Heal Your Pancreas With These 15 Foods That Produce Digestive Enzymes

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Our pancreas is a small organ that plays a big part when it comes to our health. Pancreatitis is much more common than many people think. The most important function of the pancreas is to produce digestive juices and digestive hormones so that our bodies can break down the proteins and fats in the foods we eat.

The pancreas also makes insulin, which controls the amount of sugar in our blood. Without insulin, we would die. The pancreas is hidden deep in the body between our other organs which makes seeing it for a visual inspection very difficult.

The most common symptoms of pancreatitis include a burning pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to the back and nausea and vomiting that becomes severe when you try to eat. During an acute attack, people have a severe spike in their heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Chronic pancreatitis leads to low energy levels, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and cancer of the pancreas.

Sometimes, pancreatitis is due to large gallstones. Gallstones sometimes obstruct the pancreatic duct from emptying their enzymes into the small intestine. Sometimes, pancreatitis is mistaken for gallstones. Be sure to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

If you suffer from pancreatitis, then you will want to keep reading. You can heal your pancreas with these top 15 foods that help to produce digestive enzymes.


1.  Tofu

Tofu is an excellent source of low-fat protein. To heal the pancreas, you need protein in your diet but consuming fat will only make problems with our pancreas worse.


2. Onions

Onions have flavonoids, which are terrific cancer-fighting compounds. They also contain sulfur compounds which are good for keeping the pancreas in good working order.


3. Sweet Potatoes

If you suffer from pancreatitis, think orange! Sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash are all loaded with nutrients that are beneficial to the pancreas and have been shown in studies to prevent cancer.


4. Broccoli

Broccoli and other types of cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower all contain anti-cancer agents, which are important for those suffering from pancreatitis.


5. Yogurt

Yogurt is a great way to keep your entire digestive system in good working order. The active cultures in yogurt are a great source of probiotics, which can help to keep your immune system working at its best. Choose yogurt with active cultures and no added sugar or sugary fruit. Add your own fresh nuts or fruit.

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