Published: 12/08/2011 - Updated: 08/26/2016
Platelets (thrombocytes) are small cytoplasmic fragments that circulate in the blood and whose function is to form blood clots, i.e. they help the blood to the coagulation process to maintain a balance in the cardiovascular system and prevent bleeding when injured, forming blood clots that help to stop bleeding while the damaged vessel is repaired.
When the number of platelets is too low could result in excessive bleeding, and if the platelet count is too high it will come together to form blood clots that can potentially cause what is known as thrombosis, which occurs when blood vessels become clogged by clots causing severe reactions as stroke, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, or blockage in any part of the body.
Any imbalance or platelets disease is called thrombocytopathy, which can be either a reduced number of platelets (thrombocytopenia), a deficit in function (thrombasthenia) or an increase in the number (thrombocytosis).
Platelets are produced during the process of blood cell formation (thrombopoiesis) in bone marrow. The physiological range of platelets is of 150-400 x 109/litre. A platelet has a life of 7 to 10 days, and a healthy adult produces 1 x 1011 platelets per day. This production is regulated by a hormone called thrombopoietin, which is usually secreted by the liver and kidneys. Platelets are destroyed by phagocytosis in the spleen and Kupffer cells in the liver. The spleen stores a number of platelets, which are released when needed by splenic contraction, regulated by the sympathetic nervous system.
Thrombocytosis (high platelets)
Thrombocytosis, as explained, is the increase of platelets in the blood. The causes of increased platelets may be:
- Infections (most common cause: viral, bacterial, etc.)
- Poor diet and
- Iron deficiency, anemia (due to poor diet and poor absorption of iron or lack of it)
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Kawasaki disease
- Splenectomy post-syndrome
High platelets are related to factors such as stress, anxiety and depression, attitudes that create wear and imbalances both in the nervous system and throughout the body. Anxiety or depression, in this case, can be generated by a failure to fin deep hapinness in life, closing the way to feel joy only with fixed or obstinate ideas.
The body has its own self-healing capacity, designed to self regulate and self-repair, you only need to be given the necessary elements to return to the state of balance and optimal performance.
A diet is the foundation of all healing process as it helps the body repair damaged tissue, nourish and invigorate organ systems, and removing stagnant toxic and unnecessary stuff in the intestines which impairs the blood throughout the body, causing a number of imbalances that are known as diseases.
It is necessary to maintain a high quality diet, trying to avoid all products containing sugar or refined flour products based on cow's milk, refined grains lack any nutritional value as well as junk food like soda, fast food, sausages and red meat, which only hinder the functioning of the body, filling it with toxic matter and acidifying the blood.
What foods help to regulate high platelets?
- You must include in the diet 2 liters of pure water per day, beginning the day drinking on an empty stomach a glass of warm water with a squeezed lemon.
- Include Omega oils that nourish the nervous system. Extra virgin olive oil, oily fish and whole grains are very beneficial.
- Shiitake fungus is one of the best natural remedies for this condition.
- Consumption of raw garlic, aloe juice, seeds of grapes, oranges, plums and papaya are very beneficial in the diet. You should eat for day only a fruit such as papaya and grapes.
Other natural remedies
- In addition to diet, you should consider exercise, as exercise helps to circulate blood, oxygen, and vitalize, helping to distribute nutrients evenly throughout the body.
- Acupuncture, reflexology and bioenergy are therapies that help regulate the smooth flow of energy in the body, they serve as strong support for a healing process.
- The emotional attitudes are important, often essential. People can come to heal simply by changing their ways of acting and thinking.