Dr Oz: Cold & Flu Season
Cold & Flu Season is in full swing, and Dr Oz asked some of the nation’s busiest ER doctors to share their tips for staying well, including Zinc, hand washing, and Cayenne Pepper Tea. He got started with his own colleagues at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr Oz: How Doctors Wash Their Hands
Dr Michael Stern told Dr Oz’s cameras that he wipes down his work area using an alcohol-based cleaner at the start of each shift. Dr Neal E. Flomenbaum recommended getting a flu shot (even though the 2014-15 batch was not very effective).
Dr Juliet Caldwell demonstrated how doctors wash their hands, as you may have seen before surgery on your favorite medical drama. Later thoroughly under warm water for 20 seconds. Make sure to get between fingers and under nails, letting the water drip down to the tips of the fingers.
Dr Oz: Ways To Take Zinc for a Cold
Dr Caldwell also said that she takes a Zinc lozenge when she feels cold symptoms coming on. It does not prevent her from getting sick, but it’s believed to affect the severity of a cold as well as its duration.
Dr Oz agreed that Zinc can be beneficial for colds, but we probably cannot get enough from meat. Instead, consider consuming 10 Oysters or eat 3/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds. As an alternative, stick to the Zinc lozenges.
Dr Oz: Cayenne Pepper Tea Remedy
Dr Sampson Davis said that he prefers to drink Cayenne Pepper in a tea form. It contains Capsaicin, a decongestant that can help to take some of the pressure off a cold sufferer’s sinuses.
- Hot Water
- Fresh Ginger
- 1-2 shakes Cayenne Pepper
- Heat the water for your tea.
- In a mug, place ginger with cayenne and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- Pour hot water over this. Stir and let steep for a few minutes before enjoying.
Dr Oz: Stop Touching Your Face
Dr Billy Goldberg wore a wrist camera to illustrate all the places and things we touch each day. Each of these instances is a chance to transfer germs. Hand washing is great for getting rid of those unwanted guests, but the real secret is this: stop touching your face.
On average, most of us touch our faces 16 times every hour. That means we’re almost always giving germs the chance to get through the nose’s permeable membranes. How can you break the habit of touching your face? Dr Oz recommended applying a scented Essential Oil to your hands for a few days while you train yourself to keep your hands out of your face.