Is your heart beating out of rhythm? Try these natural remedies and get a normal rhythm avoiding palpitations and their possible consequences.

The heart beats about 36 million times a year, and always at exactly the right time. So why does it sometimes beat faster than normal ? This is known as “palpitations” and it can really be a worrying situation.

Fortunately, there are ways to stop palpitations almost as soon as they start . And better yet, you can prevent them from happening in the first place by using stress reduction techniques , drug screening, and adding some heart-healthy foods and supplements to your menu.

How to control palpitations

• As soon as you notice an irregular heartbeat, sit down and support your feet . Breathe slowly and deeply, letting your abdomen expand with each inhale. If you focus on slow, steady breathing, your heartbeat will likely return to its normal rate in no time .

Valsalva technique

If acceleration continues, try the Valsalva maneuver : pinch your nose, close your mouth, then try to exhale. Although you cannot exhale, since the nose and mouth are closed, this will press down as if you were forcing a bowel movement. The brief rise in blood pressure should help restore your heart’s rhythm . The name of this technique comes from a 17th century Italian anatomist Antonio Maria Valsalva.

Coughing forcefully

Like the Valsalva maneuver, coughing increases the pressure inside your chest. Sometimes that is all it takes to restore your heart to a regular rhythm.
Drink some water:

Have a few drinks of cold water

No one knows exactly why this helps, but some people get immediate results. One theory is that ingested water causes the esophagus to press against your heart, and this results in a controlled rhythm of heart palpitations.

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You can also try splashing water on your face. The crash might be enough to pull off the trick.
Eat and drink moderately.

Fish consumption

Try to eat more fish. Salmon and mackerel in particular contain high levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Avoid eating too much

Forcing your body to digest a huge load of food diverts blood from your heart to your digestive tract. This can lead to palpitations.

Reduce your caffeine intake

In some people, drinking caffeinated coffee, tea, or soda causes palpitations . Calm stress and get a better rest, using natural caffeine-free drinks.

If you’re experiencing palpitations, there’s a good chance stress is the culprit . In fact, palpitations can be a way that your body is warning you that your stress level has exceeded the safe range. Meditating helps to achieve a low stress level. So use 30 minutes each day to let your body relax and your mind to rest.

Using aromatherapy

Take a moment of calm with aromatherapy . Drizzle a few drops of soothing lavender oil on a handkerchief and breathe in the pleasant scent. Or try rubbing two drops of bitter orange oil on your chest.

Sleep the necessary hours

Get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Being tired can set a stage for out-of-rhythm beats.
Get moving:

Do exercises

Get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week. Walking, running, and tennis are all great options. Just make sure that the exercise is not overly focused or over your time limit , as this can increase stress. Exercise at a pace that allows you to comfortably carry on a conversation. Warm up for 10 minutes before each exercise session and 10 minutes after.

Magnesium supplement

Many people with irregular heart rhythms have low levels of magnesium . So you could try taking 400 mg of magnesium twice a day. (Always consult a specialist, especially if you have kidney disease)

Check your medications

Many prescription and non-prescription medications can cause palpitations , so it is important to review the package insert very carefully. It might say something like: “ Do not use this product if you have heart disease or high blood pressure. ”Or it could give a specific warning about the effect of the medicine on the rhythm of the heart . Pay special attention to cold or allergy medications that contain decongestants. One of the ingredients that is frequently implicated is pseudoephedrine .

Some asthma bronchodilators, such as terbutaline (Bricanyl), can increase the risk of palpitations. Also some antihistamines like loratadine (Claritin). If you’ve been taking something similar, ask your doctor about switching to different medications.

Avoid any diet remedy or supplement that contains the ingredient ma huang or ephedra. This can markedly increase the risk of irregular heartbeats or palpitations, sometimes with dangerous consequences.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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