T cells are a type of white blood cell that fight disease and infection. They are an important part of the immune system. Long term illnesses, chemotherapy, AIDS, poor nutrition and stress may all lead to a lower than normal T cell count. It is important to keep T cell count in the normal healthy range in order for the body to fight harmful intruders. There are things you can do to increase T cells in the body.
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Things you need
- Fruits and vegetables
- Lean protein foods
- Vitamin supplements
- Green tea
Eat a diet high in vegetables and fruits. Vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, spinach, green beans, oranges, apples and peaches contain vitamins that increase T cell counts.
Eat lean protein sources such as eggs, beans and lean meats which helps build white blood cells. Eat less of high fat foods that suppress the immune system.
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Walking, running and swimming boost energy levels and help produce T cells needed to increase immunity levels.
Take a multivitamin. Most people do not receive the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals from their diets so a supplement helps to achieve that deficit.
Drink one to two cups of green tea a day. Green tea is high in antioxidants which help fight disease and infection within the body.
Eat yoghurt once a day. Yoghurt contains good bacteria that help the digestive tract stay healthy and fight any bad bacteria that may enter.
Tips and warnings
- Allow green tea to steep three minutes before drinking to get the full benefit. Take multivitamins that are produced specifically for your age and gender.
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