron content. If the nutritional deficiencies are attended to and overcome, then the nails return back to normal state automatically without any special treatment for the nails. In addition to iron-rich foods, one should also consume adequate quantity of Vitamin C or citrus fruits.
The disappointing aspect is that the nails get very negligible importance and when the other major parts are supplied with adequate amount of proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates, these nails are treated only with the balance at the last or simply ignored for lack of resources. Hence, you should ensure that you have Vitamin C and adequate amount of iron content in your daily intake of food to ensure that the nails get the required nourishment.