To make the right health decisions, you need to ask yourself, “What would a doctor do?” So, here’s what they would do in 4 different situations:
- If they felt a cold coming on. Would a doctor sip tea, or pour a tall glass of orange juice? Doctors would put the kettle on for some tea! That’s according to Dr. Michael Murray, the author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. He says, yes, orange juice has vitamin C, but its high sugar content will actually end up suppressing your immune response – making you more susceptible to illness. That’s because when you consume any form of extra sugar, whether it’s from candy, fruit juice, or even something like white rice, it turns into sugar in your system, and you reduce the function of your white blood cells. So, drink the tea, which is loaded with antioxidants, and get your vitamin C from a supplement.
- How would a doctor take his or her tea? With milk? Or with lemon? With lemon, for sure. Because a squeeze of fresh lemon increases the body’s ability to absorb the tea’s antioxidants. Milk has the opposite effect.
- Let’s say you’re exhausted midday. Would a doctor take a quick nap – or push through and then go to bed early that night? A doctor would take a 15-minute nap. That’s all you need to rejuvenate. If, instead, you went to bed early that night, you’d throw off your circadian clock. It’s better to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day – and take a nap when you need to.
- What would a doctor do if they wanted to exercise outside on a wintery day? Would they bundle up? Or wear just enough to keep from shivering? Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin is the surgical director of sports medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. And she says we should dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer outside than it really is – no matter what season it is. Because if you overdress, you can overheat, which can lead to excessive sweating, leg cramps, and hypothermia.