Dry Eye Relief? Its possible, Here are My Top 4 Tips
Welcome to my guide where I explain how to start getting dry eye relief naturally. I hope that after reading this you will be able to put in to practice some of these easy steps and start seeing results quickly.
In today’s culture we have been led to believe that if something goes wrong in our bodies that we should rush to the doctor to ‘’fix us’’ and that we can fix the problem with a drop, drug, surgery, medical procedure and we will be right as rain. After all the doctors are supposed to be experts, having undergone 7 years of training in medical school and they should know what’s best for us, right?
Well this is what I thought for 10 years when I suffered with severe dry eye syndrome. I did the rounds of doctors, both on the NHS, privately and even flew to the USA to see Dr Latkany. But none could offer me a solution bar the usual ‘’have you tried this drop, it’s got thicker viscosity?’’. When I responded by saying I’ve tried every drop, drug and high tech therapy on the market with zero benefit, the response was ‘’well let’s try plugs again, it might work this time!’’ No real solution was offered.
3 years ago I started to read about natural healing, nutrition, functional medicine and detoxification and it all made perfect sense, a light bulb went off. After doing hours and hours of research I put myself on a strict diet and detoxification protocol. I have since acquired a wealth of knowledge from my own experience of what works for dry eye and from my nutritional therapy training.
Here are my top 4 tips to start getting dry eye relief, although I would recommend working with a nutritional therapist to customise an individual protocol to your needs, since everyone has different nutritional deficiencies and are biochemically individual:
1) Address Intestinal Permeability (AKA Leaky Gut)
I tested positive for leaky gut syndrome and have done months of gut healing with various nutrients I will list below. Leaky gut is the number one cause of many chronic systemic inflammatory conditions in the body. This is not an exaggeration, inflammation of the lining of the intestines leads them to become ‘’leaky’’. This is basically the development of small holes in the intestinal wall, allowing food particles, toxins and pathogenic bacteria to pass into the blood stream.
The immune system then mounts an inflammatory response towards these particles or pathogenic bacteria, causing systemic inflammation in various parts of the body, including the eyes.
In fact, gluten is a protein which is very similar in biochemical structure to the protein that our tissues and cells are made of. Once sensitised to gluten, antibodies will start to attack our own tissues and cells mistaking them for gluten, and inflammation will result (inflammation is the immune systems weapon against pathogenic bacteria or foreign substances which present a threat to our survival).
But it’s not just gluten, any foreign substance that leaks into the blood stream can create this response, which is why it’s important, not just to remove gluten, but to also heal and seal the gut lining. You cannot separate the gut and the immune system, 80% of our immune system is found in the gut and when looking at inflammatory conditions such as dry eye you have to start with the gut!
My favourite nutrients which heal and seal the intestinal lining and repair leaky gut are:
L- glutamine: 3- 5 grams per day for at least 2 months is required to heal and seal the gut lining. L- glutamine is an amino acid which is required by the cells of the intestinal lining for repair and regeneration and taking this supplement in large doses has been shown to repair intestinal permeability in various studies.
Bone Broths: 1-2 cups per day. Bone broths are rich in minerals, glutamine and glycine which are all required for the healing of the intestinal lining and reducing the inflammatory response in the gut. They are a cheap addition as you can buy bones from your local butcher for a few dollars. You boil them for between 6-24 hours, the longer the better as more minerals will be released when boiled for longer. I use a slow cooker and just leave them cooking overnight.
2) Eliminate Pathogenic Bacteria
An important point to make is that if there is an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria such as candida or parasites in the gut these may need to be addressed as they can cause leaky gut and prevent healing. If suspected to be an underlying factor these can be identified using a comprehensive diagnostic stool analysis (CDSA) performed by a nutritional therapist, the presence of leaky gut can also be identified with this test.
The majority of people unfortunately today have imbalanced gut flora, and candida and parasitic infections are very common.
3) Detox Heavy Metals
Heavy metal and chemical toxicity is extremely common today thanks to our modern society. You cannot avoid toxins. They are in the air (lead, mercury); in the water (chlorine, fluoride), in our shampoos, lotions, perfumes; in our mouths (mercury/silver fillings); in our food supply (pesticides on crops, mercury in tuna), you get the idea, they are everywhere!
All of these toxins are either inhaled or absorbed into the blood stream via the skin or the gastrointestinal tract and then have to be processed by the liver so they can be excreted out of the body via the kidneys, bowel and lungs. Due to the massive amount of toxins that we are exposed to every day (the average women leaves the house in the morning wearing 200 different chemicals in the form of body lotions, makeup and so on) our livers become sluggish and unable to process them.
As a result, the body will store these toxins in our tissues and cells where they cause oxidative damage and inflammation, the end result being conditions such as dry eye.
Heavy metal toxins are fat soluble so they will dissolve in tissues and cells which are structurally high in fat or which contain fat or lipid molecules. The Meibomian glands secrete lipids (fatty substances) on to the surface of the eye preventing the evaporation of tears and maintaining a healthy tear film over the eye.
Reduced output of Meibomian oil due to inflammation in the glands is what causes dry eye. Therefore, if one has heavy metal toxicity, it is safe to assume that heavy metals may accumulate in the meibomian glands and cause inflammation, leading to dry eye.
Heavy metals can be stored anywhere in the body and are the major underlying cause of the majority of chronic health problems that people experience today.
Tip: Remove the underlying cause of dry eye by detoxing heavy metals from your body!
This is a complicated process and can’t really be summed up in a short guide, my full eBook (coming soon) will detail my protocol to detoxify heavy metals naturally and safely. I do not agree with the use of chelation therapy to detox heavy metals as it is not as safe and can often cause more problems than it solves.
4) Correct Nutritional Deficiencies
Unfortunately, everyone today is nutritionally depleted and has numerous vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The most common nutritional deficiencies are magnesium, selenium, zinc, iodine, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids, B-vitamins and B12.
Unless you are eating at least 3 cups of green vegetables and nuts and seeds daily you are likely deficient in magnesium. It is very rare to find someone with normal red blood cell magnesium levels after doing functional medicine testing. This is a problem because magnesium is required for at least 300 enzyme reactions in the body and without it your body simply cannot function optimally and you will not be able to achieve good health or find adequate dry eye relief.
Omega 3 fatty acids are particularly important for dry eye relief as the oil glands release lipids to maintain moisture on the eye surface and prevent evaporation. Omega 3 fats (found in oily fish and fish oil) help to thin the lipid secretions and unblock the glands. The other important function of omega 3 fatty acids in obtaining dry eye relief is that they reduce the inflammatory response by closing down the biochemical pathway that leads to chronic inflammation.
In dry eye syndrome inflammation prevents the glands from functioning optimally and producing tears. Once the inflammation is eliminated by putting into action all of the steps in this article, the glands will start to function normally once again.
It is really important to address all of the steps in this article, not just one or two, because you may not see the results you want if you do not tackle every piece of the puzzle, and it is a puzzle!
But once you understand the underlying causes of virtually every chronic disease that plagues humanity: environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, pathogenic microbes and emotional stress, everything becomes clear and it makes perfect sense!
Tip: Supplement the most common deficiencies such as magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and zinc, and have some functional medicine testing to reveal other deficiencies that may be blocking your ability to heal and find relief from your dry eye syndrome.
Real Dry Eye Relief Takes Time
One thing I would mention though is that as with any natural healing protocol people respond differently and recovery time varies. When you suffer with a chronic condition, like dry eye syndrome, it can take time to heal and for the body to overcome the many challenges that led to the condition becoming ‘’chronic’’.
Just as it took many years for the disease process to develop, it can take several months to reverse it and return to a state of health. This is the nature of true healing and is the only way, if you want a cure, rather than just managing symptoms day-to-day.
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