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Beware Of Horizontal Lines On Your Nails! Don’t Miss The Signs

Beware Of Horizontal Lines On Your Nails! Don’t Miss The Signs

Did you know that your nails hold vital clues as to your health status? Their shape, color and the appearance of any lines all represent valuable information. To maintain optimal health, it is important to be aware of how your body works and what it may be trying to tell you.

What If There’re White Spots And Bumps On My Nails?

Many people will experience nail-based abnormalities at some point in their lives. For example, white spots and bumps on nails may look unsightly but are nothing to worry about, as they usually signify superficial injury. As the nail grows, such marks often disappear within a few weeks.

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What If There’re Lines On My Nails?

Vertical lines

Some marks deserve to be taken more seriously. Some types of nail ridges, such as Beau’s lines, can tell of underlying ill-health. Nail ridges come in two varieties–vertical and horizontal. The former are harmless, and are usually an inevitable effect of aging. As we get older, our nails lose their ability to retain moisture and this can lead to vertical ridges appearing on one or all of the nails.

Horizontal lines

Horizontal ridges should be interpreted differently. These are not merely a normal effect of passing years. Instead, they tell of disruptions to the usual pattern of healthy nail growth. This disruption is usually caused by some kind of illness. The Mayo Clinic states that Beau’s lines can be a sign of zinc deficiency, but also cautions that they can point towards more serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. They can also emerge as a result of potentially serious diseases that entail a high fever such as pneumonia or scarlet fever. Occasionally they can arise from superficial physical injury.

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What are Beau’s lines?

Beau’s lines–named after a French physician of the same name who uncovered the link between nail appearance and health–are horizontal in appearance and can appear on the nails of anyone at any age. However, they are more common–as is the case with all nail problems–in older people.

As nails are continually growing, Beau’s lines can be ‘read,’ rather like the rings on a tree. A solitary line can indicate that the body has dealt with a bout of illness in the recent past. A series of lines tells a different story–that of ongoing disease. If this applies to your nails, it is a clear sign that you should take a good look at your current state of health and head to your doctor for a checkup.

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Getting rid of Beau’s lines

The only sure way to make sure that you don’t develop these lines in the first place is to take care of your health and make sure that you are properly treated for any underlying conditions. The remedy will therefore depend on the exact nature of the illness. If, for example, a medical professional believes you have a zinc deficiency, you may be prescribed mineral supplements. As your health improves, so will the appearance of your nails. It takes approximately five months for a nail to ‘grow out,’ so you will have to be patient as you wait for the marks to disappear.

Some people dislike the appearance of nail ridges and want to solve the problem as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there is no immediate quick fix. Getting a high-quality manicure with polish can conceal the marks, but they will take time to fade completely. It isn’t a good idea to attempt to file the ridges down. You risk causing further damage to the nail and giving yourself further problems! Instead, try to accept the lines as the helpful indicators they are.

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Whatever your age or current health status, it’s important to take a quick look at your nails every now and again. They can reveal your body’s history of injury and disease, and may give you a valuable clue to any underlying illness. Remaining in tune with your body’s signs and signals is vital for ensuring that any ailments you may suffer are treated as quickly as possible.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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