2. Increased WBC Count
If a person’s white blood cell count is too high, it’s not necessarily a good thing. It often signifies an underlying health problem—such as inflammation, trauma, allergy, or diseases (i.e., Leukemia).
3. How WBCs Function
There are several different types of WBCs, and they respond differently to infection—for instance, some attack and destroy the foreign germs, others attack the cells that are infected, and others respond and protect against allergic reaction.
4. Determining High WBC Count
The only way to find out if your levels are elevated is to get a blood test by a doctor or lab.
5. Another Reason to Butt Out
Smoking blocks proper airflow because it inflames the lungs and air passages—and can eventually lead to or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, or emphysema—which in turn produces dangerously high levels of white blood cells.
6. Stressed Out?
High levels of emotional or physical anxiety will cause your white blood cell count to spike drastically, which is why high levels of stress aren’t healthy. Under normal stressful conditions, WBCs will increase then decrease to normal once the stressor subsides.
7. Exercise Beneficial for WBCs
When you’re physically exerted WBC rapidly increases so that your body can identify disease-causing organisms faster during the duration of the workout—a positive reason to exercise regularly. Levels return to normal in rest.