Your Pancreas is the endocrine gland that is in close association with your Solar Plexus Chakra.
This post will help you learn more about it, so that you can keep your body, mind, and spirit in check.
The pancreas is located in the upper abdomen just behind the stomach. It is connected to the duodenum (first part of the small intestine) through the pancreatic duct.
Find below the structure of the pancreas:
Pancreatic Dual Function
The pancreas has a dual function as an endocrine and exocrine gland at once.
Its endocrine function is directly correlated with the endocrine system, whereby it releases into the blood the 2 hormones: insulin and somatostatin (help decrease blood glucose levels) and glucagon (helps increase blood glucose levels)
Whereas, its exocrine function is correlated with the digestive system, whereby it releases into a special duct the pancreatic juice that contains several enzymes that aid in the digestion of the food you eat into the nutrients you need
The table below summarizes the 2 functions of the pancreas:
As the body ages and as your metabolism decreases or malfunctions, the amount of fat deposition in the pancreas increases while the rate of pancreatic secretions decreases. These factors lead to a decrease in the absorption of nutrients which results in several deficiencies.
Moreover, lifestyle factors including poor dietary habits and different kinds of stressors impact the ability of the pancreas to function normally.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas due to the release of pancreatic enzymes into pancreatic tissue itself. This causes its hemorrhage (excessive bleeding) and necrosis (premature cell death). See figure below for its causes.
Since the pancreas is in close association with the Solar Plexus Chakra, and since it performs crucial functions on the digestive and hormonal level, it is mandatory that we take good care of its heath.
Here are some general tips that I follow to keep my pancreas healthy:
- Reduce sugar intake (especially synthetic ones)
- Reduce causes of inflammation (mainly by chronic diseases and unhealthy food)
These tips are mainly targeted to keep you fit and healthy so that your pancreas doesn’t have to “over-work” to cope with your non-healthy diet and sedentary life-style.
In addition, you can find below a very helpful table that summarizes the best veggies, fruits, and herbs that you can incorporate into your diet to decrease inflammation and heal your pancreas and Solar Plexus Chakra.
Notice that most recommended fruits and herbs are yellow 😉
Ranim Daw, MS in Cell & Molecular Biology
American University of Beirut
March 17, 2017