How to NOT Get Sick | Proven Health Hacks | Doctor Mike

– Are you ready? I know you don’t wanna get sick. I mean, who wants to
wake up in the morning with a 102 degree fever,
nausea, body aches… I have all the tips on how
to not get sick right here. More socks. When your feet get cold, your
entire body gets chilled, even your nose and mouth. What your body’s doing is
protecting you from losing heat by redirecting blood to your vital organs. But that’s bad because now
you have no immune protection in your nose from the viruses and bugs that live there year-round. More honey. ♪ Honey ♪ ♪ (women vocalizing) ♪ ♪ Honey, baby ♪ I hate the term superfood. All that is is a word created
by marketers to make money. But the food that comes
closest to that term is honey. Not only does honey help
control your cough as good or better than some
over-the-counter cough suppressants, but it also has antibacterial properties. There is such thing as medical grade honey that’s used to help wounds heal when antibiotics aren’t working. So, instead of white or brown sugar, throw some honey in your tea. Less supplements. – [Cameraman] Hey, I need those, bro. – Actually, no, you don’t. It’s never been proven that
vitamins will prevent you from getting sick. All that is is marketing hype
designed to sell you these, and all you’re doing is
flushing money down the toilet. Literally, because you pee them out. (glass shatters) More sex. ♪ Sexual ♪ ♪ Hear me, baby ♪ There have been a few interesting studies that have even surprised
me about getting hands-on. Getting massages, having sex, those things seem to have
boosted the immune response. So, it’s not unwise to get
cozy during wintertime. Less stress. Stress can really get the
better of you if you let it. (ringtone sounding) – [Cameraman] I said no phones! – See what I mean? When your body is stressed, it creates something known as cortisol, which is a stress hormone that actually hampers your
body’s immune response. So, relax. Meditate a
little. Take a chill pill. More exercise. Exercise boosts your immune system. Not only does it improve
your white blood cells and the antibodies which
fight off all the viruses and bacteria within your body, but exercise also prevents your body from releasing stress hormones. Exercise with light or moderate intensity and do that even if you’re already sick as long as you don’t have a fever. Less alcohol. No thanks. Despite you feeling warmer
when you’re drinking alcohol, your body temperature
is actually dropping, which can hurt your immune system and its ability to fight off infection. Woo! Drink the alcohol;
it’ll kill the germs. No, it doesn’t. Complete myth.
Busted, done, no, kill it. If you’re sick or getting
sick, do not drink alcohol. It’ll only hurt your immune system. Disinfect your phone and your digits. Yea, I’m looking at you. You have poop on your phone. Bacteria that normally lives within poop lives on your digits and on your phone. And forget poop bacteria. Think about all the places that you put your phone down all day. On the table, on the floor. It’s covered by viruses and bacteria. Listen, normally I’m not so anti-bacteria. I don’t believe that we should be killing bacteria all the time because there’s such
thing as good bacteria. But in this case, sanitize
your hands and your phone. More water. It’s so important that you stay hydrated because when you don’t have enough water, your body isn’t able to
maintain your immune system, flush out toxins, and, when you’re sick, your body loses more water than usual. More sleep. It’s the cheapest and most effective thing out of all these tips. When you don’t get at
least six hours of sleep, the amount of natural killer cells falls by at least 50 percent, and they’re your first line of defense to kill the bugs that can get you sick. And I’m not trying to scare you here. If you get less than six
hours one night, that’s fine. But if that becomes a chronic
problem, a long-term problem, and you build up sleep debt, that’s when infection can really set in. More flu shots. You know, more people getting flu shots. Not you getting more than one… whatever. The flu shot is our biggest
protection against the flu. Everyone that’s older
than six months of age, yes that includes you,
should get the flu shot. There are very few exceptions. I wanna put this thing to rest. No, you cannot get the
flu from the flu shot. Yes, there can be a coincidence and you can get the actual
flu from somewhere else, but not from the flu shot. Remember, it takes two
weeks for the flu vaccine to actually kick in. Oh, I’m not afraid of the flu. It’s the same thing as a cold. No, it’s not. The flu virus claims over 30,000
lives per year in the U.S. Less antibiotics. Some of you think that when
you have the common cold or the flu and you’ll take antibiotics that you’ll recover quicker. That is not the case. Antibiotics work against
bacteria, not viruses, which is what common colds and flus are. By taking antibiotics,
you hurt the good bacteria that’s within your
stomach, causing diarrhea and other sorts of
problems within your gut. Also, when you take
antibiotics unnecessarily, you raise the chance of something called antibiotic resistance, which is the creation of
something called a superbug. (fearful screaming) There you go. Just a few things to keep
in mind, but remember, if you do get sick from time
to time, it’s not a problem. In the long-term it just
makes your body stronger. Stay happy and stay healthy. (makes popping noise) Check, check, check, check, check, check! Bee-whoop! (laughing) Honey, honey, honey! (takes deep breath) Okay. Not only– (clearing throat) (laughing) (laughing) When you don’t get that sleep, guess what? You don’t have that optimal function. Stress can really get the
better of you if you let it. Hold on a second. I’m waiting, dude! – [Cameraman] I’m so nervous. – Why? Unless you’re gonna go like… So, how does this part go? (laughing) Getting things like a massage… (repeating under breath) There have been a few studies that have piqued even my curiosity. There have even been a few studies that have piqued my curiosity. Stop making me laugh. It’s okay to get sick from time to time. In the long run, it’s going
to keep you healthier, and more refreshed, and whiter teeth! (laughing) Oh my God. I’m losing my mind. (jazzy music)

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