We do not suffer from pharmaceutical deficiencies, but from a lack of the building blocks that our bodies require to function.
My goal is to help you understand how to listen to your body's language of symptoms, and empower you with the insight to restore your body to vibrant health.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sugar Cravings Signal Pancreas Stress

Get a quick burst of energy when you eat, and then crash, needing to eat again?  Feeling like you need to eat snacks between every meal just to keep going?  These and other symptoms are signals from your pancreas.

Your pancreas has two great missions 

  1.    Produce the enzymes needed to break down what you eat, and obtain the nutrients your body needs.   
  2.    Regulate a steady supply of those nutrients into the bloodstream.  Especially of                  glucose, which feeds all the energy factories in each cell.  

Normally, the pancreas secretes enzymes that work with those of the food, to break down the food into tiny segments.  Then these enzymes get reabsorbed, along with nutrients needed for its continued function.

Why it is stressed

  1.   The food  generally consumed lacks the variety of nutrients needed for the body to function. 
  2.   The food has been mutated, and the enzymes designed to break it down no longer fit the foods in their manipulated form.  Think lock and key.  Nutrients are locked up in the food. The different enzymes are the keys needed to break the food down into the 1 or 2 molecule nutrients.  

  • Foods of 60 years ago contained the enzymes needed to  be break them downIf foods sat too long, they spoiled. 
  • To extend shelf life, food has been hybridized, or commercially manipulated to remove these enzymes.  

  • The manipulated foods may not fit our pancreatic enzymes and are devoid of enzymes themselves.  So the pancreas tries to secrete more enzymes to accomplish the process.  After all , the body needs these nutrients!  A little breaks down, but not enough.  So it sends the enzymes down the gut to keep working on the food.  After all, the body desperately needs these nutrients. 

Continued stress causes inflammation

Now, the pancreas has donated its enzymes that normally just get loaned out. And more food is coming. So the pancreas has to make more enzymes.  But the nutrients, that normally get resorbed with the enzymes, did not arrive either!  So, now the pancreas is stressed out, which translates to inflammation.  Which is never good when it continues.

What your pancreas needs from you

  1. Raw foods contain enzymes to work with pancreatic enzymes in breaking down food. 
  2. Cooked food has had the food cells broken down, so nutrients are more easily reached by the enzymes.  

  3. Very little in the way of manufactured food.

The Problem

Processed foods and simple carbs, rich in sugars, white flour, salt have already been broken down by the food industry.  They are absorbed and quickly enter the bloodstream, causing blood sugar spikes.  

Your pancreas has another important job, that of maintaining an even blood sugar.  So insulin is secreted to bring blood sugar down to a healthy level, while driving the extra sugar into abdominal fat cells for reserve supply.    

Commercially produced foods usually contain many toxins that are absorbed as well, and wreaking havoc throughout the body.  Detoxing these substances require more nutrients and energy.

How all this manifests to us

  • Get sleepy after you eat?  Food not getting broken down well, usually due to more food than the enzymes and stomach acid can handle.
  • Bloated after a meal?  Not digesting well.  

  • Get a quick burst of energy, then it fades?  Comes from the simple carbs.  They break down to sugar, create a surge of fuel for muscles and brain, then disappear.

  •  Feeling like you need to eat snacks between every meal just to keep going? You’re eating foods that are digested too quickly.  Fibrous foods digest more slowly, allowing a steady rate of sugar into your bloodstream. 
  • Heartburn after your barbecue?  It is likely you lack the stomach acid, and enzymes to adequately break down the protein in the food.  This may be due to a meal too plentiful in meat, or chewing it too little before swallowing. Or both.  Meat has strong fibers connecting the  muscles cells into progressively larger bundles.  These fibers merge together like rope, to enable the muscle cells to team up when they contract.  Kind of like many ants teaming together to accomplish great feats.  

  • While meat contains important protein, it is also more difficult to break down the fiber to reach this protein.  The fibers must also be broken down, as their nutrients are needed to maintain our tendons and ligaments, and bones.   Smaller quantities, chewed well, help to gain the nutrients needed to rebuild the connective tissue and muscle throughout our bodies.                                 

To support your pancreas, view it as your energy supply company

It needs certain materials to function.  Your electric company processes fuels to create energy.  It also has to regulate that energy, to guard against power spikes and brownouts.

The Fuel:  Foods broken down into the small size it can handle, and at least some enzyme containing foods to assist in accessing the fuel. 

The Materials:  Minerals such as Chromium, and Magnesium.  These are needed in large amounts to create both enzymes and hormones.  Vitamins, which are needed by the pancreas in many ways.

Regulators of Energy levels:  The quality of foods.  Those foods that are rich in fiber which digest slowly, and complex carbohydrates, that are rich in nutrients and minerals.  And very little of the preprocessed foods that waste energy and use up materials from the Pancreas Power Supply.

Supply your pancreas with the proper foods, and it will supply you with consistent energy to power you through your day.