White blood cells form inside the bone marrow just like red blood cells and platelets. They then move to other parts of the body to grow and mature until they are needed.Our white blood cells are generally not released into the blood stream in large numbers, unless an infection is present in the body.When sicknesses invade the body through a cut, our eyes, nose, mouth, or other orifices,“our white blood cells defend our bodies against said invaders”.
White blood cells/leukocytes are divided into two groups. The first group is polymorphonuclear granulocytes. These are cells with granules or spots in their cytoplasm. The second group is mononuclear agranulocytes. They have no granules in their cytoplasm.Both groups contain several different types of cells that play many roles in the body’s defense against infection. In other words, “there are various types of white blood cells that are all required to protect the body in varying circumstances.
Tips To Keep White Blood Cells Healthy:
Eat more vegetables high in vitamins A, B,C, D and E.
Vitamin C is a vital vitamin to support white blood cells and the immune system as a whole.Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and lemons are high in vitamin C.Spinach is also high in vitamin C but don’t eat too much, unless you like kidney stones.
Use Herbs like echinacea, elderberry and astragalus. These herbs can help reduce the durationand severity of an illness.
Eat mushrooms like turkey tail, matake and shiitake.
Make sure you are getting sufficient sleep.
Here are some great infographics about our white blood cell.