What is the spleen? How to care for it?

¿Para qué sirve el bazo? ¿Cómo cuidar de él?
Our spleen has an essential in the digestion and immune function. It has the size of a fist and is located on the left side of the abdomen, just below the ribs. It can that ever be you have inflamed, or that you've never noticed its existence. Whatever it is, is always suitable know a little more about our body and how to take care of us.
Surely you have heard the spleen have removed certain people. Either by an accident or illness. What happens then is this as indispensable organ? The truth is Yes. People living without it are more prone to infections and certain diseases, because of their intimate relationship with the immune system, hence that is essential to keep it healthy and strong. As we know a little more about it.

What functions does the spleen?

Female spleen and abdominal organs - anterior view
  • Spleen is essential part of the immune system. Filtered blood ridding it of antigens, destroys old blood cells and works with the lymphatic system initimamente. In addition, it produces a type of elements that protect us from bacteria.
  • During digestion, the spleen transforms food and transport nutrients. In addition, it is essential to create iron deposits and to store platelets.
  • This body is composed of two types of tissue: red part and a white part. The latter is related to the immune system producing lymphocytes. The other, the red part, acts of filter and stores blood platelets and elements that act as antibodies against certain viruses and bacteria.

Can you live without spleen?

Whether by a traumatic accident or a disease, there are many people who live without spleen. It may be removed in a process called Splenectomy. The curious thing about this reality, is that when our body does not already have the spleen, the liver who assumed many of its functions. But not all. Because the reality of these people is that, in the long run, will be much more sensitive to infections and certain diseases since the liver cannot compensate for the immune function of the liver

What diseases can the spleen have?

  • Swollen spleen: having swollen spleen and swollen, symptom often is another underlying disease that will determine your doctor. We realize that if we feel pain on the left side under the ribs. We will also have a fever and will not have famine. Having swollen spleen press the stomach and gives us a false sense of satiety.
  • Hemolytic anemias: is a type of anemia where the spleen is altered, and ends up destroying more red blood cells than it should, especially those which are in good condition.
  • Disease idiopathic thrombotic: in this case, what does the spleen, is to destroy platelets. The main symptom is the appearance of small red spots on the skin.
  • Disease thrombotic thrombocytopenic: is a disease that affects the capillaries and which is related to the immune system. We have small bleeding, fever, anemia...

How to care for our spleen?

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  • Avoid foods that are difficult to process and Digest. Thus, it reduces the consumption of white bread, white pasta, processed sugars and red meats.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, avoid sugary drinks and alcohol.
  • Increases the consumption of foods containing fluorine, such as parsley, carrot and grapes. There are other foods that also nourish the spleen and take care of it, such as cinnamon, ginger, garlic, onions and Leek.
  • In the morning is very suitable to take a blending of oatmeal with Apple. To do this take three tablespoons of whole-grain oats, a glass of water, and an Apple. All ingredients through the mixer and get well homogeneously blended. Drink it freshly made. If you do this for ten days a month, take care not only of your spleen but your health in general.
  • Orange or lemon juice is also very suitable for detoxifying the spleen.
  • If you want to take an infusion treatment for your spleen, you can opt for dandelion. It is an excellent plant to clean it and help it maintain its functions. You can drink up to two cups a day.
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