5 Tried-and-Tested Natural Remedies For Quickly Relieving Heart Palpitations
Written by: Angelique Johnson
You know you’re having heart palpitations when you feel your heart beating too hard or too fast, skipping a beat, or fluttering. You can notice heart palpitations from your chest all the way up through your throat (talk about your heart actually leaping into your throat…).
Heart palpitations can be troublesome and sometimes even scary. Most heart palpitations, however, aren’t typically related to something serious and often go away on their own. They’re often related to stress and anxiety or are triggered by a stimulant such as caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. Palpitations can also occur during pregnancy.
If your doctor has told you that your palpitations are nothing to worry about, but you are still bothered by them, these tried-and-tested all-natural remedies can help calm your heart palpitations.
1. Take Slow, Deep Breaths
Deep breathing exercises are amazing for reducing heart palpitation brought on by anxiety or panic attacks. When you feel your ticker start to race, sit down and breathe deeply through your nose. Allow your belly to expand, hold your breath for a couple of seconds and then slowly exhale through your mouth. Repeat this exercise as many times as you need until you feel yourself calming down and your heart palpitations subsiding.
2. Balance Your Electrolytes
Your heart needs a good balance of electrolytes, a substance that helps conduct the electricity in your body. The four most important electrolytes are potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium. If these electrolytes are unbalanced, heart palpitations might occur.
Including foods rich in these minerals can help make sure you’re getting enough electrolytes in your diet:
- Potassium: bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, raisins, orange juice
- Magnesium: nuts, cooked soybeans, peanut butter, yogurt
- Sodium: tomatoes, swiss chard, sweet potato
- Calcium: almonds, beans, tofu, hummus, oatmeal
3. Stay Hydrated
Losing a lot of body fluid, not drinking enough water, or a combination of both can quickly dehydrate your body.
If severe enough, dehydration can cause changes in your body’s electrolytes and also lower blood pressure. This puts stress on you heart, causing an abnormal heartbeat.
How much water you need to drink actually depends on how much you exercise and how much you weigh. Using a water calculator can help you figure out the right amount of water you need per day.
4. Cold Water
Cold water shocks the system, which restores the regular heart rate. Taking a cold shower when you’re feeling your heart palpitate can help calm it down. If taking a shower is not convenient at that moment, splashing cold water on your face can also help.
5. Exercise Regularly
Exercise helps keep your heart functioning properly by keeping it strong. Working out also helps decrease your blood pressure and your heart rate. Consistent movement helps make the heart beat more effectively, making it a great heart palpitation-reliever.
In rare cases, palpitations can be a sign of a more serious heart condition. Therefore, if you have heart palpitations, make arrangements to see your doctor (better safe than sorry, right?). Seek immediate medical attention if (along with palpitations) you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, or fainting.
Angelique Johnson is a nutritionist from Miami, FL. Through her own journey in weight loss, she discovered her love for health and nutrition and realized she wanted to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle. Angelique has been featured as a nutrition consult on CBS4 Miami News and is a published author on many online health sites. She is passionate about debunking diet rumors and showing her clients how to have a healthy, balanced relationship with food.
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