Things your fingernails try to alert you about your health

Do you know that your nails tell alot about your overall health?


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Clubbed nails

If your finger nails have pores and swollen, it shows that they are clubbed. It can be a sign of liver illness or lung illness.

Dry nails

When the nails are dry, chances are that they may also be so brittle. These can be normal to you but if you seek medical attention, you will find out that you either have hormonal imbalance or some bacterial infection.

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This is a sign of you having lupus, iron deficiency or inflammatory arthritis.

Pitted nails

Having pitted nails means that that your nails seem to be having dips or small pores on them. This shows that you may be suffering from a connective tissue dysfunction  or zinc deficiency.

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Concave nails

These can be signs of some iron deficiency that you may be having or a sign of coronary heart illness.

Thick nails

It is normal for one to have thick nails, but at times it can be due to health issue. It at times can be that your fingers have a fungal infection or you blood circulation has issues and your blood is clotting a lot.

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Discolored nails

Your fingernails can have colors that are wholesome like pink with white moons close to the bottom. When they show some blueish color, it is an implication that your body has low oxygen ranges. It can also be a sign of a bacterial infections or it maybe that you have a coronary heart infection.

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Cut up nails

At times you can blame the nail polish especially for ladies. This can be a sign of malnutrition or even signs of you being infected by a protein deficiency.

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Reasons why you should not keep long fingernails

We always admire girls with long fingernails.

They look so cute, but one question many ask if they are haboring all sorts of germs.

Long fingernails can be a threat to your health as it deals with poor hygiene. There are quite a number of disadvantages that comes along with them. They include;

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Fungal infection

Fungi is mostly found in dirty areas hence the long nails can easily lead to infection. This can also lead to skin infections as the fungi can spread through to the skin.

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This happens especially with toenails as it may cause bad odor. This is because there is limited air circulation at the feet.

Can cause injuries

You can easily injure yourself or someone with long nails. This can happen either by accident or when intentionally used especially as a weapon when attacking someone. Also keeping long toe nails hurts when wearing shoes.

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Promotes bad hygiene

With these long nails you are likely to carry a lot of dirt beneath them especially if you don’t clan them well. Most people never give enough attention to the nails as they assume them to be clean. The best way to maintain proper hygiene is by keeping the nails short.

Limits you on some activities

There are certain activities that long nails can limit you to do especially house chores. It becomes difficult to wash or even cook with the long nails because they might break or hurt you. When nails get into contact with water they become weak and can break easily.

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Can transmit diseases

When one scratches you with such nails and scratches another person with a virus you can easily get infected. This is because of the blood contact between the infected person and the healthy one.

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Why your man will soon be dating the house help

On our morning conversation with Maina Kageni, the role of a wife according to the men is to be a helper. A wife  should basically ‘baby’ her husband and do everything for him. One man confesses that women are  failing in their roles as home assistants to their husbands.

“Women did not come to warm the beds,” says one caller. “If she doesn’t cook, wash your socks, buy new ones if they are torn, wash boxers, you should ditch her for the house help.”

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How often do you clean your phone, purse or jeans?

Cleaning is a big part of our lives. From Phones , clothes to beddings  and even pets need regular cleaning.

Some of these things breed germs that can make us sick, so to minimise this we need to clean them on a regular basis.

Phones – Research has found we touch our phones up to 150 times a day, and scientists in America discovered 7,000 types of bacteria on 51 phone samples. While most are harmless, some are not. According to a microbiologist at the University of East Anglia, some of the germs found on the phones include ‘Enterococcus [found in faeces] and pseudomonas bacteria [animals and soil], both of which cause nasty pathogenic infections, have been discovered on phones. Phones with keypads are worse, as they have crevices. Clean yours every day with antibacterial wipes, or as often as you can.

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Bedsheets – We shed millions of skin cells every day, many of them in bed, and lose a litre of sweat in a typical night. Both attract dust mites that feed on it. Mites, though harmless, produce droppings containing allergens that can trigger itching eyes, rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) and asthma. It has been recommended to wash them once a week to destroy bacteria and dry them in direct sunlight if you can, as UV light is effective in killing micro-organisms. Run a hot iron over pillow cases  to kill any leftover bacteria.’

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Pillows – The inside of your pillow is like a sponge, so it soaks up sweat, and becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mites.Doctors have found that the average unwashed pillow can contain a revolting 16 species of fungi. So, wash yours every three months. Most down and synthetic versions are machine washable.

Jeans – Jean designer Donna Ida says washing jeans after every five wears preserves their colour and fibre. More frequent washing will quickly age your denim. Use Fabric Fresh an antibacterial lightly scented spray to keep them smelling fresh in between washes. Jeans hate heat as it damages the denim fibre. Turn them inside out to protect buttons, zips and studs and let them air dry. If you have an extra special pair, put them in a plastic, airtight bag and freeze them overnight — this will kill bacteria just as effectively as washing.

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 Bras– It doesn’t sound like much, but Kelly Dunmore, lingerie expert for Rigby & Peller, is adamant. They crease in your bust and the area under your arms are hot, sweaty environments. Cleaning after every two wears, possibly three, is ideal,’ she says. Avoid machine washing, as activity in the drum will ruin elasticity and shorten its use-able life hand wash instead, then let the bra drip dry at room temperature, as heat from a radiator or tumble dryer destroys Lycra.

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Tea towels and dishcloths – are the highest sources of bacterial contamination in your kitchen. They are full of dangerous micro-organisms. Boil them after each use in a pan of water for five minutes or soak them in diluted bleach for half an hour.

Handbags – Watch out for the handles and the bottom of your bag. Many people put their bags on the bed, or on top of kitchen surfaces. You take them everywhere with you; you put it on bathroom floors, and pick it up after handling food or travelling.This helps in the accumulation of germs. You should wipe it down ideally every week with antibacterial wipes to remove skin bacteria such as staphylococcus, viruses and fomites, microbes that can cause infection. If you’re worried about ruining the leather, wipe a small patch of it first to test it before giving it the full treatment.

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Woman who hasn’t used shampoo for two years

A beauty blogger who has not washed her hair with shampoo for two years is claiming her hair is healthier than ever.

Lucy Aitken Read, 32, ditched shampoo in the bid to get thicker, fuller and more lustrous locks after recoiling at the amount of chemicals she was lathering on to her head.

Mrs Aitken Read went cold turkey using the ‘no-poo’ method, which involves using only water or natural substitutes instead of shampoo.

The movement is gaining momentum in beauty circles, with many claiming the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Mrs Aitken Read chose to ditch shampoo on the first day of a job in the charity sector, and confesses her biggest worry was that, ‘I wanted my hair to look good’.

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