Healthy Blood Cells
How to Replenish White Blood Cells
White blood cells main function is to protect the body against germs and infections. When these cells break down, they can leave the body predisposed to bone marrow infections and can weaken the immune system, eventually causing diseases such as cancer to develop. The average, healthy, white-blood count should be between 4,500 and 10,000 white blood cells. Incorporating healthy choices could improve your white blood count.
1. Eat foods that will increase white blood cells. These include vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, greens, beets, pumpkins and mushrooms, and fruits such as oranges and melons.
2. Incorporate fish oil into your diet; DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) contained in fish oil supplements prevent white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessel's inner walls, decreasing the chances of inflammation diseases in the bones and in the muscles. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help repair white blood cells and strengthen the immune system. Eating foods high in fish oil, and low in saturated fats like salmon, tuna, halibut, and dark, leafy greens, can strengthen white blood cells.
3. Lower saturated fat intake. The fat intake for individuals that need to replenish white blood cells should be 30 percent of the daily calorie intake, with only five to ten percent coming from saturated fats. The remaining fat intake should come from sources like olive oil, nuts, avocados, and seeds.
4. Take a supplement high in folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc because they support white cell development, preventing cellular breakdown. Quality multivitamins or healthy juices can replenish damaged cells by providing added nutrition if an individual is deficient.
5. Consume healthy bacteria. Organic yogurt can keep the body safe from infections, especially those that attack the immune system and white cell production. Yogurt contains probiotics, or friendly bacteria that stimulate immunity cells in the gastrointestinal tract. These probiotics, may help stimulate white cell production.
6. Drink at least two cups of green tea a day to replenish white cells. Green tea is abundant in antioxidants, which is a key ingredient in maintaining healthy white blood cells. Green tea can protect against experimentally induced DNA damage which can reduce the progression of harmful cell colonies. Decaffeinated green tea provides the cells immune protection, particularly when cancer patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.
How to Replenish Red blood Cells
Red blood cells perform the most important blood duty. A single drop of blood contains millions of red blood cells which are constantly traveling through your body delivering oxygen and removing waste. If they weren't, your body would slowly die.
Red blood cells are red only because they contain protein chemical called hemoglobin which is bright red in color. Hemoglobin contains the element Iron, making it an excellent vehicle for transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide. As blood passes through the lungs, oxygen molecules attach to the hemoglobin. As the blood passes through the body's tissue, the hemoglobin releases the oxygen to the cells. The empty hemoglobin molecules then bond with the tissue's carbon dioxide or other waste gases, transporting it away. Over time, the red blood cells get worn out and eventually die. The average life cycle of a red blood cell is 120 days. Your bones are continually producing new blood cells, replenishing your supply. The blood itself, is re-circulated throughout your body, not being remade all of the time.
Healthy choices to rebuild your red blood count are:
1. Eat citrus fruits high in vitamin C.
2. Add alfalfa sprouts and bean sprouts to salads to get protein. Protein is needed to build hemoglobin.
3. Fresh wheat grass juice is filled with chlorophyll that can improve hemoglobin content. Warning if you are not use to wheat grass juice. Ease into it by drinking one ounce a day. To help make it more palatable, you can chase it with the juice of a slice of lemon. A little goes a long way.
4. Drink coconut water. It is filled with potassium and is a great source to replenish blood loss. Do not confuse coconut water with cream of coconut or coconut milk. Coconut water has a mild coconut flavor.
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