Why You Must Protect Your Pancreas
Presented by Dr. Dennis K. Crawford
There are parts of the body that one could live without. For example, the appendix and gall bladder are commonly removed. Less frequently, but still not uncommon, the thyroid and spleen are taken out. When it comes to the pancreas however, one cannot live without it. The pancreas is essential to life and that is why it mandates our care for it, as illnesses involving this valuable organ are serious and life threatening.
Understanding the important functions of the pancreas will give one an appreciation of why it is so needed. Ten percent of the pancreas is beta cells which secrete insulin. Insulin is necessary to keep the blood glucose from going too high, and it also carries glucose inside of cells to be utilized for energy. A problem arises when there isn’t enough insulin secreted or too much is secreted. The result being either the blood sugar stays too high or gets driven too low. Low blood sugar is called hypoglycemia. If sugar stays high it is called diabetes. The other ninety percent of the pancreas is involved with digestive enzymes. These enzymes are secreted into the duodenum of the intestines to facilitate the breakdown of foods. Getting nutrition from food requires adequate digestion. Lipase is the enzyme that digests fat, amylase digests carbohydrates, and protease digests protein. An absence of one or all can result in digestive difficulties.
Medicines for indigestion are some of the biggest sellers so it is apparent large numbers of people are suffering from intestinal complaints. Many of these complaints are as a direct result of a lack of digestive enzymes. Abdominal pain, foul smelling flatulence, gas and bloating, loss of appetite, weight loss, and frequent diarrhea and nausea are common.
How does one become deficient in pancreatic enzymes?
The Standard American Diet (SAD) for starters. What most people are consuming does not have good nutrition or enzymes. To make matters worse, these inferior foods actually rob nutrients and enzymes from the body. Enzymes are what does the work in the body. Vitamins and minerals are co-factors. They must be present to make things happen. Enzymes are only present in unprocessed, uncooked foods. They are what makes a food live. It is important to get an ample amount of enzyme rich foods in the diet for a couple of reasons. First, the pancreas is not supposed to supply all of the enzymes for digestion. Having to do so can lead to exhaustion of the organ and maybe even illness. Second, a processed food diet will take from the body the same nutrients that have been processed out. This is how one can actually eat to excess but still be starving for nutrition. This leads to weight gain and disease. Third, the over consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates by the typical American over stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin and also contributes to depletion of the organ as well.
What is the answer?
The diet is most important. Without a proper diet nothing else will work. A whole food (preferably organic) diet is a must. The depleting items must be eliminated (sugar, refined carbs, hydrogenated fats, etc.), additionally, I recommend a pancreatic enzyme supplement taken with meals to facilitate digestion and spare the pancreas. The enzymes I suggest people use are made in New Zealand. Why? Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, who got good results with pancreatic cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases, found that they were the only ones that worked.
Taking care of an organ that you can’t live without seems logical. I strongly urge all health conscious people to consider adding pancreatic enzymes to your daily habits.
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