Since I discovered this website a month or so ago, it has provided me a wealth of information. I've learned how health conditions that seem completely unrelated can in fact aggravate or contribute to rosacea.
Over the last few days, I 've been reading posts in connection with probiotics and digestive enzymes. I've learned that poor digestion is linked to rosacea. This was of great interest to me, because I have never had great digestion. This summarizes my journey:
- About a week ago, it occurred to me that I might be lactose intolerant because of stomach upset almost every mid-morning. I drink whey protein every morning (fast and easy). There are various forms of whey protein. I switched to whey isolate, which is nearly lactose-free. Almost immediately, my stomach upset was alleviated. I've concluded that I must be lactose-intolerant and that I must limit my lactose intake.
- But, my digestive problems were not completely eliminated. I still suffer from gas and sour stomach. On this website, I learned that probiotics and/or digestive enzymes might be in order. Redhotoz posted a test for low stomach acid levels. I took it, and failed. As for probiotics, I have taken a supplement for years, but some posters write that many such supplements are no good and that eating yogurt with active cultures is the better way to go.
What I just started:
- I bought Activia yogurt (made by Dannon), which is geared to those who are interested in probiotics. The Activia "program" is to eat a 4 ounce cup (which isn't all that much) every day for two weeks. It tastes just like any other yogurt. I'm really not promoting this product, but their website has a great deal of info in the event anyone has an interest: activia .com Does anyone have any experience with this product?
- I started taking Source Naturals Daily Essential Enzymes. Boo2facialredness had a post that mentioned this product. There are a myriad of digestive enzyme products out there. We'll see how this one works for me.
I'll post again in one week to inform (1) how my digestion is doing, and (2) if my digestion is improved, any affect on my rosacea. I realize that one week is likely too soon to draw any definitive conclusions. It will just be a progress report.