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Those small fighters called White blood cells.

Your blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma.

Your white blood cells account for only about 1% of your blood, but their impact is big. 

White blood cells play an important role in your body’s immune system, searching the blood for invading viruses, bacteria, and fungi. When a foreign virus or bacteria enters your blood, the white blood cell (aka leukocyte), recognizes and destroys the invading particle before it can cause disease.

 

Types of white blood cells

White blood cells are made in the bone marrow. They are stored in your blood and lymph tissues. Because some white blood cells called neutrophils have a short life less than a day, your bone marrow is always making them.

  • Monocytes. They have a longer lifespan than many white blood cells and help to break down bacteria.
  • Lymphocytes. They create antibodies to fight against bacteria, viruses, and other potentially harmful invaders.
  • Neutrophils. They kill and digest bacteria and fungi. They are the most numerous type of white blood cell and your first line of defense when infection strikes.
  • Basophils. These small cells seem to sound an alarm when infectious agents invade your blood. They secrete chemicals such as histamine, a marker of allergic disease, that help control the body’s immune response.
  • Eosinophils. They attack and kill parasites and cancer cells, and help with allergic responses.
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Daily habits to support white blood cell functioning

Since white blood cells fight off infection, people tend to think that elevated levels are actually beneficial. This is not necessarily the case! A high white blood cell count isn’t a specific disease in itself, but it can indicate an underlying problem, such as infection, stress, inflammation, trauma, allergy, or certain diseases.

As infection-causing bacteria or viruses multiply in the blood, your bone marrow produces more white blood cells to fight off the infection. Infection can also lead to inflammation, which can in turn cause the number of white blood cells to increase.

So how can our daily habits then support the functioning of the white blood cells?

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Manage your stress:

Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Get adequate sleep:

During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines.

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Regular exercise:

Regular exercise can boost your immune system and help fight off infections. Exercise allows immune cells to perform effectively — it increases blood flow, reduces stress and inflammation, and can strengthen antibodies.

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Plant foods reduce inflammation.

Plants’ essential nutrients work to resolve inflammation in your body. The same tiny phytochemicals and antioxidants that boost your immune system also go around your body neutralizing toxins from pollution, processed food, bacteria, viruses and more.

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Sunlight (Vitamin D)

When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it makes vitamin D from cholesterol. The sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays hit cholesterol in the skin cells, providing the energy for vitamin D synthesis to occur.

This vitamin plays a critical role in promoting immune response. It has both anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory properties, and is crucial for the activation of immune system defenses.

In what way can Chaya help build your immune system?

Chaya is a plant based 100% Natural product that acts as a Multi-Vitamin, Multi-Mineral, Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory agent.  Its content of Phytonutrients can help improve your immune system’s line of defense against diseases.

Plants’ essential nutrients work to resolve inflammation in your body. The same tiny phytochemicals and antioxidants that boost your immune system also go around your body neutralizing toxins from pollution, processed food, bacteria, viruses and more.

Garlic is another plant that boosts the immune system. It contains allicin, ajoene, and thiosulfinates that help prevent and fight infection.

Ginger also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can prevent cell damage and help ward off chronic disease.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that can improve your immune system, helping your body ward off infections and diseases. The citrus fruit can also help the body absorb iron from foods and contribute to wound healing due to its high vitamin C content in it.

Please remember that different nutrients take different amounts of time to exert a noticeable effect on your body.  It is going to take between 6 weeks – 3 months to correct most nutrient deficiencies.

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