What really happens when you’re dehydrated?
Being fluid is a great quality to have. Moving freely with patience and grace yet strong enough to reshape, smooth and change the environment. That’s what water does for the body!
Did you know the average human body is composed of about 55% water? Each hair shaft is made up of 1/4 water, lungs are made up of about 90% water, blood and skin are about 80%, and
muscles and the brain are about 70% water.
Not consuming enough water causes hair to become weak and will result in negative changes to skin and vital organs. Water also helps to normalize or increase the body’s metabolism and flush it of toxins which could be a major contributor to hair loss.
Hair is a connective tissue of the body and carries many of the same compositions as skin, fingernails and toenails. When the body does not have enough water or fluids as it should the
result is dehydration, which means for many, slow hair growth, breakage or even hair loss.
Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe based on how much fluid the body has lost. Severe dehydration is life-threatening and should be treated as an emergency.
Fluids can leave the body in two ways – sensible water loss such as osmotic diuresis (an
increase in urination rate), sweating, vomiting and diarrhea. The other is insensible water loss, occurring mainly through the skin and respiratory tract. Older adults and people with diseases such as diabetes are at a higher risk for dehydration.
Dehydration causes activity in the body to slow down resulting in fatigue. When your body is dehydrated it will begin to restrict airways to conserve more water.
Dehydration can also lead to digestive disorders, high blood pressure, and skin disorders. Loss of over ten percent of total body water can cause physical and mental deterioration, accompanied by severe thirst. Death occurs at a loss of between fifteen and twenty-five percent of the body water. That’s scary!