Do you take supplements? If so, which ones are you taking? Along with taking my daily dose of my thyroid medication, my doctor recommended me to take vitamin D as my levels were also showing low on my quarterly lab results.
I also added in Biotin (1000mcg) into my daily routine. For those familiar with the thyroid disorder, hypothyroidism, know that hair loss, dry skin and brittle nails are some of the symptoms that is caused.
I suffer from all of the symptoms I listed above. So I decided to try out Biotin to see if it would help alleviate any of those issues.
I started taking Biotin in July and took a 1000mcg tablet a day along with 1 vitamin D 5000iu pill and my armour thyroid meds all at the same time in the morning 30 minutes before I consumed any food or drink.
Hair: With the onset of hypothyroidism, I started losing hair by the bunches. Every morning when I took a shower or brushed my hair, a lot of breakage would happen. Trust me, Mr. Man was not too happy to see all that hair in the shower drain. But I do have very thick hair and a lot of it so that any thinning was not even noticeable. Of course, if you saw my shower drain or my hair brush, you'd definitely know I suffer from hair loss.
Once I started taking Biotin, it was after I had gone blonde on my hair so any growth would be noticeable as my hair is naturally black.
I would say that it took about a month for me to start noticing any changes and the changes I was able to see because I can see my roots grow out!
I dyed my hair in June and haven't touched up since. So you can see how much growth has happened.
L to R: my hair in June prior to dying it blonde and taking biotin, dyed my hair in June, you can see the full length of my hair by August and just 6 weeks after dying my hair blonde you can see that my roots have grown out at least an inch.
Looking at my roots now, I'd have to say my hair has grown about 3 1/2 inches since I dyed my hair in June. 4 months at about just above 3/4 of an inch growth a month. That's pretty quick if you ask me!
Nails: I have to admit I am a nail biter, I always have been since I was a kid. It's a hard habit to kick so what I do is get a full set of acrylics whenever I can and that seems to help some. Also my nail bed is a bit on the short side so when I don't have acrylics on, you can definitely see the damage my nail biting habit does. When I do manage to not bite my nails enough for them to grow out, they are weak and break so easily. It worsened with the onset of hypothryoidism.
Above is a picture taken today. I am in need of a fill, yes I know, but you can see how much my nails have grown. It's been 3 weeks and usually growth wouldn't be this much!
Skin: Another symptom I suffer from is dry skin. With the dry skin, came the itchiness, especially on my face. With the help of keeping myself hydrated by drinking 64+ ounces of water along with taking Biotin, I have definitely noticed that my skin is not as dry and doesn't itch as much. I hardly wear foundation on my face nowadays and for me that's ok because my skin isn't splotched with dry patches anymore.
I go to work with no makeup now without worrying about my skin looking dry. this pic is no makeup, no filters, taken with my iPhone 4
So for those suffering from hair growth, brittle nails or dry skin, I think Biotin may be of some help.
I will definitely keep this as part of my daily supplements!
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