Lemon water and neutropenia
White blood cell
QUESTION: How beneficial will warm lemon water be for a patient with low neutrophils blood count?
ANSWER: For the benefit of our site visitors, I want to first define neutropenia.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Neutropenia is an abnormally low count of neutrophils, white blood cells that help your immune system fight off infections, particularly bacteria and fungi.”
The risk of bacterial infection is related to both the severity and duration of the neutropenia.
So, how might lemon water help someone with low neutrophils?
In general, drinking fresh-squeezed lemon water regularly will help to normalize the pH levels in the body, making it less prone to colds and flus, as well as all types of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
In addition, as noted in Jethro Kloss’s book Back to Eden, just a few of the medicinal values of lemon include helping to “prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria and decomposition of tissue.”
Kloss also writes that lemon juice will also assists in “cleansing the system of impurities” and support the body’s own immune system.
The other factor to consider is hydration in general. If drinking lemon water will encourage someone to drink more water, this will improve cellular hydration and blood viscocity so that the blood will be able to deliver more oxygen-rich nutrients to the cells.
According to Kloss and A.F. Beddoe, lemon water also helps to purify the blood.
Anything we can do to help get nutrients into our cells and toxins out will improve the body’s ability to heal itself and to continue to repair and replace damaged cells (including blood cells).
And then there is the fact that lemon water is such an effective digestive aid. A person with low neutrophils needs optimal nutrient utilization of food.
Not only does lemon juice help with the digestive process, it helps to remove waste from the bowels more efficiently.
And last but not least, are the liver benefits of drinking lemon water. The number of jobs the liver has in the body is almost beyond belief.
Anything we can do to support liver function will support the immune system and the body's ability to heal itself.
Regarding the part of your question related to drinking "warm lemon water," please see my article Drinking Lemon in Water -
How Much, How Often, Hot or Cold?
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