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The Pancreatitis Diet

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Mankind’s understanding of the human body has developed by leaps and bounds in our relatively recent modern times. Technology has allowed us to delve deeper into the world of infection and disease, and new medicines have aided in the management and in some cases curing of such ailments. However, with this influx of medication, many patients and doctors alike are turning to a more natural approach, and more often than not, the starting point is diet.

In case you are unfamiliar, pancreatitis is a situation when the pancreas suffers from inflammation. Pancreas does the job of producing hormone insulin and enzymes which are necessary for digestion. So what can you do about it?

Most medical experts recommend a combination of diet, drug therapy and surgeries to people who suffer from pancreatitis, and their recommendation should be in that exact order. The reason for this is that studies have shown that antioxidants can help in getting rid of radicals which are known to be the harmful cells.

In a large sample of pancreatitis cases, the reasons for development of the condition are low antioxidant level in vitamin A, C, E, blood, carotenoids and selenium. Consuming food products which are rich in vitamins and minerals is the ideal solution for pancreatitis sufferers. Here are some of the foods to eliminate and include if you have a pancreatitis diagnosis.

Allergenic foods such as dairy products and milk should be eliminated from your diet. Wheat contains gluten which is the main cause for allergies so avoid consuming any wheat product. Chemical added food items, corn, preserved foods and soy products must be avoided in this diet. You must reduce the intake of non-vegetarian foods such as meat, chicken and fish. All refined foods like pastas, sugar and bread should be avoided in pancreatitis diet. Reduction in the consumption of trans fats should be the primary aim. Foods like french fries, cakes, cookies, margarines, processed foods and crackers should be consumed less often. Caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea should be avoided. Alcohol and tobacco consumption should be reduced.

Now that we have established all of the food to be avoided, allow us to take a look at what should be kept and/or increased consumption wise.

Make sure that you drink plenty of water, as hydration is key. Herbal teas such as green tea and holy basil teas are especially good for pancreatic health. Reishi mushroom, Indian gooseberry and rhodiola are some of the recommended mushrooms to consume due to their powerful antioxidant properties. They are known to be one of the richest sources containing vitamin C. According recent study, they have proven effective in treatment of pancreatitis. Cinnamon Chinese bark, ginger and Asian ginseng are used commonly while preparing different cuisines. Sea vegetables and leafy green vegetables are rich in vitamin B and iron so including them in your diet is a good option. Cherries, blueberries and tomatoes should also be included in your diet, and opt for using olive oil for cooking all your meals. It is also recommended to eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the course of the day.

The pancreatitis diet is a prime example of both patients and doctors turning towards less invasive and more natural means of controlling a medical condition. While the use of natural products like food is not always wise, it is imperative that you speak to your medical professional before you go on any special diet.

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