The pancreas is mainly concerned with secreting digestive enzymes in order to break down protein, carbohydrates and fats present in the duodenum. It neutralises the acids issuing from the stomach.
The health of the pancreas relies upon a well-functioning stomach, spleen, liver and gallbladder. The pancreas produces two hormones required to control and balance the body's glucose and fatty acid levels.
One of its jobs is to release insulin, which reduces glucose production in the liver. When the body's blood sugar levels rise, they affect the production of glucogon which increases glucose production. The pancreas regulates blood sugar and its health dictates the balance of sugar levels. Many people today have low blood sugar levels. In these cases, pancreatic health must be at the forefront of a support programme.
Refer to the section on digestive system foods, using predominantly and alternately, neutral and astringent flavours alongside sour or bitter flavours.
The use of bitter and sour flavours is paramount as this will stimulate the much needed release of vital digestive enzymes. Also use seaweeds, which help to normalise blood sugar. A major pancreatic food is garlic.
There is no substitute, so eat plenty; it balances the amount of sugar in the blood, partly by stimulating the pancreas to produce sufficient insulin. Poor pancreas function often goes hand in hand with low or high blood sugar levels and, therefore, the pancreas needs support and stimulation. The plant stevia helps to balance blood sugar and safely stimulates the pancreas. Other food supportives are fenugreek leaf and sweet root vegetables like yams, while the best fruit is kiwi - the only fruit that really aids pancreatic function. Generally, eat little and often (six meals a day) as this helps to support blood sugar levels. Be sure to eat some protein rich foods in order to stabilise sugar levels. Liver health via food cleanses will, in turn, greatly assist pancreatic function. Excessive alcohol harms the pancreas and liver and can give rise to pancreatisis.
Take hot and cold showers if you feel fatigued or experience symptoms of low blood sugar e.g. lightheadedness and dizziness. This will encourage better circulation and delivery of oxygen, vital to blood sugar levels. Additionally take plenty of exercise. Yoga (and other body movement therapies) will ensure that the pancreas and other digestive organs are gently moved and stimulated to work better and remain in a healthier state.
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