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Hand Washing 101

You watch Dr. McDreamy and Dr. Grey have extended conversations about love, the future and their future love at the pre-op and post-op sinks. It might seem like a dramatic device, but they’re really just acting like good doctors by washing their hands for at least 20 seconds.

It seems obvious, but we want to remind you that hand washing is the best way to avoid catching a cold or the flu. All those herbs and vitamins help tone your immune system, but killing the germs before they get in you is the best medical advice out there.

For the extended lesson on hand washing, read more.

Twenty seconds doesn’t seem like that long but try singing a moderately paced rendition of the Alphabet song (A, B, C, D, E...) while washing. Plus it’s not necessarily the soap that kills the germs, but the friction of rubbing your hands together that makes the germs slide off — the soap is just lubricant. Most importantly, wash your hands before you eat — this includes snacking.

Fit’s Tip: All this serious hand washing can dry out your skin so remember to moisturize.

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