How to boost your white blood cells during chemo?

If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, it’s likely that your white blood cell count has taken a hit. But fear not! There are plenty of ways for you to boost your white blood cells and avoid getting sick.

Here are some tips on how to do just that:

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids is key when it comes to boosting your immune system. It helps flush out the toxins in your body whilst keeping all systems running smoothly.

So remember, folks: drink up!

Eat a Balanced Diet

Eating a balanced diet with foods rich in vitamins and minerals can have a big positive impact on your overall health during chemo treatment.

Make sure you’re including these items in your daily meals:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Leafy greens
  • Whole grains

And make sure you’re avoiding these bad boys:

  • Processed foods
  • Sugary snacks
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Get Moving

It may be difficult, but exercise can work wonders for cancer patients. Physical activity helps oxygenate the cells and improve circulation throughout the body — which can help prevent infections.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should run marathons or lift extreme weights! Just find something you will enjoy doing (like yoga or light walking), so you won’t get bored quickly and give up.

Give Your Immune System an Extra Boost ‘with Zinc’

Zinc is known to reduce inflammation thereby helping increase our immunity level. In fact many over-the-counter cold remedies contain zinc because it’s proven effective against several viruses like; Rhinovirus etc…

Get some extra zinc into yourself by consuming;

-Spinach.
-Lentils.
-Mushrooms(We know what kind of mushrooms pop into mind first).
-Pumpkin seeds.

Supplements You Can Try

In addition to getting zinc through your diet, it can be important to consume additional supplements.

Some potent supplements that will help you boost white blood cells during chemo include;

  • Vitamin C
    -A powerful nutrient known for its immune boosting and anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Ginseng.
    -A relative of the ivy family and some studies have shown ginseng may improve energy level.

  • Probiotics
    -Beneficial bacteria found in our gut that helps us build a stronger immunity all round.

Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Stress and anxiety levels impact on how well or bad our body functions. Therefore finding ways to manage stressful events or at least reduce exposure when going under chemotherapy is crucial. Here are some things that could potentially lower your stress:

  • Guided meditation
    -Mindful breathing techniques are great tools for easing worry/fear thus reducing overall tension levels

  • Regular massages
    -Massages provide relaxation whilst releasing any built up tensions which accumulates around soft tissues in peoples muscles.

  • Stay In Touch With Friends And Family
    -Support groups helps fosters empathy and remind people they’re not alone plus laughter serves an effective antidote against depression episodes

Hygiene Tips

Maintaining good hygiene habits is imperative so you’re less likely come into contact with germs/infections/viruses when your white blood cells count is low due chemotherapy related reasons.

Be diligent about following these tips:

-Washing hands frequently using soap/sanitizer products after certain activities like householding jobs as opposed only before eating!
-Try avoid crowded spaces where multiple interactions take place, of course that doesnt mean let life pass by while taking such measures but being smart/diligent/good judgement calls)
-Cover mouth/nose with tissue paper/upper sleeve etc when one needs coughs/sneezes/removing mucus from nose(get creative if must)

It’s extremely important to take care of yourself during chemotherapy in order to keep your white blood cells at a healthy level.

Remember, always consult with your healthcare professional before trying any new remedy or diet – as certain things may not be suitable for everyone.

But whether you’re drinking plenty of fluids, sticking to a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and good rest patterns in life; every small change is fantastic when starting off — towards meeting larger goals which will seriously impact on the quality of your entire health/wellbeing status.

Don’t waste another day being sick! Start taking action now and give yourself the gift that keeps giving: A Stronger Immune system!