Can dehydration cause hair loss? Our bodies need a steady supply of water, not only to function properly, but to thrive. Yet it’s estimated that only about 25% of the population drinks the recommended daily amount of water. In fact, while you read this, your body may be lacking the water it so desperately needs.
Dehydration disrupts the efficiency of our organs, but it can adversely affect more than your health — it can also lead to hair loss.
How Do I Know I’m Dehydrated?
- Extreme thirst
- Less frequent urination
- Darker urine color
- Dizziness or light headedness
- Unexplained fatigue
- Unexplained muscle cramps
- Mood swings
- Trouble focusing
What Causes Dehydration?
The obvious answer is inadequate water intake. But it’s not that simple. Frequent exercise or any strenuous activity can cause you to dehydrate, as can being in very hot weather (sweating). During cold weather months, dry indoor air can pull essential moisture from your hair and skin. Any illness that results in vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweat, and fever also can cause dehydration. Are you on any medications that cause you to urinate more frequently? They can be making you dehydrated, too.
How Does Water Influence Hair Growth?
Your body is comprised of 60% water. When it is well hydrated, it functions properly. Water is particularly important to hair follicles – the fasted growing tissue in the human body. Proper hydration helps promote healthy hair and directly influences growth. When you’re dehydrated, your hair will begin to lose its luster and fullness, become thin, brittle, and dry, and become susceptible to breakage.
How Do I Stay Hydrated?
A liquid is a liquid, right? Well, not when it comes to hydration. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages, while liquids, cause you to lose water through more frequent urination. Juices and soft drinks are often high in sugar and calories, which isn’t great for your overall health. For best results, stick to plain old water to maintain proper hydration. Add fresh fruit slices or a squirt of fresh citrus juice for flavor.
If you’re experiencing hair loss – regardless of the reason – and you want it back, now’s a great time to schedule a free consultation with DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. We’ll show you the way to looking like yourself again.