3 Symptoms with a lot to say about your Body

The more I read, the more fascinated I am by the human body. I’ve been reading up on nutritional deficiencies. That’s one of the pluses about what I do as a health coach - I guide my clients to their healthiest, fittest, best selves - and because there is no “one size fits all” solution I am constantly growing and learning. Nutritional deficiencies are very common in this country. You may ask how that is possible when such a large portion of the population is either obese or on their way to obese. It is because we consume ‘food-like substances’ that are lacking in the nutrients our bodies need to function properly. Most people consume chemicals, fillers, preservatives, etc that interfere with nutrient absorption and wreak havoc with our hormones and bodies.

The key to us being able to do something to better ourselves, and our bodies, is to know what signs to look for. There are a number of signs but I’m going to focus on these

Bags and/or Dark Circles under the Eyes - I know these are common, for some of us it might even be hereditary, but the expression of your genes can be ‘turned off’ and if that can be done with food all the better! Bags and dark circles indicate allergies or food intolerances. Most of us go most our lives unaware of food intolerances and allergies but they are definitely something one should explore. The most common foods that cause allergies/intolerances are dairy, wheat/gluten, corn, soy, peanuts and oranges.

Ridges & White Spots on Nails - indicate mineral deficiency, usually zinc. Dark leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains and high quality protein sources are essential to give your body the minerals it requires. Fresh shellfish, like oysters, satisfies your body’s zinc requirements. Pumpkin seeds, lentils and grass-fed beef are other quality sources of zinc.

Cold Hands - could indicate a deficiency in Magnesium, hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) or chronic fatigue. Thyroid issues are tricky to adequately diagnose and a lot of people often are left undiagnosed but the good news is that proper nutrition your body can heal. Foods that are rich in magnesium are dark leafy greens like spinach (always organic), pumpkin and squash seeds, beans and lentils, avocados and raw cacao powder. If you suspect hypothyroidism steam your cruciferous vegetables and remove all processed foods. If it’s chronic fatigue remove, all processed foods from your diet and eat a diet full of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables like kale, whole grains like quinoa and brown rice, replace dairy with almond/hemp milk, seeds like chia and flax and add raw cacao powder too!

These 3 symptoms may feel like a normal part of your life, so ‘normal’ that you don’t even notice it anymore and that’s the dangerous part. As a society we are becoming more and more accustomed to falling ill, whether it is a cold/flu/etc, but we don’t have to! We don’t have to feel lethargic and tired. Our skin doesn’t have to look dull. And I could go on but I think you get it. :) Your body will tell you what it needs, you just have to speak its language. By learning your body’s language you will have more energy and be better able to handle the ‘stresses’ in your life; you will be your healthiest, fittest and best self. Free yourself from your ailments, experience joy and enjoy your life. Health and total wellbeing isn’t a destination, it’s a journey and it can be one of the most enjoyable ones of your life!   

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What do your nails say about your health??

What do your nails say about your health?? Think there’s no connection between the two? Think again. Every cell in your body, including those of your nails, are made up of what you are feeding your body. Every cell in your body is constantly being regenerated - the old cells die, the new cells emerge - that’s why what you put in your body is so important. The better the quality of nutrients you put in your body the more resilient and youthful your hair, skin and nails will be. But it’s not just about what the eye can see! Your heart, brain, joints etc will also be resilient and healthy and that helps with preventing heart disease, diabetes, neurological illnesses and even cancer.

Problems in the liver, heart and lungs can show up in your fingernails. Your nails should be pink and smooth. This changes as one gets older due to diet and lifestyle choices that impact your health and wellbeing. The good thing is that when it comes to your body and health you can reverse course and achieve optimal health.  

Here are a few things to be on the lookout for, in between manicures.

Yellowish tinged nails (that don’t come from nail polish staining), that can crack and split, can indicate a fungal infection.

Very pale nails can be a sign of anemia, malnutrition, congestive heart failure or liver disease.

Rippled or Pitted nails can be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.

Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack and split have been linked to thyroid disease.  

Puffy nail fold - reddish puffiness around the nail is a sign of inflammation and possible infection.

Verticle beaded ridges can indicate hormonal changes, thyroid issues, stress and/or diabetes.

Action Plan for Healthy Nails

Drinks lots of water - keeping your body hydrated keeps your nails and cuticles hydrated. Aim to drink half (½) your body weight in ounces.

Do NOT cut your cuticles - your skin is your largest organ and protects your body from bacteria and viruses, when you cut your cuticles you risk infection. Exfoliate and push back your cuticles.

Eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods - choose foods rich in quality, grass-fed protein, zinc, biotin and selenium & omega 3s! Your greens: spinach, broccoli, swiss chards etc; your cold water fatty fish and seafood: salmon, sardines, oysters etc; your nuts and seeds: almonds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts etc; your lean proteins: grass fed beef, chicken etc; your beans and legumes: black beans, garbanzos, pinto beans etc; your fruits: watermelon, blueberries, avocados, pineapples etc; and last but not least, your gluten-free whole grains: quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Keep your hands and nails moisturized - each time you wash your hands you strip away the natural oils in your skin, replenish them with a good moisturizer and some cuticle oil. Tip - you can use coconut oil for both purposes!

If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs on your fingernails, see your dermatologist or primary care doctor to make sure you catch any issues and make sure you eat healthy, nutrient rich foods and avoid processed foods.

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