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What the white crescents present on your nails are and what they reveal about your state of health

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Knowing your body in every detail helps you to become more aware of yourself and live better, and it also allows us to explain and understand some disorders.

In fact, the body speaks to us through its smaller components, such as the lunulae. These white half-moons located at the base of the nail, which are not always visible, are nevertheless very important. In fact, they form the stiffer part of the nail beneath which are located the thin blood vessels that determine its growth.

According to a study of the Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, since the lunulae are an important indicator of our state of health, we should pay attention to three aspects of the lunulae such as the size, color, and shape.

1. Dimensions

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A healthy lunula occupies about 1/5 of the nail. When the lunula is smaller it can signal nutrition problems, a slow metabolism or even anemia. The total absence of the lunulae is typical of those suffering from thyroid problems, but it can also indicate a lack of iron and vitamin B12.

2. Color

A healthy lunula is usually the color of ivory. A gray color is for those suffering from digestive problems and indicates that your body does not absorb the necessary nutrients from food which causes constant fatigue. 

If the lunulae are purple, and you experience severe headaches and dizziness, it is possible this is caused by blood circulation problems that reduce oxygen levels in organs and tissues. If the lunulae are black, then it is a case of heavy metal poisoning, and it is necessary to immediately contact a doctor. Pinkish lunulae indicate poor physical activity and lung problems.

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3. Shape

The shape of the lunulae varies according to the finger. 

The lunula of the thumb is the largest, but it should not, however, exceed 1/4 of the nail. The thumb lunula gives indications regarding the functioning of the spleen and lungs. Moreover, it could be smaller in smokers or in people with arterial hypertension. 

The lunula of the index finger is related to the state of the pancreas, of the intestine and can also indicate the presence of chronic diseases, if it is absent or excessively small. The lunula of the middle finger is linked to the cardiovascular system and the brain, and when absent, it can signal high blood pressure or circulatory problems. 

The lunula of the ring finger refers to the reproductive and lymphatic system and if it is very small it may indicate metabolic disorders. Finally, the lunula of the little finger is correlated with the endocrine system of the kidneys, small intestine, and heart; if it is too big, it can mean high blood pressure.

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