The pancreas is pretty important organ that creates enzymes – which aid in the digestion of food, and insulin – which controls blood sugar. Located just behind the stomach, it is important to keep this important gland healthy to prevent pancreatitis [acute or chronic inflammation] as pancreatitis can cause mild to severe damage to the pancreas, which in turn prevents the proper enzymes / insulin is produced so stop the nutrients the body needs from being absorbed.
acute / chronic pancreatitis explained
Acute pancreatitis is a sudden and severe [can cause tissue damage and bleeding], which stands for days and usually never return if treated right. Commonly caused by gallstones, a mild case of this situation can be eased and cured with proper diet
Just chronic pancreatitis can be severe, last for days and reappear at will -. Even with proper treatment. This type of inflammation can cause severe tissue damage and bleeding in and around organs [causing abscesses, cysts like pockets and inflammation spreads quickly]. Usually caused by excessive alcohol consumption, long-term damage can not be helped with a diet change – diet is changed to increase antioxidant and assist nutrition [in an attempt to help with the enzyme and insulin production]. Long-term damage to the pancreas can lead to diabetes, malnutrition and necrotizing pancreatitis [death of pancreatic tissue]. Other side effects if not treated properly rising toxins that could bypass / leakage through the abdomen, damaged blood vessels and cause internal bleeding.
There are other reasons as abdominal injuries, surgery, cancer, smoking, etc. to name a few
signs symptoms -. mild to severe pain in the upper abdomen [that can radiate in the back or chest], fevers, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, indigestion, foul smelling stools and abnormal weight loss.
The importance of this diet
Because the pancreas plays such an important role in the digestion of our food, we need to ensure that we consume enough antioxidants [vitamins A, C and E, carotenoids and selenium] this is to prevent oxidation material that builds up due to the daily consumption of food in focus or damaging the pancreas.
We also need to consume more of the following
Vegetables – made the soup, this should be tomato based without meat, not only is it rich in antioxidants [which help ensure a healthy pancreas] the liquid in the soup are also important in your daily fluid intake our
Spinach – .. added the soup above or eaten one, this is a great vegetarian and can farm use in salads or as a side dish to increase the intake of antioxidants
Yogurt -. full of probiotics that help the body immunity of these can prevent inflammation of the pancreas and bacteria found in these foods can maintain digestive balance
Tofu – a good substitute for a protein that meat should be eliminated from the diet because high levels of fat in the blood can lead to increased attacks pancreatitis [chronic sufferers need to pay close attention to this]
wine or grape – these two contain important antioxidants called resveratrol [not peel vintage like this is where antioxidants resides]. Grapes are named for the patient who can not drink alcohol because it irritates the existing situation
Other beneficial foods to increase in your diet :.
Red Reishi mushroom
and soy products
Herbs and spices recommended diet [consult a herbalist if you are interested in more information and the impact of these] – ginger, ginseng, cinnamon bark, licorice root, peony root and Indian gooseberry
Basic guidelines for this diet
Eat small portions more often [man – less than 40 grams of fat per day] – this helps with digestion and can ease symptoms
Avoid: caffeine, tobacco, spicy food, cheese, butter, fired foods, pizza, beans and beer. Basically avoid any food that is fat or can cause gas to build up in the stomach.
Start taking multi-vitamin supplements [will contain selenium, magnesium and vitamins A, C, E and B12] as many patients with pancreatitis tend to have a lack of the previously mentioned nutrients
Never ignore signs of problems with the pancreas -. go to your doctor for more specialized treatment, this diet is not a cure, but more as guidelines on how to manage pancreatitis and thus assist the pancreas to prevent further damage.
admin October 12th, 2015
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