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Digestive Health and Dysbiosis in Rosacea

Today I will be covering digestive health and its effect on individuals suffering from rosacea – the fire in the belly manifests as fire on the face!

Dysbiosis, an imbalance between beneficial and non-beneficial bacteria, is a common issue affecting digestive health, especially for those with Rosacea. The imbalance disrupts the natural ratio of 80-85% beneficial bacteria to 15-20% non-beneficial organisms, potentially leading to various health problems.

Most organisms that are non-beneficial are potentially pathogenic (have the potential to cause disease). They only have the potential to become a problem and an increase in potential occurs by the amount of space available for them to attach to the gut wall where they can proliferate. Once they grow to a certain excess they begin to influence the expression of your own genes, and especially by suppression of disease fighting genes, which promotes diseases. Beneficial bacteria protect against this gain in potential, by crowding out the open spaces.

Causes of Dysbiosis

There are four general causes for the intestinal ecosystem to become unbalanced:

1.      Putrefaction

Decaying/rotting foodstuffs leading to the release of obnoxious gases. This is due to a diet high in fat and animal protein with a deficiency of fibre). Bacterial enzymes release toxins that destroy beneficial bacteria.

2.      Fermentation

Fermentation of carbohydrates by bacteria in the stomach and small intestine. These areas of the digestive system do not usually house many bacteria. When there is low stomach acid, constipation, and/or malnutrition bacteria migrate from where they are supposed to be (in the colon) up the digestive tract. This often leads to carbohydrate intolerance and especially to sugars. When sugars are fermented by bacteria, it produces ethanol which is destructive to the mucous membranes in the intestines making it leaky.

3.      Deficiency of beneficial bacteria

Caused mainly by the use of antibiotics or a diet low in soluble fibre (fuel for beneficial bacteria).

4.      Sensitisation 

Abnormal immune response to normal intestinal flora. This often occurs in those with a poor diet, heavy toxic load (high intake of alcohol, non-organic foods, genetically modified foods, additives & preservatives).

Assessing Dysbiosis Risk

To assess if your digestive ecosystem if out of whack, check your potential risk from the following two lists below:

List One – Risk Factors:

Antibiotic Therapy
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen)
Hydro-cortisone Therapy
Synthetic Hormones (Contraceptive pill, HRT)
Intestinal Worms
Intestinal Parasites (travelled to foreign parts of the World and had strange digestive issues since?)
Eating a diet that is low in fibre, low in vegetables while being high in fats and animal proteins
Persistently high stress levels without sufficient relaxation/sleep
Intestinal trauma or surgery may also play a role

List Two – Common Symptoms:

Acid Reflux
Alternating constipation and diarrhoea (often diagnosed with Irritable Bowel by mainstream medicine)
Anxiety and depression
Candida overgrowth and it’s associated symptoms (e.g. thrush, itchy skin, bloating, excessive flatulence, fatigue within an hour of eating, especially in the afternoons)
Development of immune problems such as allergies, hives, frequent colds/infections, onset of auto-immune diseases of the bowel and connective tissue
Difficulty gaining weight
Excessive appetite where one does not feel full for longer than an hour or two after eating
Fatigue
Excessive emotional response to things that never used to bother you before
Headaches
Hormonal changes such as difficulty losing weight (gained without apparent cause), PMS, menstrual irregularities, loss of libido in both sexes, and/or your ‘get-up-and-go’ ‘got up and went!’
Itching around the rectum
Mood swings and foggy thinking processes
Poor appetite and/or pain in the upper abdomen after a few mouthfuls of food

The Natural Approach To Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Identify the underlying causes
  • Laboratory testing of the microbiological environment – a random stool sample is needed, for which a postal kit can be arranged by our Nutritional Therapist.
  • Replenish the system with high potency/high quality probiotics
  • Provide high dose, quality omega 3 fats to assist the beneficial bacteria to adhere to the gut wall, and to provide the anti-inflammatory and soothing actions of omega 3 fats
  • Support the immune system via diet, supplements and lifestyle factors
  • Exclude allergenic, chemically manufactured and/or processed foods
  • Follow a whole food diet supplying all required nutrients with specific increase in those that assist in building a healthy and strong intestinal lining

For those suspecting rosacea due to dysbiosis, contact [email protected] for an assessment.

This Week’s Quote:

 “All Disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates