Get Rid Of Dandruff With The Right Foods

Dandruff is perhaps the biggest and most common hair problem faced by almost half of the world’s population! Young and old, male and female alike can be afflicted by this nasty fungal infection.

Understanding Dandruff

Dandruff is akin to skin shedding, only in this case the dead skin builds up into bigger, more conspicuous flakes. Dandruff is not a dry skin problem as is the common belief. The problem most oft afflicts individuals prone to oily skin.

Studies reveal that the cause for dandruff is Pityrosporum-ovale, a minute yeast like fungus. Interestingly, this yeast/fungus is present on everyone’s scalp. There are a number of factors that cause the yeast to proliferate in certain individuals, leading to the characteristic inflammation and scaling, so typically linked with dandruff.

Dandruff Triggers

A number of reasons are responsible for a flare-up. The most common among these are –

  1. Overactive sebaceous glands, that secrete oil
  2. Stress and anxiety
  3. Weather changes – the condition is known to get worse during winter season
  4. Reaction to food
  5. Chemical hair treatments
  6. Certain hair products
  7. Puberty
  8. Hormonal changes

The Right Foods to Fight Dandruff

To fight dandruff most people rely on products bought off the shelves or home remedies. The truth is shampoos, lotions, oils, creams and herbal concoctions are effective in controlling the condition only temporarily. What really works is attacking the problem from the inside. And this is where diet comes in. Diet can play an important part in helping you rid the scourge of dandruff.

Foods That Help Get Rid Of Dandruff

Food can be a great healer. And it helps to include foods in your diet that are naturally rich in certain vitamins and minerals, if you are suffering from dandruff. Here is a lowdown on foods that are good for you if you are plagued with dandruff.

  • Foods rich in vitamin B – Vitamin B is a complex of vitamins comprising of B1, B2, B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6, B9 (Folic Acid) and B 12. Foods rich in Vitamin B include - eggs particularly the yolks, soy, cereals, yeast, liver, milk, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts etc. , avocados, legumes, lean meats, poultry, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables mustard, mushrooms, kale and spinach.

Green veggies a good source of minerals and vitamins to fight dandruff
Green veggies a good source of minerals and vitamins to fight dandruff
  • Sulphur rich foods – Sulphur is an active ingredient in shampoos created to deal with dandruff. Sulphur is a mineral that effectively fights many skin problems, including dandruff. It is hence a good idea to include foods naturally rich in sulphur in your diet, to help you get rid of dandruff. The food choices available to you comprise of eggs, broccoli and cabbage. Horseradish and onions are also rich in this mineral.

  • Fatty Acids – Essential fatty acids, especially Omega -3 is known to help skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dandruff. Foods that you can include in your diet to boost your intake of Omega -3 are nuts and seeds, particularly walnuts and flaxseeds. Fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel are also rich sources of good fatty acids. Avoid taking fish oil supplements as they do not seem to have the same effect as the natural stuff.

  • Garlic and Herbs – Garlic as well as oregano are also known to have dandruff fighting properties. So, add a dash of extra garlic and oregano in your food.

Garlic &Onions for Fighting Dandruff
Garlic &Onions for Fighting Dandruff

Foods and conditions that can nullify the effect of good foods

What could be wrong if you are eating a strict diet and yet find your scalp itchy with dandruff? The answer could be in the foods that you combine with your strict diet. Sugar and alcohol can nullify the effects of vitamin B in your diet. So control the amount of alcohol and sugar you consume.

Also lead a stress free life. Meditate or practice yoga to relieve stress to alleviate stress.

Make exercise a part of your daily regimen, as it helps improve blood circulation and improve a sluggish metabolism. Poor blood circulation and metabolism could also be responsible for the dandruff.

Foods that can Trigger/Aggravate Dandruff

Some people are sensitive to certain foods. Foods commonly known to aggravate dandruff include –

  • Hot liquids
  • Nuts
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Heavily spiced food
  • Oily foods
  • Shellfish

It is a good idea to maintain a food diary to identify foods that you might be allergic to.

© 2014 Juana Aman

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