6 arch enemies and 7 best friends of your pancreas

16.06.2024/06/23 XNUMX:XNUMX    10

In the literal sense of the word, we have a cult of feasting. Our people still associate any holiday with a rich table.

It is not surprising that sooner or later, in the middle of such a feast, unbearable pain breaks through. And then the "ambulance", hospital receptionist, department of gastroenterology and the diagnosis: acute pancreatitis, informs Ukr.Media.

From this moment on, such words as "diet" and "enzymes" are firmly embedded in life. Why? But because pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, an absolutely necessary, irreplaceable and very vulnerable organ.

It is the pancreas

  • produces insulin, which transports glucose to the cells of our body;
  • produces pancreatic juice, without which normal digestion of food is impossible;
  • thanks to the islets of Langerhans, performs an endocrine function.

The main danger to the health of the pancreas is alcohol and smoking, abuse of fatty and spicy food, stones in the bile ducts, poisoning, chronic diseases of the stomach and duodenum.

It is important to understand that acute pancreatitis is not easy pain, discomfort and the prospect of a long-term diet. An attack may well end in death if a formidable complication occurs — pancreatic necrosis.

In this condition, the pancreas begins to "digest" itself. Cells of necrosis appear, the organ quickly dies, and with it the person.

As you can see, our health is in our hands. We can help our "enzyme factory", or we can strengthen its condition. Let's figure out which products have a beneficial effect on her, and which ones are harmful.

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I will say right away that it makes sense to exclude these products from the diet only if you already have an official diagnosis of pancreatitis.

Foods that harm the pancreas

1. Alcohol. If your GI has already said stop, chances are you've been fined. According to statistics, a spike in appeals with acute pancreatitis occurs during the holiday season.

People are returning from all-inclusive resorts, where the alcohol is pouring down the river, and they go straight to the hospital. Doctors recommend to always remember the measure when you pick up a glass.

2. Sweet carbonation. In the heat, we easily drink 0,5 or even a liter of Cola, Sprite or Fanta - the essence does not change from the name. And we don't even think about the fact that there is a teaspoon of sugar in every 100 ml of drink.




The pancreas begins to work on itself to make enough insulin. Gland failure soon occurs, and then type 2 diabetes. The same applies to the abuse of sweets.

In addition, carbon dioxide bubbles have an irritating effect on the walls of the gastrointestinal tract and provoke inflammation.

3. Tobacco. Harmful substances released during smoking destroy not only the respiratory organs, but also the pancreas - they disrupt the secretion of enzymes and interfere with the endocrine function.

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4. Fatty food and smoked products. Fast food, ice cream, food fried in a large amount of oil force even a healthy organ to work "in the sweat of the forehead", let alone a sick one! And cold, fatty food is especially dangerous, as it can provoke a spasm of the ducts and lead to pancreatic necrosis.

5. Spicy spices, garlic, onion and salt. Of course, it is not about eating only fresh food. But a sick organ requires careful attention, so it is important to reduce the amount of salt.

This will help to avoid high blood pressure, which can affect the vessels that feed the gland. As for spicy food, its irritating action often provokes inflammation, especially out of habit.

6. Mushrooms. It's no secret that mushrooms are very difficult to digest, especially fried ones. And it is not recommended to include them in the diet for children under 8 years old.

Therefore, people suffering from pancreatitis can only treat themselves to this delicacy occasionally, and even then in boiled form. Well, now let's move on to the list of products for which the pancreas will say "thank you".

Foods that help the pancreas

1. Broccoli. There are not many fans of this cabbage with a specific smell in the world. However, it protects the secretory cells of the gland from the aggressive effects of enzymes and gastric juice. In addition, it reduces inflammation in pancreatitis and is recommended for diabetics.

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2. Yogurt. It is a "live" product containing probiotics. They contribute to the normalization of the production of food enzymes and facilitate the assimilation of nutrients.

3. Blueberry. This delicious wild berry not only improves vision, but also relieves the pancreas, and also serves as a preventive measure against stone formation in the pancreatico-biliary ducts.

4. Sweet potato. We hope this will not sound like bullying, especially for those who live in regions where they have only read about this vegetable on the Internet. But what can you do - it is already very good for various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. So if you see it, grab it right away. By the way, it is indicated for any problems with the pancreas.

5. Red grapes. This powerful antioxidant can be used to prevent cancer formations in the pancreas. But! Only those who are healthy now. Grapes should not be eaten by people with acute pancreatitis and diabetes.

6. Licorice root. The well-known cough remedy is also used for pancreatitis — it helps reduce inflammation and pain syndrome.

7. Pumpkin. Restores the activity of the pancreas, provoking the growth of new cells, neutralizes the aggressive effect of hydrochloric acid and has a positive effect on the process of pancreatic juice secretion.

Take care of your health while you have it!


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