2. Headaches, Fatigue, Loss of Focus 

Headaches

Let’s take a bird’s eye view here. Your pancreas is in poor shape, which means your body does not get enough nutrients from food. This means your immunity steadily goes down. In other words, every little virus that attacks your body is likely to succeed. As a result, you find yourself constantly tired and often succumbing to headaches, with a marked lack of concentration. They can all follow in very quick succession.

1. An Accelerated Heart Rate 

heart rate

A rapid heart rate is generally considered to be over 100 beats per minute. A normal heart rate is between 60 to 100 beats per minute. When your heart beats too fast, it doesn’t effectively pump blood through your body, resulting in a lack of oxygen being delivered to your organs. This symptom is typically tied to heavy alcohol consumption.

This is again driven by your lowered immunity, which is in turn driven by poor digestion because the pancreas is out of order. Researchers have shown how this acute pancreatitis can cause tachycardia, which manifests as frequent nausea and vomiting, followed by fever. In severe cases, it can even lead to more fatal problems, resulting in lack of clarity, constant confusion, and in the worst case, a coma. This happens even as the entire respiratory system breaks down. As you can see, it is all one vicious cycle!

Pancreatic problems do not occur overnight. Rather, they are a manifestation of continuously poor eating habits, lack of exercise that often leads to obesity, alcohol indulgence, red meat consumption, smoking, sugar addiction, and so forth. The good news is that this organ is ridiculously easy to please.

If you take note of the first sign of mid-abdomen pains, especially when coupled with the above-listed symptoms, and consult your doctor, there is a lot you can do to help your pancreas get back to peak function.

The trick is to act before the symptoms reach the point of no return. For instance, you could replace your fatty, meat-loaded meal with simpler-to-digest greens and beans (like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and whole grains), which can do wonders to help relieve your otherwise overloaded pancreas.

You can also increase your protein intake – without resorting to meat – through soy products, lentils, and legumes (though there is nothing wrong with eating meat). If you decide to address your poor lifestyle habits with a serious commitment, this will please your pancreas to no end. And in as little time as it took for your health to decline, you will see results, as your pancreas makes a U-turn and begins cruising towards good health. Never forget that your pancreas truly is easy come and easy go!

Related: 10 Things to Know About Pancreatic Cancer
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