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The "Pancreas" and Weight Loss"

So what exactly is the function of our "pancreas"???

And why is it so important to "optimal health" and "weight loss efforts"???

Well . . . the "pancreas" is an organ located in the abdomen, about the size of your hand. And it plays an essential role in "converting" the food we eat into "fuel" for the body's cell. And with this . . . it has 2 main functions . . . to help us "digest" our food and to "regulate" blood sugar levels.

So how does it work you ask???

Well . . . during digestion . . . the pancreas makes pancreatic juices called "enzymes". These enzymes break down the sugar, fat and starches that we consume. The pancreas also helps digestion by making "hormones".

Now . . . we all know that the hormone "Insulin" is released from the beta cells in the pancreas in response to rising glucose in the bloodstream. And . . . after we eat a meal . . . any carbohydrates that were consumed are broken down into "glucose" (sugar) and passed into the bloodstream. The pancreas detects this rise in blood glucose and starts to secrete "insulin".

Okay . . . so when blood sugar levels are too high . . . the pancreas secretes more "insulin". And when blood sugar levels have dropped . . . the pancreas releases "glucagon" to raise them. This is the delicate balance that helps provide sufficient energy to the cells while preventing the nerve damage that can result from c0nsistently high levels of blood sugar.

Like with type 2 diabetes.

So how can we tell if our "pancreas" is not working properly???

Well . . . you would have . . . abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea or oily stools, fever or malnutrition.

Now . . . chronic inflammation of the "pancreas" can damage the cells that produce "insulin" and this can lead to "diabetes". With pancreatitis and type 2 diabetes sharing some of the same risk factors.

And how does this all affect our "weight loss" efforts???

How can we protect our "pancreas"???

Well . . . the pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a specific type of fasting diet that we've spoken about in previous Health tips called "intermittent fasting".

Other natural ways to improve our pancreas and production of "insulin" would be . . .

Getting more sleep, exercising more, reducing stress, eating more soluble fiber, adding more colorful fruits and vegetable to your diet, adding herbs and spices to cooking and my favorite . . .

Adding "Ceylon" cinnamon to your meals. Remember we spoke of this cinnamon and it benefits the other day?

You see . . . "Ceylon" (not Cassia that you find in the store) cinnamon promotes the release of insulin from the pancreas and boosts insulin sensitivity that helps in the processing of glucose.

And as a bonus because we've been talking about losing weight . . . "Ceylon" cinnamon contains the mineral "chromium" which keeps your appetite under check and helps in getting rid of the dangerous "visceral" fat that we spoke of yesterday.

Tomorrow we'll continue with another element that helps to protect our pancreas, control our insulin, helps to reverse diabetes and ultimately helps us correct our weight issues.

As always, feel free to contact me here

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