All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: have noticed lately all my nails are ridged. Could this be due to a lack of some vitamin or mineral? I am on a detox diet. Any help would be appreciated.


A: If you are on a detox diet, then you may not be getting enough of all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that you need to function properly, unless you are taking a good multivitamin and mineral supplement (and possibly amino acids if you are not eating enough protein on this detox diet).

Ridged nails is usually a sign of a zinc, vitamin A or (vitamin H) biotin deficiency. Zinc is mainly found in meat and oysters and is required for a number of processes and functions in the body, including to maintain a healthy immune system and to ensure hair, nails and skin are healthy. Vitamin H (biotin) is found in liver, eggs and other meat products. Vitamin A is found in mainly in liver, meats and meat products.

Ridged nails could also be caused by a general lack of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids), so you should really consult a naturopath or dietician who can help you ensure your diet is adequate and if it is not, to ensure you are taking proper supplements to make up for the dietary lack in the (short) term.

Never go on a detox diet for longer than a few days to a week at most and this should only be under medical supervision.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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