We're thrilled to have been featured in the Telegraph in an article discussing the benefits of diet and probiotics for individuals with rosacea. Expert nutritionist, Ian Marber, discusses how some nutritional advice for the management of rosacea can be fairly drastic and requires some considerable effort to stick with. Ian illustrates this point with the National Rosacea Society in the USA, who have an extremely extensive list of 23 food types which includes everything from avocados to foods containing histamines. Instead of cutting all of these food types from your diet at once, Ian recommends that dietary changes are made systematically. This way benefits can be assessed without a wholesale lifestyle change.

Friendly bacteria

Ian Marber recommends that rosacea sufferers should also pay closer attention to their gut bacteria before making drastic dietary changes. He points out that the condition is an inflammatory response which could be helped with beneficial bacteria. The first step would be to include fermented foods in the diet such as sauerkraut, miso soup and natural yoghurt.

Identify trigger foods

Foods containing dairy and drinking hot liquids, including soup, can both trigger rosacea so these should be avoided if they are a trigger.

Invest in a quality probiotic supplement

Although Ian recommends fermented foods containing beneficial bacteria, such as sauerkraut, he acknowledges that the levels of beneficial bacteria in these foods are limited in comparison to taking a quality, researched supplement. For this purpose, he recommends our very own 'For every day' probiotic. Good choice Ian!

Reduce carbohydrate consumption

Consuming excess carbohydrates and sugars can exacerbate inflammation. Ian recommends eating more complex carbs with a little protein and plenty of vegetables to help stabilise glucose levels.

Avoid sugar

This is standard nutritional advice for anything really. The hazards of sugar are well documented and have been in the limelight for some time now. Ian recommends avoiding all obvious sources of sugar, which can trigger a flare up of rosacea symptoms.

Avoid alcohol

Not a popular recommendation this one, says Ian, but avoiding alcohol can help greatly reduce rosacea flare ups.

Fermented foods for skin health

The New York Post also recently discussed fermented foods and skin health. Their article highlighted Sofia Vergara's dermatologist who recommends that all her clients either incorporate fermented foods into their diet or take a probiotic supplement.

"If we have an unhealthy, unbalanced gut environment, toxins can be released into the bloodstream and cause inflammation throughout the body. This shift in gut flora, and the subsequent inflammation, can cause a flare-up in the skin of those who are predisposed to acne, eczema or rosacea."

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