- poor appetite;
- soft adipose tissue;
- weak muscles;
- unwillingness to drink fluids;
- cold hands;
- mushy stool;
- cold feet;
Weight gain with such symptoms is due to weakness of the spleen. When the spleen is weak, moisture begins to accumulate in the body and can manifest itself in weight gain. In this type of weight gain, the adipose tissue is soft and “shaky”. As the spleen is also responsible for the muscles, person with low spleen energy has weak muscles, is tired, exhausted and his hands’n’feet are cold.
Weakness in the spleen is often due to poor eating habits – cold food, lots of dairy products, processed food, mental tension and worry. But the weather can also play a role. A humid living environment is an additional burden on the spleen. Long-term and chronic diseases deplete the energy of the kidneys and through it also affect the spleen energy level.
- Strengthening the spleen energy.
- Weight gain due to spleen weakness is largely treatable with diet. When you gain weight, you often want to limit your diet and eat low-calorie foods (such as fresh vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and plenty of water). Unfortunately, such a diet has the opposite effect in the case of weight gain due to the weakness of the spleen – the yang remains weaker and the weight increases even more.
- In addition to proper nutrition, heat treatment is of great help – heating the points on the upper abdomen with a hot liquid filled bag helps to process and remove excessive moisture.
- Avoid cold and cool contraindicated foods: ice drinks, excessive consumption of raw vegetables and fruits, and dairy products;
- Keep the border with green tea, mineral water, fresh juices, tomato, cucumber and tropical fruits such as orange, lemon, banana, kiwi, pineapple, watermelon;
- Excessive products with refined sugar also increases the amount of moisture in the body;
- Use only hot and warm food by effect;
- Use warm meats and fish: salmon, trout, tuna, crabs, beef, chicken, lamb and broth;
- Use fruits that do not strain the spleen very much: plums, peaches, apples, dates, apricots, figs, red grapes;
- Use dried fruits like raisins;
- Use vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, onions, cabbage;
- Use herbs like fennel tea, licorice;
- Use spices like cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom, cloves, vanilla, star anise, anise;
- Use grains like millet, oats, rice, buckwheat;
- Use seeds and nuts like cedar seeds, pistachio, hazelnut, coconut and sesame;
- When necessary, use sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, raw cane sugar;
- Job’s tear and mandarin peel help to remove moisture from the body;