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How To Build Up White Blood Cells Naturally
With radiation, my mom's white blood cells have decreased. Please, how can she improve her immune system? Naturally? ...and not? Thanks
Takes time: It may take awhile for her WBC to get back to normal and in the meanwhile keep her away from people who appear to be ill.
WBCs: There are many conditions that can cause too many white blood cells. If this is occurring you should discuss this with your doctor to determine the cause and to obtain proper treatment if necessary.See 1 more doctor answer
Fight infections: White blood cells are the cells in our body that fight infections. There are five types of white blood cells: lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils. Each plays a specific role in the defense mechanisms of the human body.
A bit high: White blood cells roll along the sides of the blood vessels and release into the bloodstream if inflammatory signals occur (infection, injury, autoimmune disease, etc). It is usually transient and returns to normal as the inflammatory environment becomes quenched. The count usually must be higher and persist for longer (and is associated with telltale symptoms) before considering cancer or other
Why do you ask?: There is no need to treat a lab value. If you feel well and there are no abnormal cells, it is almost never a problem to have a moderately elevated white count. If real disease has been diagnosed, manage the disease using the lab as one parameter.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: White blood cells will die if exposed to air. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Too many White cells: It is not bad. But it is abnormal. And you doctor will have to work with you to figure this situation out. An elevated white blood cell count commonly is evidence of a bacterial infection. There are some other more concerning possibilities but they should be ruled in or ruled out with further testing.
Different times: It depends on the type of WBC as there are several kinds that do different things. Neutrophils live 6 hours–few days, eosinophils8–12 days, basophils hours to days, lymphocytes years, and monocytes hours to days. Depends on what is going on at the time they are needed.
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