If the spleen and stomach are unhealthy, the person will be prone to indigestion, physical fatigue, and dull skin. If the spleen and stomach are healthy, the body will have little illness and the individual will most likely have a long life. Three foods can nourish your spleen and stomach, which leads to better health. These foods, known as the “Three Treasures” for strengthening the spleen and stomach, are Chinese yams, pumpkins, and sweetpotatoes.
“Three Treasures” for better health
1. Chinese yam
Chinese yam can nourish the spleen and stomach, invigorate kidney qi, reduce phlegm, and moisturize the skin. People with a weak spleen or stomach are prone to physical fatigue and indigestion. Eating Chinese yam can increase physical strength; for teenagers, it can improve growth. If the spleen is healthy, the skin will become bright, so eating Chinese yam can moisturize the skin.
Chinese yam also has the effect of lowering blood sugar. People who want to avoid high blood sugar can eat Yam Pork Ribs Soup. The ribs contain gelatin and calcium. The two ingredients, stewed together, are beneficial to the body and will give you better health. “Sishen Soup,” a well-known medicinal diet for invigorating the spleen and stomach, also contains Chinese yam. You can add more to the stew to improve the problem of high blood sugar.
Pumpkin is good food for invigorating the stomach and digestion. It can nourish the spleen, increase appetite, and relieve stomach pain. Anyone suffering from a stomachache will feel more comfortable after eating pumpkin. From a nutritional perspective, pumpkin is rich in pectin, which can protect the gastric mucosa and prevent gastritis and gastric ulcers.
Irregular meal times always cause people who are busy at work to have a stomachache. If it is difficult to eat three meals regularly, it is a better choice to eat pumpkin porridge or pumpkin once or twice a week to nourish the stomach for better health.
The leaves and seeds of pumpkin are precious. Once, I met a friend in North Carolina, U.S., whose garden was full of pumpkins. When it became spring and summer, the pumpkin leaves grew very lush. So he cut out some leaves, fried them, and shared them with me, and they were delicious and tasty.
Pumpkin farmers are unlikely to get the disease of prostate hypertrophy, which may be related to the fact that they often eat pumpkins and pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc, which is beneficial to the prostate.
3. Sweet potato
Sweet potato can nourish qi and help produce saliva, nourish spleen deficiency, improve digestion, and relieve constipation. When the elderly can’t eat anything, it might be suitable to cook a bowl of sweet potato porridge to help the elderly nourish the spleen and stomach and strengthen physical strength.
Sweet potato can also enable you to remove toxins and lower blood pressure because it is rich in “resistant starch,” which is not easy to absorb and can delay the rise of blood sugar. But different people have different constitutions. If you worry, you can try a small amount to see if blood sugar fluctuates significantly, and then decide whether to continue eating to help you gain better health.
Translated by Joseph Wu and edited by Helen