Nail problems refer to changes in the appearance of the finger and/or toenails, such as thickening or curving, as well as fungus or bacterial overgrowth in and around the nails (often associated with acrylic nails for cosmetic purposes), or bacteria (tinea and candidiasis), Such changes are usually indications of an underlying metabolic or nutritional dysfunction within the body, or a sign of skin disease or general illness.
Thickened and curved nails most often affect the big toes of older people and are often due to poor circulation, cardiovascular problems, and/or thyroid disease. Pitting in the nails can be a sign of anemia. Pitting and thickening together can be a sign of psoriasis. Brittle, ridged, and curved nails can signify anemia and iron deficiency, while brittle nails alone can indicate thyroid problems, iron deficiency, kidney disorders, poor circulation, and/or omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Vertical lines in nails usually signify poor nutrient absorption, iron deficiency, decreased overall health, or poor protein metabolism, while horizontal lines can indicate severe stress caused by unresolved emotional issues or from disease and/or infection. Flat nails can be due to poor circulation from Raynaud`s disease, while nail beading (bumps) may suggest arthritis. Nails that easily chip, crack, peel, and break are usually due to food allergies, mineral deficiencies and/or and need for digestive enzymes.
Fungal or bacterial overgrowth around the nails suggests a yeast infection (candidiasis) and in women can also be due to the use of acrylic nail polish.
Red skin around the cuticles can be a sign of poor essential fatty acid metabolism, while darkening of the overall nail bed may be due to vitamin B12 deficiency, and white spots can signify zinc deficiency.
Note: Despite the above indications, medical diagnosis should never be based on a person’s nail condition alone.
Drinking fresh carrot juice on a daily basis is an excellent way to strengthen nails because the juice provides calcium and phosphorus. In addition, eat foods that are high in iron, include quality sources of protein at each meal, and add whole grains, seeds, and nuts to your overall diet.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
We know that stress has a negative impact on the immune system and a compromised immune system is a key factor in the development of an abscess. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Practice Meditation: Meditation has been scientifically shown to relieve stress, as well as to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.
Fingernail health an indication of overall wellness: www.naturalnews.com/007750.html
Diabetes-related fungal nail conditions: www.naturalnews.com/023462_diabetes_infections_skin.html
How nails reflect your health: www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-15289/How-nails-reveal-health.html
Ayurveda guide to health nails: www.mapi.com/ayurveda_health_care/newsletters/ayurveda_hair_nails.html
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Toenail fungus and home Ayurveda remedies: www.youtube.com/watch?v=INtSl2-PkFU
Brittle nails and hormone imbalance in women: www.naturalnews.com/024929_hair_stress_loss.html
Further Information (links and books)
Death By Pedicure, the dirty secrets of nail salons (Health Safety) by DR Robert Spalding
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.
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