Here’s What Your Nails Say About Your Health

Our nails can indicate poor health.

When one organ system is out of equilibrium or the body is not performing at its maximum capacity, it sends us signals. Our fingernails show us more about constitution than we realize. The ridge, shape, color, and texture of nail beds indicate which body system is on the fritz. By taking a closer look at your nails and body alarms, you can determine factors and natural solutions to help.




Riding of the nail normally runs vertically (up and down) the nail.  Abnormal ridges or dents in nails indicate metabolic problems.  


A normal nail is slighty curved from top to bottom while an abnormally shaped or visibly humped nail is associated with many chronic diseases, such as COPD, asthma, ascites (swollen abdomen), and angioedema.
Half-moons are normal for each nail and indicate a non-diminished organ system.


The color on any nail bed is generally pink, however, nail bed color can vary from blue to white.

  • Blue can signify cardiovascular problems - the darker the blue, the more concerned you should be unless you have injured the nail.
  • White generally indicates poor circulation or chronic anemia.
  • Blackened nail beds (not due to injury) indicates cancer or fungal conditions.
  • Yellow nail beds signal fungal overgrowth or a need to detox.
  • White spots on the nails generally indicate periods of stress and a need for minerals – especially calcium.


Peeling nails are a sign of nutritional deficiency, mainly minerals and vitamin C—which are instrumental in helping the body to rebuild and regenerate connective tissue.
Dry, brittle, thin nails alert hypothyroidism or adrenal dysfunction.

Each specific finger shows what bodily systems are performing poorly.



The thumbnail relates to the system of elimination. (The kidney, ureters, and bladder, the colorectal organ, and the colon.)
Abnormal ridging on the thumbnail indicat

es problems with metabolism, symptoms may include pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen.

Blue thumbnail shows congestion of the blood or the color or urinary systems. Symptoms include: gas, bloating, frequent urination, or a dull ache in the abdomen or lower pelvis.

White thumbnail is evidence of an unhealthy elimination system. Symptoms include foul smelling stools or urine, recurring infections, or an unusual discharge.

For elimination issues in the  the thumbnail – we recommend Elimination Package.


Fore/Index Finger-Nail

The index fingernail connects to the reproductive system,which includes, the breasts, uterus, vagina, ovaries; prostate, gonads, and penis.
Abnormal ridging on the index fingernail bed generalizes sexual dysfunction.

Blue index finger nail bed relates to congestive or poorly oxygenated blood, or low libido.

White or pale index nail bed indicates low vitality of the reproductive organs. Symptoms are discharge (in males and females), low sexual function, or low libido.

For issues in the reproductive system – indicated by the index finger nail – especially addressing ad inability to perform or lack of sexual desire, we recommend Libido Enhancer Herbal Package for Males or Libido Enhancer Herbal Package for Females.


Middle Finger-Nail

The middle fingernail represents the digestive system, comprised of 4 main organs – the stomach, liver, gallbladder, and small intestines.
Abnormal ridging on the middle fingernail bed characterizes metabolic problem in one or more of the digestive organs. Watch out for excessive burping, heartburn, bloating, or pain in the digestive organs.

Blue on the middle fingernail bed signals a congested gallbladder or G.I.R.D (gastrointestinal reflux disease).

A white or pale middle fingernail relays diminished blood supply to the digestive organs. Symptoms of diminished blood supply include a poor appetite, smelly or oily stools, and a tendency to vomit.

For issues in the digestive system –indicated by the middle finger nail - we recommend the Food Allergy Package and a phone consultation.


Ring Finger-Nail

The ring finger nail bed represents the condition of the cardiovascular system, which consists of the lungs, heart, and sinuses.

Abnormal ridging indicates problems in the respiratory system. Symptoms of a malfunctioning cardiovascular system may include COPD, asthma, heart irregularities, severe and chronic sinusitis.

Blue nail beds signals problems of congestion in the cardiovascular system.

White or pale nail beds show low vitality in the entire respiratory system. Be aware of breathing difficulties or excessive fatigue.

For issues in the cardiovascular system – indicated by the ring finger nail - we recommend Respiratory Allergy Detox Package.


Pinkie Finger-Nail


The pinkie fingernail bed represents the state of the endocrine (or glandular) system. Glands are the control centers of the body—regulating everything from heart rates to mental focus, and some major glands are the pituitary, thyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, and gonads.

Abnormal ridging shows behavioral or perceptive disorders. Symptoms can be ADHD, Alzheimer’s, dementia, schizophrenia, general malaise or lethargy.

Blue on the pinky fingernail bed can be accompanied by bouts of anxiety, apprehension, or general uneasiness.

White on the pinkie fingernail bed relates to diminished blood supply to the glandular system. Symptoms are lethargy, malaise, low energy and a negative disposition.

For issues in the endocrine system – indicated by the pinkie finger nail - we recommend Glandular System Enhancer Package.

After you have examined your nails for abnormalities, stop in for a visit with Dr.Ridley, or view our recommended formulas to combat the specific condition.

We always recommend specialized herbal solutions that will have your nails and body back in its best form.

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