One of the first signs of spleen stress is the need to clear the throat frequently, drippy or swollen sinuses, becoming spacey or flighty, the loss of the ability to concentrate, or difficulty comprehending written material.
More extreme cases of spleen dysfunction will result in a melancholy depression, heavy or extremely weak extremities, cold hands & feet, alcoholism, loss of appetite, edema, bloated belly, and a high susceptibility to infections.
The spleen is harmed by both excesses and deficiencies. Remember, life is intended to be an exercise in learning how to balance all extremes. It is about finding the heart space, the middle ground where extreme positions are brought together in a state of cooperative, moderate balance. Excesses and deficiencies produce a particular impact on the spleen, thereby reducing its important role in the body.
There are three primary food groups that affect the spleen most strongly:
1. Concentrated sugars, sweets, and an excess of fruits. Sweets combined with oils or fats stress the spleen even further.
2. Alcohol (including beer, wine, hard liquor, liqueurs, kombucha, honey meade, jun, etc.).
3. Stimulants like coffee, green/black tea, matcha, pu'er (mild), yerba mate, guyusa (mild), guarana, yohimbe, mahuang, cacao (mild), even an excess of hot peppers
The effect is compounded of course, by combining any of these in the same day or same meal.
Excessive oils and fats will further aggravate the spleen's natural decongestant function.
It is also true that small quantities of these food groups do little but move the spleen slightly away from the middle ground (being, at times, a positive health strategy), whereas, in greater amounts the spleen will be harmed, thus prompting a variety of possible side effects (outlined in the article below).
Continual excesses of these food groups over time can lead to the more serious conditions mentioned below.
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