The spleen plays an important role in fighting infection. It helps to kill bacteria, and to destroy worn-out or damaged red blood cells and damaged platelets. There are a few reasons why a spleen would need to be removed, including disease, damage, or splenomegaly--enlargement of the spleen. There are ways to help keep your spleen healthy and functioning properly, one of which is a healthy diet.
Foods to Eat
Your spleen is approximately the size of your fist and is tucked up under the left side of your diaphragm. It is an organ that we seldom think about, but its role in fighting infections is vital. Your spleen needs proper nutrition in order to function properly. Your diet can help to keep your spleen healthy. A well-balanced diet is best for a healthy spleen. Your diet should consist of 50 percent fruits and vegetables, 30 percent whole grains, and approximately 20 percent beans, nuts, dairy and meats. Foods that are organically grown are better for your spleen than non-organic foods. You should also include foods like beetroot, celery, fennel, dill, chicken, garlic, kidney beans, parsley, pumpkins and turnips. These foods help to keep your spleen energetic and strong. Eating the wrong foods can de-energize your spleen so that it performs sluggishly.
Foods to Avoid
To keep your spleen healthy, it is just as important to avoid certain foods as it is to consume others. In general, try to avoid cold foods and foods that are hard to digest. Warmer foods are easier on your organs to digest as well as to gain the nutrients from. This is especially true in the winter time.
You should also keep to a minimum foods such as tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar and sweet foods such as molasses and honey. Other foods to avoid are wheat, dairy products, fats, oils, and nuts.
Chew your food well and avoid drinking too much fluid with your meals. Try to eat your biggest meal earlier in the day such as at eleven o'clock in the morning. Your spleen gets more sluggish as the day goes on.