I noticed a short while after starting to eat "paleo" that my nails were great - shiny and flat as flat.
Yesterday I noticed that they have developed ridges, along the length of the nail from nail bed to finger end. So in 20 months something has changed....
Some finger nails are more ridged than others, but does it indicate a deficiency of something? Or is it of no importance?? They aren't BIG ridges - more like the grain in wood.
From my research nail issues can commonly show up with increased stress (emotional or physical- crossfit anyone? ;), sickness or malabsorption of nutrients. While Paleo is awesome, we are all different and have different digestive 'situations', lives and relative nutrient needs. You may need to change up your diet a bit to include a few of the key components your body is currently in need of.
I've had increasing vertical ridges in my nails for years- it wasn't until after I was diagnosed Celiac that I did the research that indicated that mine were most likely due to nutrient malabsorption, particularly the B vitamins ( especially B12) and potentially iron.
In the last 6 months I've done several things (in addition to going Paleo) that I credit with helping greatly reduce the ridges...
From what I've read it can take a while to get back to smooth nails- anywhere from months to years depending on the severity of your case. Mine are already greatly improved, especially after the regular B vitamin shots. Hope this helps.
NOTE: I have seen multiple doctors that assured me that the ridges were common and 'no big deal' (they said that about my initial celiac symptoms as well) , but their resolution after going gluten free and adding some key nutrients makes it seem likely to me that they are indicative of some low to moderate level of malabsorption. Probably not a HUGE worry, but something to pay attention to.
Here are a few quick links for general overview, unfortunately I don't have time to look up any pubmed goodies' so these will have to do ;)
Note: I've also seen vertical ridges mentioned in rare cases as a result of kidney issues- probably not the case for you, but always good to know.
I have that too, well before I started eating whole foods. My nail will split at the ridge, so I tend to keep them very short. For a long time I only had one ridge on one nail, but I am starting to get them on other nails. It would be great if anyone knew what they were; calcium deficiency?
I have the same thing. I've had it for a long time -- years and years -- and found no difference on Paleo. I looked it up a couple of months ago and everything I read basically said it's nothing. Or it didn't fit any of the illnesses, deficiencies listed for nails.
I have it too. Deep ridging may indicate problems, but superficial ones are pretty common. Hypothyroid keeps coming up as a potential link. I dunno, I guess if it wasn't so common the manicure section of the store wouldn't sell so many of those buffer thingys (clearly I do my nails a lot - I have no idea what that thing is called).
I have them too. I first noticed them at about age 52 or so. Had nothing to do with paleo as I wasn't eating paleo at that time. Nobody mentioned age when they first noticed them but I have read that it is more an age related condition. I seems most age related conditions are related to high refined carbohydrate consumption during an individuals lifetime.
I also use a buffing block to smooth my nails.
I don't think it's age. I think it's from a bad diet. The age thing has to due with having a bad diet for long periods of time that it ruins the digestive system and begins to show up on your nails. I began to get ridges and indentations on my nails when I was 7. My family noticed it before me. I wasn't concerned. We saw a specialist of some kind who told my parents I needed to take vitamins, but I was never good at that. I always suffered from some mild digestive issue until I turned 21 and then all hell broke loose. For the past 5 years I've struggled to regain a normal existence. I'd suggest taking these little hints from our bodies seriously. You don't want to increase your deficiencies and gain even more health problems.