If you suffer from Sjogren’s syndrome, how you eat is very important. Dr. Lily Yang from TheraLife shares tips and tricks to stay on top of your condition.
Sjogren’s Diet Recommendations
TheraLife® customers use dietary control to help reduce Sjogren’s and other autoimmune symptoms naturally, and you can, too!
- Reduce intake of foods that promote inflammation.
- Eat lots of natural, wholesome foods that do not contain preservatives or sugar.
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, preferably raw to preserve natural nutrients.
- Make your body cleans itself on daily basis through bowel movements.
- Reduce red meat intake and consumption of oily fried foods.
- Eat moderate amounts of fish, chicken, and white meats.
Reducing Discomfort While Eating
Dryness can affect what we eat in many ways. Certain foods may irritate your mouth, while other foods may need lots of liquid to make them go down.
- Avoid spicy and crunchy foods.
- Choose soft, smooth items.
- Avoid alcohol and wine.
- Avoid acidic juices and acidic fruits and vegetables.
- Eat gluten-free for those with celiac disorder.
- Moisten foods with mayonnaise, sauces, gravies, yogurts, or salad dressing.
- Try dipping dry foods into whatever you’re drinking.
- Soften or thin foods with skim milk, broth, water, or melted margarine.
- Use your food processor or blender to finely chop or liquefy foods.
- Use a straw if it helps you swallow.
- Sip your drink while eating.
- Add soup with your sandwich.
- Add cucumbers to a sandwich to add moisture
If It Still Hurts To Eat
- Try smooth, soft, creamy foods like soup, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, casseroles, tender cooked vegetables, canned fruits, pudding, cheesecake, ice cream, and even tender cooked and simmered meats.
- Drink high-calorie, cold liquids such as milkshakes, instant breakfast drinks, or liquid nutritional supplements for both calories and ease in eating.
- Suck on fruit juice popsicles, ice chips, or other cold foods to help reduce the pain.
TheraLife® Autoimmune Formula is Great Source of Selenium
Arthritis Today recommends regularly including the antioxidant and immune-suppressing nutrients omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), selenium, and vitamin D in your diet. PUFAs are found in cold water fish, soybeans and walnuts. Selenium is available in the TheraLife® Autoimmune formula. Vitamin D is found in eggs and in vitamin D-fortified products such as milk, cottage cheese, and cereals. Again, all these nutrients play an important role in Sjogren’s diet.
Dr. Weil suggests that eating healthy is key to reducing inflammation and feeling good. Minimize consumption of animal products and eliminate milk and milk products. Avoid oils and hydrogenated fats (margarine, vegetable shortening).
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