Dr. Oz recently did an article for Oprah’s magazine about the five main things he does to avoid catching a cold this time of year. They’re all things you’ve probably heard before, but a little refresher won’t hurt…
1. Get a flu shot. Peak flu season doesn’t start until next month, but get one as soon as possible.
2. Wash your hands a lot. 20 seconds is fine as long as you use soap and warm water. And he also carries around an alcohol-based hand sanitizer wherever he goes. Look for one that’s at least 60% alcohol.
3. Don’t skimp on sleep. One recent study found that if you average less than six hours of sleep a night, you’re four times more likely to catch a cold.
4. Get at least 15 minutes of sun every day. That’s not always easy in winter, but the vitamin D you get from it can make a big difference. He says he also takes a vitamin D supplement every day.
5. Exercise. But it doesn’t have to be a full workout. Even a few jumping jacks several times a day can help strengthen your immune system. And he also drinks a cup of Echinacea tea every day.