Drinking Water and Hair Loss

Hair loss and drinking waterSomething that is often overlooked is the effect of water and dehydration on hair loss. Each hair shaft is made up of 1/4 water and when you don't drink enough, it causes your hair to become weak. Water also helps to flush your body of toxins which could be a major contributor to hair loss.

Water and Hydration

You may have heard how drinking lots of water can help keep your skin hydrated and looking younger. Hair is actually a connective tissue of the body and carries many of the same compositions as your skin, fingernails and toenails. When you don't get enough water into your system, the result is dehydration, and for many, hair loss as well. As a matter of fact, 75% of the population is dehydrated and not even aware of it! Some of the signs of mild dehydration are as follows:

  • Feeling tired
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Decreased urine output. If you have not been to the bathroom in eight hours, you are most likely dehydrated.
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Feeling dizzy or light headed
  • Thirst

Signs of severe dehydration are as follows:

  • Extreme thirst
  • No tears when crying
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Little or no urination
  • Sunken eyes
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dry skin that does not bounce back when pinched
  • Very dry mouth

Different Kinds of Drinking Water

Not all water is the same! The best kind of water to drink is natural spring water. It's natural, wholesome and as real as it can get. For those of you that drink bottled water, natural spring water should be your first choice as it provides the best hydration for your hair and body.

Another good choice is steam distilled water.

One that should be avoided is purified water. Why? Because purified water (reverse osmosis water) does not hydrate your hair and body well at all. Some other types of drinking water that contains reverse osmosis water include Dasani and Aqua Fina as well as most sparkling waters. Distilled water should not be consumed for more than just a few months because it does not have the minerals that natural spring water has and will eventually start to leach these minerals from your body.

If you prefer to drink tap water, it should be carbon filtered.

It is important to drink enough water. The average adult should be drinking at least three quarts of water every day and even more when it is hot outside or if you are physically active.

Foods and Drinks Which Dehydrate the Body and Hair

Now that you know which kind of water is best and how much to drink, there are certain foods and drinks that will cause dehydration that you should know about. These include:

  • Sodas
  • Lemonade
  • Fruit juices
  • Sugar and natural sweeteners except Stevia
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Prescription and over the counter medications that contain diuretics

Aside from drinking plenty of good water, it is also important to keep your hair clean. When you hair is not clean, the follicles become clogged which makes it difficult for hair to grow. We do not recommend shampooing your hair every day because this can dry out (dehydrate) your hair, which results in breakage.