Ask The Doc: What’s Dirtier? Your Keyboard or Your Toilet Seat?

By August 6, 2012

If you read my last blog post you know the answer to that question.

A computer keyboard can have five times more bacteria on it than your average toilet seat! Don’t let this scare you too much though. We all have tons of bacteria on and in our bodies. It’s perfectly normal to come in contact with all kinds of bacteria in your average day: door knobs, money, controllers, hand rails, elevator buttons, toilet seats, computers and just about any and everything else you end up touching.

It’s really only certain bacteria that we really need to worry about. Remember, if someone else uses your keyboard, viruses can be passed on to you or anyone else who uses the keyboard. This is particularly important during flu season, which is quickly coming upon us.

So, what can you do to prevent this kind of contact with bacteria and viruses? Sanitize your keyboard, mouse, controller and any other shared devices regularly. To combat viruses, make sure that you’re getting enough sleep, as a lack of sleep will lower your immune system. There are a number of supplements that might help prop up your immune system as well. These include herbs like eleutherococcus, also known as Siberian Ginseng. Other herbal supplements such as rhodiola act as what are called adaptogens, and help support our immune systems.