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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How I healed Sjogren's Syndrome

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.

Healthy food

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 gut healing supplements like slippery elm, aloe vera, glutamine and curcumin
  3. Build up the good gut bacteria by consuming fermented foods like kefir, 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.

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.

Overcome autoimmune disease

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 overcoming an autoimmune or chronic health condition? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear your story.

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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 16 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!

  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!

  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.

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