Boost White Blood Cells for the Healthiest Immune System

White Blood Cells Attack Bacteria

White Blood Cells Attack Bacteria

If you want an incredibly strong immune system, you need to have high white blood cell counts. This is because white blood cells produce antibodies which are your body’s first line of defense against foreign bacteria and viruses that try to get through the permeable layer of the skin. Our bodies make white blood cells over and over again since they are depleted and die off in a few days or a week at most. The regeneration of white blood cells is therefore absolutely critical to your immune system and its ability to fight disease and staying healthy.

We can suffer from lowered white blood cell counts when we are overworked, depressed, or have a poor diet low in nutritional value (which causes certain vitamin deficiencies that cause low white blood cell counts) or an unhealthy lifestyle that includes excessive drinking or smoking. A significantly reduced level of white blood cell count can also be indicative of an immune disorder or other disease, including a congenital disorder that reduces bone marrow function, Lupus, Leukemia, cancer, a viral infection. Chemo and radiation can reduce white blood cell count as can HIV/AIDS. Another cause is due to the use of certain medications (especially antibiotics and diuretics) that destroy white blood cells. Multiple things can contribute to a lowered white blood cell count, fewer antibodies and a compromised immune system.

Improve Immune System Function by Boosting White Blood Cells

What’s great about your health is that there are things you can do to boost your immunity to super high levels or super immunity status, by creating lots of antibodies to fight foreign invaders and disease by supporting white blood cell growth:

  • Start with avoiding sugar and simple carbohydrates that get converted to sugar easily in your body. Excessive glucose in the blood prevents white blood cells from being strong and effective at fighting disease. Sugar intake has been known to compromise the immune system for years. Try to avoid it where you can.
  • Get rid of the polyunsaturated fats that occur in most manmade food items as well as corn oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil. These deter a healthy immune system.
  • Obesity is detrimental to your immune system. Try to exercise, and reduce your caloric intake to lose weight slowly and effectively. Changing your lifestyle will result in long-term weight loss that you can keep off. A slow, steady reduction in your weight will also and prevent you from yo-yo dieting which is also bad for your immune system.
  • Moderate exercise, not intense exercise if very beneficial to the immune system and white blood cell count. Athletes who exercise very vigorously actually don’t have stronger immune systems, but people who exercise moderately every day, do.
  • Get rid of toxins. You can do this by increasing your water intake, eating cleaner
    Drink Water

    Drink Water

    foods, reducing liver-clogging foods like high-fructose corn syrup and fried, junk and convenience foods and taking Milk Thistle, and herb, which supports the detoxification process through the liver.

Tough White Blood Cells and a Healthy Immune System isn’t Just about What you Eat

  • Reduce your stress levels. Feeling anxious, depressed, or high-strung is absolutely catastrophic for your immune system. Try practicing yoga, tai chi, Qi gong, meditation, deep breathing or any of the other stress-reducing activities recommended by Dr. Herbert Benson, the Harvard doctor who coined the phrase, “relaxation response.”

Eating Right Helps to Create a Fiercely Strong Immune System

  • Eat a rainbow of antioxidants in foods that are yellow, red, orange or deep green,
    Eat Super Foods

    Eat Super Foods

    naturally. This intense color usually signifies high levels of antioxidants, vitamin A, and beta-carotene, which boosts immune function, especially the thymus gland which is responsible for educating t-lymphocyte cells (t-cells). Examples are carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, spinach, broccoli, kale, etc. Vitamin A helps to boost the functioning of white blood cells. Dark, leafy greens are full of this vitamin.

  • Garlic helps to promote white blood cell count. So do almonds, guava, dark grapes and navy beans.
  • Try an oleander extract supplement. It has been shown to increase white blood cell count in those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
  • Astragalus root, long used in Chinese medicine is wonderful at promoting immune functioning, especially in those who have a depleted immune system due to stress.
  • Zinc is a catalyzing agent to white blood cells. You can take a  supplement or get it from foods that are high in zinc such as oysters, toasted wheat germ, roasted pumpkin or squash seeds, dried watermelon seeds, cacao powder or peanuts.
  • The mineral selenium is a known immune booster. You ca find it in nuts, shellfish, oat bran, rye, buckwheat, and prawns.
  • Vitamin C is vital for good immune function. Citrus fruits have lots of vitamin C, but so are red and green chili peppers, guava, bell peppers, herbs like parsley and thyme, kale, mustard greens, sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi, papaya, and strawberries.
  • Green tea consumption can boost white blood cell functioning.
  • Both Siberian and Asian ginseng boost the immune system.
  • Echinacea boosts white blood cell count, and bees also like to pollinate the flowers.
  • Aloe vera, pau d’ arco and medical mushrooms also boost immune functioning.

Sources:

http://www.herbalist.com/wiki.details/175/category/8/
http://health.howstuffworks.com/home-remedies-for-low-immunity1.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/023243_Oleander_HIV_placebo.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/028275_white_blood_cells_immune_function.html

About Christina Sarich

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa and Yogananda into her writings. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.

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  • dewdroppings

    Very good. I have heard if olender soup before but not of a supplement. I am furious curious cancer survivor on wordpress.