Do you ever feel like your heart skips a beat or starts racing for no evident reason? Heart palpitations are surprisingly common and, while they have multiple causes, are often the result of electrolyte imbalances in the body.
What are Electrolytes?
So the question arises here, What are Electrolytes?
Electrolytes are four minerals:
These electrolytes help to conduct electrical currents to ensure the heart beats properly, but also allows the brain to communicate with all parts of the body through the nervous system.
To maintain a healthy heart rhythm, we need to get enough of these minerals in the right balance. Among these 4 minerals, people are most commonly deficient in potassium.
Before I explain more about electrolytes and potassium, let’s look at some of the main causes of heart palpitations.
CAUSES OF HEART PALPITATIONS
There are many possible factors for heart palpitations, so be sure to check with your doctor if you’re experiencing them.
The most common causes of heart palpitations include:
Excess caffeine from coffee, tea, soda or chocolate can cause heart palpitations. And, in some people, it doesn’t take much to trigger the response. So, if you’re experiencing palpitations you’ll want to start by cutting back on caffeine.
Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, patches and nicotine chewing gum can all cause heart palpitations, so it’s best to give up the habit altogether.
Some food additives can cause heart palpitations. They typically include monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, excessive salt or sugar. Research shows that MSG can cause reduce the rate of heartbeat and a rapid, irregular heartbeat which can be lethal among animals with a history of heart attacks. Reduce your intake of most of these additives by simply cutting out the 3 Ps: processed, packaged and prepared foods.
Cocaine, amphetamines and other illicit drugs can cause heart palpitations and are, obviously, best avoided.
Some medications including decongestants, asthma inhalers, birth control pills, some blood pressure medications, some mental health drugs and some thyroid medications
Electrolyte imbalances can cause heart palpitations. Electrolytes are the minerals responsible for regulating electrical impulses throughout your body, including your heart and brain. The electrolytes include calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
Some Health Conditions
Some health conditions can cause heart palpitations, including coronary artery disease, prior heart attack, heart failure, heart valve problems and heart muscle problems, among others, so be sure to consult your physician if you have heart palpitations.
Natural Ways To Stop Heart Palpitations
Correcting nutritional imbalances is an easy and natural way to address heart palpitations, in many cases.
Potassium is one of the essential minerals that helps to regulate heartbeat and nerve signals and is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in America.
Some estimates suggest that 98 percent of the population is deficient in this critical nutrient. It’s not surprising when you consider that sodium and potassium work together to counter-balance each other, like a teeter-totter: when one goes up, the other goes down. So, with the high sodium diets so many people eat, potassium levels can drop to seriously low levels. Additionally, few people eat sufficient fruits and vegetables, which are the main sources of these nutrients.
How Much Potassium Adults Need?
Foods Rich In Potassium
Here is the list of foods rich in potassium:
- Beets and Beet Greens
- Broccoli and Broccoli Sprouts
- Brussels sprouts
- Dried apricots
- Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste
All of these foods are very high in Potassium and can fulfill the daily needs of an adult easily.
There are many causes of heart palpitations, so be sure to consult with your doctor to counsel more serious conditions.