Today, I would like to take a second and do a PSA for all you ladies who suffer from Hypothyroid issues. I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and there are many women who are not diagnosed wondering why can’t they keep long nails. I work pretty hard to stay on top of my health in order to have some nail health. So let’s start with the basics.
What is Hashimoto’s?
It is an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies directed against the thyroid gland, located in the front of the neck, lead to chronic inflammation. This condition can also run in families. The thyroid produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism, which creates energy.
Over time, the ability of the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormones can be impaired, leading to gradual decline in function and eventually an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).
Symptoms of hypothyroidism can differ from person to person.
Characteristic signs of hypothyroidism include:
- Fatigue; Cold intolerance; Appetite loss, weight gain; Cardiovascular effects; Mental effects.
- Other signs and symptoms.
- Reduction in sweating
- Skin may become dry and flaky and nails brittle.
- Hair may thin or become coarse.
- Digestive processes slow, causing constipation.
- Speech and movement may also slow down.
- In younger women, periods may become heavier and more frequent, or they may stop; infertility is sometimes a problem.
- Muscle aches and pain around the joints, including carpal tunnel syndrome, are common.
My nails have little to not moons and every nail has deep ridges. In order to encourage growth I take 10,000 mcg daily of biotin with keratin, because I also have hair loss and Biotin stimulates hair and nail growth. I also take 2250mg of Curcumin Turmeric daily which aids in the reduction of inflammation and offers Cardiovascular and Joint support.
The reduced blood circulation that comes along with impaired thyroid function is one contributor to thin and brittle nails. So in order to increase blood circulation I massage nail oil (Bliss Kiss Simply Pure Oil), multiple times a day in order to directly deposit hydration to my nails. In addition to the nail oil I also massage in a nail balm, (Vapid Nail Sauce) it contains all natural ingredients which are great for your nails and skin.
Since my nails are thin and brittle, I also keep nail polish on my nails at all times. I almost always have 1-2 coats of basecoat, 2 coats of color polish, a top coat and a non-uv gel top coat. If I have nail art I have that and then an additional coat of top coat. I found that all these layers create a protective shield on my nails.
Of course, all of this care doesn’t mean I won’t get any breaks, I get my fair share of nail breaks, stress fractures that turn to breaks and down right rips if I’m not careful when removing polish! I employ different methods of patching my nails, Fiberglass wrap with gel resin and even a temporary acrylic dip. I like these because you can easily remove them with enough acetone.
Finally, I take my medicine on a schedule. I take Tirosint which is a synthetic L-3,3′,5,5′-tetraiodothyronine sodium salt [levothyroxine (T4) sodium]. The reason I use this capsule is because it’s gluten free, it is important for Hypothyroid patients to have a gluten free(ish) lifestyle.
Tirosint is best taken at night before bed on an empty stomach and not in combination with any other meds. It is also important to take and iron supplement, which I take 4 hrs after my Tirosint at about 4am (I have a alarm set). I do this craziness in order to maximize absorption of the meds.
I hope the information above helps, even if it is just one person who reads this. Everyone will need to find what works best for them, this just happens to work best for me. If you are on medication and still feel like crap, it’s not you. You just have to find the best combination for you. Do research, a lot of research, and bring the information back to your endocrinologist. I found improvements going gluten free and that included my thyroid meds.
Thanks for reading!