Your doctor cannot always be by your side, but if he could spend some quality time with you, there are some simple stay-well tips he would definitely give you. Among other things, he would say, “Please do not…
…Cough and sneeze without covering your mouth, especially if you’re in a movie theater, aircraft or other closed environs, where it takes just seconds to catch an infection. Do everyone a favor—direct those germs into a handkerchief or heavy-duty tissue.
…Scarf down doughnuts and muffins in the morning. Sugary treats give you nothing but empty calories. Worse, they send your blood sugar levels shooting up and bring them crashing down soon after, leaving you drained at the start of the day. So, please enjoy a protein-rich breakfast featuring eggs, whole-grain cereal and yogurt. You’ll stay trim and feel energetic all day.
…Touch your skin all the time: countless times a day, people tend to absently pick at their skin, touch their face, chew on their nails, dig their nose. This makes doctors wince, because they know our hands carry all sorts of germs. Their advice: wash hands often and keep them away from your skin.
…Take the elevator every time: it’s a common sight to see people queuing up even to get to the second floor. A cardiologist watching this would certainly be upset, and ask, “Why not take the stairs and give your heart a good aerobic workout?”
…Tune up your iPod to more than 70% of its max volume: it can damage your ears. Advice from an ear-specialist: “Invest in noise-canceling headphones if you can’t hear the music in noisy surroundings.”