My dear friend Renee has got herself one hell of a blog going over at Shape Magazine. It’s a funny, informative, and engaging read. Is it hyperbole to say your life will be better for following it? I don’t think so…
She also has a witty and marginally handsome guy who weighs in health topics from time to time…
Verifying Healthy Habits with Dr Dan DiBacco
1. Take Your Vitamins (I take C and Zinc)
Both Vitamin C and Zinc have shown benefits for fighting colds, so you’re definitely on the right track here. Two caveats: Typically, we can only absorb 500mg of vitamin C per dose. If you can, try to take your daily 1000mg vitamin C supplement in two separate doses. And, taking zinc has been shown to decrease the severity and duration of cold symptoms, but it works best if you start taking it immediately at the onset of sniffles. Keep it handy and devotedly down it at the first sign of trouble.
2. Get Your Sleep (I aim for 8 Hours)
Not getting enough sleep stresses your body. A stressed body is more susceptible to invading bacteria and a bad attitude. So yes, absolutely get your sleep. Don’t just do it for yourself, do it for those around you.
3. Wash Your Hands (I wash them constantly)
I’d put “wash your hands” as number one. Your clinically significant obsession with hand washing is the number one reason you stay healthy. Keep it up!
4. Take a Probiotic (I take one every day)
Yes to probiotics! Like the one here, more and more studies are showing benefits for probiotics beyond just gut harmony.
5. Use a Humidifier (I use one every night)
“I’m neutral on humidifiers. Maybe because I live in one giant humidifier called Atlanta. However, if you live in a more arid climate a humidifier can be of some benefit. If nothing else, it can keep the mucous lining of your respiratory system ooey and gooey. Ooey and gooey mucous is our first line of defense against things that wish to make us sick.
6. Have Sex (as often as I’d like)
Thanks Renee, but men have known this all along. For years we’ve been saying regular sex boosts the immune system and provides various other health benefits that we can’t think of right now because you look hot…Is it possible we can just include sex on every “good for you” list? Or at least mandate inclusion of known benefits of regular sex in every edition of every woman’s magazine published within the U.S.? Perhaps even a continuous ticker along the bottom of the O network…
Signing Off Verifying My Good Habits,
Renee & Dan