Whilst studies have been undertaken, there is nothing that actually proves dandruff is related to your overall health. Personally I believe the causes of dandruff are pretty clear and the evidence is there to support it. I would argue that good health can prevent dry skin, and this is one cause of dandruff. However I think beauty and health are generally two different issues, and even if they are somewhat related, we shouldn’t tackle them as one.shampoo

When we consider the causes and how to prevent dandruff, I would agree that focusing on grooming habits, hair care products  and how to prevent an oily and dry scalp are the best way to tackle the issue. General health is a valid argument. Because a healthy immune system aims to prevent a range of issues with our bodies. However if you want to know how to get rid of dandruff then you should speak with your doctor and visit leading resources on the issue.

A popular argument is that limiting sugar can help to get rid of dandruff. The argument here is that a high sugar diet can spike or stimulate hormones which will then lead to more output of oil. And we all know that oily skin can cause dandruff right? Limiting sugar (depending on your diet), certainly may be good for you. However as of today’s date, I have not seen any definitive study on how this changes the health of your hair or scalp. The same thing goes for eating enough fruit and vegetables. It is true that not enough fruit and veggies may lead to poor digestion. And in turn, poor digestion can cause skin issues. However we could really draw this kind of bow for a range of things. E.g. doing “x”, leads to “y”, which may then cause “z” to happen.

So how should we combat dandruff then? I would suggest following the simple tips suggested such as using the right shampoo, researching some popular home remedies, and the if this has still failed consult your doctor. I’m sure there probably is some links between health and dandruff, the argument is certainly valid. However I think the approach of “well just get your overall health right and you will resolve all these other issues” is not the greatest way to tackle things.

Your diet might help your hair, but we shouldn’t say with any certainty that a healthy diet is a leading prevention of hair and scalp issues such dandruff.
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As we all know, the food we eat will effect our overall health. In modern society there is a lot of fairly extreme measures promoted in regards to eating better and overall health. While drastic diet changes may sometimes work, for the average everyday person, small changes over time are generally the best choice to achieve sustained results. Maybe you want to improve your overall health, lose weight, or just make a positive change for the future. Whatever it is, healthy eating and preparation is crucial.

So how can I avoid or reduce unhealthy eating habits?

It is very easy to fall into bad habits. If you have a stressful job, or you are short on time, often it is very easy to skip a meal or eat out a lot. When we notice a habit of unhealthy eating, it is important to keep things simple. Instead of looking for the newest fancy diet, doing some simply obvious things may be more helpful. For example:
Plan what you will eat ahead of time. By not planning we are often left in a situation where fast food is the easiest option. Plan ahead to avoid this.
Try to avoid snacks. It is often the little things that add up. Eating a low calorie healthy lunch can easily be ruined by snacking throughout the afternoon. Be aware of the little snacks you are eating and how they can add up.
Make a grocery list. As mentioned earlier, planing is vital, make a list of exactly what you need before you go shopping. Avoid those bad spur of the moment decisions.good food

Obviously this information is nothing breathtaking, however the three steps above are simple and will work if you decide to take action. I would suggest implementing steps towards healthier eating at a gradual pace so as to avoid burning out, falling into old habits, or simply just giving up all together. Over the years you have most likely developed certain eating habits, do not to try and change all of this at once! Take baby steps, that way you can work towards a sustainable goal and a healthy and happier future.

A healthy diet needs to have a range of nutritious foods. This needs to include fruits, vegetables, pasta and preferably low in salt. By doing so we can help keep a healthy body weight and decrease the risk of a range of serious diseases.

Key things to remember

  • A variety of different foods is important for good health
  • Carefully research any low fat diets before implementing them (our body does need fat to function correctly)
  • Drink lots of water
  • Be active when possible
  • Keep things simple, don’t try and change everything overnight

Not only can a healthy diet reduce the risk of major health problems such as high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke and cancer risk, but it is also known to help prevents other known health issues such as oily scalp that may cause dandruff or other related issues. Take more attention to what you are consuming and you can work towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Research shows that there is a strong link between loss of hearing and physical and mental health. The average person can wait up to ten years after being diagnosed with a hearing issue before they actually take action and fit a hearing aid. The problem that can be faced here is that untreated hearing loss can actually make the situation worse. When the nerves that are responsible for carrying sound to the brain are not used, their effectiveness will start to decrease. This is why I believe it is so crucial for us to take action before any signs of hearing loss become noticeable. Deteriorating hearing may be happening for years without us noticing.digital-hearing-aids-compared-to-analogue

As we reach the age of 50 and beyond, it is time to start thinking about regular hearing tests. That way, any hearing problem can be addressed and steps taken to limit or slow the loss of hearing. This is especially important if you begin to notice some of the common signs of hearing loss. This includes everyday issues such as having to turn the television on louder or having trouble hearing on the phone. It is important to talk to your doctor about this.

Whilst it is general knowledge that things such as excessive loud noise or injury to the ear (e.g. perforated ear drums) can lead to hearing loss, I tend to find that there is not a lot said about general health and it’s link with hearing loss. Studies from John Hopkins (see link) actually shows  correlation between health issues and hearing. Now obviously as we grow older our health will deteriorate  and the same goes for hearing. So I would agree we could argue that of course there will be a link between the two. However this is not the point I am trying to make and it is also not the point of many studies into hearing and health.

We need to start paying more attention to our hearing and our general health. Regular health check ups should include a hearing test. This is often overlooked, and doctors will often not suggest it unless it is raised as an issue.

There is a range of studies that show that the older generation suffering from hearing loss, are also much more likely to develop conditions such as dementia. As someones hearing loss worsens, the risk increases. So if something can be done at an early stage to slow or prevent hearing loss, then we may actually also be able to decrease the risk of a range of other health issues. E.g. using hearing aids to slow or limit the issue may possibly also limit other health problems down the track.

Having regular (every one to two years) hearing checks once we reach the age of fifty is important. We already know that hearing loss is something that develops over time and it can often be hard to realise there is an issue until much later down the track. A simple hearing test can help detect these sorts of things early on. I guess the real point is, finding out about hearing loss early on can prevent or at least slow the process.

If you are a deaf or hearing impaired person, I would encourage you to visit nad.org for further information.