These days it seems as though any ailment, be it mental health or cancer, can somehow be traced back to what you eat. Is this true for dandruff as well? Though much evidence doesn’t exist by way of medical studies, some experts say that a connection between diet and dandruff might be emerging. It seems as though the same diet principles that are good for the rest of you may also make a difference to, if not completely cure, your dandruff.
When you’re making big changes in your diet, it might help to consult a nutrition-savvy doctor or registered dietitian to break down exactly what you need.
Let’s take a look at the diet, dandruff connection:
The Sugar – Dandruff Connection
Most Americans eat too much sugar. We eat, we drink it, it’s everywhere. Cutting back may reduce inflammation, minimizing the appearance of flakes. Sugars and simple carbs might promote more inflammation in our bodies, so it makes sense that eating a low-sugar, antioxidant-rich diet could help control dandruff flares.
There may also be a hormonal link.
Diets high in sugar, processed food, and ‘bad’ fats lead to insulin spikes, which in turn lead to stimulation of hormone surges that can trigger the output of oil. Overall restriction of fatty foods, fried foods, refined sugar, processed food, and gluten may lead to a reduction in flaking. Those changes haven’t been studied to see if they stop dandruff, but there’s no question that they’re good for you.
As Usual…Eat More Fruits & Vegetables
Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet is another good move. They’re loaded with nutrition and fiber.
The standard American diet is low in fiber and high in foods with a lot of sugar, salt, and fat. That promotes poor digestion, which can lead to many problems, including skin issues like dandruff. [To help,] eat lots of vegetables and some fruit, raw and cooked.
One theory links yeast in your diet to dandruff. Is it true?