One simple reason why you should limit drinking cold drinks is because your spleen does not like it.
Your spleen is responsible for breaking down your food through digestion of which is powered by heat. When you have cold foods and drinks the spleen has to heat itself up again to work properly. But meantime while it’s dealing with a chilly environment it’s not at it’s optimal level.
Want to help the spleen? Relax when you are eating – yes this means don’t do other things like watch tv. Also, try to chew your food thoroughly. Chewing helps break down your food as it mixes with you saliva before it gets to the stomach for proper digestion.
Another thing you can do is – eat soups which are easier to digest. Often wonder why you may crave soup when you are sick? The body knows it’s easier to digest and saves its energy so it can continue to work harder on fighting off pathogens and healing you quicker.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the spleen controls blood and the Spleen Qi. The Spleen Qi keeps it in its vessels. However if the Spleen Qi is weak the person will bruise easily.
The spleen is responsible for the intake (processing and distributing) of nutrients. An indication of poor absorption of nutrients can be seen on the tongue.
Here is a list of foods that are beneficial to the spleen:
- lightly cooked vegetables
- brown rice
- sesame seeds , pumpkin seeds
- green tea, chai tea
- walnuts, pine nuts
- lobster, shrimp
- black pepper, cinnamon bark, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cloves, nutmeg
Here is a list of foods that hurt the Spleen :
- cold drinks
- peanuts, peanut butter
- refined flour
- fried foods
When your spleen is functioning properly you will feel more energized, digestion will be smooth, your bowel movements will be regular and firm- not so soft, your thoughts will be clear and you will be able to concentrate effortlessly.
So be aware of your spleen, it will love you for it