Rosacea and Leaky Gut
So in our last journal entry we looked about what rosacea is, its possible causes and its triggers and what products can support the skin. However, we know that Rosacea is very influenced by internal factors as well as external - rosacea is strongly linked to gut problems including Leaky Gut. If you are suffering from rosacea and are also experiencing symptoms including, bloating, excess gas, cramps, diarrhoea, food intolerances, acid reflux, constipation it may be a good idea to look into healing your gut.
What is Leaky Gut?
In a Leaky Gut the lining of the intestines becomes compromised and allows large undigested protein particles, parasites, fats, toxins and bacteria into the bloodstream. This can result in acute inflammation throughout the body and even autoimmune reactions as the immune system is ramped up to try to deal with these toxic particles. This acute inflammation is then reflected in the skin and presents as skin conditions including Rosacea, Eczema, Acne and Psoriasis. If there are issues in the gut, this will put a strain on the rest of the body and the skin, so healing the gut is paramount to help manage any skin conditions.
Symptoms of leaky gut include -Inflammatory skin conditions e.g psoriasis, acne, rosacea, eczema -Chronic diarrhoea, constipation, gas or bloating -Food Sensitivities and allergies -Autoimmune disease -Nutrient malabsorption/maldigestion -Mood disorders - anxiety/depression -Poor immune system -Headaches, brain fog, memory loss -Lethargy, excessive fatigue -Cravings for sugar or carbs -Arthritis or joint pain -Migraines -Chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia Causes of Leaky Gut
Medications - can irritate the gut lining and cause negative changes to our essential gut bacteria:
- Antibiotics (can kill off the essential good bacteria we need to keep our microbiome healthy and happy),
- NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen,
- Birth control, acid reducing drugs, steroids, anti-depressants The following also has a impact on gut permeability: -Chronic stress -Candida overgrowth in the gut (we will be going into more detail in this next week) -Chronic alcoholism -Infections - fungal overgrowth, parasitic infections -Poor Sleep patterns -Pathogens -Poor diet including processed foods, refined sugar, white carbohydrates -High caffeine intake -Inflammation in the gut e.g Diverticulosis -Lack of zinc - zinc is critical in maintaining a strong intestinal lining -Lack of prebiotic and probiotic rich foods that support a healthy gut microbiome -Dysbiosis (an imbalance in the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the gut)
How to Restoring Gut Health & Treatment of Leaky Gut:
Step 1: Remove
In this first step we remove the offending foods and toxins from your diet that could be acting as stressors on your system. This means caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, bad fats, and any other tailored foods that may be causing issues, like gluten and dairy. A careful nutritional history must be taken and possible testing done to identify allergies and intolerances as well as triggers.
Step 2: Replace
This involves getting your bile salts, digestive enzymes, and hydrochloric acid levels to optimal levels to maintain and promote healthy digestion. A digestive enzyme supplement can be taken before each meal to aid digestion.
Step 3: Replace/Reinoculate This involves the restoration of your gut's optimal bacterial flora population. This is done with the introduction of probiotics like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis. A probiotic is a good bacteria and is ingested via supplement to help reinforce and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and to help fight illness. Prebiotic food is also recommended and needed for this process.
Step 4: Repair The next step is to begin to repair the gut and heal the damaged intestinal lining. You do this by consuming an unprocessed diet and giving your body time to rest by providing it with essential nutrients. The needs will be individual and may include:
Antioxidants : carotenes, vitamin C and E Amino acids- N acetyl-cysteine and Glutamine Carbohydrates: inulin and fructo-oligosaccacharides Pantothenic acid - for collagen formation. Omega 3 Oils
Ensure you are including these foods as part of a balanced diet to heal and support your gut: -Probiotic rich foods e.g kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso and kimchi -Foods rich in glutamine & collagen e.g. organic bone broth (help repair gut lining) -Healthy fats - avocados, nuts, chia seeds, extra virgin olive oil, organic eggs -Sprouted Seeds -Omega-3 Fats - oily fish, nuts and seeds -Raw Cultured Dairy -Greens - Dandelion greens, broccoli, asparagus, seaweed -Fiber - think whole grains, beans and legumes, and whole fruits and veggies. -Roughage - Jerusalem artichoke, flaxseed. -Fruits. Bananas, apples. -Also: garlic and gum arabic. If you are suffering from rosacea and are experiencing any of the above leaky gut symptoms and would like support in your healing protocol you can book an appointment with out nutritionist here