Since we were kids we have been hearing ‘Eat Your Vegetables!’ from everyone including our parents, relatives and even doctors. As a kid the idea of eating vegetables or not eating them were not based on health and nutrition at all, it was the idea that most vegetables looked or tasted gross. The real truth of the matter, now that we are adults, is based on our health and overall well-being. There are many health benefits from vegetables, due to the high nutritional content. A recent study shows how eating vegetables daily helps with your pancreas.
The pancreas is a significant organ in the body that aids digestion. It is located behind the stomach and is responsible for producing digestive enzymes. While there aren’t many ailments of the pancreas and pancreatic cancer is rare, acute pancreatitis is an extremely common condition in adults.
Acute pancreatitis is often caused by gallstones but one can also develop it without having any gallstones. When the digestive enzymes start to eat and damage the pancreas, instead of aiding digestion and breaking down the consumed food, a person develops acute pancreatitis.
In a study conducted by a team led by Viktor Oskarsson at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, it has been inferred that eating generous quantities of vegetables everyday can almost halve the likelihood of acute pancreatitis. The findings of the study have been published in the journal Gut.
Dr. Oskarsson and his team studied 80,000 adults in Sweden for a period of 11 years. In 1997, the team had documented the diets that all the people participating in the research. After 11 years of observing and examining them, the team found that 320 people suffered from different severity levels of acute pancreatitis. These people did not have gallstones which can otherwise establish the cause of the ailment.
The people studied consumed about two servings of fruit and about two and a half servings of vegetables each day on an average. After going through the observations and findings, it was found that those who consumed about four servings of vegetables were 44% less likely to develop acute pancreatitis. It was also noted that the amount of fruits consumed had no positive or negative impacts on pancreatitis. However, fruits rich in fructose can worsen the condition once it is formed.
The primary objective of the research was to understand the correlation between the risk of acute pancreatitis and antioxidant levels that are affected by the foods one consumes. It was inferred that eating more vegetables can protect the pancreas and phenomenally reduce the risks of developing acute pancreatitis. While eating more vegetables is better, eating vegetables in small servings can also protect the pancreas to an extent.
Diet is quite important when you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome and even other illnesses. A good healthy diet will include vegetables daily. The study mentioned above shows how eating vegetables helps your pancreas and can reduce the likelihood of pancreatitis. Your digestive tract, kidneys and pancreas can be affected by Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. So it is important to eat right. Also, green leafy vegetables are have great antioxidants that help fight off free radicals in your body. Antioxidants also helps your promote healing. So, it is quite important to eat your vegetables and understand how they help your system overall. If you are unsure of what to incorporate into your diet talk to a nutritionist, especially someone who understands Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.
Your body takes on a lot of stress especially when you are not eating properly. The NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response shows how metabolic functions can affect different systems of the body. By not eating vegetables at all you will add stress to your digestion system, kidneys, liver and pancreas.In turn that can affect your cardiovascular system and other areas of your body. It’s a good idea to incorporate vegetables into your everyday diet to limit these stressors and have a metabolism.
Whether or not you like vegetables they play a key role in your health. There are so many variety of vegetables. If you dislike certain vegetables, try to gradually add new vegetables to your diet until your find the vegetables you are comfortable with eating. Or try eating vegetables in different ways raw, steamed, grilled or baked. Steamed vegetables are one of the best ways to get the most out of the nutrients however it’s okay to try to cook them in other ways. I think at the end of the day your pancreas will thank you for your healthy food choices and love the health benefits from vegetables.