Digestive Health

Rosacea Nutritional Advice

Lisa is a qualified Nutritional Therapist. She has been practising nutrition for 12 years across a broad spectrum of health conditions. She has a special interest in Rosacea, and her research, together with hands­on experience, led to the writing of her thesis entitled “The Nutritional Management of Rosacea”.

This week I want to continue from the previous newsletter and cover the subject of Intestinal Permeability and Food Intolerance and their impact on the Rosacea sufferer.

Last week I explained how a simple yeast called Candida can mutate into a pathogenic fungus and penetrate the gut wall, making it leaky or more permeable than normal. There are other causes of leaky gut that I will explain here today.

This week I will be giving you some tips on assessing your own digestive health.

The digestive system can be described as a ‘Food Dis-Assembly Plant”. It takes apart, or dis-assembles virtually everything you eat into smaller components that your body can use. It can be considered ‘outside of the body’, because it is essentially a very long tube, with many twists and turns, lumps and bumps that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus.

It has a very special lining that protects the inside of our body from all that enters from outside.

When this deteriorates. it becomes more permeable (see Week Six of the Newsletter). This lining has unique receptor sites for the transfer of nutrients from the intestines into the blood stream where they are ‘inspected’ by the immune system and then transported to the liver for redistribution.


The Digestive system has four primary functions:

1. To produce and secrete enzymes that prepare food for absorption.

2. To move food through the digestive tract by a unique one-way muscular action.

3. To absorb nutrients from foods once they have been sufficiently broken down into minuscule components.

4. To remove any waste material not needed by the body.

N.B.: Enzymes are catabolic (breaking down) substances necessary to liberate nutrients from foods.

They are like metabolic lightening; they act very rapidly. We can only absorb and subsequently utilise nutrients in their broken down state.Saliva contains an enzyme called salivary amylase that begins to break down carbohydrates.

Chewing mixes the food with saliva and the enzymes in it, and increases the surface area of the food for all enzymes to act upon. Subsequent enzymes released by the stomach and pancreas breakdown proteins and fats. Bile from the Gall Bladder is essential to fat digestion, and although bile does not contain a particular enzyme, it does disperse fats into tiny droplets for the enzymes to work upon. The Gall Bladder is stimulated to release bile by a signal from your mouth that the food you are eating contains fat.

Tip number one: Chew your food until it is a mushy ball, (not just until it is sufficiently small to swallow without choking!) it will be more easily be dis-assembled down the line.

Experts now call the gut “the second brain” and “the other immune system” because of its heightened neurotransmitter and immune functions (it houses over 70% of your immune response and produces more serotonin, a mood enhancing neurotransmitter, than your brain does). Often, problems in other areas first manifest as digestive discomfort, and vice versa. So for optimal health and wellness, it is important to “follow your gut.”

Impaired digestion can lead to malnourishment, and an over-active or under -active immune response.

In Rosacea the inflammatory response, which is controlled by the immune system, is chronically over-active. Other conditions resulting from impaired digestion include metabolic problems, bowel issues, allergies, depression and more serious chronic illnesses including auto-immunity where your immune system finally gets so confused, it attacks your own healthy cells as though they were invading organisms.

The most common default I see in clients with Rosacea is poor HCl (stomach acid) and digestive enzyme production. In many people with early stage Rosacea, supplementing with a high quality digestive enzyme and HCl complex may be all that is required to bring the inflammatory response back under calm control.

To assess your HCl and Digestive Enzyme production, browse the following list of symptoms and if you recognise more than three as a frequent occurrence in your daily living, it is time for you to support your digestion.

• Bad Breath

• Prolonged feeling of fullness / bloating or discomfort after meals

• Burping after eating

• Itching around the rectum

• Excessive flatulence

• Constipation

• Frequent diarrhoea

• Weak/peeling nails

• Nails have distinctive lines from cuticle to tip

• Reduction in appetite

• Difficulty gaining weight

• Dry/flaky skin

• Dry brittle hair (easily breaks)

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (alternating constipation and diarrhoea)

• Stool is greasy or shiny

• Stool poorly formed (in pieces)

• Undigested food in the stool

• Indigestion 1-3 hours after eating

When functioning optimally, digestion is a highly organized and efficient system that ensures vitality throughout the body. Your digestive organs do most of the work without a second thought from you, but it can only work with what you give it! Support your digestive capacity if indicated, choose your foods wisely and chew them well!

It is not the amount we eat, but the amount we absorb that nourishes.

If you suspect your digestive system is non-optimum and you wish to get your Rosacea under control, contact lisa@nutritionalessence.com for a comprehensive analysis of your health profiles.

This Week’s Quote:

“Maintaining one’s health in today’s toxic rich environment requires proper rest, hydration, an abundant intake of nutrients, and regular internal cleansing practices” Gary Hopkins Health Guru