6 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

•Zinc deficiency (usually the pit will form a line across the middle of the nailbed)
•Connective tissue disorder
•Alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disorder that results in hair loss

Brittle/Dry Nails
Healthy nails should be producing natural moisturizers to help maintain themselves. Excessively dry or brittle nails can be a sign of a hormonal balance problem or a bacterial infection as well as:

•Thyroid disease can result in brittle, dry nails that also crack and split very easily
•Fungus can cause nails to become dry or even crumbly and is a common problem
Both these potential problems can be treated and the nails will return to good health once a full growing cycle has passed (hand nails grow at about 1 mm per week so on average the full life cycle of human nail is about six months).