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How serious are you about your overall health? The liver and the pancreas are vital to our health. But while the liver and its function as the body's detoxer is well known, the pancreas remains a mystery. And yet taking care of your pancreas is a sure way to better health.
A flat oblong organ between the spine and the stomach, the pancreas is an integral part of the digestive system. While the liver produces bile, which helps in the digestion of fats, the pancreas secretes various enzymes that help digest sugars, fats, and carbohydrates. Enzymes also aid in the destruction of bacterial and viral proteins, and secretes hormones into the bloodstream.
Enzymes secreted include lipases that digest fat; proteases, which digest proteins; and amylases that digest starch molecules.
A normally functioning pancreas secretes about 8 cups of fluid, called pancreatic juice, daily into the duodenum, the portion of the small intestine that connects with the stomach. This fluid contains pancreatic enzymes and helps neutralize stomach acid as it enters the small intestine.
But the pancreas is highly susceptible to bad diets. It reacts to whatever you, eat good and bad. So eating an excess of glucose/sugar, which then is sent into the blood stream creates havoc in the body.
Pancreatic insufficiency is characterized by impaired digestion, malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, and abdominal discomfort.
For optimal pancreatic health make sure to eat nutrient rich foods such as vegetables and legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds and berries. Processed foods should be eliminated entirely.
High quality supplements--sold at NourishMe--are also available. See this edition's side bar for more information on pancreatic enzymes.