How I healed Sjogren’s Syndrome Naturally

My journey to overcoming autoimmune disease

There is currently no cure for Sjogren’s Syndrome, but I was able to overcome the symptoms of this autoimmune condition and heal my body naturally with nutrition, herbs and some healthy lifestyle changes.

If you’re suffering from an autoimmune condition, leaky gut, anxiety or chronic fatigue, this article is for you.

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It’s more than five years since I overcame the autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, along with chronic fatigue and leaky gut.

My symptoms have nearly all disappeared and I’m feeling better than ever.

I wanted to share my story in the hope that it helps others in a similar situation to begin their own healing.

From Chronic Illness to Wellness

My health issues all began in 2010 with a strong bout of mono, also known as glandular fever (caused by the Epstein Barr virus).

I took a week off work but I wasn’t getting better.

I blamed it on the stress of moving to a new city and starting a new job.

Over the next two years my health continued to deteriorate and I had trouble finding the energy to get through the day.

I was suffering from extreme fatigue, joint pains and skin rashes.

My mouth was always dry and my eyes were red, burning and very dry, despite using lubricating eye drops every few hours.

I’ve also suffered from anxiety since childhood, so these symptoms just exacerbated my anxiety.

After numerous visits to doctors, medical specialists and natural therapists, I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, leaky gut and adrenal fatigue.

What is Sjogren’s Syndrome?

Sjogren’s syndrome (pronounced SHOW-grins) is an autoimmune condition that affects the salivary and lacrimal glands and causes dry eyes, dry mouth, burning sensations in the eyes and difficulty swallowing.

Sjogren’s can also become systemic and cause fatigue, joint pain and extremely dry skin.

There is a correlation between Sjogren’s and stress, Epstein Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV).

My test results showed that I had antibodies for both EBV and CMV.

I was also highly stressed and run down, so it’s no wonder I was diagnosed with this condition.

Over the years I spent thousands of dollars and tried just about everything including prescription medications with nasty side effects and natural therapies including acupuncture, iridology, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, kinesiology and chiropractic but nothing seemed to get me better.

The Road to Healing

I began doing my own research, which led me to study naturopathy, nutrition and western herbal medicine.

I learned that the body has an amazing natural ability to heal when given the right support.

I was interested in finding out if there were any foods that were contributing to my health issues, so I did a food intolerance test which showed that I was reacting to grains, dairy products, tomatoes, citrus fruits and vinegar.

I knew I needed to change my diet but it was really difficult at first.

I found it hard to give up chocolate and ice cream but it wasn’t until I completely eliminated all gluten, dairy, sugar, vegetable oils and the other foods I was reacting to that I began to start feeling better.

I stopped eating processed foods and cooked my meals from scratch using lots of fresh produce and easy to digest protein like fish.

As well as changing my diet and supplementing with specific nutrients and herbs, I made some healthy lifestyle changes.

I began taking long walks and meditating to reduce my anxiety.

Here’s how I healed from Sjogren’s, leaky gut and chronic fatigue

  1. Remove foods that are problematic. For me it was gluten and dairy along with acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits and vinegar
  2. Incorporate natural antiviral supplements like olive leaf extract, oregano oil and lemon balm.
  3. Build up the good gut bacteria by consuming fermented foods like sauerkraut, miso and kombucha along with probiotics
  4. Support your adrenal glands – some of the best herbs for healing the adrenals include licorice root, ashwagandha and rhodiola
  5. Reduce inflammation by removing processed foods and vegetable oils and consuming anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric, ginger and salmon

Once I got to the root cause of what was causing my health issues and healed my gut, liver and adrenals and got on top of my anxiety, I was finally able to start living life fully.

Healing was a slow process and it took at least six months before I noticed that my symptoms were improving.

When I was in the process of healing I took a variety of herbs, nutrients and probiotics but today I only take a few key supplements to manage my anxiety and ensure that I’m getting all the nutrients that my body needs.

At the moment I’m taking an activated B complex, an herbal formula that helps to reduce stress and anxiety and increase serotonin levels naturally, along with nettle leaf as a general tonic and kelp for my thyroid.

I also drink herbal tea like this one during the day and this one before bed.

It’s a good idea to discuss any nutritional supplements or herbal remedies with your healthcare provider because some supplements and herbs can interact with prescription medications.

January 2021 update – Since writing this article I’ve moved to a mostly plant based way of eating after following the paleo diet for many years.

I found that removing eggs from my diet has really helped to improve my symptoms and stop flare ups.

I’m also drinking 16 oz (500ml) of celery juice each morning as recommended by Anthony William, the Medical Medium.

If you have the time I’d recommend reading his autoimmune protocol which you can find here.

He’s also written six books and I’ve read them all but I found the first one especially helpful.

Food Allergy / Intolerance Testing

If you’re suffering from digestive problems and you’d like to check if any foods are contributing to your symptoms, you can order a test online from Walk-In Lab without needing to see a doctor.

They have an Allergen Profile Basic Food Blood Test #660423 that
detects possible IgE-mediated responses to common foods.

It includes beef, chocolate, corn, egg (whole), fish/shell mix, milk (cow), peanut, pork, soybean and wheat.

They also have a 50 Food Intolerance Panel #ALC10 that detects food intolerances to 50 common foods and includes a ½ hour consultation with a Nutritional Consultant to review the test results, answer questions and offer menu, food substitution and restaurant tips.

See the tests available here

I hope this has been helpful for you.

Have you tried any natural remedies for Sjogren’s syndrome? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story.

How to heal Sjogren’s Syndrome Naturally

Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a qualified Nutritionist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner. I have a passion for all things natural, healthy and holistic. I created this blog to share my knowledge and inspire women who are looking for natural health solutions. Read more

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Wonderful article! It is amazing what healthy living and a good diet can do in fighting illness. I’m so glad that you were able to conquer this with the diet and healthy choices as it can be so frustrating to get a diagnosis that is seemingly untreatable. Great post, thanks for sharing your experience!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing!
      I wish a very good friend of mine would have read this.
      She tried several supplements but the syndrome got progressively worse and she passed yesterday. She was done to 77 pounds. I know Heaven had gained an Angel.

  2. Eating well is so vital when we have chronic illness – bring on the veggies!

  3. I firmly believe that everyone should take the time to research what is going on with their bodies and learn more, the way you did. There aren’t nearly enough people out there who are willing to take that kind of control or responsibility over their own health care. I am so excited that you found what worked and are taking the best care of yourself now! I hope you inspire others to take better care of themselves.

  4. Was unaware of this condition and hence it was a new learning for me. Posts like yours are so helpful and I do hope it reaches out to many readers.

  5. I’m glad to hear that you did your research and found the best adjustments to your diet to make yourself better! This was very informative and I had never heard of that autoimmune disorder before

  6. Incredible! My husband and son both have digestive tract issues… I so want to switch to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet for them (plus cut out sugar and focus on gut healing) but my husband refuses. He’d rather eat his pizza and suffer! I hope we get to the point where cleaner eating is part of our every day too.

  7. Very inspirational article. I am amazed how you were healed from sjogrens syndrome by just modifying lifestyle and living and eating healthily.

  8. I really liked this article. I was particularly interested in the things you used to manage your anxiety and looked them up. The thing is, it seems that taking just supplements without being able to change my diet by going to unprocessed and organic foods would make the supplements not really helpful. What do you think?

    The major source of my anxiety is raising three kids, two with special needs, and not having an income because of my child’s special needs. So even though we are vegetarian we used to eat more whole, unprocessed foods before losing my income. Now I have to get what I can to feed a family of four.

    1. Thanks Alexandra, yes you’re right, supplements are helpful but a healthy diet is the foundation for good health. Eating as many brightly colored vegetables and fruits is the main thing. Also, getting enough magnesium is important for calming the nervous system and relieving anxiety. Nuts, seeds, dark chocolate and green vegetables are good sources of magnesium. You can also try cutting out gluten for a couple of weeks to see if that makes a difference. I hope that helps.

      1. Thanks Kelly. I sure do miss the way we used to eat. I will be glad when we can get back there again!

    2. There are affordable organic options. Also you may just want to buy bulk from a wholesaler since you have such a large family. Affrodable easy organic options: Carrots, frozen corn, frozen peas, cabbage, apples, celery, onions, spinach, bananas, oatmeal, romaine lettuce, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, rice, beans. Nuts are usually safe and fruit like pineapple and mango if it is conventional, Stay away from conventional strawberries as they are loaded with poison. Sure this is not fancy food but highly nutritious, very versatile and now the organic versions of these are almost the same as conventional.

  9. I have never heard of this before! It’s truly amazing what a balanced, clean diet can do to the mind and body. Glad you’re feeling much better from this!

  10. Wow I went fully Vegan now for 4 months and the neuropathy associated with Sjogrens improved a little bit, but still spreading thru my whole body.. seems that there is no diet to stop the symptoms

  11. I have not been officially diagnosed but I believe I have sjorgrens. I have the dry mouth and dry eyes. I often have inflammation in my throat and puffiness around my left eye. my anxiety level over all this is at an all time high and I am overwhelmed. Thank you for the advice. I know I need to get things figured out and eat a better diet. (We do way too much white flour) I hope to feel more normal soon.

  12. Thank you so much for this post! I have Sjogren’s and Discoid Lupus. I have experienced some lessening of symptoms by following the Autoimmune Protocol, but I’m interested in incorporating the gut healing supplements you mentioned — slippery elm, aloe vera, glutamine and curcumin. Did you take all of these at the same time or rotate them?

    1. Hi Maria, yes you can take all of the gut healing supplements together. Some formulas have all of those ingredients in the one supplement which makes it easier.

      1. Thank you!

  13. Thank you so much for this article. My sister has just been diagnosed with this syndrome and I don’t want to accept that she just has to live with it for the rest of her life (being 32). So I’ve started to look for people who have healed. Again, thank you so much for sharing! Bless you.

    1. Hi Chantalle, thanks so much for your lovely message. I really hope this information will help with your sister’s recovery from Sjogren’s.

  14. hi how can you find out what supplements to get in one pill 💊 for Sjogren’s just like you said thank you

  15. TY Kelly
    Oh my gosh, I love this article. I have been to 15 Drs and so many labs . I now have positive ANA.
    Exfoliative chelitis. Drs suspect Sjogrens. getting Biopsy on lip Wednesday . The thing is my functional Dr found that I have Candida in the GUT. So, I am fighting this as well.. But, I feel no different after 3 months. Any suggestion on what supplement for Candida Albicans? I am on Binders with Oregano 2 x day. My lips are worse. And what would you do for lips. I dont want western medicine.. Thats how I got candida in the gut in the first place…Cant wait to get on your FB page.

  16. Hi Kelly

    Thank you so much for such a helpful and informative post! I need a little help getting through this – it has become a tremendous struggle for me to swallow pills these days. Should I be taking all of the gut healing supplements in addition to the probiotics AND the herbal supplements? I don’t think I can swallow that many pills! Which would be the absolute most important ones that I could start with?

  17. Hi, thanks for the post. I had 2 autoimmune deseases – sjorgen and arthritis. I was healed after several years being very persistent in the lifestyle as you’ve described. But also few things I did in addition were to reconnect with my unconscious through creativity and dreams; also drinking green herbal freshly cold pressed juices.
    Worked like a miracle. Right now, during the lock-down my pain came back, due to the stress supposedly: so feeling really down to restart all the previous effort. Thanks for your article, its giving a hope! 🙂

  18. Thank you for this. I’ve had it for 17 years and just the last few months my mouth and tongue has gone white with dryness (I use xylimelts 24/7) and I’ve started to have trouble with digestion. So suddenly Its been rapidly worsening and this last week I’ve started to feel Fluttery in my throat. I’ve been gluten free for years but I’ve been stressed and my mouth has just gone haywire. I do hope I can stop this moving onto other systems. I am anxious about it every waking hour.

  19. Blessings thanks for this info

  20. thank you very much for the update wish you all the best

  21. Hi, the above article will no doubt help me once I’m diagnosed. I’m struggling to get a diagnosis, despite severe dry nose…that’s the worst.Dry eyes also, and dry mouth and fatigue
    All my antibodies and inflammation markers were negative,, and as I’m reliant on the UK NHS, my GP wont refer me. So I’m on the long road, first Ophthalmologist, then ENT, to find a way. It’s very frustrating and I can’t help but think if I was 40 instead of 60 they would be more sympathetic
    I’m trying to follow the diet, but I love cake so just can’t do without that fix.

  22. Please send me new up dates if there are any. Thank you so much for sharing.

  23. Great to hear! For me, removing fluoride was key. There is no difference between sjogrens symptoms and fluoride poisoning symptoms. Bring on healthy foods and stay away from poisons. (You get more fluoride through 1 shower than by drinking tap water all day – so whole house filtration system is necessary to stay away).

  24. Does medical medium talk about sjorgens in any of his books specifically? Also, did his diet help with the moisture on ur skin. That is currently my biggest problem

  25. I’m wondering does the dry mouth improve any before your change in life and eating? It’s making me crazy.

    1. Hi Tammy, the dryness only improved when I changed my diet.

  26. I have been able to relieve some of the dryness in my mouth by doing oil pulling (I am using organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil from Whole Foods) every morning before brushing my teeth. It’s simply swishing 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (you can use more if it’s not enough) for 10-20 mins. It may be hard at first so start with 5 mins and work your way up to 10 mins which should be good enough. Since then, I can feel more saliva production in my mouth and didn’t have to use as much of the Xylimelts during the day. I hope that helps!

  27. I have a positive Ana direct test results, Sjogrens anti as a 1.4 high. I have been sick for over a year now and still haven’t been able to find exactly the cause. The rheumatologist says he doesn’t think it’s lupus but didn’t go any further. What does this mean this positive sjogrens result?

  28. Hi, I’m from belgium. Can I also do the food intolerence test you sugest from this website?
    Thx regards nathalie.

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