If you recently went through chemotherapy, or have a chronic disease, you may have a low white blood cell count. Having a low white blood cell count can make you more susceptible to infection, which is why it is important to take extra care in protecting yourself from germs. Washing your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap and warm water can help reduce your risk of developing an infection.
Avoiding raw foods or unwashed fruits and vegetables is also important when you have a low white blood cell count. This doesn’t mean you should give up eating fruits and veggies, just make sure they are washed first.
While there are no magical food you can eat to increase your white blood cell count, you should try to eat foods high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Bioflavenoids, Zinc, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and garlic all which can help give your immune system a boost. Also it’s a good idea to eat quality proteins, which are rich in amino acids and can help your body produce new white blood cells. Another option you may want to consider is eating foods rich in vitamin B12 and folate. Your body needs both of these nutrients to produce new white blood cells.