Acne? Weak Nails? Check your Digestion first!

This is a personal health story I am sharing to help my fellow women. It is crazy to think how something as simple as breadsoda started to figure out a lifetime of health problems for me!

Are you in your 30s or 40s? Do you have IBS? or do you suffer with Bad Skin Maybe Adult Acne? Bad Scalp Maybe Dandruff? Other Itchy Skin issues?

Do You have a good diet and are taking the recommended vitamins but are not seeing the results?

Did you ever think that this may be because of poor absorption in your gut? That you are not absorbing the vitamins and minerals in your food? Those vitamins that help resolve these issues naturally?

Do you have Digestion Issues? Example you can’t eat late at night cause you cant digest it?  Or wake up at 5am? You are having poor sleep, wired at night? and your not stressed and can’t figure out what’s wrong?.

Maybe you have ” LOW STOMACH ACID”? Whats this?

Maybe your body isn’t digesting or absorbing your food properly. (This health problem is the opposite of the likes of GERD or Indigestion, Heartburn etc that is often related to too much stomach acid). I had almost a decade of poor sleep. Two decades of acne. No GP or Consultant was able to get to the bottom of my issues. When I think of all the vitamins, probiotics I took that I now realise i probably wasnt fully absorbing. Thanks to functional medicine Dr Patrick Magovern in Drummartin Clinic, Goatstown in Dublin he spotted my digestive problems straight away (aswell as being the best doctor I have ever seen. His knowledge of the biochemistry of the human body, mental health and womens hormones is outstanding.) See

Try this SIMPLE TEST to see if your stomach is producing enough acid. It is called “The Burp test”.

Method: Stir a level teaspoon of bread soda in 8 oz cold water and and swallow all first thing in morning. Set your stopwatch, if you dont “belch loudly” within 3 mins you may have low stomach acid.  This means you are not digesting, or absorbing food well. Small burps dont count, or any burps after 3mins.

Use bread soda not BAKING POWDER. Shamrock brand is one. Bread soda has a type of reaction with your stomach acid (if its there in suitable amounts). That will cause you to do a big burp. You may need a tablet supplement of betaine hcl and pepsin capsules per meal and digestive supplements with every meal to help the issue.

For me this helped my sleep my sleep and bought me time to figure out the rest. Further all Scopes with Gastroenterology all returned normal. A gluten free dairy free diet showed some food intolerances which led me to being diagnosed with SIBO a gut bacterial problem that is largely unknown about medically in Ireland that is only resolved by strict LOW FODMAP diets for months to starve it and give my digestive system a rest, some antibiotic and antimicrobial and binders to remove dead bacteria and then figure out what I can eat, start probiotics etc. It will take me months to get better. And probably all because my intestines are an unusual shape which causes me to have slower digestion than most people, so food ferments in my system and feeds unwelcome bacteria.

Improving my stomach acid to date has also helped me with weight loss. I am maintaining my goal weight with a good diet and walking, some light yoga and squats and planks. I have less bags under my eyes cause I am finally getting some restorative sleep at night (when my little people arent wakening me up) and my digestive system is at rest at last. Here to a healthier gut microbiome at last. Soon I will be able to take my skin vitamins and probiotics knowing I am getting their full benefit.

Being a microbiologist (former career) and recent nutrition coach as well as beauty and skin therapist and after the journey I have been on,  I am now offering Gut Health Consultations as part of my work in my salon. My lifes work is to help support, treat, empower and inspire women through beauty. It is my passion to solve clients beauty troubles. 

Please note vitamins work for many health issues but only at the right dose. Only a nutritionist can prescribe higher doses. The dose you pick up in a chemist is too low to effectively treat any health condition. I am not a Doctor just a Nutrition nut! and this is my story. Always follow the advice of your Healthcare Professional.

Love Fee xx

Fiona Brady,
Beauty & Skin Therapist,
Owner & Founder of