Chronic cotton-mouth, dry eyes and flaky skin. Inexplicable muscle aches, exhaustion and brain fog. No definitive diagnosis and no relief in sight. Could be Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins) Syndrome, a chronic disorder that attacks the body’s moisture producing exocrine glands and causes body-wide dryness. The body turns on itself, for some yet unexplained reason, causing the immune system to produce antibodies that attack the body’s external moisture secretion glands resulting in the chronic dryness and other transient symptoms.
Dry Eye Relief
The typical treatment for the chronic dry eyes caused by Sjögren’s (whether diagnosed or not) is the frequent use of artificial tears. That will offer instant, but short-lived relief and can be used as needed. But the need for artificial tears and long-lasting relief for the chronic dry eyes will be found in omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3s fatty acids help to normalize the eyes natural lubrication process so the dryness is relieved naturally, from the inside out. Eating a daily serving of a food rich in omega-3s, like salmon, tuna, walnuts and flaxseed, or taking a daily fish oil capsule helps well over half of the people suffering from Sjögren’s induced dry eyes. The Omega-3 fatty acids also help relieve the associated brain fog by relieving inflammation in brain tissue.
Green Tea for Cotton-Mouth
Green tea contains a compound called EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that thwarts the damage done to the salivary glands by Sjögren’s by reducing the number of attacking antibodies. Drinking four to six cups daily of green tea will provide relief from cotton-mouth, prevent brain cell damage and boost energy to combat the fatigue associated with the immune system disorder.
Emu Oil for Dry Skin
Dry skin itches, flakes and easily become inflamed and tender. Naturally relieve the dry skin caused by Sjögren’s with colorless and odorless emu oil. Emu oil contains a triple combo of acids needed to combat this specific type of dry skin – linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids. These acids soften the skin and are quickly absorbed deeply into the skin to provide long-lasting relief. Linolenic acid is also a natural painkiller that relieves the surface skin pain and the muscle aches associated with the disorder.
See your Dentist
Your dentist may be your best advocate for getting an accurate Sjögren’s syndrome diagnoses (or for ruling it out). A mouth exam by a dentist will reveal signs of chronic dry mouth, like inflamed salivary glands, gum disease and cavities. Your dentist can point you in the right direction, armed with your dental information, so that a specific blood test can be done to determine if you are suffering with Sjögren’s syndrome.