Mani Monday: 4 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

Looking at your nails can indicate a lot about your health. When they’re a different shade than normal, your body may be telling you something’s up.

Take a look at the guide below, wipe off that polish, and do a quick a nail check. Your tips will thank you.

4 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

A Blue Hue
When nails are looking blue, it typically means your body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could indicate a lung infection (like pneumonia) or that you have slow blood circulation. If nails are persistently blue, have a physician check your blood and oxygenation levels.

Pale Nails
Iron deficiency is the most common cause of pale nails. If your nails appear to be on the lighter side, increase your iron intake by loading up your diet with red meat, leafy greens, and dried fruit.

Yellow Stains
This unfortunate color can come about from simply wearing too much polish (yes, there’s such a thing). But don’t worry – I’m not saying you need to cut manicures out of your life. Just let your nails breathe occasionally to keep them healthy. To rid yourself of yellow stains, soak nails in lemon juice or scrub with a peroxide toothpaste.

Gone Green
Green nails are most often caused by bacterial infections (yuck). To avoid one, skip getting your cuticles cut and make sure your manicurist uses clean tools.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

If you’re concerned about your nail color, contact your physician. For other manicure-related queries, tweet us at @ruelala, then check out our weekly Mani Monday column.

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August 12, 2013