Is Your Spleen Healthy?
The spleen is just one of those organs that you know you have, but do you know its function?
Do you know whether or not you have a healthy spleen? An enlarged spleen can be a sign that your health is in danger, and it is more important than you think.
What is the spleen & its function?
Your spleen is a vital part of your lymphatic system which is responsible for filtering out infections, viruses, bacteria, and other dangerous pathogens from your blood.
If you know the location of your spleen, raise your hand. This isn’t biology class and I’m going to give you the answer – your spleen is in the upper left part of your abdomen. The fist is about 4 inches long and is purple. It is protected by your rib cage, so don’t try to feel for it.
Enlarged Spleen Symptoms and Causes
When your body is fighting too hard to remove something dangerous, like an infectious disease, you have an enlarged spleen. It might be a good idea to figure out what is wrong before it becomes a bigger health problem.
The enlarged spleen has some symptoms.
- Abdominal tenderness
- Taking deep breaths can cause pain.
- The skin was yellowed.
- Ear, urinary tract, respiratory, or sinus infections can occur.
Mononucleosis, parasites, andbacterial infections can cause an enlarged spleen infections, and lead to more damage.
There are other causes for an enlarged spleen.
- Alcohol or drug use
- Diet high in chemicals and other toxins.
- Blood diseases
- Lymph system disorders are related to the immune system.
- Liver disease
If left unattended, the root cause of an enlarged spleen can become very serious, so it is important to treat it.
Cancer and your spleen
Viruses and infections can cause certain types of cancers, and proper treatment can decrease your chances of developing a cancer that affects your lymphatic system and spleen.
Leukemia is a cancer of white blood cells and lymphoma is a cancer of the immune system. An enlarged spleen is a symptom of both of these diseases. Breast, melanoma, and lung cancer can spread to the spleen if left unattended.
Supporting your spleen can help you avoid a health crisis if you experience an enlarged spleen.
Foods to detox your spleen
To keep your spleen nice and healthy, it’s vital to avoid eating inflammatory foods, such as dairy, low-quality meat, soy, sugary snacks, and refined oils.
A healthy diet and lots of water help the spleen carry blood cells and resources to other parts of the body. Here are some foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals.
- There are green leafy vegetables.
- Salmon and wild seafood are lean in their composition.
- Nuts and seeds
- Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are not refined oils.
Natural Treatments for an Enlarged Spleen
There are other ways to treat an enlarged spleen, besides a healthy diet and lifestyle.
- Exercise – regular exercise keeps blood flowing and fluids moving throughout your body. This is important for your overall health, but especially your spleen since it’s job is to filter your blood.
- Manage stress – chronic stress is known to weaken the immune system. This can lead to health conditions, such as inflammation, digestive issues, ulcers, and much more. I recommend taking time for yourself, whether that’s taking a nice bath, going for a nature walk, or simply enjoying a hobby. Breathing exercises are also very effective.
- Supplements – the supplements I recommend to support a healthy immune function, are omega-3 fish oils, turmeric, digestive enzymes, and milk thistle. Activated charcoal can also be a great detox supplement (read more here).
- Use a sauna – an infrared sauna is a beneficial treatment to detox and support the lymphatic system. Read why an infrared sauna is my number one recommendation for detoxing to strengthen your immune and lymphatic systems.
Here are my recommendations for essential oils that can be used to support your body’s immune system.
Lymphatic System Support Blend: 5 drops each of cypress, lemon, lemongrass, helichysym in a 10ml roller bottle then fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Roll onto spleen and lymphatic areas of concern.
Click here to get your complete lymphatic support essential oil bundle.
Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner
Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books “How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies” and “100 Ways to Lose Weight”.
She moved to Texas in 1998 to live with her husband and 2 children.
As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t”
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