Rosacea & Diet


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The type of food that you eat has a significant bearing on the progression of certain diseases and disorders, such as rosacea. This is because the food that we eat has an effect on the potential of hydrogen (PH) of our blood. The normal blood PH in our body is approximately 7.4, and any changes in this value could result in illness. Acidic foods have a lower PH and therefore, eating such foods causes a reduction in our blood PH. This results in a decrease in the levels of Oxygen and Hydrogen in our blood, both of which are essential for metabolic processes. Consequently, the lower levels of Oxygen and Hydrogen in our body lead to inflammation and redness of the skin, in addition to being the cause of several other symptoms of rosacea.

How can our diet be used to treat rosacea?

The best way to combat the symptoms and signs of rosacea using our diet is to increase the levels of alkalinity in our blood. In other words, increasing the PH of our blood by consuming foods that are less acidic can help to fight rosacea. The cheapest and most efficient way of reducing the acidic eves in our blood is by drinking alkaline water. Despite the fact that alkaline water is very abundant in Hydrogen molecules and is therefore a good balancing agent, it does not contain any calories and therefore alkaline foods are still very important when it comes to providing us with energy for our day to day activities.

The following is a list of alkaline foods which are known to assist in offering relief from rosacea:-

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Lentils
  • Yams
  • Cucumbers
  • Sprouts

The list is very extensive. A key take home point is that generally, most types of vegetables have a high alkaline content and are therefore suitable for consumption by individuals who suffer from rosacea.

At the same time, it is important to avoid foods that are acidic in nature such as:-

  • Beef
  • Lobster
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Jam

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