Is honey good for pancreatitis?
You cannot eat sweets with pancreatic inflammation, but in some cases, doctors recommend taking bee nectar during the disease. We will find out whether to eat honey in chronic pancreatitis and in which cases the product can be harmful.
The pancreas produces enzymes that break down proteins, fats and carbohydrates that enter the body. It also produces insulin, which helps the body assimilate the resulting monosaccharides. With pancreatitis, this process is disrupted; the enzymes begin their work before they reach the intestines. From such "self-digestion" gland tissue is damaged, so patients are shown a strict diet to suppress the secretion of enzymes as much as possible. Sugar as the main source of carbohydrates is contraindicated.
However, honey in some cases is possible. How it differs from the usual sweets:
- consists of monosaccharides - glucose and fructose, so it does not activate the secretion of enzymes, which facilitates the work of the pancreas
- Phytoncides and organic acids in the product have an anti-inflammatory effect and prevent the degeneration of pancreatic cells
- Vitamins and amino acids regulate metabolism and normalize the gastrointestinal tract.
- Has a laxative effect, which is useful for constipation against pancreatitis.
- Trace elements such as manganese support the pancreas and increase insulin production
- Iodine and B vitamins improve blood circulation, restore the supply of nutrients to damaged tissues
Such a complex effect alleviates the condition of the patient and prolongs the periods of remission. However, to accurately answer whether it is possible to honey with pancreatitis of the pancreas, it is necessary to take into account the stage of the disease. And also the form of the pathology and possible complications.
The disease can proceed with disruption of the islets of langerhans - formations in the pancreas that produce the hormone insulin, which is necessary for the digestion of glucose. Thus, against the background of inflammation of the gland develops diabetes. In this case, honey can harm the patient.
An interesting fact: before you start eating honey, you should test your blood glucose levels before and after meals to detect a hidden course of diabetes. If you don't have a home tester, be sure to see your doctor.
In acute pancreatitis, swelling of the pancreas develops. In this case, the work of all structures of the organ is disturbed. The gland needs to be unloaded as much as possible, so the bee product as a source of carbohydrates is contraindicated. Honey during an exacerbation of chronic pancreatitis is not allowed for the same reasons.
The maximum benefit of natural sweetness will bring in the period of remission. Provided that the patient does not have diabetes mellitus. Honey in cholecystitis and pancreatitis improves the tone of the ducts, facilitates the excretion of bile and pancreatic enzymes. The active substances in honey help break down fats and remove excess fluid from the body.
You need to remember that in this case, honey is not a cure, because it does not directly affect the pancreas. You can eat it for prevention in small portions.
In stable remission, the daily dose should not exceed 1-2 tablespoons. And a single - 2 teaspoons. Start taking it with ½ teaspoon a day. If the reaction is good, the daily dose is gradually increased. How quickly to increase the rate of consumption depends on the patient's well-being. Do not speed up the process much, it is better to stretch it for at least 2-3 weeks.
The daily rate is divided into 3 to 5 receptions. It is desirable to slowly sip honey or eat it in a snack with herbal tea.
With pancreatitis, honey is eaten on an empty stomach, half an hour before breakfast. After - during the day, 30 minutes before a meal. The product is also not recommended to use at the same time as medications. The tablets are drunk at least half an hour after consuming honey or 2 hours before consuming honey.
The product should be introduced into the menu gradually, waiting for a certain interval from the beginning of remission. For chronic inflammation, honey is started to be consumed 1 month after remission, and after acute pancreatitis - not earlier than after 3 months.
An interesting fact: which variety to choose depends on personal preference. However, the dark varieties (buckwheat, cottonwood, chestnut) contain more trace elements, such as manganese and iron. They are good for blood circulation and nourishment of damaged tissues, as well as metabolism. Lighter varieties (acacia, lime, flower) contain more vitamins, which normalize the immune and endocrine system.
At the first unpleasant symptoms, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea or allergic reactions, the reception should be stopped immediately.
On the basis of honey, folk medicine offers many remedies that support the body and help prolong remission.
Below are the most popular and effective recipes.
Honey water helps to get rid of edema. The concentration of bee product in the drink is small, so it is easier for the pancreas to be introduced into the diet in this form. The liquid gives the body the necessary amount of glucose, without loading the sick organ.
To prepare it, take 500 ml of water, dilute 1 tablespoon of honey in it and stir thoroughly.
How to take: folk remedy drink 1 glass before each meal (half an hour). The drink must necessarily be at room temperature.
The mixture helps with abdominal bloating and constipation, which often disturb patients with pancreatitis. The disinfecting effect of aloe and honey removes irritation from the mucous membranes and promotes better digestion.
To prepare the medicine, you need to get the juice of the aloe. To obtain it, it is better to use the lower large leaves. Mix honey and aloe juice in proportions of 1:1. Stir until homogeneous. Store the finished product in the refrigerator for no more than a week.
How to take: 1 teaspoon 30 minutes before a meal 2-3 times a day. The course lasts 1-2 months.
The drink contains the enzyme lysozyme, which has an antibacterial effect and promotes rapid healing of the mucosa. Milk contains easily digestible proteins necessary for the patient. Together with honey, the product helps with metabolic disorders, heartburn and bloating.
Choose milk with a low percentage of fat. Boil milk in 200 ml and cool it to about 50 degrees. Add 1-2 teaspoons of honey.
How to take: drink 1 glass in the morning on an empty stomach or half an hour before going to bed. At the same time, it must be warm, but not hot.
Kefir (thin yogurt)with honey for pancreatitis
Calcium from kefir is better absorbed by the patient's body than from fresh milk. Microorganisms in the drink improve digestion and normalize the gastrointestinal tract, kefir with honey will help get rid of constipation and bloating with pancreatitis.
To prepare, take nonfat and non-sour kefir. For 200 ml of slightly heated product add 1-2 teaspoons of honey. Stir until smooth.
How to take: drink the mixture at room temperature before meals. Start with ¼ cup per day. With a favorable reaction, the daily dose is increased to 1 cup.
Oats are a staple dietary product that is taken for pancreatitis. Decoction from the cereal improves blood circulation and has anti-inflammatory effects. Its use will help to remove nausea, and abdominal pain.
Thoroughly wash the grains, overworked and dried. A glass of oats pour a liter of boiling water and boil on low heat for 20 minutes. Infused in a warm place for 12 hours. Before use, add 1-2 teaspoons of honey per 200 ml drink.
How to take: drink ⅓ cup half an hour before a meal twice a day.
You can chew Comb Capping during remission - it will also be an effective treatment aid. It cannot be called a separate variety, but rather a completely different bee product. Before draining honey, beekeepers cut off the "caps" of the honeycomb, which the bees use to seal the nectar - the first dripping drops become Comb Capping.
Its main difference from ordinary honey is in its composition. Among other things, it includes some amount of wax, propolis, pollen and feathers. The first two components are known for their antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on tissues and mucosa.
Also, Comb Capping, like milk, contains lysozyme, which accelerates the healing process and is involved in the formation of antibodies. The substance will help get rid of pathogenic microflora and stop the inflammatory process, thanks to pantothenic acid in the composition.
Bilberry honey is consumed in the same dosage as the usual product - 1-2 teaspoons 2-3 times a day. Note that the maximum daily dose is up to 2 tablespoons.
The product should be consumed on an empty stomach or no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled meal. You can eat it pure or dilute it in a glass of water/tea/herbal broth.
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