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Jan 13
2011

Know your health from your finger nails in 2011

Posted by Cathy in yellow nails , white nails , rippled nails , puffy nail fold , 

Cathy

You may notice subtle variations in the texture or color when you take a good look at your fingernails. Actually, our fingernails may have a touch of white there, a rosy tinge there, perhaps some rippling or bumps in the surface. These imperfections may not look like much to you; however, they can provide valuable clues about our overall health to the trained eye.

A dermatologist with Cleveland Clinic Florida, Tamara Lior, describes the nails: “Just like the eyes are the windows to the soul, so are the nails.” Lior says she once convinced a patient to have his lungs checked after noticing a bluish tint to his nails, a sign that he wasn’t getting enough oxygen. Sure enough, he had fluid in his lungs.

Warning signs for many other conditions, from hepatitis to heart disease, may also appear in the nails. According to Joshua Fox, who is a director of Advanced Dermatology and a spokesman for the American Academy of Dermatology, “Changes in the nails can be a sign of a local disease like a fungus infection or a sign of a systemic disease like lupus or anemia.” Sometimes, he tries to guess if a person has anemia by looking at his or her nails. Fox explains that pale, whitish nail beds may indicate a low red blood cell count consistent with anemia.

Jan 11
2011

Get your beautiful skin by eating 2011

Posted by Cathy in vitamin , skin , Nutrition , January dieting , eating , dieting , dermatology , beauty , 

Cathy

A balanced diet is an essential prescription for healthy and vibrant skin. The good news is that the foods that happen to be good for your skin are also good for your overall health. Many people find that the appearance of aging skin --- wrinkles, thickening, discoloration, and decreased elasticity --- is one of their biggest beauty concerns. While genetics largely determines when your skin starts to show these signs of aging, and the extent to which it shows them, environment damage to your skin, as well as damage you cause yourself through lifestyle choices, can greatly accelerate this process.

Skin damage occurs as a result of oxidation, a chemical process in which unstable molecules called free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells. The most damaging oxidative stressors that we expose ourselves to are smoking and sunlight.

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