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What your fingernails say about your health, part 1 of 2

By Robyn Openshaw | Jan 07, 2013

Did you know that the color of your fingernails, rippling or bumps or spots, reveal problems in your liver, lungs, or even heart?

I’ve always been fascinated by fingernails. And I’ve noticed that the health of these cool little protective coverings for my fingers correspond to my overall health. They have dozens functions in any given day: scraping a splatter of dried green smoothie off my son’s face. Peeling a sticker off a package. Digging a chia seed from between my teeth. Dislodging the pebble in the bottom of my running shoe.

How often do we appreciate the lowly fingernail? Or look to it for clues about our health?

Ever since I started testing my Ultimate Minerals product, my nails have been growing crazy-fast. They’re long and hard and strong.

They have been, ever since I began eating a high-raw, whole foods diet with lots of greens. But Ultimate Minerals just took my nails to a whole new level.

Nails are made up of layers of keratin, a protein that is also found in our skin and hair, so often if we have pretty nails, we also have pretty, healthy hair and skin. All of those are nourished by good, bioavailable minerals.

I have been studying the forms of minerals most useable by the human body, and I feel that humic and fulvic acids from deep inside the earth, are the very best mineral supplement available. I’d been studying this for a long time, since virtually every North American is mineral deficient, living in the chemical-intensive environment we have no way out of. Lots of substances are mineral-rich, but few are well used by the human body to address imbalances.

Iron supplements, in particular, are not well absorbed by the body and cause other problems, such as constipation. Healthy nails require strong iron levels in the body, and good Omega-3 fatty acids.

For me, a good mineral balance shows up most, in how quickly I can fall asleep. But when I get the perfect  mineral supplement for that, I find my hair gets thicker and shinier, I don’t have dark circles under my eyes even though I run on too-little rest, my skin looks pink and young, and my nails grow long and hard.


IMG_2975To the left is a photo of my nails. At the time that I took the photo, I was with someone close to me, my age, who has a very serious auto-immune disease. She wanted me to take a photo of her ridged fingernails, which I show to the right.  Note the swelling around the nail bed, the ridges, the pale color.

Tomorrow I tell you what your nails can tell you about your health. Including debunking the idea that small white spots on your nails are a calcium deficiency.

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14 thoughts on “What your fingernails say about your health, part 1 of 2”

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  1. Carolyn says:

    Robyn, do you still do Sole? Or has your mineral product replaced that? Thanks for all you do for us!

    1. Robyn says:

      Carolyn, do BOTH. It’s coming at minerals from different places, but Ultimate Minerals is best.

  2. LaRie Pack says:

    So how do I determine what the ridges mean: liver, lung or heart problems?

  3. Lorraine Bird says:

    How timely is this article! For the past couple of weeks my fingernails have looked terrible to the point where they look like they are peeling away from my nailbed. Not sure that they are doing this but it sure looks like it – very heavy ridges too. Can’t wait to read Part 2 tomorrow.

    1. Lorraine Bird says:

      Also breaking very easily as well, more than before.

  4. Jean says:

    A few weeks ago did you mention a 26day
    cleanse? Have any idea when it will start?

    1. Robyn says:

      Jean, the Manual and the Quick Start Guide are off to press. We are simply waiting for the whole thing to be built on the new site. I think Feb. 1, but we’ll see…..it’s kinda out of my hands, my part is done, and I’m just nagging my team at this point. Everybody here at GSG is overworked these days, what the heck! 🙂

  5. That is so interesting. I cannot wait until the next part of this post. I have always wondered about white spots!

  6. Kherna Shipp says:

    Really enjoyed your article Robyn, thank you! At Life Clinic where I work, we also note that horizontal ridges (going across and not up and down the nail) show a protein deficiency which can be due to insufficient protein in the diet, lack of hydrochloric acid to digest the protein in the diet, or stress causing excess cortisol which blocks protein synthesis no matter how good the diet is. ;-D Kherna Shipp

  7. Ryan says:

    I am curious if you can speak to the difference between your Ultimate Minerals and Morter’s Trace Minerals? I am investigating mineral supplements for the first time and could use some information on what to look for.

  8. RisingSun says:

    I can hardly wait to hear more. I have heard that ridges can indicate malabsorption of proteins as well as minerals, but also lack of hydration.

    1. So where is the 2nd part to this article. January 7th 2013. It’s now September 2013.

  9. Sue Anderson says:

    Should I assume that the reason that your nail health would improve would be because the minerals are addressing the underlying problems, not just the nails themselves?

  10. Cara says:

    What do you think about obsessive nail biters? I just can’t seem to stop. I’m a 36 yr old white female. I’ve been a chronic biter since childhood.

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