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.
- 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.