Sjogren's and Diet
There seems to be no specific diet for Sjogren's syndrome but some general recommendations. (see below) This may be due to the fact that not enough studies have yet been done into it. 

It makes sense that if inflammation and autoimmune diseases go together then an anti inflammatory diet would be a general place to start. 

An anti-inflammatory diet consists of foods that reduce inflammatory responses in the body. It is rich in unprocessed whole, nutrient-rich foods. They include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fish, and fresh herbs and spices.

The Mediterranean Diet has been researched and is anti inflammatory. The big take away from this diet is to eat lots of fresh and seasonal vegetables and fruits.

If you are vegan or vegetarian already I would suggest taking notice of what Dr Michael Greger says as he thouroughly researches all his recommendations and lives by his 12 a day rule which includes flaxseeds, nuts, 5 glasses of water, cruciferous vegetables, legumes, mushrooms, berries and more.

My idea is to start with a good basic healthy diet like the Mediterranean Diet and stick to it really well for a good month. If you feel no better then consider cutting out the nightshades first (eggplant, tomatoes, postatoes) then being tested for celiac disease or other food sensitivities like gluten,if cutting out nightshades does not work.                                                     

Researchers are currently studying the inflammation and the MIND diet, which combines parts of the Mediterranean diet with the DASH.  Results won't be available before 2021.

WHAT IS ON AN ANTI INFLAMMATORY DIET? Read my article here at Help autoimmune.



SUPPLEMENTS:
It's seems pretty definite that adding flaxseeds or flaxseed oil to the diet may benefit eye dryness and that Vitamin D supplementation may be beneficial, in those who have insufficient vitamin D blood levels but beyond that diet is a very personal thing - what works for one person may make no improvements in another. 

So it really is a matter of trying one thing at a time and seeing if it helps you. My rheumatologist said that if you do not feel an improvement after one month on a supplement then discontinue the use.
 
GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EATING WHEN YOU HAVE SJOGREN'S SYNDROME.
  • avoid spicy foods
  • avoid salty foods or adding salt
  • choose soft, moist foods
  • add sauces to make foods moist
  • avoid alcohol
  • avoid citrus juices

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DIFFERENT PROFESSIONALS

Eating Healthy PDF Autoimmune Resource and Research Centre

SUPPLEMENTS:
It's seems pretty definite that adding flaxseeds or flaxseed oil to the diet may benefit eye dryness and that Vitamin D supplementation may be beneficial, in those who have insufficient vitamin D blood levels but beyond that diet is a very personal thing - what works for one person may make no improvements in another. 

So it really is a matter of trying one thing at a time and seeing if it helps you. My rheumatologist said that if you do not feel an improvement after one month on a supplement then discontinue the use.
 
RESOURCES

Mediterranean Diet and Prevention of Chronic Diseases Donato F. Romagnolo, PhD, MSc and Ornella I. Selmin, PhD

Foods that fight inflammation from Harvard Health Publishing

Diet & Food Tips from Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation

Anti-Inflammatory Diet PDF from Keith Wilkinson, ND, Naturopathic Physician








Many people with Sjogren's Syndrome find they reduce their symptoms by removing wheat and dairy from their diet.
Here are some of their comments:

I've gotten relief from being on a gluten, dairy, beef and sugar free diet.

Eating sugar makes my mouth extremely dry - even 1 teaspoon.

Go gluten free and dairy free asap.

Search out foods that are inflammatory and remove them from your diet.



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