The pancreas is an elongated and tapered gland that lies across the back of the abdomen behind the stomach in the loop of the duodenum. It secretes digestive enzymes into the duodenum and hormones, such as insulin, into the blood stream.
The enzymes secreted by the pancreas aid in digesting proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. The pancreas also secretes large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, which protects the duodenum by neutralizing the acid that comes from the stomach.
Abundant digestive enzyme production and elimination are crucial for maintaining optimal health. Our diets are composed of protein, fats, carbohydrates, sugars, and fiber. We need the appropriate enzymes for digestion. The enzymes break down the foods we consume into particles small enough to pass through the intestinal wall and be absorbed by the cells. Within the cells, the molecules of food are converted into usable energy. If the Pancreas diminishes digestive enzyme production, none of the food we eat can be properly absorbed and assimilated by the body. A full plate does not always turn into a healthy body and vital life, particularly if pancreatic enzymes are lacking.
Pancreatic enzymes serve several other important functions. For example, the proteases are largely responsible for keeping the small intestine free from parasites, and yeast. The production of digestive enzymes is diminished by the following:
- Deficiency of essential minerals, microelements and bicarbonates.
- Processed and refined foods that contain preservatives, chemicals, and pesticides and don’t have vital enzymes.
- Saturated fat, sugar, and animal protein that accelerate the aging of the pancreas.
- Certain drugs, alcohol, and caffeine.
- Gallbladder and Liver diseases.
- Chronic Pancreatitis
How do you know if you are deficient in pancreatic enzymes? If you have allergies, fatigue, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, slow recovery from injury, inflammation, weight problems, or IBS, you most likely have a pancreatic enzyme deficiency. What has to be done? Besides eating raw foods and enzyme supplementation, there is another way to promote pancreatic functioning.
For hundreds of years, Europeans with poor functioning of the pancreas or chronic pancreatitis have been drinking healing mineral water in the mineral spa. The Czech town of Karlovy Vary has been a famous international healing resort since the 1700s. Europeans call the local mineral water the “healing gift from the earth” or the “miracle mineral water.” Visitors throughout Europe and Asia have journeyed to Karlovy Vary for durations of one to six months to drink the Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water. This mineral water has become quite popular as a healing remedy for chronic conditions, especially for pancreatitis.
However, in the situations where individuals cannot visit Karlovy Vary, then can now enjoy the same health benefits from their own home.
With the help of technology, the genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt is produced by methods of evaporating mineral waters from the hot spring Vridlo. By dissolving the spring salt in warm water, one can produce the same healing mineral water found in Karlovy Vary at home. Czech doctors determined that the water manufactured from the genuine Karlovy Vary thermal spring salt has identical healing properties as the natural spring.
Czech scientists found also that the water can promote secretion and increase the activity of pancreatic enzymes in healthy volunteers, people with chronic pancreatitis, and patients after gallbladder removal.
In all these studies, Karlovy Vary Healing Mineral Water increased not only the amount of pancreatic juices and activity of enzymes, but also diminishes the pressure inside the pancreatic duct. All these beneficial actions promote healing chronic pancreatitis and other pancreatic problems.