For example, the majority of protein molecules called enzymes are synthesized by the body itself (an enzyme is a catalyst that speeds up chemical reactions without itself changing). Some enzymes are supplied by a whole food diet, especially from fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables, so be sure to include plenty of those in your diet.
Every single enzyme needs minerals for its formation and activity. There are approximately 1,000 different enzymes in the body, and a whopping 22 of those are specific to the digestion of food, the rest are active throughout your entire body. We can only absorb nutrients from foods that are fully digested.
Enzymes sustain all life (plants and animals), and in the absence of enzymes, chemical reactions do not occur fast enough for the body to be well nourished, to perform immune responses, to produce hormones and other compounds involved in the complex maintenance of the body as a whole.
Reduced enzyme production or activity therefore, leads to poor health, chronic conditions and disease.Minerals help to sustain the body’s ability to manufacture enzymes.
In Rosacea, where the microvascular system is inflamed and malfunctioning, it is very common to find lower than optimum levels of Hydrochloric Acid production (stomach acid or HCl). This is a very strong acid that has many crucial roles in health maintenance. For example, it is essential to liberate nutrients from foods, and this is especially true for minerals. HCl causes minerals to become ionised (separation of atoms or molecules into their electrically active form).
Additional nutrients such as proteins, B-Complex vitamins, and Vitamin C are also reliant upon sufficient HCl for their absorption.
Sufficient production of HCl is reliant on available minerals such as zinc, sodium and chloride, which gives us the phenomena of ‘what came first chicken or egg?’ This does not require an answer because your body is designed to and prefers a balance; you can supply that balance by supporting your nutritional status by eating a whole food, balanced and varied diet. Supplementation can be helpful, but the majority of your nutrition should come from food.
To supply zinc, sodium and chloride you must use an unrefined salt and avoid Table Salt altogether because it is no longer providing all the trace minerals that it should. I recommend Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt as the best option or Unrefined Sea Salt. Foods that supply Zinc include seafood (especially oysters), beef, lamb, chicken, pumpkin seeds, spinach and cocoa.
Other nutrients that can become easily deficient in the absence of sufficient HCl are:
Vitamin B6, Selenium and Magnesium deficiencies result in the dilation of blood vessels, especially on the cheeks and nose.
Another common nutritional deficiency in Rosacea is vitamin B12, a large vitamin that requires a carrier molecule for transportation around the body. This carrier molecule is Intrinsic Factor and is released in the stomach in response to a sufficiently acidic environment.
Vitamin B12 cannot be sufficiently absorbed or transported in the body when HCl production is insufficient. Lack of this crucial B-vitamin can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, bladder incontinence, white spots on the skin (most common on the forearms), frequent pins and needles in the hands and feet, mental confusion, depression, paranoia, headaches, nausea, vomiting, bloating, loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhoea, constipation, and anaemia.
Those following a vegetarian or vegan diet are also at risk for developing a Vitamin B12 deficiency because the best dietary sources are in animal foods.
To ensure you are getting sufficient B12 in your diet include foods such as fish, meat, poultry, and eggs.
An additional and pertinent function of HCl is the destructive effect it has upon many microbes like viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi that may otherwise enter your digestive tract and cause discomfort and disease. There is a huge correlation between the health of the digestive tract and the development of Rosacea.
As you may have realised, if you have Rosacea it is a good idea to check your own stomach acid levels.
The final nutrient I want to cover that is often deficient in those with Rosacea is Vitamin D. Most people are aware that this vitamin is available to us from sunlight and that some foods are fortified with it. What most people are not aware of is that although this is called a vitamin it acts much more like a hormone, which is much more potent than any vitamin. Immune function is regulated by vitamin D, as is your bone health, your eyesight and even your mental acuity. I strongly recommend being tested for Vitamin D status if you have two or more of these symptoms: Rosacea, Psoriasis, depression, memory problems, panic attacks, tooth decay, and/or joint pain.
I can arrange for this test if required.
Summary of advice:
Check your stomach acid levels and take action if the home test indicates poor levels.
Ditch your Table Salt in preference of Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt or Unrefined Sea Salt.
Include a wide variety of fresh, organically produced fruits and vegetables, both raw and cooked.
Chew your food well and in a relaxed manner.
If you suspect you have either a vitamin B12 or a vitamin D deficiency, get tested via your GP or contact me directly and I can arrange a home testing kit for you.
This Week’s Quote:
“You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” – Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize winne
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”.