Fab Five: Tips, Reasons & Ways To Improve Your Health
Five Ways to Avoid Getting Sick
1. Stop Panicking: The stress of worrying about getting sick can weaken your immune system and leave you more vulnerable to catching a bug.
2. Stop Taking Unnecessary Antiviral Medications: When people take these medications unnecessarily, it can increase the risk for a future virus to become resistant to the drugs, leaving you unprotected.
3. Dry Laundry Thoroughly: A University of Arizona study found that wet laundry can carry viruses and bacteria like E coli.
4. Bring Your Own Pen: Avoid using other people’s pens at work, at the bank, at department stores and the grocery store.
5. Keep Your Bed Clean: Reduce germs in your bed to reduce the chance that you get sick. Use products such as the CleanWave Sanitizing Portable Vacuum, which uses germ-reducing UV technology to tackle viruses, bacteria and common bedding odors.
• When your child gets sick, do you know when to contact your doctor? Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears reveals the five reasons to call your child’s physician right away.
• The Doctors uncover the five germiest places you’d never expect.
Time to Clean
What you don’t know can’t hurt you … or can it? Learn five reasons to look behind your furniture and appliances next time you’re cleaning your house.
• Cleaning house call
• Non-toxic cleaning solutions
• Green cleaning recipes
Do you have a vitamin D deficiency? Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which strengthens bones, muscles and vital organs such as the heart and brain. While the nutrient may be obtained through sunlight, which helps your body manufacture more vitamin D, more than 75 percent of people are vitamin D deficient. The Doctors reveal five reasons you need to check your vitamin D levels today, and simple ways to raise them.
• Dr. Sears’ recipe for boosting your vitamin D levels.
Finding Dr. Right
Is your doctor the right physician for you? E.R. physician and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson share five tips for finding Dr. Right.
1. Recommendations from Friends and Family: Getting first-hand, objective information from people you trust is extremely important in finding your doctor.
2. Check Credentials: Confirm if the physician is certified in his or her specialty. Websites like certificationmatters.org and docboard.org can help you find out if a doctor is board certified, licensed, and can even reveal complaints and malpractice issues.
3. Use Search Engines: Look online for reviews of a certain doctor, but be careful, because not every physician will have a website for his or her practice. Weed out the extreme reviews and look for patterns from other patients.
4. Check Availability: Make sure the prospective doctor’s hours and location are convenient for you.
5. Go in For a Checkup: You won’t know if you are comfortable with a doctor and his or her office staff until you meet them in person.
Bonus: Once you find your trusted doctor, use his or her recommendations for finding a specialist when needed.
• Dr. Lisa answers five of the most common questions women ask their gynecologists.
• Dentist Dr. Carly Weiner reveals five tips for healthier gums.
Quick Tips for a Better You
Are you getting enough sleep? A sleep deficit can contribute to serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and obesity. Dr. Travis shares five reasons you should start going to bed one hour earlier, starting tonight.
1. It Makes Your Memory More Efficient: Sleep helps the brain commit the new information you absorbed throughout the day to your memory, through a process called memory consolidation.
2. Helps Regulate Your Weight: Sleep deprivation causes poor regulation of the hormones that control your appetite and hunger, which can cause weight gain.
3. Offers a Decreased Risk of Diabetes: Studies have shows that sleep disorders and sleep deprivation can increase your risk of developing diabetes.
4. Prevents General Disease: Sleep deprivation alters the body’s immune function, making you more susceptible to getting sick.
5. Can Help You Live Longer: Studies show that those who sleep between six-and-a-half to seven-and-a-half hours a night live longer than those who sleep more than eight hours or less than six-and-a-half hours a night.