If your pancreas becomes swollen several times, it may result in chronic pancreatitis, which may require more drastic forms of treatment like surgery. To avoid this predicament, it's highly recommended that you adopt the following practices to lower your risk and prevent your pancreas from becoming inflamed again.
Eat a Healthy Diet Comprised of Organically Grown Fruits, Vegetables and Meat
One of the best things you can do for your pancreas (and the rest of your body) is to eat nutritious fruits and vegetables purchased from certified organic providers. This is important because commercially grown produce typically contain pesticides and other harmful substances that may exacerbate your condition in the long run.
When it comes to purchasing meat, make sure that it is pasture-raised (for chicken) or grass-fed (for beef). This ensures that you don't ingest any of the antibiotics injected into commercially raised animals.
Adding Omega-3 to Your Diet May Help Treat Your Inflamed Pancreas
Substantial research has found that omega-3 may be a good way to fight inflammation throughout your body. Aside from pancreatitis, it may also lower your risk of other inflammation-related ailments such as colon cancer, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and osteoporosis.1
Ideally, you should obtain omega-3 from natural sources of fatty fish like wild-caught Alaskan salmon, anchovies and sardines, not from commercially harvested fish that are contaminated with pollutants. If you're having difficulty obtaining natural sources of fish, you can take a high-quality krill oil supplement.
In one study, patients with chronic inflammation were given a 300-milligram krill oil supplement (a rich source of omega-3s) daily and were monitored for seven, 14 and 30 days.2
What's astounding is that in just a week, the participants already experienced a reduction in chronic inflammation and arthritis symptoms by 19.3 percent. After 30 days of treatment, more improvement was seen, with symptoms being reduced by 30.9 percent.3
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Sugar has been known to cause inflammation in your cytokines, which can damage your pancreas. Cytokines play an important part in sending cells to sites of inflammation itself, helping wounds heal. But ironically, too much sugar can subject cytokines to inflammation.4 In light of this finding, it's important that you drastically cut back on your sugar consumption. Again, eating real, organic food is the key to provide your body the nourishment it needs.
Give Up Alcohol Consumption
Giving up alcohol (or limiting your consumption at the very least) may significantly reduce your risk for pancreatitis. Not only will it help your pancreas heal, but it may also lower your risk of developing other alcohol-related diseases, like liver cancer.5 If you think you're having problems with controlling yourself from drinking alcohol, don't hesitate to ask for help. Visit a counselor or join a self-help group so they can help you control your drinking urges.6
Avoid Crash Diets to Achieve Your Weight Goals
In an attempt to lose weight quickly, you may be drawn to the idea of going on a crash diet. The downside is that sudden weight loss makes your liver ramp up its cholesterol production. As a result, excess cholesterol may crystallize, forming gallstones that may block the ducts leading to your small intestine, which will most likely increase your risk for pancreatitis.7
In addition, increased LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels have been linked to heart disease8 and a higher risk of forming aggressive cancers.9 Instead, focus on eating healthy, organic fat-burning foods such as coconut oil and getting regular high-quality exercise to reach your weight goals.