I used to be one of those people who didn’t drink enough water.
My body would feel tired and sluggish, my skin and hair dry.
As you get older, your thirst mechanism tends to work less efficiently.
You may not realize how much water you need each day until it’s too late!
It’s no secret that drinking water is good for your body.
In fact, it has been proven to have numerous positive effects on the human body.
Drinking water can keep you hydrated, and might even help with weight loss.
But there are many misconceptions around drinking water affecting the health of your hair.
Read below to find out what happens when you drink enough water!
Why this obsession?
A newspaper article written by Ms. By Catherine Le Clair of the New York Times, she reported that carrying a bottle of water, draining and re-filling it is becoming fashionable.
Her story indicated that individuals have gone as far as tracking their consumption in their journal, and even using a mobile app to record.
It appears like people are obsessed with drinking water.
Do you remember ad campaigns by Evian and Perrier?
The concept of bottled water marketed as an up-market light refreshment was first ridiculed.
Today, bottled water is a serious business.
If you wander into any supermarket, you get dozens of different brands of bottled water claiming to be spring water, artisan well water or mineral water.
It’s claimed that water helps discharge toxins, promotes glowing skin, makes the hair look shiny, voluminous, and supports hair growth.
Bottled water or clean water, in general, is currently elevated as the elixir of health!
Should you drink bottled water when tap water is available?
According to Healthline – “bottled water is convenient and generally safe, but it’s more expensive and less environmentally friendly than tap water. What’s more, the micro-plastics in some products may pose a health risk”.
Provided you live in Australia, New Zealand or Singapore, where you can literally drink off the tap, I don’t I honestly don’t comprehend the advantages of drinking bottled water.
Maybe in other parts of the world where the quality of tap water is questionable, then perhaps bottled water is the sole substitute.
Drinking water changed my life.
So how did drinking water change my life within a week?
In Oct 2018, I was awakened in the night with severe pain in my toe joint.
My joints were tender, swollen and acutely painful.
The swelling was so intense that I struggled to move a few steps.
A doctor confirmed I had a gout flare-up!
I was given anti-inflammatory drugs and sent home to rest.
I immediately did my analysis and found that drinking the right amount of water can exactly flush the uric acid crystals that caused gout, out of my system.
With the help of the Urine Color Chart, I then planned my strategy to stay hydrated daily, as I was not prepared to experience the pain again.
Over the next 7 days, I took the recommended (how much fluid to drink each day chart) 8-12 glasses of water a day.
I was well hydrated and getting to the toilet every 2-3 hours.
The swelling subsided, and my life was back to almost normal only after 7 days!
Nowadays, I still take an average of 8 glasses of water.
That incident triggered my interest in researching to seek out other benefits of drinking the correct amount of water.
Benefits of drinking the right amount of water.
According to Medical News Today, there are 15 benefits of drinking the right amount of water every day.
These benefits range from lubricating joints, regulating body temperature, helping saliva/mucus form, boost skin health and beauty to name a few.
As for health benefits, there are 4 important areas to converge, as advocated by Selene Yeager author of the Doctor’s Book of Food Remedies.
- Ward off heart clots – Studies done by Loma Linda of University California found that men who drank 3-4 glasses of water per day had a 40% reduction in risk of coronary heart disease.
Whereas women who drank an equivalent quantity had a 43% risk reduction.
Getting 5 or more glasses of water a day cut risk 62% and reduced women’s risk by 39%.
The conclusion was that water thins the blood and so cuts clotting, while other beverages that need to be diluted draw water from the blood.
Once the beverages are diluted, it can be digested by the body.
- Liquid movements – It’s suggested you simply ought to drink 2 glasses of water half-hour before breakfast.
This not only hydrates your body, but also helps flush out wastes and get your body ready for food.
Water helps remove wastes by keeping your stools soft and preventing constipation.
- Washing away fatigue – if you don’t drink enough water, the cells in your body start getting dry.
The cells will then get water from your bloodstreams, resulting in thicker blood, making it sluggish and thicker to pump.
This may force your heart to work harder to pump blood, causing you to feel exhausted.
- Weight loss – drinking water can help quell hunger pangs.
How does this work?
When you drink cold water, the body has to warm up the water you just drank. When it does this, it uses calories.
During this process, the body burns 1 calorie per ounce (28.35gms) of water.
Thus, if you had 8 glasses of water, you are likely to burn about 62 calories, which will add up to 434 calories per week.
Is water damaging your hair?
According to the Kinetico water system, dehydration immediately halts hair growth.
It also suggests that hairs need moisture, preferably soft water, for hair growth.
When it doesn’t get the moisture needed, your hair will split or become brittle.
What is Hygral fatigue?
Dr. Whitney Bowe introduced a groundbreaking concept called hygral fatigue.
This concept claims that water can potentially damage your hair.
What happens is your hair will get wet when you shampoo it.
It makes it swell and swollen, making it prone to damage.
On top of that, the harsh chemical in the shampoo can cause further breakage.
When you use a heavier product, like a conditioner, it shines your hair. But the hair under is not that healthy.
She stressed further that less water exposure and faster drying results in much healthier hair.
Can soft or hard water strengthen your hair?
Misleading advertisements claimed that using soft water can strengthen your hair.
Studies have shown that hard water or distilled water has no or little influence on the tensile strength and elasticity of your hair.
A second research study published by the International Journal of Trichology concluded that baseline hair decreases when treated with hard water, then with de-ionized water.
It seems that the two different studies produced contradicted each other.
So whether soft water or hard water causes your hair to fall is yet to be answered.
Maybe one day scientists will find the answer.
The Internet, media, books and magazines recommend drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day.
By doing this, it’s going to keep your skin hydrated, your hair voluminous, and help it grow.
Unfortunately, in my research, I have yet to discover concrete scientific test results to validate this recommendation.
Nevertheless, I found other health benefits when drinking the right amount of water each day.
I can testify that keeping yourself hydrated is one way to prevent gout flareups!
I hope you found this post helpful.
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References / Recommended books
- The Doctor book of Food Remedies-Selene Yeager.
- The Detox Strategy
- National Library of Medicine – How much water do we really need to drink?
- Clinicana – does water help hair growth?
- 5 important benefits of drinking water for hair by Coralle Skye
- 15 benefits of drinking water – Medical News Today
- Water – a vital nutrient by Better Health Channel
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Disclaimer: These statements are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. They are for information purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you suspect that you have a medical condition, seek help from your doctor.