The Doctors: Ways To Avoid the Flu
With Americans experiencing the worst flu epidemic in years, The Doctors shared ways to keep us protected. While you may think of schools, bathrooms and airplanes as major germ danger zones, the number one place that people catch the flu is their workplace. This is because adults very rarely stay home when they’re sick; 70-80% of sick people come to work anyway, and 65% come back to work too soon.
We visited Dr. Jim Sears in the Doctors office where he ambushed Jen, a producer who came into work despite not feeling well. Dr. Sears took Jen on a trip to re-visit all of the places that she likely contaminated. While Jen did end up only having a cold, it’s still possible to spread the flu even before you even realize you have it.
The Drs: Workplace Cold and Flu Danger Zones
Here is Dr. Jim Sears’ list of some of the most commonly contaminated places in the workplace. Avoid the spread of germs by washing hands and cleaning shared objects often.
- the phone
- your desk
- break room microwave
- keyboard and mouse
- coffee machines
- elevator buttons
- fax machines
Dr. Travis: Emergen-Tea Recipe
Dr. Travis Stork shared his own ways to avoid the flu, as well as his favorite tea recipe. Follow Dr. Travis’ tips and brew a cup of flu-fighting tea in order to stay healthy this winter.
- Stay hydrated.
- Wash hands often, as well as forearms.
- Dry hands with a clean towel or paper towel.
- Keep feet warm.
- Keep nails short, because bacteria can become trapped underneath.
- Maintain a healthy attitude.
Ingredients For Emergen-Tea:
- 2 teaspoons Green Tea leaves
- Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
- 2 cups steamed Water
- 2 teaspoons Honey
Directions For Emergen-Tea:
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Steep tea leaves to desired strength, then add cayenne pepper and honey.
- Stir and enjoy!
The Doctors: Avoiding Sugar When Sick
The Doctors’ last flu-fighting tip is to avoid sugar. While sugar can’t make you get sick, too much sugar can negatively affect your immune system. Dr. Sears pointed out that he always sees an increase in visits to his office the week after Halloween.
The daily recommended sugar intake for women is six teaspoons, while for men it’s nine teaspoons.