By Jennifer Adler M.S., C.N
Not only palm readers can get insight about you from your hands. You can observe a lot about your nutritional status as well as your future. Do you have hang nails, inflamed cuticles or cracking at the tips of your fingers? This could be a sign of needing more zinc, vitamin C, folate or protein. Need a DEXA scan? If you want to know about your bone density look at your nails because they are made of minerals like your bones. If your nails have a flat angle or are spooned you might need more iron. If they are soft and don’t grow with the vigor you would like it could be due to mineral deficiencies. If your nails have horizontal or vertical ridges consider more B vitamins and minerals. You may notice that B vitamins come up repeatedly. This is partially due to the fact that B vitamins get used up when under stress. Do you have white spots on your nails? This can be a sign of excess sugar or zinc deficiency. If your nails are brittle and split this can be an indication of mineral deficiencies and too much refined sugar.