More than 4 million people, only in E.U. are diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks moisture-producing glands.
What is it and how to handle Sjögren's syndrome naturally
This particular autoimmune disease, salivary glands and attacks the lacrimal (tear production), making painfully dry eyes and mouth. But like other autoimmune diseases, Sjögren syndrome, is not limited to one area of the body: it is a disease of the immune system as a whole and can progress causing damage to the kidneys, intestines, liver and other vital organs.
Contrary to conventional medicine says, if you can get to the root of the problem and recover from Sjögren's syndrome. That's the central premise of functional medicine.
The conventional view is that, once you have Sjögren, will be there forever. Doctors prescribe toxic immunosuppressive medications to help manage the disease. Instead, try some of these strategies to relieve your symptoms while working to find the root cause of your illness:
Dry eyes and mouth are the features of Sjögren's syndrome. To lessen the severity of these symptoms, drink plenty of water.
Supplement with Omega 3
Take a fish oil supplement daily will reduce inflammation and help keep your tissues moist.
Treated with eye drops and homeopathic pills for stress
Asks these alternatives with your provider homeopathic medicine, often very effective and are natural. The pills or mints homeopathic stress, not only alleviates stress, but also increase saliva production.
The root causes of autoimmune disease
You've probably been told that your genetics determine your health. That is only partially true, in fact, your genetics accounts for only about 25% of your risk for Sjogren's syndrome. The rest comes from environmental factors such as your intestinal health, diet, toxins, infections and stress. These are usually the pillars of autoimmune disease.
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Pillar I permeable Intestine
Your intestine is naturally very permeable to small molecules in order to absorb vital nutrients from food. In fact, regulation of intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells lining the intestinal wall. Factors such as gluten, infections, toxins, stress and aging can cause the tight junctions between the cells to rupture, allowing toxins, microbes and particles of undigested food, from entering the bloodstream, this is called intestine permeable. Your immune system marks these "foreign invaders" as pathogens and attacks, starting a cycle of inflammation that can lead to autoimmune diseases such as Sjögren's syndrome.
Pillar II: Diet
The root of autoimmune disease is a chronic inflammation. Gluten, grains, vegetables and other foods that are not easily broken, stressed your digestive system, contributing to the leaky gut and causing a constant immune response of the body. Chronic inflammation worsens the symptoms of Sjögren. Gluten actually been linked to over 55 diseases and often called the "great masked." That's because most of the symptoms of gluten sensitivity are not digestive in nature, but rather neurological, such as pain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression, cognitive impairment and behavioral problems.
Pillar III: Toxins
Interact with thousands of toxic chemicals every day. Pesticides in conventionally grown foods, heavy metals in your dental fillings, synthetic ingredients in your household cleaning products and body products: each is a drop in the ocean that is your toxic load. If your body has a tendency to store toxins, chemicals build up in your system could push the edge of autoimmunity.
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Pillar IV: Infections and stress
These two go hand in hand. Emotional, mental and physical stress reduces the body's ability to fight infections and infections put more stress to your body. Certain viral infections such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) have known correlations with autoimmune disease.
A functional medicine approach to the treatment of Sjögren's syndrome
Cure your gut
80% of your immune system is in the gut, thus healing your gut is essential for restoring your immune system and your health. Follow these steps with you functional doctor: remove whatever is bad, replace it with the good, give good flora in your gut, and repairs.
Rid gluten, grains and legumes
It is recommended that you remove gluten from your diet because it is a very inflammatory food. For patients with autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren's syndrome, elimination of all grains and legumes diet it is also recommended.
Reduce your exposure to toxins whenever possible. It begins with the addition of more organic foods in your diet and drink plenty of filtered water, both to provide moisture to the tissues and to help your body detoxify.
Heal your infection and relieve your stress
Stress can trigger or retrigger infections and a vicious circle, infections put more stress on the body. It gives priority to reducing stress to give your immune system a healthy boost, and identify and treat any existing infection.
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