DANDRUFF

Dandruff is common scalp condition that occurs when dead skin is shed, producing irritating whiete flakes. The most common cause of dandruff is seborrhea, which is an inflammatory scaling skin disease caused by a disorder of the sebaceous ( oil-secreting) glands. Dandruff can also be triggered by trauma, illness, hormonal imblanaces, improper carbohydrate consumption, and the consumption of sugar. Deficiencies of nutrients such as the B-complex vitamins, essential fatty acids, and selenium have been linked to dandruff as well. Chroninc dandruff may be associated with baldness and general hair loss.

 

DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS

                                                     

        Eat a diet consisting of 50 to 75 percent raw foods. Eat soured products such as yogurt.

 

Avoid fried foods, dairy products, sugar, flour, chocolate, nuts, and seafood.

 

See fasting in part three, and follow the program once a month.

 

Before washing your hair, ad about 8 tablespoons of pure organic peanut oil to the juice of half a lemon and rub the mixture into your scalp. Leave it on for five to ten minutes, then shampoo.

 

Try rinsing your hair with vinegar and water instead of plain water after shampooing. Use ¼ cup vinegar to 1 quart of water.

 

If antibiotics are prescribed, take extra B-complex vitamins. Also take an acidophilus supplement to replace the “friendly” bacteria that are destroyed by antibiotics.

 

Do not pick or scratch the scalp. Make sure to wash your hair frequently, and use a non-oily shampoo. Use natural hair products that do not contain chemicals. Avoid using irritating soaps and greasy ointments and creams.

 

Do not use a shampoo containing selenium on a daily basis, even if it aids in controlling dandruff.

 

If dandruff is persistent or symptoms seem to be getting worse, consult your health care provider.