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Nail the problem at root

health-and-fitness Updated: Jun 14, 2010 02:19 IST
Richa Bhatnagar
Richa Bhatnagar
Hindustan Times
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Nails reveal a lot about our health and our diet. Any change in the colour of nails can be an indication of low protein levels, fungal infections, thyroid disorder, skin diseases, anaemia and more. Here are some things about nails to keep a check on.

Pale nails with white spots: Are a sign of lack of iron, zinc, protein and vitamin B in the body.

What to do? Consume coriander juice, leafy vegetables, eggs and nuts. Consume zinc-rich food such as: wheat, jowar, bajra, etc. For vitamin B rich diet include meat, brown rice, fish, butter, whole grain cereals, etc in your diet.

If skin around the nail dries: It indicates deficiency of vitamin C, folic acid and protein.

What to do? Supplement your diet with green leafy vegetables, fish and consume lots of fruits.

Other ailments that nail indicate
* Horizontal lines on nails indicate low haemoglobin level.
* Also, clubbing of nails which is upward convexity of nail bed is usually seen in serious conditions like lung cancer or maybe a heart disease.

With inputs from Vinay Singh, dermatologist, Max Healthcare and Ashutosh Shukla, internal medicine, Artemis Health Institute