How do you increase a low platelet count?


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A low platelet count can be increased by eliminating diet soda, tonic water, bitter melon and low-fat candy, in addition to eating more leafy greens, vegetables and fruits, says the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA). Adopting a macrobiotic diet rich in whole grains and beans, and low in dairy, meat and poultry can be beneficial as well. It's also recommended that a person eliminate alcohol and eat as many organic foods as possible.

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Macrobiotic diets are more focused on whether the food expands or contracts the body, and the type of energy the food has. Eating more contractive foods that are slow-cooked, and eliminating sweet and raw foods that are expansive can help treat a low platelet count. Additionally, there is also evidence that restricting calorie intake can help individuals with a low platelet count, says the PDSA. Specific benefits of a low-calorie diet include reduced inflammation, protection against bone marrow fibrosis and slowed aging of the cardiovascular system. Keep in mind however, it is important to consult a physician before making any major dietary changes.

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