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Despite the significant stigma it carries, dandruff is a perfectly normal condition that has nothing to do with a person’s hygiene habits. While medical researchers don’t know for certain what causes the condition, they do have several theories to explain why some people suffer from dandruff that include everything from not brushing your hair enough to the development of dry skin, which causes inflammation that leads to itchiness and flakes.

Researchers have also determined individuals who suffer from sensitivity to yeast also have a slightly higher risk of developing dandruff when compared to those without a yeast allergy. It then makes sense to assume that yeast may also play a role in whether a person suffers from dandruff, and if yeast is a possible dandruff culprit, what other parts of a person’s diet may lead to white flaky showing up on the collar?

In recent years, a growing segment of researchers have begun to believe that a person’s diet may serve as an underlying cause of dandruff. While studies looking for links between the two continue to search for conclusive evidence, individuals who suffer from persistent, reoccurring dandruff may want to consider starting on a “dandruff diet.”

While the key underlying principles behind this type of diet may help you avoid dandruff, they also play a role in improving your overall health, a win-win situation.

Reduce Sugar

Studies have shown that the majority of Americans consume an excessive amount of sugar. By reducing the amount of sugar you consume, you can help to reduce inflammation in the body, and minimize the number of flakes.

A simple carbohydrate, eating sugar can cause more inflammation in our bodies, which leads researchers to believe that by eating less sugar, and adding more antioxidants, you can control the frequency of dandruff flare ups you experience.

Researchers also suspect that a hormonal link may exist between sugar consumption and dandruff. Individuals who eat diets high in sugar often experience a spike of insulin production in the body, which leads to hormonal stimulation that causes your body to increase oil production from pores. An oily scalp is another condition researchers believe could cause dandruff to develop.

Eating More Fruits and Veggies

Another healthy dieting move, eating more fruits and vegetables to your diet is a great way of adding more essential vitamins, nutrients, and fiber. Diets low in fiber can lead to poor digestion, which can contribute to a variety of problems, including skin issues such as dandruff. Increasing the number of vegetables you add to a diet will also help you eat less fatty foods and high calorie items that can cause your waistline to expand in addition to contributing to dandruff.

Avoiding Yeast

As mentioned previously, researchers have found that individuals who suffer from yeast sensitivity tend to have more frequent problems dealing with dandruff. Even if you don’t think that you have a yeast allergy, you should consider reducing the amount of beer, bread, and wine you consume, as each encourage fungal growth in the body.

Eat More Healthy Fats

Not all types of fats are bad for the body, and essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, can help support healthy skin and hair. These types of fats, which can be found in cold-water fish like salmon and tuna, nuts, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil, play a vital role in skin function and appearance. Adding a few serving as foods high in these types of acid can not only help improve dandruff, they can also help improve your overall complexion.

Timothy Lemke is a freelance health writer. To read more of his work, visit the website of Dr. Greg Williams, a dentist in Tigard. 

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