In Balance for Change
Late Summer may be a short season, but it is one of intense redirection—in the natural world and within your body. This shift seems welcome to your heat-haggard body and spirit, although, you rarely are ready when the winds of change begin to blow.
The body’s organs associated with this season are the stomach and spleen. Both organs contribute to the digestive process. The spleen, a sac-like mass of lymphatic tissue located near the upper left area of the abdominal cavity, distributes energy from food throughout the body. It also forms white blood cells, filters blood, stores red blood cells and destroys and removes old or weakened red blood cells. Other organs in the body depend on a healthy, fully-functioning spleen.
The stomach is positioned in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, just left and below the diaphragm. As the receiver of nourishment, it prepares food for further digestion, taking life-giving energy from food and sending it to the spleen for distribution.
Some natural healthcare professionals regard the stomach as the most sensitive organ in the body. Previously I shared information about the intricate nerve network in the small intestine. The stomach shares this finely tuned system of nerves. Have you ever experienced a nervous stomach?
Your state of mind—and emotions—are closely connected to your eating habits and how well you assimilate foods. Nourishment in the form of healthy foods and healthy experiences and relationships help keep you balanced during transitional periods.
A good digestion turneth all to health. ~George Herbert, “The Church Porch,” The Temple-1633
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