By Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin | Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Blood pressure, sometimes referred to as arterial blood pressure or hypertension, is the pressure exerted by circulating blood upon the walls of blood vessels. The blood pressure in your circulation is principally due to the pumping action of the heart as well as cell salt content. You can greatly reduce your risk for high blood pressure through some lifestyle changes and your food intake. A healthy diet high in fruits such as berries and fresh apples, green vegetables and good fats such as olive oil – that can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. Let’s know more about … Read More
By Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin | Friday, March 21st, 2014
High blood pressure or hypertension, as it is also known, is a leading risk factor for the development of vascular disease which can lead to stroke, blindness, heart attack, kidney disease, and aneurysms.
Hypertension is also a very important disease because it frequently is not associated with any obvious symptoms, although serious damage can be occurring to your blood vessels and organs.
There are many factors that can raise your blood pressure and keep it elevated. Factors such as your weight, diet, level of physical fitness, race, age, stress, time of day, and genetic heritage can all play a role.… Read More
By Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin | Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease. High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the most common diseases associated with the aging process and may not have any particular symptom pattern.
There are many treatments currently available for this condition including several types of drug and lifestyle interventions. Among the different lifestyle interventions, the diet is an area which has received a great deal of attention.
There are several different diets that have been recommended to lower high blood pressure or prevent it from occurring. The DASH (dietary approaches to stop … Read More
By Dr. Kevin 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