Why Is Water Important For Hair Growth? Do You Like Drinking It?
Are you struggling to drink water every day? Do you keep forgetting it? I feel you! I’m on the same boat. I don’t know why, but drinking water has always been like a nightmare for me. Until the day I found out why water is important after all and how it strongly affects our hair health.
There is so much information available, but I’ll narrow it down to make it easier for you. You’ll also learn ways that will help you drink your everyday water! I know they’ve helped me, so I’m sharing them with you.
Why is water important?
Water is your body’s basic chemical component and makes up about 60% of your body weight. We all know that proper nutrition is important for good health, but water is essential for our survival. We are able to live without food for about 3 weeks, but without water only for 3-5 days!
Every system in your body depends on water.
Without water, nutrients cannot be carried in your body system. Nutrients are very important for healthy hair growth.
Why is water important for hair growth?
- Water transports nutrients in your blood. The percentage of water in your whole blood is about 82%.
Through bloodstream is how your hair roots get the oxygen and the essential nutrients that they need for your hair growth.
- Water carries nutrients to your cells which support their growth, reproduction, survival. It helps your body to process and flush toxins out of your vital organs to protect your immune system.
If your body is healthy, you’re helping your hair to get the nutrients it needs to remain healthy too.
- Water boosts your body’s metabolism. Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients. Metabolism is the rate at which your body absorbs and uses the nutrients. If your diet is poor then your metabolism will be slow and your hair roots won’t receive the proper nutrients. The result will be low hair growth due to low rate of keratinization.
Keratinization is the process in which cells are converted to hair.
If you want to learn more: What is metabolism?
A study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that when women and men were drinking 500ml of water it increased their metabolic rate by 30% within the first 10min. and reached its maximum 30–40 min. after water drinking. The effect was sustained for more than an hour.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
- Water hydrates you; hence it gives you energy and makes you feel vivid and healthy. Therefore, water hydrates your hair from the inside keeping it strong. With the right amount of water, the cells in your hair roots are able to grow and undergo the required cell division, which is how hair is made up after all.
Water protects the hair growth cycle and supports hair growth.
- Water keeps your hormones balanced; Even mild dehydration, causes stress hormones to increase as the body interprets it as a life-threatening situation. For instance, when cortisol (stress hormone) is increased, it makes the body to secrete more adrenaline which leads to increased levels of testosterone and DHT hormones.
Hormonal imbalance is one of the major factors of hair loss.
The human body loses about 3lt of water per day, so you understand why it’s essential to replenish the fluids in your body.
According to Mayo Clinic a person’s intake of fluids per day is on average:
- Women: 2.2lt (9 glasses)
- Men: 3lt (13 glasses)
Furthermore, lack of water is one of the reasons you might be feeling tired, physically and mentally. Do you want to know how being tired and hair health are connected and two simple ways to calculate the water you need to drink?
(are you still wondering why is water important for you hair growth?)
Do you like drinking water?
I can totally understand it if you don’t like drinking water! I have the same issue too…
It’s tasteless, colorless… therefore boring!
Fruits & Vegetables
The good thing is that you can “eat” some of the water you need per day from fruits and vegetables.
One glass of water is about 245ml.
Of course, your fluid intake comes from other sources too, such as milk, tea, juices, and soups, but they must not be substitute for water overall.
One more idea I really like is infused water which is so easy to make and there are so many combinations available. You can experiment to find your own favorite. There is no limit!
Leave the infused water at least 2-4 hours in the fridge before drinking it.
Do you want some more ideas for infused water?
Tips to inspire you to drink your daily water:
1) Drink one glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. It surely cleanses your body. At first you might find this tactic somehow annoying (especially if you don’t enjoy drinking water) but it will become a habit very quickly.
2) It’s best not to drink a lot of water at once, because excessive amounts of water can harm your kidneys function. A good analogy is to drink 1-2 glasses of water every 2 hours. If you keep forgetting it, your mobile’s reminder will surely help you. And to make it more techy, there are apps available that remind you and count the water you drink! Splendid!
3) Choose a nice bottle with a nice color or message on it that will inspire you and make you feel good. Place it somewhere where you can see it during your day.
4) Sometimes using a straw helps drinking more water. Why don’t you give it a try? Nothing to lose…
5) Usually when I drink or eat something sweet or salty I want to drink a glass of water afterwards. Is this something you do too? I believe it’s a good thing to have in mind.
6) Alcohol can dehydrate you, so always drink a glass of water afterwards.
Finally, I want to give you one more motivation to drink water.
A study of Illinois University, found that the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water – tap water or from a cooler, drinking fountain or bottle – by 1% reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.
To You With Love.
Chloe of beyond blessed
Well I definitely need to start drinking some more water! Love the idea of infusing water with fruit and mint leaves… I’ve heard of doing that before, but on a hot day like today it sounds incredible!
How many glasses of tasteless and colorless water can someone drink after all! 😉 Infused water is surely the healthiest way to trick your senses and take care of your hair’s health too!!
Katie (Not Fit Mom)
Thanks for the reminder and great tips!
Thanks Katie! I’m so glad you found it useful!
I drink water sooo much! I absolutely love it. I had no clue about what it does to your hair though, but now I do and I’m excited.
<3: Jasmin N
Thanks Jasmin! It’s awesome that you love drinking water! But if you want to make it a little more “interesting”, then infused water will do the trick! 😉
Very informative. I totally need this because drinking water is a chore for me most times.
Samantha | http://itssonecessary.com
I totally feel you Sam! Fortunately we have ways to make water more tasteful!! Sometimes just one drop of juice in the glass of water gives it instant flavor (this is great if you’re in a hurry and you don’t have the time to make infused water!).
I am guilty of not drinking enough water too. For years I’ve tried to change my habit, but it looks like it’s easier than I thought to keep myself healthy. Thanks for the tips, they are much appreciated!
Elena | http://www.inspiredtoexplore.com
We are a big group as it seems! Easy tips to trick ourselves to drink more water and a little motivation is all we need! 🙂
Truly, drinking sufficient water is definitely one of the solutions to most of health and skin problems!! These are few great tips for the inspiration!! 🙂
Thanks Saswati, the goal of my tips is to provide simple ways to take care of ourselves. I understand that for some of us drinking water is a difficult task and we all need the inspiration and motivation! Dehydration causes a lot of health problems and the first signs are shown on our hair and skin.
Drinking water is so hard. I have to drink alot of water or I get UTIs. And it gets so blah after awhile. I never once thought that maybe it’s creating my hair loss. :/
Oh, Karla that’s painful! So now you have one more reason to drink water; to protect your body system and your hair of course! These two go hand in hand! 🙂
Great post! I’m really bad about drinking water but this definitely gives me a reason to try to drink more.
Thanks Jessica! To be honest before my research I wasn’t really aware how much drinking efficient amount of water affects our hair health. So I had to share it! I’m glad a gave you a reason to drink more water 🙂
What an awesome read! I have always struggled with getting my water in each day. This was very detailed and informative. Thank you!
Thank so much Becky for your kind words! I’m glad it was helpful! I know that everyday struggle…
Great post. Thanks for the reminder to drink more – I’m a divil for forgetting to drink water until later in the day.
Thanks Niamh! I guess if something is boring (like drinking water) we have to give ourselves one good reason to do it! 🙂
another tip can be, don’t drink water during your meals, you will have a better digestion, try to have a cup of water 30 min before & after your meals this will help much more
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Thanks Sonia for the tip! To be honest that’s what I knew about not drinking water during meals until recently when I heard a well-respected dietitian in my country saying that this isn’t completely accurate. I did a little research and what I found is that drinking water during meals doesn’t hurt digestion by rule. But it depends on several factors. Like if you are fasting, you have sensitive stomach, your meal is “big” or is too fat-loaded. It even depends on the quality of water in your region. Well, I guess drinking a bottle of water won’t help the digestion either but from my experience I need to drink water when I eat meat. When my meal is vegetables I don’t need to drink water. Thank you Sonia for giving me the chance to get into this subject. 🙂
I love water, and my long hair! I had no clue the two were related, makes sense. Your post is very informative. 🙂
Thank you Faith! Learning new things is always exciting, isn’t it? 🙂
Drinking water is soooo important! I really noticed a difference in my entire body when I started to drink a lot more water.
That’s great Tiffany! Thanks for sharing it with us. Your experience is a motivation for a lot of us.
These are great tips. I KNOW the benefits to drinking an adequate amount of water and yet I STRUGGLE to do it. Fruit-infused water or adding essential oils certainly helps to switch it up….but I always seem to be behind. But I guess I just need to “just keep swimming” and push forward and resolve to do better!
Thanks Mimi! Keep persisting, such tricks can really help. I feel it’s helpful to think that you’re not the only one. We are many as it seems! Like a club 🙂