By Dr. K.J. McLaughlin | Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Last week, a reader asked if your blood pressure is higher in the morning. Let me help clarify what affects your blood pressure reading.
Your blood pressure responds to many different stimuli including temperature, time of day, stress hormones, your diet, and your level of physical exertion.
However, your blood pressure, like so many other bodily functions, is also controlled via a circadian rhythm. This is the natural way that your body functions throughout a 24-hour period. This is the reason why your blood pressure is more likely to be elevated in the morning compared to later in the day.… Read More
By Jon Yaneff | Friday, January 24th, 2014
Flaxseeds can be found in several health products these days, including whole grain breads, granola bars, protein bars, and blue corn tortilla chips. Should you be purchasing flaxseed, flaxseed oil, or other products containing flax?
You definitely should. I try to eat flaxseed every day, and for good reason. It is beneficial for vegetarians like myself to eat flaxseed and flaxseed oil. They are the highest plant-based sources of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 essential fatty acid. Two tablespoons of flaxseed contains 3.5 g of omega-3, which amounts to 140.4% of your daily value intake, and the composition of … Read More
By Dr. K.J. McLaughlin | Friday, January 17th, 2014
For many years, people claimed a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet was the best way to stay healthy. Then came the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet and later, the high-protein diet. These diets all purported to solve the obesity epidemic, lower high blood pressure, and decrease the risk of heart disease. But they didn’t help.
Some of these diets had some scientific validity but in the last 20 years we have learned a lot why people get sick and what is responsible. High blood pressure is a very good example of this.
As you age, your blood pressure can steadily increase because your arteries … Read More
By Dr. K.J. McLaughlin | Thursday, January 9th, 2014
High blood pressure is one of the most common health problems people can be diagnosed with. It remains one of the most commonly treated medical problems and accounts for one of the highest number of prescriptions given.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is caused by several problems, most of which are lifestyle driven. So any attempts at improving your lifestyle can be a valuable strategy to reduce your blood pressure.
There are also a few nutritional supplements which may also prove to be helpful. Resveratrol is one which comes to mind simply because there is previous research indicating … Read More
By Dr. K.J. McLaughlin | Monday, December 23rd, 2013
There is a food group with one thing in common that I am sure you may be interested in knowing more about. The fruits in this group contain powerful chemicals that can help lower your blood pressure and keep it low. This chemical, known as anthocyanin, is actually a pigmented flavonoid in the blue, purple, or red color.
These chemicals are found in high concentrations in the outer skins or within the seeds or pulp of fruits. The fruits that contain the highest amount of potent compounds are blueberries, blackberries, chokeberries, raspberries, grapes, cherries, cranberries, peaches, and pomegranate.
So what … Read More