Fingernails that chip, peel or break easily are a sign of low stomach acid, a damaged intestine and a number of nutritional deficiencies including trace minerals, protein and essential fatty acids.
The nutrient deficiencies are caused by poor eating habits and an inability to digest food due to low stomach acid and poor pancreatic function.
Low stomach acid is a really common problem and leads to lots of digestive complaints, including:
These conditions can cause many symptoms, both inside and outside your digestive tract
Why can your stomach acid level drop?
Low stomach acid itself can result from a combination of numerous factors:
Digestion and finger / toenails
Your fingernails are made from molecules that are assimilated from the food you eat, and unless you have enough stomach acid you simply cannot absorb these nutrients.
Assessing your digestive function and ensuring good quality food and nutrients in the diet will allow your fingernails to strengthen over time.
How can you assess your stomach acid level?
There is a medical test that can check your stomach acid level very accurately.
Alas, it’s hardly ever used (it’s called the Heidelberg capsule test and has been available since 1976, believe it or not).
If you can’t find a doctor who performs this test, here are some options:
Specific lab testing:
The following lab tests can give you confirmation of low stomach acid:
Consequences of poor digestion
As I’ve said before, the long-term consequences of low stomach acid and low pancreatic enzymes can be far reaching.
They will lead to a digestive environment that encourages the overgrowth of bad bugs like parasites, Candida and bacteria (especially SIBO).
Leaky gut syndrome may develop, which increases the risk of headaches, skin symptoms, arthritis, fibromyalgia and other problems.
Nutritional deficiencies can develop and lead to a number of common symptoms, including fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep problems and more.
Restoring your stomach acid level
Having corrected my own stomach acid level after having H. pylori, I can tell you from first hand experience it’s well worth doing!
It will increase energy, improve mood, reduce allergies, uplift your entire digestive process and reduce your risk of developing symptoms later in life.
Here are a few tips on what to improve stomach acid level and get key nutrients into your body for optimal nail health:
Would you like some help?
Realistically, it’s hard to know what’s going on until you get the right testing.
Your situation is different from everyone else’s and will probably require a unique solution that’s tailored to you.
We specialize in helping you navigate the minefield of misleading information that’s out there and hold your hand through the process of getting things right.
The best starting point is a case review and consultation where we spend a full 60min running through your health history, symptoms, family history and diet.
After that, we can recommend the right testing and make sure every ounce of energy you spend on improving your health is spent wisely.