Diet and Sjogren's syndrome
Sjögren's Syndrome has several negative nutritional implications.
The right food is therefore particularly important.
The diet has received more attention in the past decade. Due to the medical complications of Sjogren's Syndrome , it is particularly important for these patients to be aware of the relationship between the diet and the symptoms of this chronic disease.
Sjögren's syndrome has several negative nutritional implications:
Because Sjögren's Syndrome is an autoimmune disease, it requires nutritional support to help keep the immune system intact.
Limited research-based knowledge
So far, there is little research on the importance of nutrition in Sjogren's syndrome. The advice given is generally based on experience and estimates of what constitutes a proper and good diet.
Immune system and nutrition
The immune system is the body's defense against the effects of bacteria, viruses and allergies. However, in patients with autoimmune diseases, immune system function may be weakened. Ingesting large amounts of certain nutrients does not improve the immune system. However, many experts believe that an overall healthy diet is an excellent way to keep the immune system as intact as possible.
You should therefore pay attention to a wholesome diet that contains all the important nutrients. These include first and foremost a lot of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, high-protein foods and dairy products.
A good tip: Just because a food is healthy does not mean that more of it is automatically better.
You may be tempted to consume large amounts of vitamins to boost the immune system, but overdoses of these substances can have the opposite effect and instead weaken the immune system. Therefore, stick to the recommended doses and rely on a healthy diet instead of taking supplements.
Most people are hardly aware of this, but saliva is necessary to be able to eat at all. For people with Sjogren's syndrome, lack of saliva can make it difficult or impossible to eat normally. Here are some tips on how to compensate for the lack of saliva:
Impaired nutrient intake
Pathological changes in the small and large intestine caused by Sjögren's syndrome can lead to impaired nutrient absorption (malabsorption). Even if these pathological changes do not lead to a reduced nutrient uptake, it can still occur if there is a wrong diet or if insufficient amounts of certain nutrients are absorbed. Regardless of the cause for the weakening of intestinal capacity, nutrient absorption decreases and valuable nutrients pass through the digestive tract without being absorbed by the body. In addition, many take too few calories, resulting in weight loss.
To counteract a reduced nutrient uptake, consider the following:
Last revised : 02.09.2016