Can You Naturally Detox Your Pancreas?

Instead of looking for foods that will "detox" your body, try adopting habits that'll help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Can You Naturally Detox Your Pancreas?

Last update: 24 August, 2020

It’s becoming more and more common for people to worry about taking care of their health on a daily basis and looking for different methods to achieve it. So, some have come to wonder if it’s possible to detox the pancreas naturally, with some beverages or food, for example.

Eating healthy and hydrating well every day is essential for good health. Through a balanced diet, the body can receive everything it needs to perform each and every one of its functions, and this includes those of the pancreas.

So, could you help the pancreas to function properly by always eating healthy? Yes. Now, if the pancreas is not healthy (as in pancreatitis), is it recommended to look for methods to ‘cleanse’ it? Let’s take a look.

Should you detox your pancreas?

In recent years, the idea of detoxing the pancreas or other organs in the body to “improve” or “preserve” good health has led to the marketing of edible products for this purpose.

These products, far from providing the benefits they promote so much, often put your health in danger. Mainly, because they promise too much and don’t promote the maintenance of good lifestyle.

A woman sampling juice.

In short, these products tell you: “take this, that way you’ll be healthy”, but they don’t tell you that, in order to be healthy, you shouldn’t just rely on the consumption of a specific product (a drink or a capsule, for example), but in a whole set of habits: a balanced diet, good hydration, etc.

These days, you can find smoothies, powders, pills, capsules, teas, and even shampoos, gels, and soaps that claim to “detox” your body.

There’s no scientific evidence to confirm that a detox product can provide the benefits indicated by its advertising. In addition, they tend to promote chemophobia, since they display their contributions in terms of natural vs. artificial.

Can a detox smoothie substitute a healthy diet?

If you have a healthy lifestyle and follow your doctor’s recommendations, there’s no reason to worry about “cleanses” or “detoxes” for any of your organs.

By maintaining a healthy diet, your body is already getting what it needs to function properly. You don’t need to follow a “purifying” diet, drink detox smoothies, or take a magic pill to stay healthy.

As with “miracle” diets, there have been numerous cases of people who have developed various problems after replacing their main meals of the day with shakes to “purify and cleanse” their body.

Especially, after having done some type of binge (consumption of alcohol, sweets, etc.). On the other hand, there’ve also been cases of people harmed after having relied their diet solely on detox drinks and products with this label.

In both cases, the consequences have been very varied, but the most remarkable thing is the nutritional deficit they’ve been exposed to.

In general, when the body stops receiving what it needs, health declines and different problems begin to arise.

When your body stops getting what it needs, your health is directly affected. So, maybe it seems like a “detox” diet is helping you lose weight fast, but what it’s really doing is making you more vulnerable to illness.

“Detoxing” the pancreas won’t help improve your health. On the contrary, it can actually be harmful. So, stay away from “cleanses” and other products or diets that make those claims.

The pancreas: a small but important organ

The pancreas is a gland with an exocrine and endocrine function. That means that this organ helps produce certain hormones necessary for processes like digestion, and it also helps filter out substances that the body doesn’t need.

The pancreas.

In a nutshell, the pancreas is responsible for:

  • Producing hormones, proteins, and enzymes 
  • Aiding the digestion process
  • Regulating blood sugar levels

If the pancreas is sick, then this will affect the entire body. That’s why a healthy lifestyle and regular visits to your physician are so important. As we said before, there’s no need to spend money on products that claim to “detox” your pancreas or cleanse your system.

Tips for keeping your pancreas healthy

  • Drink less coffee
  • Avoid consuming tobacco and alcohol
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables every day
  • Reduce your intake of processed sugars and flours
  • Avoid heavily seasoned or spicy foods
  • Avoid overeating and eat a balanced diet
  • Rest for at least 15 minutes after eating, in a comfortable position, but never completely horizontal
  • Avoid candy, fried foods, junk food, processed food, and empty-calorie foods
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle, and always practice moderation

What should you do instead of trying to detox your pancreas?

Detoxing the pancreas (or any other organ) with a smoothie or other product won’t make you healthier, nor will it undo a few days of excess eating and drinking. What it can do is potentially endanger your health. So forget about detoxing and miracle diets and concentrate instead on healthy habits and a balanced lifestyle.

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