It's all about you on a special Ask Our Doctors: Viewers' Choice. Editor-in-chief of Prevention, Liz Vaccariello, joins The Doctors to help answer your most pressing questions!
Dunk the Docs
Janet S. e-mailed The Doctors to ask why pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears is always the guinea pig on the show.
To get his revenge, Dr. Jim sets up a dunk tank and asks fans to vote for the doctor they want dunked. Viewers choose E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork to take a dip in the dunk tank!
The Doctors polls the audience to determine what hot headlines to discuss!
Orgasms and Sinuses
Thirty-one percent of the audience wants to know if it's true that having an orgasm can improve congested sinuses. During orgasm, the hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to secrete epinephrine, or adrenaline. The epinephrine constricts blood vessels, including the vessels in your sinuses, which causes the sinuses to open.
"The next time you're having that big O," E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says, "you can go ahead and breathe through your nose, because your sinuses are clearing up. How great is that!"
In addition to helping your sinuses, orgasms release hormones that offer other health benefits. "[Having orgasms] can alleviate pain, lowers our stress, and an orgasm can even help prevent breast cancer," Liz says.
Vasectomies and Sex Drive
Twenty-three percent of the audience wants to know if having a vasectomy can increase a man's sex drive. Although there is no physical correlation between a vasectomy and an increase in libido, many men report experiencing it. "Speaking from personal experience," Dr. Jim says, "[the sex drive goes] through the roof!
"It's a little nerve-wracking having the scalpel going down in that direction," Dr. Jim continues. "But later on, when things are healed up, and you know there's very little chance of pregnancy, you're like, 'Whoo-hoo!'"
Check out the no-needle vasectomy!
The Doctors asked which Prevention topics viewers would like to know more about, and 41 percent of fans voted that they want to learn surprising ways to create a healthier diet.
You may think condiments add unnecessary calories to food, but Liz explains that certain condiments can be healthy additions to your meals.
Contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been proven to help combat prostate and breast cancers, as well as lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. "What I found very interesting was that organic ketchup has 60 percent more lycopene in it than non-organic ketchup," Liz says. "So if you have a choice, choose organic."
If you are worried that the surgar in ketchup will add extra calories to your meal , Dr. Travis explains that a ketchup packet contains just 10 to 15 calories. "So all things considered, it's a pretty doggone good choice," he says.
• Black Pepper
Research by the University of Michigan indicates that piperime, a compound that gives black pepper its pungency, can help fight cancer.
• Buckwheat Honey
A daily dose of two to four tablespoons of dark-colored honey, such as buckwheat honey, contains high levels of antioxidants which can help fight aging. Adding some honey to your tea, coffee and oatmeal can boost flavor and help you look great!
• Hot Sauce
To curb your appetite, add some hot sauce to your dish. It contains capsaicin, a chemical that increases blood flow and triggers the release of endorphins, and also reduces the levels of ghrelin, the hormone that causes hunger. The spicy condiment can also increase production of GLP-1, a hormone that reduces appetite.
Prevention's Health Hearsay
Can coffee help you sober up after drinking alcohol? "This is completely false" Liz says. "In fact, mixing alcohol and caffeine, particularly high amounts of both, can be very dangerous. All you have on your hands is a very drunk, very awake person. The only thing that can sober you up is time."
To prevent overindulging, eat foods high in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables, and keep your body hydrated by drinking a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage consumed.
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