Your Nails Tell a Story

By Barb
@abbey19 (3129)
Gold Coast, Australia
March 5, 2008 10:24pm CST
Stories Your Nails Tell If your nails are pink - good circulation If your nails have white spots - lack of zinc If your nails have long, vertical ridges - lack of iron, protein/calcium absorption If your nails have horizontal waves - calcium, nerves If your nails are hard, rigid, chalky white - severe chronic disease, hormone imbalance, anemia If your nails have no half moons - lack of circulation If your nails have excessive half moons - overactive thyroid If your nails are short, shrunk, withered - malnutrition If your nails are spoon shaped (curl up) - tendency to infection If your nails are clear - anemia If your nails are blue - lack of oxygen If your nails are red/purple - inflamed heart If your nails have red dots - possible pin worms If your nails are green - too much copper If your nails are too soft - lack of calcium and protein If your nails are red and bleeding - excessive intake of animal protein If your nails have raised cuticles - excessive protein If you have hour glass nails (turns down over end of finger) -excessive mucous If your nails are flat - lymphatic system weak, tonsils acute disorder If your nails are bent down - lack of oxygen What do your nails say about you?
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15 responses
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I have solar nails so, I don't know now what they look like underneath. But, when I was a little girl, until one month after my fifth birthday, my nails were blue because I had a hole in my heart, a broken down valve and one valve that simply wasn't there. I had open heart surgery just after I turned five and my sister told me years later, that the first thing she did was look at my lips (which were also blue) and my nails to see if they were a normal color to know that I was going to be ok. When she saw that they were pink, she knew that my surgery worked.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
So your nails were blue from lack of oxygen cortjo, because of the hole in your heart. My husband's nails go blue when he has a migraine, interesting don't you think? Your sister sounds very special; she must have been very worried about you when you had the surgery, and relieved afterwards to see that your nails had turned pink!
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I get migraines now and then but, because of my solar nails, I can't keep track of whether they turn blue or not. That is interesting. But, I think when we get migraines, our blood vessels constrict or something so, I wonder if that is why because perhaps we are getting slightly less oxygen to our hearts. I might be completely off base on that. My sister is special. She was really worried about me. She's my big sister so, she has that built in protective side. And she was really relieved to see my pink nails and lips. It was something she paid a lot of attention to all of my life up until then and then she paid attention to them for a while after that too from what she told me years later. It took her a while to stop checking my nails and lips out. She kept a good eye on me.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
6 Mar 08
That I should get a manicure? I do have some vertical lines, not very pronounced, but I think they might just be hereditary, as I love all the foods on the iron-rich food list as well as calcium-rich foods like milk and cheese and do also take nutritional supplements, including ones specifically to aid absorption. Somewhere I read an article indicating that the vertical ridges, which they may indicate a concentration of calcium in the nail (which could indicate poor absorption), can also result from excessive typing, which I certainly do or also simply from failing to moisturize the cuticles, which I definitely fail to do. I'm not going to worry about them unless they become really pronounced or the nails thin and start breaking. My nails grow really fast, so I think they are healthy. Interesting discussion though.
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• Macedonia
6 Mar 08
mene toa ne mi se dopaga i to
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
I have been a typist in an office all my life drannhh, but have never experienced ridges on my nails, so bang goes that theory! As long as your nails look healthy, that's the main thing. Thanks for responding.
@mbs730 (2151)
• Canada
7 Mar 08
confession time, my nails are bitten! Indication of nerves!!
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Definitely nerves mbs! Have you tried anything to stop you biting your nails?
• United States
6 Mar 08
I have good circulation and a lack of iron/ protein/calcium. haha. How interesting :-D
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Then perhaps you need more protien in your diet CherBear. I have no half moons which means bad circulation. I seem to get a lot of cramping in my legs and my feet, which would confirm it.
@chiyosan (30194)
• Philippines
6 Mar 08
i have no half moons... so i have no good circulation... :( probably tells why i have hypertension... :(
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
I have no half moons either - and I do suffer from bad circulation.
• China
6 Mar 08
thanks for the info . and i am in a good shape . my nail is give the good feedback .
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Glad to hear that you are in good shape! Thanks for responding.
• Singapore
6 Mar 08
my nails are hard, flat, and have no moons...
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Perhaps you should get yourself checked out. I also have no half moons, which according to the list, means I suffer from bad circulation; this could be true, as I get cramps a lot in my legs and feet.
@weemam (13377)
6 Mar 08
mine are pink with wee half moons lol xx
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Sounds like your nails are perfect weemam!
@jwfarrimond (4474)
6 Mar 08
Well, this is interesting. I have long vertical ridges, which according to this means that I have lack of iron. A blood test last year showed that I was slightly anaemic and my doc. put me on iron tablets for a while. I still have the ridges, but the last blood test that I had did not show the anaemia so I don't know if this coincidence or not.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Hmmm - interesting that you still have the ridges after the last blood test showed that you didn't have the anaemia anymore. Perhaps you need to eat more protien.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
6 Mar 08
it is very very nice post indeed. i have taken a printout of this. my nails are pink and little longer shaped in looking. my nails incraeses very fast i guess. rated +ve.
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Sounds like you have nice nails subha - mine are soft and seem to grow slowly. Glad you like the discussion and thanks for the rating.
@reejane (294)
• Philippines
6 Mar 08
OMG! What will be the story of my nails if I tend to bite them when I'm nervous? That's my habit that I'm having a hard time to get rid of.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Mar 08
Nail biting is a hard habit to kick, but it is possible. I used to bite my nails when I was younger, and I always wanted really nice, long nails; I was a typise in an office, so that idea wasn't very practical for me! However, I eventually did stop biting my nails - enough to wear nail varnish occasionally, and that was my incentive to never bite them again - they looked to nice! Try the advice of muscles - it may work for you.
@mykmari_08 (2465)
• Philippines
6 Mar 08
Well, my nails would be categorized in the following characteristics: First, two of my nails have white spots. I have noticed this since I was in my school days. I guess this is due to too much pressure and thinking. By the way, you might find that I'm naive or maybe even forgetful at this but what foods are rich in zinc? According to your list, having white spots on nails is due to lack of zinc so how do I get zinc? Second, the color of my nails is between pink and white. So, I guess I'm a candidate for anemia. But I'm not alarmed because I have to admit that I lack a lot of sleep these past few days and I'm attributing this condition of my nails to it. Lastly, majority of my nails have no half moons but I've only noticed this now. I assume that what you meant by lack of circulation is lack of blood circulation, right?! Anyway, thanks for posting this list. I know that it would be a lot of help not only for me but for a lot of people specially my relatives and family. As a matter-of-fact, I'm going to copy this in my personal notebook.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Mar 08
Foods that are rich in zinc are oysters or any type of shellfish, red meat, nuts and liver. I hope this helps. Our nails can tell us such a lot about our general health. I have no half moons on my nails, and I do suffer with lack of blood circulation. I'm so glad you have found the list helpful.
@noyida (795)
• Singapore
6 Mar 08
Interesting info. My nails on the right hand is pinkish. No problem with that. But I my left hand nail is blackish puprlish sometimes. Unfortunely, I could not find any explanation on your posting for that. Anyway, I had been checking with the GP, and he did a ECG for me. There is nothing wrong with my heart. But when I went to see a chinese physician, he said that its lies on my liver and my digestive system. I think he is right. I kindda of having some pain when eating the wrong food that my digestive system cannot stomach them. I'm not on medication, but just on control diet where I have to avoid vinegar. So I refrain from food that contain excessive vinegar.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Mar 08
Hi Aidah! I'm glad you went to see a Chinese physician about your nails on your left hand being black/purple sometimes, because now you have an answer to your problem. I would be interested to know if staying away from venegar rectifies the problem. Nice to hear from you again. xx
@raydene (9874)
• United States
6 Mar 08
Well Doll I guess I have good circulation and that is the only one I have. I guess I am ok. Funny cause I used to have some of the others but don't anymore. xoxoxoxoxo
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Mar 08
I guess you are ok raydene! I also used to have some of the others (white spots, ridges), but no more. I must have bad circulation because I can't see my half moons.
@Br0wniie (15)
• United States
7 Mar 08
hmm. interesting.