Water and hair growth, are they connected? You bet your thick beautiful head of hair they are. Believe it or not, dehydration is the number one reason most people have hair worries. That being said, the human body is composed of up to 60% water. Moreover, 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair is water. Therefore, if you are not consuming enough water, you could be doing serious damage to your hair. Just as a dry noodle snaps in half at the slightest touch, so does dry hair. Furthermore, adequate water consumption is necessary for beautiful hair, skin, and nails.
Let's talk about how consuming water benefits your hair. The roots of the hair are the only channels by which water is supplied to the hair follicles. Water travels through the circulatory system. Just like a plant the roots of your hair soak up the water hydrating the scalp. Moisture from the scalp travels down the hair shaft leaving hair soft and supple. As a result, flaking and dandruff disappear as well as frizz and breakage.
How much water should you drink? The answer is half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water. Divide 75 by 8 and that means you should drink roughly 9 and one-half glasses of water daily. Getting it all in will be easiest if you spread it out over the day. Start by drinking a glass or two in the morning, add a glass 30 minutes before a meal. Be sure and drink up during and after a workout and after each pee break. Before you know it, you have reached your daily intake goal.
Make it fun and tasty. You can use fruits like lemon, cucumber, oranges, and raspberries. You can infuse herbs like mint, parsley, and rosemary. Drinking your water is an option also. Grapefruit, zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, and salads contain high amounts of water.
By now, you should be convinced that water is key to healthy hair, skin, and nails. Moreover, drinking 1/2 your body weight in water will help you shed unwanted pounds. Yup. Make it convenient. Keep a bottle of water at your desk, in your vehicle, in your tote. Get a cute water bottle that feels good in your hands. You can do it, drink up, the thirst is real.
Willette Monk (AKA) The OG