Morning beautiful people! yes we still dealing with our immune issues here! 🙂
The spleen is the largest organ in the lymphatic system. It is an important organ for keeping bodily fluids balanced.
The spleen plays multiple supporting roles in the body. It acts as a filter for blood as part of the immune system. Old red blood cells are recycled in the spleen, and platelets and white blood cells are stored there. The spleen also helps fight certain kinds of bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis.
Chinese medicine for IBS is to relieve the Liver Qi Stasis, strengthen the Spleen Qi, harmonize the Liver and Spleen Zang, and eliminate the Dampness or Damp-Heat. People with irritable bowel syndrome often respond well to acupuncture, herbal medicine or Qi Gong.
Spleen Deficiency Diet tips:
- The spleen like regular meals & needs downtime, constant snacking & gazing will make its deficiency worse
- Unchewed food imposes heavy burden so chew your food
- Light exercise on daily basis is very important and a walk after a meal will improve digestion and overall health.
- If you suffer from phlegm or dampness (according to TCM) you might want to eliminate dairy from your diet.
- Posture is really important to help your spleen & digestive organs digest the food
- Overeating will only make it worse so only eat so that your stomach is 2/3 full
- Foods that are nourishing to the spleen are soups, stew, root vegetables, squash, chicken & beef.
Food that damage the spleen:
- Sugar, starches & grains impose a burden on the spleen.
- Uncooked & cold foods. Although cooking food may destroy some of the nutrients, it does make it easier to digest some foods and takes the weight of our body to do all the work internally.
- Iced drinks are very harmful to the spleen.
- Sweet foods, in TCM sweet foods enter the spleen, & too much of it damages the spleen. These foods include all grains, fruits, candies & pastries.
- Unhealthy fast, fried foods & most vegetable oils.
Blood Deficiency diet tips:
- Blood deficiency almost always occurs against a backdrop of spleen deficiency, the spleen is the root of the blood so follow all suggestions for spleen diet.
- Focus on adequate lean protein intake &lots of dark colored fruits & vegetables preferable lightly cooked.
- Blood nourishing foods include eggs, dark red and black beans, cherries, dates, beets, spinach, collard greens, blueberries apricots, molasses, meat & fermented soy products.
- It takes 120 days to fully renew the blood, so make sure you maintain your dietary changes for a long period of time to have full effect.
Hope this was informative and interesting read.
Have a wonderful day,