Very white nails could mean
- Congestive heart failure
- Liver disease
Yellow nails: fungal infection
Bluish nails - not enough oxygen - could signal a lung problem or diabetes
Rippled nails-inflammation or psoriasis
Cracked or split nails-thyroid problems.
Puffy nail fold - lupus - or another connective tissue disorder
Dark lines beneath a nail - could be skin cancer
Overly bitten nails- OCD
Vitamin K2 revisited
The big idea with K2 is that it’s important in having your calcium get deposited in the right places (bones/teeth) and not the wrong places (blood vessels etc.) It also helps with other types of mineral deposition.
K2 is found in low concentration in meats and eggs :
Egg Yolk (United States)15.5(100% MK-4)Ground Beef (Medium Fat)8.1(100% MK-4)Calf Liver5.0(100% MK-4)Salmon0.5(100% MK-4)Mackerel0.4(100% MK-4)Egg White0.4(100% MK-4)
Here is a more complete table. It’s also found in dairy products and chicken. Note that 1 egg yolk is 17 grams, so you’d need to eat about 6 egg yolks to get the amount listed above. K2 is found in higher concentrations in organ meats
The brain contains one of the highest concentrations of vitamin K2 in the body; only the pancreas, salivary glands, and the cartilaginous tissue of the sternum contain more.
It’s interesting to note that K2 is found in cartilage.
As this site says:
Vitamin K2 is further sub-divided into several forms but the most understood are menaquinone-4 (menatretrenone-MK4)
The MK-4 version of K2 is exclusively made by animal tissues and is found in foods like butter, cheeses, liver and liver pate [especially so if those animals are mostly pastured/grass fed and not fed loads of soy/corn]. MK-7 on the other hand is made by our intestinal bacteria (about 10% of total dietary K1 is converted in this manner, although most experts agree that it contributes minimally to vitamin K2 status in humans due to the minimal amount of absorption that occurs), and fermented foods such as natto [photo in the top, left hand corner] and sauerkraut.
vitamin K2 activates a type of protein called matrix gla protein (MGP) where it helps to keep calcium out of the blood vessels. Calcification of arteries is a strong (some argue the best) predictor heart disease. In a large epidemiological study, those with higher intakes of vitamin K2 were found to be 52 per cent less likely to have vascular calcification, 41 per cent less likely to develop heart disease and 57 per cent less like to die from it.
K2 has been found to improved dental health as the salivary glands excrete vitamin K2 provided there is an adequate dietary supply. In fact the salivary glands have the second highest concentration of K2, second only to the pancreas.
I view this as an additional argument that one should eat grass fed meat in addition to fish.
The difference between Arteriosclerosis and Atherosclerosis is: Arteriosclerosis has a higher level of calcium than cholesterol. Atherosclerosis has a higher level of cholesterol than calcium.
Ha, they are easily confused.
Maybe one way to remember might be that calcium has and “i” like “arterio” and cholesterol has an “h” like “athero.” The only letters not present in one word that present in the other are “i” and “h.”
showering or bathing daily… wreaks havoc on something hilariously called the horny layer. … damaging this protective layer of skin makes us more susceptible to disease. … Studies have shown that there are no measurable differences in the number of microorganism colonies a person is host to regardless of how frequently that person showers. … There’s no magic number of showers each week, though it’s generally agreed that the number would fall somewhat shy of seven. Skipping showers, or, if you’d like a fancy French term, celebrating sans douche days, gives your skin time to repair some of the damage that the last shower caused.