With the end of summer coming upon us, we’re nearing that time of transition again – so it’s Spleen season again. One of the common signs of a weak Spleen is water retention, or bloating. You might notice if you’re outside in the heat, your hands or feet may get bloated.
I was wondering … bloating looks like extra water that’s stuck. So why does drinking more water help if you are bloated? Doesn’t that seem counter intuitive? Why would you add water to a system that already looks water logged???
So water retention is a sign of a weak Spleen because one of the jobs of the Spleen is to keep water moving properly in the body. A weak Spleen will do that job in not a great way, leading to water retention.
While drinking more water doesn’t help the Spleen to function better, what it does do is help to flush out toxins. There are different reasons for water retention. One reason would be extra minerals. Extra sodium in the body will mean that there is extra water being held with it. If you drink more water, then that water helps to flush out the extra sodium and so the swelling will reduce. (image credit keyseeker at morguefile)
Extra water is a good way to get toxins out of the body, and recreate harmonious balance. Water is essential so all body functions, so you want to make sure that you’re getting enough. How much water do you drink? Excluding my tea and coffee, I aim for 72 ounces. I’m not convinced it’s enough, but it’s what I can get down for now!
What do you think? How much water do you drink? Do you get bloated in the summer time? Let me know on comments below!
See you next week, and until then…
To your health!
-Dorothy Pang, L.Ac.