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To Hair With Love / HAIR CARE  / Healthy Hair  / Do You Think Being Tired & Hair Health Are Connected?
7 Jun

Do You Think Being Tired & Hair Health Are Connected?

hair health and woman tired

How many of us are feeling tired and exhausted every single day? Nothing to wonder about, considering our super fast modern lifestyle! There are some of us who don’t realize the harm we are doing to ourselves by not paying enough attention to some simple but essential things in our life. There are others who are trying to adjust a few things after having experienced an incident in their life that forced them to change lifestyle.

And last but certainly not least there are people who are so fortunate to have a well-balanced life; mentally, physically, socially!

But how feeling tired is connected to hair health?

Do You Think Being Tired And Hair Health Are Connected?

Some of the reasons we are feeling tired can be related to our hair’s health.

Let’s take a closer look:

 

1) Are you starting your day with the right kind of energy?

Food is what gives your body the energy it needs to function properly. Well, I know! There is nothing new to that! But are you consuming the right kind of food? Are you taking all the vitamins, proteins and minerals you need?

This is one of the most important reasons you may be feeling tired at the end of the day…or even during the day!

hair health and breakfast

 

What kind of breakfast?

Surely, not a simple cup of coffee! And of course not a plate full of sausages, bacons and slices of bread with cream spreads or cereals packed with sugar, doughnuts, muffins and croissants! This kind of food will load you with calories and will increase rapidly your body’s sugar levels.

And this will make you feel good only for a little while, because energy drops as quickly as it goes up and this causes fatigue over the course of the day!

You need whole grains such as oatmeal and wheat, healthy fat, such as avocado, cheese, eggs, nuts and lean proteins such as chicken, turkey, cottage cheese, and yogurt. This is just a short list of food options and there are so many recipes to choose from! You can be creative!

If you don’t have time to prepare a proper breakfast, then a healthy smoothie made with fruits, protein powder such as whey, spirulina, low-fat dairy or/and dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, is a good way to start your day!

And how is this connected to hair health?

As we all know, the big secret to healthy and beautiful hair is taking all of our vitamins from a well-balanced and fully nutritional diet! And having a good breakfast is only the beginning.

This is a big topic, so I have another article for you about hair growth vitamins deficiency and hair symptoms.

 

2) Do you really know if your body is dehydrated?

If you can’t drink a lot of water, believe me I totally get you! For some reason I find it difficult to even swallow water. So I usually replenish my fluid needs by infusing fruits in my water to give it some flavor or by drinking smoothies and green tea (without adding sugar of course!).

hair health and water

 

Notes:

  • The body is having difficultly storing oxygen and using it after losing 0.5% of its water.
  • When the body has lost 1% of its water the heart gets easily tired.
  • By 3% we have already exceeded the levels of exhaustion and fatigue.

 

There are two simple ways you could calculate your normal fluid needs per day.

(Note: all fluid needs not only water needs)

1) Calculate the analogy: 30-40ml per 1 kg of your body weight.

2) Take your weight in pounds, divide in half and convert the number to fluid ounces. This is how much fluid you should drink per day.

High water content foods are:

Vegetables, fruits and milk. Also yogurt has 60-80% water.

And how is this connected to hair health?

Dehydration can cause reduction in blood volume, which increases blood thickness. This makes your heart pump less efficiently, decreasing your skin’s blood flow and making it more difficult to deliver oxygen and all the essential nutrients to cells and then to your tissues and organs.

Therefore, it gets even more difficult for nutrients to be transported throughout your body and reach your scalp to nourish the hair follicles via capillaries (tiny blood vessels).

Learn more: Why is water important for hair growth?

3) Have you ever skipped exercise because you already felt tired?

There is not a chance you haven’t done this at least once! Of course, you might have skipped exercise because you were having a really good hair day and chose to go out with your friends instead!

Ok, let’s get back to the serious stuff…

hair health and exercise

 

So, skipping exercise and surrendering yourself to weariness and exhaustion isn’t a good practice! Your body craves for energy and it will surely reward you if it gets some.

And how is this connected to hair health?

In simple words; exercise is helping your cardiovascular system to function properly, so your heart will pump efficiently, thereby the blood will deliver oxygen and nutrients to your cells and tissues, reaching and nourishing your hair follicles!

 

4) Do you know that lack of sleep can make you vulnerable to diseases?

Having a quality and consistent sleep is essential for the proper function of the body.

If you don’t get enough sleep or you suffer from insomnia address this issue as soon as possible, otherwise your body’s immune system will collapse eventually.

This will make you mentally and physically weak and vulnerable to diseases.

hair health and sleep

 

Some simple tips to avoid insomnia are:

  • Don’t eat heavy meals
  • Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine
  • Don’t surf on the internet or check your emails
  • Don’t change your bedtime routine

And how is this connected to hair health?

Lack of sleep affects your body’s hormone secretion and hormone imbalances can cause hair loss. Also, getting a good night’s sleep is important because your body finds the time to rejuvenate and restore itself.

If your immune system is disturbed, your body will become weak and in need for more vitamins to stay healthy.

Therefore, all of the nutrients will be transported to your body’s organs where they are needed most, failing to reach the hair roots. The human body doesn’t acknowledge hair as an essential part for your survival, hence your hair follicles won’t be nourished properly.

Then your hair becomes weak and dull, leading to hair loss and other scalp conditions altogether!

 

5) Are you feeling stressed?

There are many reasons why you may be feeling stressed! Stress is considered an internal disturbance that goes hand in hand with psychological conditions and mental disorders, but it can also be manifested physically.

From my experience I can tell you that severe mental exhaustion can cause stress and body weariness too.

hair health and stress

 

 And I know that you’re thinking now; “Stop worrying is easier said than done!”

There are methods available you could use to manage the stress in your life, such as meditation, yoga, listening to relaxing music or even reading a good book.

And how is this connected to hair health?

Persisting stress can cause physical illness and affect our body’s immune system. Hair is very sensitive to every internal change in your body. When your body is struggling with a health issue, then your hair is going to endure a hair or scalp health crisis too.

If you’re constantly feeling tired during the day, please take under consideration all the above and most important always consult your doctor. Fatigue could be a symptom of a health issue you should address immediately!

Are you feeling tired? How does your hair look? What are your thoughts? 

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Trinity

I am deeply and profoundly passionate for learning, writing and sharing my knowledge. My other passion (…obsession!) is beautiful hair. I love seeing lovely women around me having divine and admirable hair. I take hair care seriously but not out of vanity. Hair is not only beauty, is health also. A positive mindset plus a healthy body can result in beautiful hair.

10 Comments
  • Tamsin

    We truly are connected throughout our bodies. We cannot expect bad decisions not to impact on our health all over!

    June 9, 2016 at 4:41 am Reply
  • aya

    I am feeling a little tired and my hair is dry and frizzy at times, I always notice a big difference in my skin with the above but I guess never really thought about how it affected my hair. Thank so much for sharing. xox

    June 9, 2016 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Boh

    Great post! I’ve never thought too much into the connection between my hair and health – generally i just look for split ends! Great post and information! x

    http://www.blackandwhiteinsider.com

    June 9, 2016 at 3:30 pm Reply
  • Soraya

    This is so true!!! I find when I am healthy and refreshed, my hair is glowing. I have such a great hair day. But when I am fatigued, my hair is pale and it is just not silky. It’s a really good wake up call to pay attention to what is happening with your body. Thank you for sharing.

    June 10, 2016 at 1:29 am Reply
  • Jean

    I’ve always heard that our hair (and skin, and nails) reflects how we treat our bodies. So getting proper rest is definitely important! I put that alongside staying hydrated and eating well (with plenty of good fatty acids) for taking the best care possible of my hair.

    June 11, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply

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