Just kidding you guys. That would get confusing real fast since I, too, am a microbe. Let’s go back to the bacteria talk for a second. One way these bacteria can harm is through infection. Infections come in many, many forms, but one of the most common is called Streptococcus Pneumonia: This tiny bacteria works its way into your lungs and then multiply, which can cause the common disease known as pneumonia. Pneumonia can be life-threatening depending on the person, and it costs thousands of people their lives each year. Those with weak immune systems are most vulnerable to this bacteria. These include older men and women, anyone battling a disease or those who are malnourished.
Luckily, our bodies has many enlisted soldiers to fight these bacteria off. One organ that plays a key role in this is the spleen. The spleen is the largest organ in the lymphatic system, and its primary function is to keep our blood healthy. When healthy blood enters the spleen, the organ gives it the go-ahead to circulate throughout the body. If it notices blood cells that are suspect, whether they're damaged or unhealthy, it hires a slew of hitmen known as lymphocytes. These are the body's white blood cells and their job is to destroy any harmful blood.
Not only that, but the spleen also serves as our primary blood store. It can even actually hold up to a cup of blood in reserve if we're ever in an accident (god forbid) and you lose a lot of blood. Getting back to the topic of Pneumonia, our spleen also responds to bacteria and viruses the same way it responds to unhealthy blood cells. Meaning it hires the white cells to whack them with a vengeance as well. This includes bacteria like Streptococcus Pneumonia. If you want to avoid being sick, retain muscle and joint health into older age, you must take good care of the spleen.
How you can hurt your spleen?
- Overuse of alcohol ands/or drugs
- Physical trauma to the spleen (such as a sports injury)
- Eat a diet rich in gluten, soy, dairy, shellfish, and any chemically processed foods
- Have blood disease caused by abnormal blood cells
- Breathing in air filled with pollutants
If you engage in these activities too much, the spleen can become enlarged from fighting off too many harmful substances.
Symptoms of an enlarged spleen include..
Feeling discomfort, pain on the upper left side of the abdomen, especially after eating a large meal
Changes in appetite
Yellowing of the skin
How to build your spleen into fighting shape?
Eat clean meats like wild salmon that are filled with omega 3 fatty acids
Consume plenty of nuts and seeds including chia, flax, and pumpkin
Work many green, leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach and kale into your diet
Exercise 3 times per week to keep the blood and fluids moving
Getting a massage or sauna can also help detoxify your body. A personal favorite.
I would love to provide you one of the most potent medicinal herbs for the spleen and blood. This herb is called He Shou Wu and it’s primarily known as the KING of all Yin Jing tonics.
It performs several vital tasks for your blood. It can...
Aid in blood production
Filter out blood sugars, fats, toxins so you can take some of the load off your liver/kidneys
Rich in antioxidants to help lower your risk of infection
Can help fight diseases like the common cold
Can help lower blood pressure
Do your spleen and other lymphatic organs a huge favor and get some of He Shou Wu, it'll be one hell of a health investment.