In a recent article published in CBS News, Google has identified top trending health questions being searched for on the internet. Let’s look at some of these queries and see how a Naturopathic Medicine Practitioner can help with these health concerns.
Number 1 in the list is people asking, “What is a Keto diet?” Healthline.com offers this brief definition:
“The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones.”
Interest in Keto diet sparked because of its potential for weight loss benefits. However, if you are looking for an alternative method, you may consider a naturopathic supervised weight loss program. You may not know it but other factors can contribute to obesity or weight gain such as hormone imbalance. Naturopathic Doctors can help you identify these through blood tests so you can come up with a lasting and successful weight loss plan.
Another question most frequently ask is about the Flu. According to the article flu questions ranked no.5 and no.6 as top health-related questions searched in the US for the year 2018.
“5. How long does the flu last?
The 2017-18 flu season was the worst in nearly a decade and prompted plenty of Googling by people concerned about the illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults typically develop flu symptoms one to four days after becoming infected with the influenza virus. The majority of people get better after about three to seven days, though some symptoms like coughing and fatigue can persist for two weeks or more.
However, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to complications like pneumonia and additional infections, which can last much longer and lead to hospitalization and even death.
- How long is the flu contagious?
People also turned to Google to find out how long the flu is contagious. According to the CDC, people with the flu are most contagious in the first three to four days of the illness.
Healthy adults may be able to pass the flu virus to others beginning one day before symptoms emerge and up to five to seven days after getting sick. That means it’s possible to infect others even before you know you are sick.
Children and people with weakened immune systems may be able to pass the virus for longer than a week.
Generally, kids should be kept home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone.”
Source: CBS News
How does working with a Naturopath help you?
A compromised immune system may greatly enhance your chances of getting the flu. Nutritional IV therapy such as high-dose IV vitamin C is a service a Naturopathic Doctor may perform that can help strengthen your virus-fighting ability so you can prevent and recover from flu quickly. If you need more information about the role of vitamin C in fighting infection, this article by NCBI is a good place to start. Here’s a snippet:
“2.6. Vitamin C Has Effects on the Immune System
Vitamin C levels in white blood cells are tens of times higher than in plasma, which may indicate functional roles of the vitamin in these immune system cells. Vitamin C has been shown to affect the functions of phagocytes, production of interferon, replication of viruses, and maturation of T-lymphocytes, etc. in laboratory studies [1,23,42,43,44]. Some of the effects of vitamin C on the immune system may be non-specific and in some cases, other antioxidants had similar effects.”
Number 8 in the list of top trending health questions of 2018 is “Why am I always tired?” You have probably lost count on how many times you have asked this question yourself. While lack of sleep is one of the obvious reasons, other factors may also contribute to feeling fatigued such as allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia, or some other health condition.
You can check our article “3 Highly Effective Sleep Hacks You Shouldn’t Miss!” for some helpful tips.
For more information on how naturopathic medicine can help, consult with our Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Amauri. A complimentary 15-minute consultation is available in person. Contact the clinic at (416) 922-4114 to schedule an appointment.
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