Five tips to boost spleen func­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - WHAT2EAT -

THE SPLEEN is a frag­ile or­gan that plays an im­por­tant role in main­tain­ing in­ter­nal en­ergy, good di­ges­tion and a sta­ble body weight. It is an es­sen­tial re­source that should be nour­ished with warm­ing foods.

Avoid cold foods Foods that are too raw or too cold – ex­ces­sive quan­ti­ties of raw veg­eta­bles or food straight from the re­frig­er­a­tor – should be avoided.

In par­tic­u­lar, green salad and raw veg­eta­bles with a high wa­ter con­tent can fa­cil­i­tate swelling and the accumulation of cel­lulite.

Avoid sugar and fat Ex­ces­sive sugar, which over­works the pan­creas, is not good for the spleen. It is im­por­tant to avoid foods that are ‘damp’ such as al­co­hol, fat, fast sug­ars and ex­ces­sive quan­ti­ties of dairy prod­ucts.

Avoid er­ratic eat­ing pat­terns The spleen is sen­si­tive to er­ratic eat­ing habits and can be weak­ened by skip­ping break­fast, co­pi­ous or late din­ners, and snack­ing.

Eat more whole grains and pulses Moder­ate quan­ti­ties of ce­re­als and pulses sus­tain good spleen func­tion.

Rice, wheat, quinoa, mil­let, buck­wheat, lentils, dried beans, chick­peas and peas of all kinds should be eaten ev­ery day. They can be ac­com­pa­nied by gen­er­ous por­tions of veg­eta­bles, and sen­si­ble por­tions of meat or fish.

With re­gard to veg­eta­bles, give pri­or­ity to earthy, sweet, sea­sonal, yel­low- and or­ange­coloured roots and veg­eta­bles ( above) like car­rots, parsnips, squash, pota­toes and sweet pota­toes.

Re­mem­ber to un­wind If the spleen fails to re­spond to a good diet, it may be over­bur­dened by stress, in­suf­fi­cient ex­er­cise, ex­ces­sive worry, ill­ness, or a cli­mate or en­vi­ron­ment that is too damp.

The main symp­toms of poor spleen func­tion in­clude in­di­ges­tion, cold limbs, fa­tigue, loose stools, and edema. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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