Your body sends out ongoing signals that tell the world about your health: Your posture, the look on your face, the clarity of your eyes, your energy level and your mood are just a few.
But your finger and toe nails also have quite a lot to say about you.
For example, with the growth rate of approximately 0.1 mm every day — that’s about 1 cm (0.4 inches) every 100 days — your grooming skills are immediately visible, especially now, since nails grow faster in the summer. They also grow faster on your right hand if you're right-handed person; or they grow faster on your left hand if you're a “lefty.”
Men’s nails grow faster than women’s nails, and kids grow faster than adults, so get the clippers out accordingly.
Let’s get to the important, on-display health information about you.
Look down at your hands, here’s what you’ve got: nail plates, the part you see, or what you call your nails; nail beds, or the skin beneath the nail plates; cuticles, or the tissue that curves around the base of the nail and overlaps slightly; nail folds, or the skin that supports and frames the nail on three sides; the lunula, the whitish half-moon shape at the base of your nails, and the matrix, the hidden part of the nail unit, under the cuticle.