Whether you’re chilling out or hitting the town, get tips for staying healthy this weekend with The Doctors' Ultimate Weekend Guide!
Do you tend to get sick at the end of the week? E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says you’re not alone.
“During the work week, you’re probably feeling some acute stress,” he says. “Maybe you have a deadline or a speech to give. There’s adrenaline coursing through your system. That fight-or-flight hormone [keeps you going].
“Then the weekend comes, you let off the gas pedal a little bit and a more chronic stress hormone, cortisol, might take over, which actually suppresses your immune system,” Dr. Travis adds. “So, just as you begin to relax, [you get sick].”
How to Have a Healthy Weekend
• Make sure to get enough sleep during the week.
• Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
• Take a multivitamin.
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• Learn the dangers of drinking and purging.
College Health Hazards
Pamela recently sent her 19-year-old son, Christian, off to college, but is worried about his new living conditions.
“When we dropped him off at his dorm, all I saw was big, stinky guys, one bathroom, sharing the laundry, sharing the kitchen,” Pamela says. “I just saw a germ-haven.”
The Doctors reveal the top college health hazards, and how to keep your campus-bound kids safe.
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