Here’s why working on your gut health MIGHT not help your rosacea.

Hey Gorgeous Soul! Have you ever wondered why despite all your efforts to improve your gut health, your rosacea just won’t seem to budge? Well, you’re not alone. It turns out there’s a common misconception floating around that all you need to do is chug some probiotics and load up on fiber to keep your gut happy and your skin clear. But here’s the kicker: while everyone’s busy focusing on their intestines, they’re overlooking a crucial player in the digestive game – your intestines’s upstairs neighbour, the stomach. Yep, that often-forgotten pouch where your food first meets its fate. So, before you down another shot of kombucha in the name of gut health, let’s dive into why working on your stomach might be the missing piece of the rosacea puzzle. This is especially true if your rosacea is on your upper cheeks and nose. Is that you? Keep reading!

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (where acupuncture comes from) rosacea on your upper cheeks and nose may mean your “stomach meridian” is the root cause of your problem. Basically, if your upper cheeks are red and flushed, it could mean things are heating up in your stomach.

Maybe you’ve already suspected that you digestive health has been playing a role in your rosacea. Maybe you’ve even been trying out food elimination diets to tackle your symptoms of intestinal distress like SIBO, IBS or IBD. I frequently see people with rosacea cutting out dairy and sugar from their diets. But did you know that while cutting out sugar and certain food intolerances can be really great for your intestines, it might not be doing much for your stomach. Your stomach has it’s own unique requirements that are different from your intestines. So in order to heal your stomach, you need a stomach-specific plan.

So, let’s recap, you have rosacea on your upper cheeks and nose, and you’re thinking you might even have stomach issues. Maybe you have acid reflux and heartburn, or you burp often…. what can be done?

Well, the truth is, there are a lot of things that can cause stomach issues, and food is just a small piece of the puzzle. Your stomach acid levels, thyroid health, histamine levels and bacterial infections are all important factors to consider.

It can be really helpful to work with a practitioner like myself to narrow down the root cause and address it with a functional medicine plan that involves herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle changes.

But I have an easy at-home test you can do as early as tomorrow morning to test your stomach acid levels and get some clues as to what is happening inside your stomach. It’s called The Stomach Acid Burp Test. All you need is a little baking soda and water.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Make sure you do this test first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • Get a timer ready.
  • Add 1/8 tsp of baking soda to 100mL of lukewarm water.
  • Drink the mixture and start your timer.
  • You’ll start to feel some gas rising up from your stomach, and ideally, you want to burp within 1-2 minutes of drinking the mixture. If you burp before 1 minute is up, your stomach acid is too high. If you burp 2-3 minutes after drinking the mixture, your levels are slightly low. If you burp 3-5 minutes after drinking the mixture, your levels are low. Anything after 5 minutes is super low.

If you find out that you have high stomach acid, there could be many different reasons for it. Allergies, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, being overweight, too much exercise, processed foods, fizzy drinks, food intolerances, and even pregnancy could be causing it. On the other hand, if you have low stomach acid, that could be the root of your stomach problems.

One tip to keep in mind: if you suffer from stomach problems, low stomach acid is actually more common than high stomach acid. High stomach acid is usually a result of consuming stimulants like cigarettes and caffeine, or your body releasing its own stimulants during an allergic reaction.

So what are you results? What kind of clues is the stomach acid burp test giving you?

If you’re ready to get to the root cause of your rosacea, reach out to me and I’ll see if I can help you.

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