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How to Increase White Blood Cells with These 5 Tasty Meals

How to Increase White Blood Cells with These 5 Tasty Meals

By feeding your immune system with the right foods, you are able to improve its ability to fight off colds and the flu. The immune system works closely with white blood cells to fight off infections. When you have a healthy white blood cell count, it should be about 5,000-10,000 cells per microliter of blood. Neutropenia is when you have a count that is less than 3,500. There are ways to increase white blood cells which improves your chance of fighting off infections. What you eat is a huge consideration in how knowing how to increase white blood cells and stay healthy.

Foods That Help Increase White Blood Cells

Vitamin C

Including many vitamins in your diet, with Vitamin C being one of the most essential, helps to increase white blood cells. Foods rich in vitamin C include chili, and green and red peppers. Broccoli has not just vitamin C to increase white blood cells, but also vitamins A and E, along with many antioxidants.

Zinc

Zinc is a well known immune booster and is connected with the production of white blood cells. Studies show a zinc deficiency can increase your risk of infections. Foods rich in zinc include oysters, beef, wheat germ and spinach.

Folic Acid

Your body needs folic acid in order to produce white blood cells. Foods rich in folic acid include: spinach, beans, and citrus fruits.

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Selenium

Selenium can also build up your white blood cells and can be found in cod, beef, tuna, salmon and chicken. Also at the top of the list are Brazil nuts, along with Pinto beans.

Beta Carotene

This helps protect the immune system, namely the thymus gland. Foods containing Beta Carotene strengthen the production of white blood cells and have the ability to fight off infection when ingested daily. Foods containing Beta Carotene include: carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes and dark-green leafy vegetables.

Garlic is in a class by itself as it has the ability to fight infections thanks to it’s immune-boosting properties. These are due to a heavy concentration of sulfer-containing compounds like allicin in garlic.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice often used in curry. It has long been used as an anti-inflammatory to ease pain in both types of arthritis. The concentration of curcumin has shown to assist in the reduction of inflammation and fever.

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Kale

Just one cup of kale give you all the vitamin A you need in a day. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that assists the body in fighting cancer cells. It is a key ingredient in increasing white blood cells. It not only aids in the formation of white blood cells but also assists antibodies in responding to invasive infections.

Yogurt

Yogurt helps to increase white bloods cells by assisting the body in producing antibodies along with strengthening white blood cells.

Tasty Meals to Increase White Blood Cells

Mixed Green Salad with Oranges, Dried Cranberries and Pecans

This tasty salad includes three oranges along with baby greens and pecans. The orange offers necessary vitamin C to increase white blood cells and the baby greens contain Beta Carotene, a great immune booster.

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Garlic Soup

This soup is packed with up to 50 cloves of garlic. Garlic has been used medicinally for over 5,000 years for its ability to fight infections.

Roasted Vegetables

Packed with carrots, peppers and tomatoes it is an excellent source of Beta Carotene and vitamin C. A delicious way to increase your white blood cell count.

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Red Bean and Poblano Chili

Chilies have a lot of vitamin C in them which are said to increase white blood cells. Use pinto beans in this recipe in order to get your source of selenium too.

Baked Kale Chips

Kale is a power food and contains the necessary vitamin A to fight off infections. These tasty chips are also a great way to curb snacking on bad foods that are counteractive to boosting your immune system.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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