If 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
My 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.
I 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
Here’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.