Water is one of the basic essentials of human life. It’s so vital to our biology that it’s mind boggling how often we overlook it’s benefits. Did you know that a person can survive 3-4 weeks without food, but only 3-8 days without water? Crazy right?
Did you know that water is also the secret to healthy hair growth? In order to maintain a beautiful, soft, healthy mane, drinking an adequate amount of water is mandatory.
Each hair shaft on your scalp is made up of one quarter of water. When hair has the amount of water it needs to flourish, it grows and grows and grows -you get the point. Lets’s not neglect to mention the beautiful shine and volume added to it.
The minimum amount of water required a day is around a 8-10 eight oz glasses but that shouldn’t stop you from drinking more. A good way to determine your hydration levels is through the color of your urine; the clearer it is, the more hydrated you are. If your urine has a yellowish color, that means you need to drink more water.
BENEFITS OF WATER FOR HEALTHY HAIR GROWTH
Now back to the fun stuff! Healthy hair starts from within. The roots of your hair – which is centralized deep within your scalp – is where water is transported from your body to the rest of your hair. Staying hydrated allows your roots to soak up water, which gives your hair shafts the nutrients they needs to grow. Water not only gives life to our cells, it also hydrates our body and helps regulate our circulatory system.
KEY FUNCTIONS OF WATER FOR HAIR GROWTH
- It aids with cellular activity by supplying hydration to your cells, thus improving healthy hair growth.
- It aid with hydrolysis, which is vital not just for your hair, but your entire body. Hydrolysis is how your body breaks compounds into nutrients which get transferred throughout your body, including your scalp.
- It activates the nerve endings and sensors in your scalp to enhance the strength of your hair roots.
- It aids with processing and flushing out toxins/free radicals and essentially acts as an antioxidant.
- It aids with reduction of dandruff and hair thinning problems.
- It hydrates the roots of your scalp, which is the source of nutrients, hydration, and energy for growing healthy hair.
DEHYDRATION AND HAIR GROWTH
With the body being composed of approximately 65% of water, it’s essential to consume an adequate amount per day. If/when your body doesn’t receive an adequate amount, it can lead to dehydration, which causes your hair to grow slower or stop completely. Since water is needed to sustain cell health and reproduction, when your scalp stops receiving hydration and nutrients, it can inhibit the action of growing healthy hair.
Without a good amount of hydration per day, any other action such as eating healthy foods, or taking hair supplements will mean nothing, if you don’t have water for cell metabolization, and transportation.
It’s also important to know that our bodies lose around 2 – 4 quarts of water per day from simple things like sweating, urinating, and other waste removal processes. We also lose water by it evaporating off our skin into tiny air-borne droplets.
If sufficient amounts of water isn’t received by your body, it could stop your hair growth cycle; forcing your hair out the anagen (growth) stage into the telogen (resting) phase, which then leads to hair loss.
STAY HYDRATED FOR HEALTHY HAIR
I know I might be repeating myself a lot but I am going to say this again (and maybe a few more times), drink a ton of water! Drink, drink, drink. If that gets mundane, you can even get fancy and add lemons, fresh mint, cucumber or fresh berries to your water for flavor.
As enticing as they are, try to limit liquids like coffee, soft drinks, alcohol or juices that are heavy in sugar. Most of these, excluding the juice have caffeine in them, which is a diuretic. Diuretics cause you to urinate more often, thus depleting the amount of water your body has stored. Majority of these liquids also require a good amount of water for cellular breakdown, which also takes away from your water storage.
TIPS FOR CONSUMING MORE WATER
ADD SOME FLAVOR TO YOUR WATER
Water can be bland at times, so as mentioned above, add some character with fruits, vegetables, or herbs. Fruits are naturally sweet, so you get the added benefit of great taste without the sugar. Fruits like lemon, orange, berries, watermelon, or kiwi are a great addition to water. Herbs like mint, vanilla, rosemary, or basil are also great options.
DRINK SOME GREEN TEA
Green tea is a great way to increase your daily liquid intake. Green tea is a natural antioxidant that helps protect the body from toxins, and free radicals. It does have some caffeine in it, so keep it at 2-3 cups per day.
SET AN ALARM
A way to simplify the process is to set a reminder in your phone. Every 2-3 hours, have an alarm go off to remind you to drink two 8 oz glasses. It might be even more beneficial to lug a gallon around with you and mark it up with a sharpie to keep track of your intake.
KEEP A WATER BOTTLE
As an alternative to glasses or a gallon, purchase a water bottle and always have it nearby. While at work, at the gym or even while watching television, always have the bottle filled, so when thirsty, you have it ready. (Shhh, a little secret; this will also help shed a few extra lbs if needed.)
Fruits and vegetables have a good amount of water in them – not enough to hit your daily intake but can be a great source of staying hydrated. Some fruits and vegetables with high water content are cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, grapes, cherries, and celery.
EAT SOME SPICE
Nothing gets you drinking water faster than spice. Add some pepper flakes, jalapeno or serrano peppers to your next meal, and you’ll be drinking water in no time. Spicy foods also has the added benefit of boost your metabolism by up to 8%.
DRINK A CUP IN THE MORNING AND AT NIGHT
Aim to drink an 8 ounce cup of water before bed and as soon as you wake up. Make your life easier and put a glass next to your bed and let it be the first thing you do when you roll over. Drinking before bed time might also help with not snoozing that alarm too many times in the morning because oh, you will have to pee. Additionally, it helps clean out toxins and free radicals while you sleep.
To sum this all up, drink a ton of water and you will have envious, long, shiny, beautiful, thick, healthy hair in no time!
Now that we’ve covered water effects on hair growth, will you be incorporating some water drinking routines in to your day to day? What is your current water regiment? Do you advise friends and family to drink more water? Share your story with us in the comment section, we’d love to know!