The Doctors’ Ultimate Weekend Guide

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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.

Weekend Activities
Do you take your work home with you, even on your days off? Learn the risks of doing so, and find out how to let go, relax and take back your weekend.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears shows one couple how to get out, have fun and feel like kids again.

Want to run a marathon? Follow health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels’ tips for staying healthy through
26.2 miles

Searching for a new spa treatment? Kick back and enjoy a back facial.

Weekend Excess
After a long week, many people like to let loose and ditch their healthy habits over the weekend. Learn the consequences of throwing your health routine to the wayside.

Are you a weekend warrior? Learn the risks of playing a little too hard.

Head aching after a night out? Try the milkshake that may cure your hangover!


Learn why people faint and what to do if you feel light-headed.

• 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.

Fight the Flu
CVS pharmacist Usheema Thomas shares tips for staying healthy this flu season.

Find your nearest CVS/pharmacy and CVS Minute Clinic.

Flu Season 411
40 Ways to Fight the Flu
Flu Vaccine 101

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