27 July, 2017
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How to Reduce WBC Count
White blood cells (WBC) are found in your blood and lymphatic system, and function to fight off viral or bacterial infections in the body. A high WBC indicates that there is something happening in your body that it is trying to fight off. A high WBC count could be attributed to anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, leukemia, tissue damage, severe stress and various infections. The key to reducing or preventing a high WBC count is to strengthen your immunity by eating healthy, exercising, avoiding stress and taking a daily dose of vitamins.
Talk with your doctor about medications you are taking that could raise your WBC count. Aspirin, corticosteroids and heparin can all raise your count. Antibiotics, antihistamines and diuretics can lower it.
Eat healthy foods to support and strengthen your immune system. Fruits, vegetables, garlic and mitake or shitake mushrooms are packed full of powerful immune boosters. Avoid soda and fried and processed foods, which will weaken your immunity.
Avoid stress by exercising and getting plenty of sleep. Stress causes cortisol levels to increase, which makes you susceptible to illness. Exercise for 45 minutes five days per week, and get seven hours of sleep per night to reduce stress.
Take vitamins to reduce your WBC count. A good quality multi-vitamin, taken once per day, can enhance your immunity. Fight infections, asthma, some cancers and autoimmune disease with 400 IU of vitamin D per day, and colonize the intestinal tract with friendly bacteria by taking probiotics or eating yogurt daily.
Stop smoking. Smoking triggers inflammation in the body, weakening the immune system and making you prone to disease and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to stop smoking, such as the patch.
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