Tough As Nails Written by Charlee Waldrop Sep 21, 2018 0 Did you know that your nails are a great indicator of overall health? That’s right! So make sure to take a look at them to make sure your body is in great working order. Nail Health Signs and Symptoms Pale nail beds can be a sign of Anemia, Malnutrition, or even Liver Disease. Mostly white nails that have darker rims can be indicators of more severe problems such as problems with the Liver and even Hepatitis. Fungal Infections are one of the more common cases with nails - whether you have natural or Acrylic nails. If the Fungal Infection goes untreated, the nail bed could retract, and the nail can crumble and thicken. On rare occasions, yellowing of the nails can indicate more severe conditions such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis. Bluish nails can also be an issue. Bluish nails occur when the body isn't getting enough oxygen due to either a problem with the lungs or in some cases, the heart. Rippling or pitting of the nail surface has been shown to correlate to psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. In these cases, the nail can be discolored, and skin under the nail will appear to be a reddish-brown color. Nail biting might be an old habit, but for some, it could be a sign of an underlying anxiety problem that could benefit from professional treatment. Nail biting or picking has also can be a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you have difficulty stopping on your own, it might be beneficial to discuss with your doctor. Nail changes are most often not the first sign of an internal health problem, and most often, nail abnormalities are harmless as not everyone with rippled nails has psoriasis. But if you're concerned about the appearance of your nails or anything else with your skin, see your doctor or a dermatologist. What You Can Do Peeling and splitting nails could be a sign of a lack of collagen in your diet. Collagen protein is the building block of your fingernails, hair, and teeth. Adding collagen into your diet regimen can help keep your nails healthy. Folic Acid or vitamin B9 is responsible for creating and repairing the cells that make up your nails helping to speed up growth. If your body is deficient in manganese, then this is one of the top reasons for nail splitting. Manganese is an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in various biological processes in the body. If you don't want to take a fist-full of vitamins every day to help your nails look their best, give VitaCup's newest blend a try: The Beauty Blend developed to support and maintain healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails.