Boost the Energy of Your Spleen to Raise Metabolism

August 9, 2007 5:44 am

In summer, we tend to drink and eat cold foods. Yet, cold foods and drinks can suppress the energy of the spleen to create sluggish digestion and metabolism.  Cold foods and drinks can also aggravate low energy and fatigue so that you feel less motivated to exercise.

In Asia, where obesity rates are lower than in the U.S., warm beverages and foods are used year round as digestive aids to warm the spleen, improve digestion, and increase metabolism.

Adding a bowl of miso soup or vegetable soup to meals can help counter the cooling effects of cold salads and other summer dishes.  Soups are also a great addition to cold sandwiches.  Stick to the low sodium and low fat varieties for optimum benefit.

Consider replacing iced beverages with warm tea to give further support to your spleen.  Try a soothing cup of peppermint, spearmint, chrysanthemum (available in Asian supermarkets), or chamomile tea at room temperature or warmed.  All of these teas:

  • Provide antioxidants to help detoxify the body (a necessary process to achieving successful and long lasting weight loss)
  • Energetically cool the body to help you acclimate to hotter external temperatures.
  • Cool the energy of the liver which can help improve sleep, avoid agitated states, and lower blood pressure naturally.

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Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT

Kay is the founder of Aiki Healing, a practice of medical qi gong dedicated to increasing the energy and well being of clients across the body, mind and spiritual levels. Email or call her today for a personalized consultation or bliss bodywork session. 512-468-6588