Have a question about health, fitness, diet, or a weird symptom you have been experiencing, ask the old Internet and it is sure to provide you an answer.
While we’re not suggesting the answers are always accurate, nor should you turn to Google to heal your health problems, it’s curious to take a look at what was on people’s minds in 2018. What were they searching for most?
Google had the answer, of course: Here are three of the top health-related searches in the United States during the last 12 months, all of which we think we can do a better job helping you solve than by doing online research at midnight to figure out why you’re not sleeping well, or how you should eat.
1. “What is the Ketogenic diet?”
This was actually the top health-related search of the year!
Clearly people are curious about diet, about whether eating Keto will help them be healthier, whether it will provide them with gains, or more likely losses in the form of weight loss.
If you’re one of these folks who is curious about the Keto diet, I advise your to check out this very long, but also very balanced article about the “controversial diet of the year,” put out by the highly-reliable Precision Nutrition. ().
From our standpoint, the Ketogenic diet might be a good one for you, either in the short or long term, and it might not. Coming to us means you’ll be paired up with a coach who will work with you to find a way of eating that fits your lifestyle, your genetics and your body composition goals, and that will help you take your health to a new level.
2. What’s the cause of high blood pressure/hypertention?
According to the American Heart Association, more than 100 million Americans have high blood pressure to one degree or other, hence why so many turned to Google in 2018 to figure out the cause of the problem. Obviously the larger concern is that high blood pressure is linked to various heart diseases, strokes and heart attacks. Further, there’s even evidence high blood pressure is also linked to dementia ().
Though people are always looking for quick and easy ways to improve their blood pressure—such as the latest two alleged cures for high blood pressure: beet root juice and essential oils—there’s little evidence magical cures like beets will actually make a significant impact on your blood pressure. (That being said, beets even made the Google list this year, as they are quickly emerging as a superfood able to relax and dilate your blood vessels, ultimately helping lower blood pressure, so you never know?).
That being said, we fall under the school of thought that says reversing the damage you have done to your body in the last 20 years might take a little more work than drinking beet juice—it will probably take a commitment to a healthier diet and exercise program. As the saying goes, most things in life that are worthwhile might take a little more work than sniffing essential oils…
3. “Why am I always tired?”
While answers on this one, on Google and otherwise, would obviously be broad and not so straightforward, I would like to wager a few guesses.
Many people have sleep problems they don’t know about, like sleep apnea. Other times it’s because of stress in their lives. Other times still, it’s just bad sleep hygiene (think spending too much time on a screen before going to bed, sleeping with too much light coming in, or sleeping with your room temperature too warm). Many times still, these sleep problems can be fixed by making lifestyle changes through diet, exercise or just by changing your bedtime routine.
We have written about sleep numerous times. You can read a couple of our sleep-related blogs here:
Sleep Apnea Part 1 and Part 2 (Link to June #4 and #5 2018 blogs here)
Sleep Deprivation (Link to September 2018 #5 blog here)
While we don’t pretend to have all the answers to things like sleep apnea and insomnia, we have also found that people who take care of their health via proper nutrition and exercise tend to be less stressed out, their bodies function more effectively, their energy levels increase during the days, and as a result they sleep better at night.
At the end of the year, what does all this tell us? It tells us that people care about their health, even if they’re not making the best choices all the time. They want to know how to fix their problems, and they’re taking action via Google searches to find answers.
In 2019, instead of googling the cause of your high blood pressure or which diet you should follow, maybe consider taking real world action outside of Internet searching. We’re confident we’ll be able to help with your energy levels so you’re not tired all the time, with your high blood pressure, and with your body composition and nutrition goals…