Juicing Diet For Those Who Suffer With Pancreatitis

juice-diet-fresh-fruit-vegetable-juice-pancreatitisIf you suffer from pancreatitis you may want to consider a juicing diet because fresh, organic fruit or vegetable juice offers a healthy, nutrient dense and safer way to eat. For those who are extremely symptomatic (pain, nausea, vomiting) a juicing diet may be extremely beneficial because:

1) Juice is much easier to digest
2) Juice is nutrient dense
3) Juice is more easily absorbed by intestines with absorption issues
4) Whole nutrients, found in quality food, are more diverse and far superior to the fractionated and/or synthetic vitamins found in most vitamin/mineral supplements

First understand I am talking about a juicing diet designed to battle and resolve inflammation, not to lose weight. You may lose some weight because vegetable juice doesn’t contain a lot of calories. But weight loss is not the goal here. Inflammation resolution is the goal.

Both vegetable and fruit juices contain tons of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (phytochemicals, flavonoids, polyphenols). Many vegetables are highly anti-inflammatory and help quell pancreatic inflammation while promoting healing. If you do the food diary prep, start a juicing diet and begin taking some powerful healing supplements chances are you will notice a dramatic improvement.

That is the reason you may want to consider a juicing diet and then keep juicing in your daily routine along with solid foods when able to tolerate them without symptoms. Of course you need to buy a quality juicer so you can properly juice organic fruits and vegetables.

Homemade juices can include a variety of  both fruits and vegetables. From apples and oranges to tomatoes and zucchini.  The following blog post provides you with a few juicing diet benefits and tips.

Juicing Diet Benefits

juicing-dietMy favorite vegetable juice combinations include tomatoes, onions, green pepper, celery, kale, carrots, spinach, watercress, cabbage, broccoli and garlic. Sometimes I add a nice beet for more nutrients and the beet sugar for taste.  This is a power-packed, nutrient dense juice and the leftover pulp fiber makes excellent soup. I don’t juice necessarily for great taste of the juice itself. I juice for one reason. To create a food that is easily digested, absorbed by the intestines (even if there are intestinal issues like malabsorption) and extremely rich in nutrients.

Pancreatitis patients are often low on potassium. Potassium is essential for heart health. It is difficult to get to much potassium from food unless the kidneys are diseased but it is easy to get to little and low potassium isn’t a healthy state. The vomiting and diarrhea that many pancreatitis patient experience can lead to the depletion of potassium and other minerals. The juice ingredients in my favorite juice are loaded with potassium, most other minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. IF you have kidney disease it may not be a good juice for you.

Juicing Tips

juicing-diet-helpful-tipsI personally don’t mix vegetables and fruit very often. Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables are expensive. I don’t want to waste the leftover pulp. I use it to make healthy vegetable broth and soups (chicken, lentil, bean). If I’m not going to make soup the day I juice I freeze it for later use. I found that fruit doesn’t always go well with soups. You can experiment and see what suits you best in regards to flavor. I do recommend you pay more attention to nutrient density benefit than taste. The goal is to resolve any inflammation and heal your pancreas.

Store all your fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, especially in the summertime. Juicing depends on fresh produce and leaving them out starts the process of decay more quickly. Keep your produce nice and cool until you eat it so that you can preserve as many vitamins as you can.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on fresh juicing produce as long as you shop in season. Berries are great in the summer, but will cost you an arm and a leg to buy in the winter, so skip them until the prices drop again. Apples last all winter, so feel free to buy a few bushels and keep them in the garage.

Keep all the tools for juicing, cutting board, knives, measuring cups, juicer, etc. together in their own place so you always know where they are. This prevents the frustration that ensues when you want to juice up a storm and can’t find your stuff.

Brush your teeth as soon as possible after drinking fresh fruit juice. Fruit juice is naturally high in sugar, in addition to containing acids that can eat away at tooth enamel. The longer these sugars and acids sit in your mouth, the worse the damage will be, so brush soon.

Homemade fruit juices, vegetable juices and mixed juices are nutritious, many are delicious and, best of all, completely natural. Your own juicing diet gives you the freedom to make your own unique blends that may very well become your family’s traditional favorites. A healthy, nutritious juicing diet is limited only by your imagination. Bottom’s up!

Top Quality Highly Rated Juicers

Black & Decker JE2200 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice ExtractorHere’s a list of some of the better juicers on the market. Some are inexpensive, some are not. There is no perfect juicer. Get one that suits your lifestyle, needs, what you want to accomplish and fits your budget. If you are new to juicing or on a limited budget the Black & Decker juicer for under $30 is hard to beat. It’s cheap, works like a charm. The only draw back I noticed? Its capacity is small so you need to chop or cut up your fruits and veggies and it doesn’t have any whistles and bells. Just a functional, basic juicer that is cheap enough to simply throw away if it dies a year or two down the road.

Kuvings Juicers

Breville Juicers

Hurom Juicers

Hamilton Beach Juicers

Omega Juicers

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  1. My husband has chronic pancreatitis and is just coming out of an acute attack. I found your website and we are going to try your recommended food diary, cleanse and juicing recommendations. I also ordered all the supplements. My question is what combination should we begin with for the initial juice after the cleanse? I was considering kale and carrots and then go from there but I wondered if it should contain more ingredients like tomatoes, onions, etc., that you suggested was your favorite veggie juice or just add each of those one at a time. As new foods are introduced do they need to be juiced in addition to the original juice or can they be eaten solid (whole)?

    1. Hi Connie – I’m sorry to hear that your husband is not well. Hopefully he’ll be fine soon. You have asked a really good question. According to the food diary protocol you go with one food at a time. I’d do my juice recipe before the initial fast for a couple days to see how he handles it. That is AFTER his inflammation has resolved. If he is just coming out of an acute attack he shouldn’t be eating anything for a few days, water and supplements. Then my juice concoction AFTER all symptoms have resolved. Once he feels better then another fast, the cleansing and then the juice as long as it didn’t cause problems when first used. Otherwise one food at a time. I’m thinking the juice will be fine, it works for me. No, new foods don’t need to be juiced. Just eaten raw or cooked without oil or fat. With the juice would be fine, as long as the juice passed muster. Good luck. Any other questions please ask! 🙂

  2. I want you to know my dad has been dealing with this for years..he has chronic pancreatitist..he hasn’t drinker alcohol for about 9 months. The last attack he was admitted in hospital where he was fed food and throwing up but still fed food sent him home where he became so weak couldn’t eat throwing up falling when trying to walk had a stroke in my arms (changed me for the worse ) had a seizure. He was dying we both knew it. I refused to give up and he has always been a fighter. I took 3 adderralls a day for 9 days only sleeping two hours each night. I had to do something. His pancreas swollen so bad it pushed his intestines into his back and shit off his intestines and colon. I came across your web site something in my heart lit up. I knew this was it. I didnt feel that way reading so many other sites. You saved my fathers life. Ten hours into starting he went from grey to a beautiful color. I cried. The next day he was standing on his porch. Three days later he was driving. Omg it was a miracle. He has been doing everything you say on your site. The issue now is he is still having pain. He was told by a doctor he has no pancreatic function but thank God no cancer. But doctor said he be surprised if he doesn’t soon. I say fuck him (sorry ). Doctor wants to send him to surgeon not sure why. But again I say fuck him. They sent my father home to die. You and God saved his life. I am very blessed that he is still here. But I hsve to be honest I live in fear that I will lose him soon. He is diabetic on twi insulin also a medication that us used to clean build up in arteries due to he has had 3 strokes. Should he still take the meds or just tge supplements. Im a firm believer that meds do more damage then good. Buying afraid I will kill him if I take him off. It hurts me so bad to see the pain he is still in. Please help me I only trust you with his life.
    On a side note. Question about me. I know you are about pancreas I dont have it. GOD BLESS the ones that do suffer. I have severe anemia and spinal neuropathy. Severe pain everyday. Dye to pain my life sucks. I taje tge powdered vitamins that you use I also use grape seed and have tried tumeric. No change no relief. Any suggestions you have im so depressed its bad. Please help us both if you can. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Kathy, you and your dad are definitely having some rough times. I’m happy to hear of his improvement. 10 hours is a quick change. God deserves the glory. Hopefully your dad will continue to improve. If your dad is still experiencing pain maybe more grape seed daily would help. How much grape seed, curcumin and vitamin C is he taking daily? What prescription medications does your father take? Always check with his doctor about his prescription meds, I’m not qualified to say in that regard.

      Why do you have anemia and what kind is it? I’m sorry you haven’t seen any improvement via the supplements. I don’t know if they will help you. B 12 may help your anemia depending upon why you have it.

      1. I had posted comment a while back about my father and I. Him having pancreatitist and myself with Anemia and Spinal Neuropathy. Im sorry I havnt responded sooner but I pretty much hit rock bottom. My unbearable pain has been so severe I have given up if you know what I mean. My spinal cord protective coating has been destroyed by Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Cervical Hernated Disc killing me. I saw what following your plan has did for my father and prayinh you could help me repair my spinal cord and get my pain under control. Tumeric and grape seed dont help me. I have anemia due to gastric bypass surgery. I know Im looking for a miracle in a big hay stack butv Im praying your my light. Thank you Kathy

        1. Hi Kathy – I have to be totally upfront. I know as much about the spinal cord, injuries, disease effects etc to the cord and possible regeneration as I do about living comfortably on Pluto. I’m glad to hear that your father is doing better. That’s a good thing. Unfortunately it doesn’t mean that I have any knowledge of value pertaining to your circumstances. BUT just for giggles and grins allow me to ask a question. You said: “My spinal cord protective coating has been destroyed by Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.” Are you referring to myelin?

  3. Hi…I’m concerned with the amount of sugar in the grapefruit juice spiking my BS and consequently making my pancreas work even harder.
    Please advise…many thanks,
    Doug

    1. Doug, you must be diabetic. I would have thought white unsweetened grapefruit juice would have LESS sugar because of the tartness vs Pink. Pink tastes sweeter to me (my grandparents used to buy it when i was a kid) so I assumed (wrong thing to do) that it had less sugar. It seems to actually have MORE, 1 gram per serving more. I would NOT have thought that in a million years! Unfortunately I still can’t tell you if there is a difference but here’s a thought that will solve the problem. Grapefruit seed extract. I can’t see any sugar in the ingredient section of my bottle and it is way cheaper than juice but it doesn’t have the flavor either 🙁 – so – the pills may be a better option for you and eliminate the sugar found in both juices.

      1. Please remember patients with NO medications. Generally, you are to avoid grapefruit due to negative interaction. Please consult your doctor.

        1. You are right Leah – grapefruit juice (grapefruit period) does not play well with a lot of medications. In fact, lethal interactions can occur with some drugs. ALWAYS check with your physician and pharmacist before eating grapefruit (in any way) while on medication.

  4. I am blessed to find your site…I have inflammed pancreas alot so I am going to buy the grapeseed exctract and Vit C formula you suggested…God Bless You so much

    1. You’re welcome Jeannie and I’m sure you’ll feel good results and THANK YOU for the blessing – I can use all I can can get 🙂 And may Almighty God bless you as well. Get well, stay well 🙂

  5. I cant take the grapefruit extract because of my BP meds but will the grapeseed extract curcumin and vitamin C help me with the diet?

  6. I’m currently in the hospital and finally have the diagnoses of pancreatitis. (I don’t know the difference between acute and chronic) this is my 4th similar attack since January with no previous diagnose. I am 55 and consider myself to live a healthy lifestyle. I have been following a whole foods diet the past 11/2 years after having my gb removed. I continued with chronic pain after eating and nothing showed on tests. I started a food journal and realized that meat all meat, dairy and eggs caused me pain. So I started researching a plant based diet (oil=free vegan) Still having pain. I am reading your page while sitting in the hospital on my 3rd day npo. They are hoping to start me on water tomorrow. Then veggie broth the next day. My enzymes have been coming down and pain is decreasing. My question to you is when I go home I would like to do your juice diet…is there any reason why I couldn’t eat the whole veggie or fruit. I usually have a whole fruit and juice smoothie every morning. With 2-3 fruits raw veggies and a raw whole grain. I will start slow with just a veggie and build like you recommend…my blender is made to do this. What are your thoughts. Could the raw veggies and roughage be to much.
    In reading your blogs I have found that what I thought was a healthy diet was problematic for me in that I would through a whole avocado with my homemade almond milk and a dollop of pure vanilla extract in my smoothie. I loved guacamole sandwiches and ate coconut everything. But I have not been using oil. Oh plus pure nut butters were my go to when I didn’t have time to cook. So a lot of healthy fats but not so good for my pancreas!

    Thank you for all the information. I am optimistic and hopeful that I will be able to tackle this with all the information you have given. I’ll have to wait on the supplements as I am not sure the cause of my disease. I vaguely remember my gb surgeon saying something about the SOD when he removed my GB but ,I don’t know what. Once my amylase and lipase are normal and I am pain free they will schedule the ECRP.

    Again thank and May God continue to bless you with good health.
    Angela

    1. Hi Angela – sorry to hear you have been ill and have joined our club. Sucks don’t it? About the juice vs raw veggies/fruits. For the first few days (IF it were me) I’d do juice. It’s easier to digest. But you can do whatever you wish.

      I am REALLY glad to hear they are going to graduate you from water to veggie broth. They are getting smarter! They used to feed people high fat meals out of the gate and people would get sick again and of course the docs probably wondered why.

      ALL fat is bad for a damaged pancreas. Plant based fats (polyunstaurated) seem to be tolerated more readily than monounsaturated (high fat foods such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olives, etc) and saturated fat (animal fat) which is the fat least tolerataed.

      IF it were me I’d get started on the grape seed extract, vit C and if needed Ibuprofen or aspirin as soon as possible to eliminate the inflammation but avoid the curcumin since there’s the chance of SOD. I’ll pray that your recovery and ERCP goes well. Thank you and good luck Angela. 🙂

      1. Thanks for that information. I have a history of pancreatitis and was just sipping turmeric and gingeroot tea when I read that curcumin is not good for pancreatis. Hopefully gingerroot and garlic is not contraindicated. Also I read that grapefruit juice is just as good at lowerering blood sugar as metformin. Do you know if that is accurate?

        1. Hi Myrtle – Grape seed extract and curcumin are both highly anti-inflammatory and awesome for pancreatitis. I don’t know who wrote about curcumin being “not good” but they are wrong. Ginger root is also anti-inflammatory and helps with nausea. I don’t know about grapefruit juice helping blood sugar levels.

    1. Hi bruno – anything low in fat, void of red meat, pork, duck, goose, alcohol – oh sorry were you referring to juice recipes? Anything made with fruit and/or veggies. I prefer juicing vegetables. Kale, spinach, broccoli, tomato, watercress, beets, carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers (red, orange, yellow, green). I juice for nutrients and the easy absorption/digestion, not taste. Yes, I’m weird lol You might want to get yourself a juicing recipe book. For fruit I want the whole fruit not just juice so I use a blender for fruits instead of a juicer. I make great smoothies (banana, pineapple, orange, kiwi and blue berries create an awesome smoothie).

      1. Celery and spinach both tend to rank high as foods that are high in residual pesticides. Good idea to purchase organic. Also good idea to check to make sure foods labeled as organic mean free from pesticides and not just free from synthetic pesticides.

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