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Diet to raise low blood platelets

Updated April 17, 2017

Blood platelets are tiny cells that are colourless, and they play an important part in the clotting of blood. Diet will not cure Thrombocytopenia, but it will improve general health and the immune system and raise blood platelets in some cases.Thrombocytopenia is the medical term for low blood platelet count when your blood count gets below normal range. Normal blood count is 150 to 400 million platelets per millimetre of blood.

Function and Treatment

The function of blood platelets is the formation of blood clots, which in turn will prevent serious blood loss. An adequate number of platelets is needed to prevent some possible leaking of the red blood vessels. There is usually an underlying cause for LPC (low platelet count) and it can be treated with medications, changes in medication or surgery. If it is very severe, a blood transfusion may be necessary according to the Mayo Clinic.

Macrobiotic Diet

The Platelet Disorder Support Association recommends a macrobiotic diet for those suffering with low blood platelet count. Low platelet count is considered an expansive disease where blood literally expands through the vessel walls. It is advocated that people with this disease eat what is called a contractive diet to bring some balance. The diet will be instrumental in reducing acidity in the blood.

Macrobiotic Foods

The macrobiotic diet is made up mostly of fresh, cooked foods. All processed foods are eliminated from this particular diet. Foods that are generally omitted are alcohol, all sugars, fruit and raw foods. You can salt your foods to taste while cooking. Night shade vegetables are not sanctioned, such as peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes. Legumes of all sorts such as beans, lentils and quinoa are acceptable. Dairy products are not recommended. A small amount of fish will work on this diet.

Food Allergies

Many people have allergic reactions to food, from mild to severe. Avoiding foods that cause some kind of allergic reaction will help boost the immune system. Eliminating foods that are processed, cured or pre-cooked will promote body healing.

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About the Author

Carol Stanley has been a writer and speaker for over 30 years. She has written for several Arizona publications including the "Arizona Republic." She attended the University of California-Los Angeles and the University of Arizona. She authored the book "For Kids 59.99 & Over," among other publications.