Ask Dr. Nandi: Best new ways to avoid the cold and flu

Posted at 4:55 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 16:55:51-05

Scientists are constantly looking at ways to fight germs and Dr. Nandi explains the latest new ways to help you avoid the cold and flu.

I get frequently asked how to avoid getting sick during the winter months. Everyone especially wants to avoid the flu. So here are the latest ways to avoid germs and stay healthy:

Boost your immunity by eating right.

I never recommend crash diets ever, but especially now. Don’t decrease your body’s natural defenses by severely limiting calories.

Get proper rest and sleep in on the weekend

Research shows those who get eight or more hours of sleep are less likely to get a cold than those who snooze 7 hours or less.

And lastly, if someone does end up sick, wash your hands a lot - as often as 10 times a day. Those who are ill can shed live viruses for five days after symptoms are gone.

If you can, stay six to 10 feet away from someone who is sneezing or coughing. The flu can get passed to others through tiny, virus-filled water droplets from sick people’s mouths and noses.

Partha’s RX

1. Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot.
We'll establish a herd immunity which provides more protection for everyone.

2. If you’re a chronic smoker, please quit
Your lungs get damaged which makes you’re vulnerable to respiratory type viral infections.

3. After washing your hands, turn off the faucet with a paper towel
This will help keep them clean and germ-free.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Germs get spread this way.

Dr. Nandi's 4th Annual Charity Coat Drive at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Detroit. Stephen Clark is one of our live entertainers.  He’s on at 3:30 but the coat drive goes from noon to 6 p.m. Everyone is invited and we just ask that you bring a gently used OR new coat to donate. Let’s help keep Detroiters warm this winter!