A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Sjogren’s Syndrome
I had a question the other day about Sjogren’s syndrome.
Sjögren’s syndrome is a disease where your immune system attacks your glands that make moisture for your body, like tears and saliva.
The damage keeps your glands from working the way they should and makes your eyes and mouth dry.
The disease may also cause other problems, like fatigue and pain in your joints.
In rare cases, it can damage your lungs, kidneys, and nerves.
Anyone can get Sjögren’s, but it’s most common in white women who are in their 40s and 50s.
Researchers don’t know what causes Sjögren’s syndrome, but it tends to run in families.
It may also happen with other health problems, like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or scleroderma.
The most common symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome are very dry eyes and mouth lasting for at least 3 months not caused by medicines.
You may have itching and burning in your eyes.
Your mouth may feel very dry, like it’s full of cotton.
Treatment for Sjögren’s syndrome will depend on how the disease affects you over time.
In most cases, treatment will focus on helping you control your symptoms.
Using artificial teardrops, mouth lubricants, and saliva substitutes can help moisten your eyes, mouth, and throat.
There are also many things you can do at home to manage symptoms.
To deal with Sjogren’s syndrome it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
*Consume plenty of fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya (anti-inflammatory properties).
*Avoid all dairy products.
*Avoid nightshade vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers).