16 Things Your Nails Can Say About Your Health

Today, nails are mostly regarded as a purely aesthetic feature of our bodies. In fact, it is estimated that the global nail polish market will reach up to $15.55 billion by 2024. However, it turns out that your nails may not just be a platform of contemporary design but also a mirror of your general health status.

Bright Side found out how exactly the color, texture and other features of your nails can reflect your internal health problems.

The color of your nails

  1. In most cases, yellow nails indicate a fungal infection. If not treated in time, this condition may worsen and your nails may even acquire a greenish tint and become crumbly. Other possible causes of the yellow color include aging, lung issues caused by smoking, and frequent usage of low-quality acrylic nails.
  2. White nails with a strip of pink at the top (or Terry’s nails) can be a sign of congestive heart failure, kidney failure, diabetes, and some liver problems such as hepatitis or cirrhosis. Sometimes Terry’s nails may also be caused by aging.
  3. If your nails are extremely pale, you probably have a nutritional deficiency or a circulation problem that prevents the blood from reaching your fingertips. In severe cases, this may even lead to anemia or an iron deficiency in your blood.
  4. Dark red nails may indicate that you have heart disease. If the redness extends to the sides of your nails and cuticle, this might be a sign of an autoimmune disease called lupus.
  5. Bluish or purple nails usually mean that your body doesn’t get enough oxygen. Among other possible causes are heart issues and lung problems such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  6. Other colors of your nails may be a sign of various health problems. For example, if your nails turn brown, this may indicate that you have a thyroid disease or nutritional problems. Grey tinted nails are usually caused by taking some prescription drugs like antimalarial pills.

The texture of your nails

  1. Brittle, split nails are usually linked to hypothyroidism, a condition when your thyroid works too slowly. Dry and crumbly nails also may indicate a deficiency in vitamins A, C, and the vitamin B7 also known as biotin. Another possible reason for this nail problem is the overuse of nail polish remover.
  2. Vertical ridges are usually a normal sign of aging, just like wrinkles on your face. But if they become more prominent at a young age, this may mean that you suffer from vitamin B12 or a magnesium deficiency.
  3. Horizontal ridges (or Beau’s lines) are typically the result of direct trauma to your nail. However, if you see them on more than one nail at a time, they may also be a sign of a serious illness with a high fever such as scarlet fever or pneumonia.
  4. Nail pitting may indicate skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It may also be an early sign of connective tissue disorders including inflammatory arthritis, a disease that affects your joints.

Nail growth

  1. Spoon nails (or koilonychia), a phenomenon when your nails look like a spoon with raised ridges and a scooped out depression, may be a sign of hemochromatosis, a disorder that occurs when your body produces too much iron. They’re also associated with iron-deficiency anemia, heart disease, and poor blood circulation.
  2. Nail clubbing appears when your fingertips become enlarged and your nails become curved downward. This kind of nail growth can be a sign of low oxygen in your blood that is usually caused by lung disease. Clubbing can also be related to liver or kidney disease, heart problems, inflammatory bowel disease, and AIDS.
  3. Nails that are detached from their beds usually indicate hyperthyroidism, a condition when your thyroid gland is releasing too many hormones into your body. Loose nails can also signify a fungal infection, psoriasis, poor blood circulation or amyloidosis, or an excess amount of the protein amyloid in your organs and tissues.

Other nail features

  1. Dark verticle lines extending from the cuticle to the tip of your nail may be a sign of subungual melanoma, a really dangerous type of skin cancer. So even if those lines don’t cause any pain in your nails, it’s better to make an immediate trip to your doctor once you’ve noticed them.
  2. Although most people believe that white stripes (or Mees’ lines) mean calcium deficiency, that’s not actually true. Those white discolorations on your nails usually indicate an imbalanced diet lacking in protein. Besides that, they may appear after an episode of poisoning with heavy metals as a result of kidney failure.
  3. Red, puffy skin around your nail usually indicates inflammation of the nail fold. If the inflammation is accompanied by large swelling, this could be due to an infection called paronychia. Other possible reasons for the reddish nail fold include connective tissue disorders — lupus disease, in particular.

Bonus: How to make your own nail remedy at home

Take 4 oz of jojoba oil, 4 oz of vitamin E oil, 3 oz of avocado oil, 2 oz of grapeseed oil, and 2 oz of sweet almond oil, and mix them well in a nail polish bottle. Apply this mixture to the entire cuticle area and massage it into the skin around your nails. Then rub excess oil into your hands as if it was hand lotion. Repeat the procedure as often as you wish, especially after any contact with water.

This home remedy will help you properly hydrate your nails and cuticle so that the skin around your nails will become much healthier and softer.

The information presented above is for informative purpose only. So if you’ve noticed any of these changes in your nails, don’t forget to consult your doctor first to find out if you actually need any special treatment or not.

What do your nails say about your health status? Share your discoveries with us in the comments!

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16 Things That Will Tempt You to Catch the Next Flight to Thailand

This country of smiles welcomes thousands of travelers from all over the world, all year round. The culture of Thailand is very welcoming and there are a lot of exotic and unique places to visit, so much so that you could come back with a one-of-a-kind vacation story. For example, you’ve probably never visited an underground temple or swam with elephants.

We at Bright Side collected 16 attractions in Thailand that will make you pack your stuff and leave for vacation there.

1. Phraya Nakhon Cave

The nature reserve of Khao Sam Yot National Park is huge and there are plenty of fantastic places to see, but Phraya Nakhon Cave is a place you should visit at least once in your lifetime. You will have to climb 1400 feet up a mountain, between the trees, and then a fairly high staircase. It’s not an easy walk, but it’ll be worth your while. You’ll find a unique cave where the light from the sun shines on a hidden temple.

2. Hundreds of monkeys

Monkeys in Thailand can be found everywhere, especially on the beaches, in parks, and around Buddhist temples. For the natives, monkeys are a part of their everyday life, they blend into the background. However, with tourists, primates are quite unpredictable, like in the first minutes of close contact they will either allow you to pet them or they’ll find an opportunity to steal something from you.

3. C Cup Cafe

C Cup Cafe is one of the most loved places in Bangkok, and of course mostly for men. Waitresses there are allowed to wear whatever they want since the cafe doesn’t have a strict dress code, so they proudly show off the correlation with the cafe’s name. The food is pretty good, too, according to the happy faces on their page.

4. Iced tea in a bag

A funny quirk about Thailand is that they usually won’t use a cup for your ice tea or coffee and instead put it in a bag. A lot of tourists actually find it easier to carry that way and the best part is how much more of your favorite drink you’re getting for the same price as a smaller cup.

5. Selfie coffee

If you want to drink your own face, look no further — there is a cafe called KC Cafe for this strange request. There you can order a latte with your own face printed on top of the milk foam, so go ahead and enjoy it.

6. Elephant sanctuaries

In Thailand you can get the experience of a lifetime by hanging out with the cutest elephants in the world. You can wash them, feed them, play with them, and even ride them if you’re brave enough. They are some of the nicest animals in the world — of course, if you’re nice to them.

7. Wat Khun Inthapramun

This fantastic ancient temple that has a resting Buddha on top of it is truly magnificent. The whole aura of the place is extremely peaceful and ethereal, so if you want both your body and your soul to rest, you should visit this area.

8. Sook Station Prison for a day

It might seem terrifying at first glance, but don’t overlook it. This so called prison is just a specially-styled hostel in Bangkok. If you’ve ever wanted to find out what it’s like to serve a sentence, but never wanted to be in an actual prison, look no further.

9. Trucks full of coconuts

Coconuts in Thailand are truly something special. They are known to be much sweeter due to the Thai soil and climate conditions than in any other part of the world. It’s no wonder that Thai coconut water and milk are known throughout the rest of the world.

10. Hello Kitty Spa

This literally might be the cutest spa and shop to ever exist on our planet. Hello Kitty Spa provides various services and amenities in a fantastically relaxing and child-like atmosphere. If you are interested in visiting this magical place, here is their website.

11. Gigantic lily pads

If you want to feel like you’re playing some kind of a video game in real life, these gigantic Victoria Lilies are at your service. Located in Phitsanulok, they are one of the most interesting sightings in northern Thailand. They can handle a lot of weight, so even a couple of adult people wouldn’t drown standing on one or hopping from one to the other.

12. Fish eating dead skin

Thai fish therapy is extremely popular among tourists from all over the world. Not only is it safe and good for your health, since they are eating the dead skin off of your feet, but it’s also hilarious, feeling dozens of tiny fish tickling your legs.

13. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

This floating market is now mainly an attraction for tourists, but it is active, quite exotic, and colorful, showing a piece of the current Bangkok lifestyle. Boats that are made of teak fill canals that are so small only a couple of boats can barely fit in. The James Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun was filmed right here. If you re-watch it, you’ll realize that little has changed here since then and you’ll find yourself in a Hollywood blockbuster!

14. Bangkok Floating Center

If you feel like you need to relax literally every part of your body and soul, you certainly need to visit the Bangkok Floating Center. You’ll float in a small capsule with soothing Celtic music filling your ears and have not a care in the world about anything around you.

15. Crystal clear ocean

The seas there are something else entirely, as you can see on the picture above (which is nowhere near photoshopped). Can you imagine how clear the water is there? Try flying out to the Andaman Sea, for example, we promise you won’t regret it, and you will want to snorkel there for hours.

16. Ghosts are welcome here

Finally, if you’re such a big fan of Halloween that you feel the need to celebrate it more than once a year, look no further. Thai people believe in ghosts probably more than in any other culture, and there are hundreds of places you can visit that are embedded with these beliefs.

If you have any other places in Thailand to suggest, please share them in the comments below.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-places/16-things-that-will-tempt-you-to-catch-the-next-flight-to-thailand-617810/

16 Things That Are So Big They Seem to Have Come From Another Planet

Alice in Wonderland syndrome is a condition where things look bigger or smaller than they actually are. But some objects are so huge that we literally start thinking that we’ve turned into Alice in our real life.

Bright Side has found some items and animals whose size is really impressive.

16. Traffic lights

We aren’t used to seeing this object so close so it usually looks a bit smaller. In fact, traffic lights are as tall as the average child.

15. An excavator

Excavator ERShR-7000 is a true giant in the world of earthmoving technologies. This machine takes off the upper ground layer before people start extracting minerals. It has 16 buckets and can walk at a speed of 130 yards per hour.

14. A frog

Here’s a huge frog known as the goliath bullfrog. Specimens can grow up to 12.6 inches in length and weigh up to 7.17 lb. This species lives in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

13. A flower

The titan arum is one of the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world ( it grows up to 10 ft high) and it smells like rotting meat. In the past, these flowers used to grow in the rainforests of Sumatra and today the plant is cultivated by botanical gardens. The name of the flower in the picture is Morticia and she lives in the Franklin Park Zoo near Boston.

12. Honeycomb

In the photo, you can see wild honey that is produced by Nepalese bees that are 2 times bigger than European ones. They live at a height of 4,000-13,000 ft above sea level. The average nests are 3 ft wide and 5 ft high.

11. A mosquito

The world’s biggest mosquito with a 4-inch wingspan was caught in China. It belongs to the Holorusia mikado species. Average mosquitos are 2 times smaller than this giant. Despite its creepy appearance, it doesn’t drink blood and is terrible at flying.

10. A cruise ship

Allure of the Seas is one of the biggest passenger ships in the world. She’s 236 ft high, 1,187 ft long, and can accommodate 6,400 passengers and more than 2,000 crew members.

9. A bat

The large flying fox is a southeast Asian species of mega bat. Despite its terrifying appearance, it feeds exclusively on fruits, nectar, and flowers.

8. A tire

These 13-ft-high tires are designed for Japanese Bridgestone dump trucks. Their weight is 6 tons.

7. An avocado

While taking a stroll along a Hawaiian beach, Pamela Wang found an avocado weighing 5.2 lb. Before this an avocado weighing 3.9 lb was considered to be the biggest.

6. A swimming pool

The world’s largest swimming pool is located in Chile on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The pool is 3,323 ft long, contains 66 million gallons of seawater, covers 20 acres, and has a maximum depth of 115 ft. The temperature of water is 78°F (48°F more than the temperature of the ocean.)

5. A nut

The world’s biggest nut grows on a tree in the Seychelles. It’s called Coco-de-mer and it weighs about 55 lb, is 5 ft long, and 3 ft in diameter.

4. Wine barrels

This barrel has a capacity of 204,574 liters of wine. In Capetown, there are 5 similar barrels and the biggest of them has a capacity of 207,302 liters of wine.

3. A tree

The General Sherman tree grows in the Sequoia National Park. It’s the biggest creature in the world. It stands 275 ft tall, and is over 36 ft in diameter at the base. 60 ft above the base, it is 17.5 ft in diameter.

2. An anchor chain

Here’s the anchor chain of the cruise ship Queen Mary 2, a ship that traveled around the world with 5,000 passengers on board. If we cut one of the chains, its diameter would be about 5 inches.

1. Bicycle parking

This is not even the largest bicycle parking in Amsterdam. Fietsparkeren, a 4-story parking near the central station, can accommodate 2,500 bicycles. By the way, it’s not very easy to find an empty space there.

Let your imagination run wild: is there any item that you’d buy if it was bigger than an ordinary one?

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/16-things-that-are-so-big-they-seem-to-have-come-from-another-planet-612860/