Dr. Google will see you now.
You wake up and feel terrible. What's the first thing you do? Google.
Hopefully, your ailment is something simple and a short scroll can help you find an answer. But we've all been down that rabbit-hole when a simple headache search turns into a "It could be what?!" moment.
It's never a good idea to get your health advice strictly online, so please contact your doctor with any real concerns. But for some of the simple things, the Internet can help you find quick answers.
Here are some of the most searched for questions on the web and Dr. Oz-approved answers to save you a click.
When Should I Get My Flu Shot?
Are you reading this in October? Then the answer is NOW.
The optimal time to get your flu shot is as soon as they are available or by the end of October, according to the CDC. Peak flu activity is between December and February, and getting vaccinated now can lower your chances of getting the flu.
How Do I Get Rid of Hiccups?
Dr. Oz says these home remedies usually work for him. Why? All three can "interrupt the nerve signals that cause the spasm of the diaphragm," he says.
- Hold your breath for one minute (no more).
- Eat a teaspoon of sugar or a teaspoon of honey.
- Gargle with ice water for 45 seconds
If your hiccups last for longer than 48 hours or are causing disruption to your breathing or sleep, go see your doctor.
How Long Does Alcohol Stay in Your System?
There is no specific time frame. It all depends on numerous factors including age, weight, how much food you had that day, medications, liver condition, and how much alcohol you consume. The more you drink, the more your body has to process.
The "general" rule that should be taken with a grain (rim) of salt: a small shot of liquor, about 1 hour; a pint of beer, about 2 hours; a large glass of wine, about 3 hours; and a "few drinks" could mean 5-plus hours.
The Cleveland Clinic notes that alcohol could take a full 25-hours to be completely out of your bloodstream. And it can stay in your system in other ways. For example, traces of alcohol can be found in hair for up to 90 days and in your urine for up to 72 hours.
How Does Keto Work?
The low-carb way of eating has been found to promote short- and long-term weight loss, which is why it has become a popular diet. After a few days of eating 3 to 4 grams of fat for every 1 gram of carbohydrate and protein (basically less than 20 to 50 grams of carbs per day), your body may enter a state of "ketosis" where it forces itself to burn fat for fuel, rather than carbs.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Perhaps. First, a banana has about 27g of carbs, so one banana and you're at your daily limit. Second, once you stop eating this way, you may gain back all of the weight you lost and then some. Third, how does "keto breath" and "keto crotch" sound to you? Bad breath and increased bacteria in the groin area have been reported with this diet. Finally, with a strict diet, you may miss out on key nutrients.
Still, doctors have been prescribing a "ketogenic" diet for about 100 years to children with epilepsy whose seizures have not responded to medication. Experts believe that the low-sugar/high-fat diet interferes with the 'excitability' part of the brain, which may help to stop it from generating seizures.
How Do I Lower My Blood Pressure?
There are numerous ways you can control your blood pressure without medication, and most of them are lifestyle factors well within your control.
- Lose weight (blood pressure usually increases when weight does)
- Reduce sodium in your diet
- Quit smoking
- Reduce caffeine intake