Your Fingernails Reveal Inner Health at Your Fingertips

Your fingernails reveal a lot about your health—inside and outside of your body.

Hands On

If you want your hands and nails to look lovely, a manicure may enhance, but it won’t cure the root cause of nail challenges. Polished nails can also be an attractive cosmetic, especially if you’re trying to hide ridges, chips, or discoloration.

Keep in mind, however, many FDA approved products can still be harmful. More than several polishes and acetone-based removers strip nails and cause them to be brittle. Topically, chemical products will harm your nails.

What’s going on inside of your body will also show up on your fingernails. And these signs may prove to be more worthy to observe and take note.

Nail Revelations

Certain conditions in overall health may be demonstrated in the condition of one’s fingernails. Here are some possible clues and insights worth examining. If you have:

– YELLOW NAILS. Chances are it’s a fungal infection. Take care before it gets worse; nails could thicken and then crumble. A worst-case scenario might be a sign of diabetes, lung or thyroid disease.

– PALE NAILS. You could be anemic or malnourished. Serious concerns would be liver disease or congestive heart failure.

– WHITE NAILS with DARK RIMS. This could be a sign of liver problems. Could be hepatitis.

– BLUE NAILS. Your body may be oxygen deprived. It may be a lung or circulatory disorder.

– RIPPLED NAILS. Ripples, pits, or indents may be signs of inflammation in the body. The skin under the nail may also seem reddish-brown.

– SPLIT/CRACKED NAILS. This is more likely a hormonal imbalance. Could be linked to thyroid disease.

Many doctors in the know often check fingernails during a routine check-up. The above information can be warnings, but shouldn’t be used as a checklist for alarm.

Diet Rules

How you nourish your body will be reflected inside and out.

Fingernail and toenail health are augmented by consuming Biotin (a vitamin-B family member.) Supplements are available, but foods such as eggs and almonds are rich in Biotin. This vitamin should help prevent nail breaks and splits and promote thickness.

MSM is another nutrient associated with healthy nails. You can consume this supplement naturally by eating garlic, onions, kale, wheat germ, and more.

Silica is another nail booster found organically in a long list of different foods including: leeks, strawberries, oatmeal, spinach, mangos, bananas, and even beer, among others.

Painted Nail Beauty Tips

Shaping of the nails (manicure styles) change every so often. Oval-to-pointy happens to be trendier than the more square style of the late past.

Matte-finish nails have risen in popularity, too. Reddish-maroon colors, for the fall, are in, as well as deep-toned purples. Grey has been trending, but now fashion connoisseurs are adding a hint of blue for added interest.

Ombre coloring, like the hairstyle, (dark at the roots, varying to light at the tips) looks great on longer nails.

Whether you prefer your nails colored or au natural, it’s important that they are healthy. And that comes from the inside out. Just like your beautiful persona. Here’s to your complete overall health and beauty!

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Are You Full of Fungus and Don’t Know It? Never Fear, Antifungal Foods To The Rescue!

So often we feel icky and can’t explain why we have particular physical symptoms. Mostly, it’s blamed on a virus or a bacterial infection. But, guess what? Fungal infections are just as prevalent. And, most of the time they go undiagnosed. If you suspect you’re a victim of a fungus among us, below are some suggestions of antifungal foods that may come to your rescue.

Not-Fun Symptoms. Are They Caused By A Fungus?

Sometimes, we, or even medical practitioners, can misdiagnose the cause of certain symptoms of recurring ailments. It’s not uncommon because bacterial and viral infections are running rampant these days.

However, when particular symptoms persist after bouts of antibiotics, rest, and maybe even antiviral meds, it might be time to explore another culprit. Surprisingly, that perpetrator could be a parasite or a fungus. (Some believe they may be considered one in the same category. That is up for debate and a discussion for another article.)

Regardless, these are some common internal and/or external indicators of a fungal infection:

  • redness, blistering, peeling, cracking, and/or itchy areas on the skin
  • unusual tiredness, brain fog
  • many allergies (including asthma)
  • low sex drive, impotence
  • headaches, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • vaginal itching (yeast infection)
  • redness and pain or itching in the groin area (jock itch)
  • itching, cracked skin in the toes (athlete’s foot)
  • toenail rot
  • itchy, scaly, round-shaped blistery patches (ringworm)
  • unexplained introduction of autoimmune disease

Truly, none of these sound particularly attractive, nor are they pleasant to experience. On top of that, these are SERIOUS symptoms!

Fortunately, the brighter news is that there are antifungal foods that can help relieve these types of symptoms. Additionally, there are foods and herbs that can help diminish the presence of the fungus (that cause the symptoms) and help the body detoxify.

The Most Famous Fungi Who’s No Fun-Guy At All!

The most common fungal infection is Candida. Candida can wreak havoc on your entire biological system without you even knowing. Frighteningly, you can have no symptoms for a long time, or, it can trick health practitioners into thinking the problem is a bacteria or a virus. Overgrowth of Candida can sometimes present as:

  • Ear infections
  • Bronchitis or other respiratory infections
  • Gum disease
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • All the other uncomfortable symptoms listed above from fungal infections

Yeast/Candida overgrowth can happen for several reasons. One is a weak immune system. Another can be a result of antibiotic use. Improper diet may also be a culprit.

Most noteworthy, once the diagnosis of Candida overgrowth is established, you can begin to use antifungal topical concoctions as well as proper dietary practices as a means to kill off the not-fun guy.

Antifungal Foods Still Have to Fight the Opponent!

Unwelcomed fungus in our bodies is not eradicated simply or quickly. Unfortunately, getting healthier requires tenacity with a defined diet as well as dealing with the release of toxins.

Without creating alarm, the truth is that Candida detox can actually be quite toxic. And, it can be detrimental to your health in its own way.

Ironically, when we starve the fungus, it releases contaminants into our system. It’s highly recommended that as you switch to antifungal foods and diminish the presence of Candida, you hydrate and flush your system constantly. Some naturopaths suggest you should drink up to a gallon a day of diluted cranberry juice (no sugar) with fresh squeezed lemon juice.

It’s not unusual to feel great right off the bat, and then feel gross and lousy shortly afterwards. The toxins from the Candida squelch may cause uncomfortable symptoms, along with food cravings. Don’t give into them. Unfortunately, if you do, you’ll start the sugar/Candida cycle all over again.

Heroically, give it your best effort to suffer through the nasty detox effects such as: headaches, nausea, low energy, cravings, and mood swings. They won’t last long if you continue on a proper antifungal foods diet. Along with that, sticking to it should eradicate the presence of Candida overgrowth and help repair your body to a “healthy” fungal state.

Keep-Away-From Foods

Before we present the optimal antifungal foods, let’s have a look at the worst foods for a fungal condition. Yes, some foods and drinks actually provide energy for the Candida to keep growing. Others may lessen your body’s ability to fight off infection. In either case, here are items to absolutely avoid if you want to get rid of Candida overgrowth:

  • sugar (processed, organic, cane, fructose, corn syrup, agave, and sugar substitutes)

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • high-sugar fruits (bananas, grapes, …)
  • grains high in gluten
  • processed vegetable oils
  • some dairy products
  • swordfish and tuna

The Winners of the Antifungal Foods Awards!

Below are some foods, herbs, spices, and teas that can help kill off a fungal infection:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Oil of Oregano
  • Onions and Leeks
  • Green Apples
  • Ginger
  • Raw Garlic
  • Cooked Cruciferous Vegetables
  • Wild Salmon and Grass-Fed Beef
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut Oil
  • Bone Broth
  • Pau D’arco Tea

Some sources are convinced that Undecylenic Acid and Caprylic Acid kill fungus (externally and internally.) However, you will need to research their side effects before making the choice to apply or administer either of them. Regardless of your choice in antifungals, you’ll want to make sure you are ingesting good probiotics as well.


When it comes to biological symptoms, it’s important to examine the body as a whole. Just because there’s toenail fungus, doesn’t mean the infection is just in that toe. Or, if you’re feeling sluggish, even slightly depressed, it’s possible that the condition is systemic. Looking at diet, sleep, and stress levels are the first call to action. After that, check it out—it’s possible that a fungus could be a cause for physical disturbances.

Hopefully, some of these antifungal foods will bring some relief to your condition. Feel free to peruse the Get Thrive site for other tips on best health for you and your family. While you’re there, we’d love for you to sign up for the Thrive Newsletter! It’s free and chock full of up-to-date health and wellness news.

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Author: Carra Robertson



Foot Loose: Combating Athlete’s Foot

Starting off on the Right Foot. As the fall approaches and many students head back to school and college—and to their sports teams, they have a lot more on their minds this upcoming semester than hitting the books and making grades. They have to think about athlete’s foot.

What is It?

According to the Mayo Clinic, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that is usually found between the toes. It is often caused by immense sweating and wearing tight shoes—such as soccer cleats. Symptoms include a foul odor, itching, peeling skin, and even a rash.

Toe Treatment

Most treatment remedies can be found over-the-counter at any local drug store. Some of these include anti-fungal sprays, powders, creams, and so on. While it’s fairly easy to treat, there are some severe cases that require a visit to the doctor.