Skin, Hair, and Nails
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Healthy nails are pink on the nail bed indicating a rich blood supply. Nails are made of keratin, a type of protein and sulfur. It takes approximately seven months to fully grow a fingernail, at a rate of about .05 to 1.2 millimeters a week. The following are some of the nutritional deficiencies that can show up in the nails. After each listing are a few supplement suggestions. The products listed support the system in need of help so that it can function as it is designed.
· White fingernails with pink coloring near the tips can be a sign of cirrhosis of the liver. If the entire nail is white it could mean kidney or liver disorders or anemia. JuvaTone, K&B
· White lines across the nail may also indicate a protein deficiency or liver disease, while white lines in a horizontal fashion may indicate heart disease, high fever or arsenic poisoning. A half white nail with dark spots on the tip could indicate a kidney disorder. JuvaTone, K&B, Pure Protein
·If the moon part of the nail area turns red, heart problems are suspect. If the moon area turns blue, then possible heavy metal poisoning or lung problems may exist.CardioCare, HRT, Chelex, JuvaCleanse
· Cuts and cracks in nails may indicate the need for more water intake. Water with NingXia Red added
· Two white lines that do not seem to move as the nail grows indicate hypoalbuminemia which is a protein deficiency in the blood.Pure Protein, Essentialzyme
· Abnormally thick nails might be due to the blood not circulating properly in the vascular system. CardiaCare, NingXia Red, Aroma Life
· Yellow nails can mean there are problems with your liver, diabetes, respiratory disorders or problems with the lymphatic system. Core Supplements, JuvaTone, NingXia Red
· Dark nails that are flat and/or thin, or are spoon shaped, can be a sign of vitamin B(12) deficiency or anemia. Core Supplements
· Brittle nails are often a sign of iron deficiency and thyroid problems. You could also have impaired kidneys or problems with circulation. Thyromin, Endogize, Rehemogen
· Nails that are very bendable could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. ImmuPower, NingXia Red
· Pitted brown spots or split fingernail tips may mean you have psoriasis or that vitamin C, folic acid or protein are needed. Pure Protein, NingXia Red, Core Supplements
· Very deep blue nail beds can indicate pulmonary obstruction or emphysema. RC, CardioCare, NingXia Red
· Nail's that crack, peel and chip easily mean a general nutritional deficiency and insufficient hydrochloric acid production which facilitates the digestion and absorption of protein. More protein and minerals may be needed in your diet. Minneral Essence, NingXia Red, Core Supplements, Essentialzyme
· Thyroid problems can be seen in nails that are brittle, soft, shiny, without a moon, separate from the nail bed, have ridges or like a bumpy road.Thyromin, Endogize
· Nails with coloring hammered brass indicate a tendency toward partial or total hair loss. NingXia Red, Endogize, Thyromin, Cedarwood and Lavender on scalp, YL shampoos & conditioners
· Flat nails can indicate Raynaud's disease. This disease affects the circulatory system, which in turn affects the limbs. It leaves hands and feet continually cold. Aroma Life, NingXia Red, CardioCare, Omega Blue
· Unusually wide nails that are square can mean a hormonal disorder. Endogize, Femigen, ProGessence
· Red skin at the very bottom of your nail bed could indicate a connective tissue disorder. BLM, Sulfurzyme, NingXia Red
· Greenish tints to nails can signify a fungal infection of the nail or a bacterial infection in the body. See fungal oils in recipe section. Additional good friendly gut bacteria - probiotics - may be indicated. Life 5
· Black splinter like bits under the nails can indicate infectious endocarditis, a serious heart infection. Inner Defense, CardioCare Black bands from the cuticle outward to the end of the nail, can be an early sign of melanoma. In either case you should seek professional help immediately.
· Lack of B vitamins cause nails to become fragile, especially indicated with ridges. Lack of vitamins, minerals or protein causes hangnails.NingXia Red, Core Supplements
· Dryness and brittleness together often indicate a lack of Vitamin A and calcium. Zinc deficiencies can show up as small white spots on the nails. Iron deficiency may result in "spoon" shaped nails or vertical ridges. Core Supplements, Thyromin
· Lack of sufficient gut bacteria can contribute to nail fungal infections. Life 5, Inner Defense
Many women with not-so lovely nails often have acrylic nails glued on top of their natural nails. This is an extremely bad practice. The glues and acrylics are toxic and can penetrate into the bloodstream; the fake nails cut off oxygen to the nail making it weak and thin; and many a nail fungus had it's beginning with a manicure or pedicure. The area where the acrylic nail attaches to the natural nail bed is a breeding ground for bacteria.
For the sake of your health-let your natural nails grow out and take steps to make them strong and healthy by getting your whole body in balance. Yes, for a while you will have soft nails; keep them cut short and they will improve in a short while.
Excessive exposure to water and detergents or soaps can cause the nails to swell. When they dry, they shrink, which results in loose brittle nails. Rubber gloves should be used when washing the dishes or getting your hands in lots of water.
Herbs that provide the body with nutrients specific for the nails include alfalfa, black cohosh, burdock root, horsetail, oatstraw, dandelion, Gotu kola and yellow dock, royal jelly, spirulina, kelp-all rich in minerals and silica.
Carrier oils such as warm olive oil, flax or borage mixed with high quality therapeutic essential oils (Young Living) can be applied topically and will nourish the nail. Choose from the following essential oils: lemongrass, frankincense, lemon and myrrh. (See recipes at the bottom for more choices).
Supplements that nourish the nails include Sulfurzyme, Pure Protein, Balance Complete, Super C, Super B, True Source and NingXia Red. Sulfurzyme, by its very nature aids the body in ridding itself of viruses, so if you begin a regimen of Sulfurzyme and begin to feel rather puny, just reduce the amount you take and build up to 6-8 capsules per day for a healthier you. Here are a couple of simple recipes that nourish the nails.
1 jar Rose Ointment
10 drops V6 oil
4 drops geranium oil
4 drops Palo Santo
4 drops Citrus Fresh
4 drops myrrh
Scoop out Rose ointment into a stainless steel double boiler. Warm the ointment until it melts. Remove from heat and pour into glass measuring cup with a pouring spout. Add V6 oil and essential oils, swirl gently with a toothpick. Pour back into Rose ointment jar, re-label or pour into smaller jars, label and give as gifts. Using a cotton swab, apply a small amount to nail bed and massage in, twice daily.
2 tbls beeswax
2 tbls cocoa butter
3 tbls jojoba oil*
1 tbls grape seed oil*
20 drops essential oils-rose, carrot, rosemary, geranium and sandalwood-4 drops each.
* In place of these two oils you can substitute 4 tbls V6 oil.
Combine beeswax, cocoa butter and jojoba oil in a saucepan and warm on low heat in a double-boiler until cocoa butter and beeswax have melted. Remove from heat and add the essential oils. Stir well, let cool slightly and pour into jars. Use a Q-tip swab or orange stick to get a small amount of the cream from the jar. Apply to nails and massage with your fingers.
Quick Nail Growth Oil
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Lemon oil
10 drops Myrrh
Combine in a small vial or bottle. Apply with a paint brush to bare nails twice per day.
Other nail health tips:
Oils that soften cuticles: eucalyptus & peppermint
Original content shared by Debra Raybern, YL Royal Crown Diamond