I felt heart palpitations recently for a few nights when I was not able to sleep because of the pain involved in a post-oral surgery. Wondered whether my heart had a problem or is it caused by the trauma or stress condition such as the one I was experiencing. Did some study on it and here is what I found.
Before I go on, please be mindful that you should always consult a medical doctor if you are or have been experiencing any heart conditions including heart palpitations or irregularities. That is always the safest thing to do.
The following information is shared on palpitations that may not be caused by a serious medical condition and it is to be used for the purpose of education only.
Palpitation is a common problem that many of us might experience infrequently when our heart may beat forcibly and irregularly. When their occurrences are isolated, it may not always be serious. However, if they last for a prolonged period of time, it could cause pain and potentially muscle damage to your heart and as mentioned earlier, please consult a qualified physician right away!
Let me now share some of the less harmful sources of potential irregular heart palpitation that we might commonly experience.
Indigestion and gas – when one eats a full meal with foods that are not easily digestible, indigestion, bloating, gas, constipation, and overly full stomach are the result. The heart muscles may contract abnormally due to the high amount of gases released into the body after eating. Excess amount of chocolate and/or sugar may cause a sudden spike in the blood sugar which can indirectly also affect the heart beat regularity.
Anxiety and palpitations are often interconnected. Likely reason being the constriction of the blood vessels and the reduced oxygen flow during a nervous system anxiety situation. In fact, it’s been reported vast majority of palpitation cases are due to anxiety and have no direct connection with heart disease. Anxiety and heart palpitations cause dizziness in a person. These dizzy spells are often also accompanied by panic attacks and further bouts of anxiety.
Hormonal Imbalance – mostly noticeable at nights. Some women may experience mild heart palpitation during pregnancy possibly due to increased pregnancy hormones. Also, the menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes may be accompanied with irregular heart beats. For men and children, excess thyroid hormones caused by whatever reason may also cause noticeable palpitations. So, balancing your hormones such as sex, adrenal, and thyroid glandular hormones are important to your heart health.
Poor Heart Muscle caused by long-term sedentary poor diet lifestyle may also create heartbeats that are not rhythmically consistent. Your heart is a muscle and just like other muscles in our body, it needs some exercising. Your heart needs lots of good nutrients to keep it beating. The key nutrients are: Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, CoQ-10, Vitamin C, Vitamin E with Selenium, Grape Seed Extract and all sorts of antioxidants, hawthorn berry, and many others.
To reduce your chance of having an irregular heartbeat episode, consider the following home remedy suggestions:
Avoid Stimulants and Sugars – It is very important you do not consume a lot of stimulants, because these can cause not only palpitations but possibly more serious heart and health damaging conditions. Stimulants may cause a drop in the amount of oxygen available for circulation in your body. This causes compromise in heart muscles functions which can lead to arrhythmias and palpitations. Avoid any caffeine, alcohol, soda drinks, energy drinks, chocolates, carbonated beverages, caffeinated teas, all white flour products, sugar, food colourings, chemical additives, white rice, and strong condiments. Instead, eat plenty of fresh and raw green vegetables and fruits, good fatty acids, handful of nuts, seeds, and grains.
Avoid Illegal Drugs – the illicit drugs can cause palpitations and a lot of other problems. Drink lots of water and do a detox such as Tiao-He Liver Cleanser to remove the toxins out of your system as soon as possible.
Eat Hawthorn Berries – Hawthorn is known as the heart herb for its many benefits as a heart tonic. Studies confirm traditional use of hawthorn berries tends to strengthen and normalize the heart beat, prevent and reduce heart arrhythmias, and guard the heart against oxygen deficiency. We recommend 250 to 500mg daily of the Hawthorn Berries supplementation for optimum heart health.
Magnesium Supplementation – Magnesium is essential for every important biological function in our body, including glucose metabolism, the manufacturing of the nucleic acids and proteins. Magnesium helps preserve the electrical balance of cells, and is essential for membrane integrity, proper muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve conduction, regular heart beat, and venous health. I recommend somewhere between 1,000mg to 2,500mg a day.
CoQ-10 Antioxidant – Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble substance that operates as a coenzyme in energy production at the cellular level, inhibiting the oxidation of fats in cell membranes and serum low-density lipo-proteins (LDL). It has been reported scientifically that CoQ10 can actually regenerate oxidized vitamin E. Insufficient serum blood levels and tissue deficiencies of CoQ10 have been demonstrated in a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases. Research continues to confirm a strong correlation between the severity of heart failure and low blood and tissues levels of CoQ10. This is not surprising as the heart requires the highest amount of ATP activity in order to support its constant aerobic function (pulsation). Thus, sufficient levels of CoQ10 are essential for a healthy heart and critical for a failing heart.
Anxiety Calm-ers – As pointed out earlier, anxiety is one of the main factors that could trigger irregular and racing heartbeats. Because we live in a stressful and pressure filled daily lifestyle here in America, the more critical it is for all of us to learn to deal with stress by all different means possible. One is to learn to pray and meditate on a regular basis. Routine breathing exercise can help you relax and slow down the heart rate. It is important to feed your body with de-stresser nutrients for the same purpose. One of my all time favorite is Nutri-Calm. Nutri-Calm provides key nutrients that support the nervous system and adrenal glands. It helps soothe frazzled nerves, relaxes muscle tension, and reduces the negative effects of stress upon the body. In addition, Nutri-Calm enhances the body’s ability to adapt to hormonal fluctuations and helps relieve anxiety, insomnia and nervousness.
Remember, your heart is critical to your health, do not ever take it for granted. If you take care of it, it will take good care of you!