How to Eliminate Dandruff

by on March 9th, 2015
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I used to have very bad dandruff since I was a kid. I am not sure what caused it, but when I was in fifth grade, my mother permed my hair. All I’ve ever wanted was to have straight hair! Was that so wrong??

Well, apparently, my body thought it was a bad thing, because I remember having dandruff ever since she permed my hair. Ever since then, I had dandruff problems that seemed to have gotten worst when I hit my teens. When I was sixteen, I wore braids, but cut them off before I went to college. When the barber cut my hair, he was frustrated! There was so much dry skin and flakes and he had to use his clippers to clean up my head. I remember him cursing and saying, “Man, this is like a disease!”

I’ve suffered from bad dandruff up until I hit 30 — and the problem almost magically disappeared without me ever trying. I actually got rid of the dandruff accidentally.

Since my dandruff was so bad, I had to keep my hair cut nearly bald so that I could easily scrub off any dry skin. While showering, I would scrub and scrub my head until I had sores. Then I would put some oil on it. The dry skin would come back and I would have white patches in no time.

I’ve tried Head and Shoulders and other medicated shampoos. They all did the same thing that other shampoos did: clean the dirt off. Putting on lotion or oil on my head did absolutely nothing. I was at a lost because I had no idea what to do. I just kept my head cut low, scrub my head, and applied oil. That was all I knew how to do.

Since I started exercising more often, I started to up my antioxidant levels with supplements from my company. I simply did this to fight off exercise-induced free radicals. I took a tablet that had vitamin C (powerful antioxidant) and echinacea. This supplement is used to help fight sickness, but I used it just for the antioxidants. I also took our bioflavanoid supplements that consist of several fruits and vegetables ground up. I took these consistently for several months.

As I was taking them, I started noticing that the white patches on my head were disappearing. Of course, I didn’t put two and two together. The more I shaved my head, the more I’ve noticed the lack of dry skin. Eventually, I just stopped putting oil on my head as I just didn’t see the need to.

My wife started to notice and asked, “Where’s your dandruff?” I didn’t know what to think! Years of this condition almost disappeared without any explanation. So I immediately started to think what I’ve been doing differently lately, and I immediately realized that I’ve been taking those two supplements on a regular basis! And after doing my research, I’ve discovered that those two supplements were exactly what I needed to fight my dandruff.

No one knows exactly what causes dandruff. Many of us associate dandruff with a bad skin condition. But really, dandruff is an internal problem. Some believe it to be associated with an immune disorder. Whatever the root cause of dandruff, one thing I do know is that it’s linked to your levels of antioxidants.

Recently, when I’ve stopped taking those supplements, my dandruff started to return! Not right away, but slowly. I was working on my lab top when I slightly scratched my head and saw a snow storm of dandruff! I text my wife saying, “I have dandruff again!” I started taking the supplements again and the dandruff started to go away.

It’s something that dandruff shampoos are still in stores. That’s because we still think it’s a skin problem. Dandruff starts with your nutrition, especially your antioxidant levels.

How are dandruff and antioxidants linked?? Well, no one knows the true source of dandruff, but one of the causes is fungus that lives on your scalp. Since fungus is an microorganism, it needs to be killed. Increasing your antioxidant levels could increase your immune system so that your body could fight off this fungus. That seems to make sense to me!

Low levels of zinc in your diet could cause a low functioning immune system. Zinc is also an antioxidant.

It’s such a relief to not have to worry about flakes on my shirts, dry skin patches, and flakes on my pillow. One time, a friend of mine came to visit my town. That guy has a bad case of dandruff! I could see the patches on the back of his head and see the flakes on his shirt. One thing I was thinking was, “I’m glad that ain’t me anymore!”

Eliminating dandruff is possible. You need to start with your nutrition. I’d love to tell you what supplements I’ve taken if you send me a private message. There is hope for your nasty and scaly scalp!

Aiyo A. Jones, M.S.
NCSF-Certified Fitness Trainer

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