The last few times that I've cut my fingernails I couldn't help but notice that they are so much harder than they were before going raw vegan. (I used to have the bad habit of biting my nails, but now I'm afraid that I would chip a tooth if I tried biting down on one of my "hard as nails" nails :)
I also always used to get white marks on my fingernails and usually at least 8 out of 10 of my nails would have at least 1 white mark on them, but now I have absolutely no white marks on them and I don't think that I have had any in several months. (A doctor once told me when I was younger that these white marks were most likely just bruises due to normal everyday bumping them up against things, but I am over 10 times more active now than I was back then and I'm just as clumsy as ever, so you would think that I would have more of these white marks on my fingernails now if that were the case.
My question is... What exactly does it mean if someone's fingernails used to be soft, easy to break, and coated with white spots on them and now they are really hard and blemish free, and should I celebrate?
I"ve always heard that the health of our fingernails is a reflection of our calcium levels. Is there any truth to that? I also do a lot of weightlifting and I've been reading a lot lately about weightlifting makeing your bones stronger, so I'm wondering if our fingernails would also be strengthened by weightlifting.
I know that our fingernails probably aren't the best part of our body to be looking at to determine where we are at health wise, but I am really curious now to know more about what our fingernails can tell us about ourselves.
Who else here has experienced similar changes in their fingernails?
When I was a kid I used to look in the Guinness Book Of World Records and see the picture of the man with the world's longest fingernails and think to myself... "How on Earth does he not break a nail???" Back then my nails were so flimsy and fragile that if I tried to grow them out even 1/8 th of an inch they would go ahead and "cut themselves" for me.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN???
I am the only one in my family with flexible, breakable nails and have heard it was due to low acid in the stomach (basically poor absorption of nutrients) which was true (on the stomach acid bit).
I am looking forward to having to cut and file my nails!!!
Mine are so thin that on one nail where I have a vertical ridge, it splits vertically when it passes the end of my finger now.
You give me HOPE!
I get more and more vertical ridges, and my B12 (blood tests) gets better and better.
I am trying to find out what my deficiency could be.
I had many white spots as well. At least 3-4 at any given time. All gone now.
Moons on my fingernails are disappearing along with the appearance of ridges and I have standard age-related memory of an old git and had low stomach acid which can affect absorption (prior to LFRV) so I will check it out further.
I haven't got vit b12 low blood serum (584 ng/L in April) but will try sublinguals as shots aren't available here.
Nice thread with info. on sublinguals:
I think perhaps biotin is a more likely suspect from my research
B12 deficiency produces other symptoms such as dark nails and thin nails
Eventually you will be able to grow your own "All Natural Guitar Picks"!
My nails are not necessarily harder, but definitely stronger. They will not break on their own anymore. I used to have problems with brittle nails. My nails also seem a little smoother and shinier, and only my thumbs have "moons" now.
I am happier with my nails now than before.