Lessening caffeine intake – Since caffeine is a stimulant, taking in too much of this substance can increase the rhythm of the heart. Certain individuals have different degrees of sensitivity to caffeine and if you are the one who experiences palpitations from the intake of stimulants, then you need to cut down your intake of fizzy drinks, tea and coffee containing caffeine.
Cigarette smoking cessation – if you find it difficult to completely stop smoking tobacco, try to limit it. Tobacco smoking can dramatically change your mood as well as your intake of oxygen. Talk to your physician on how to quit smoking either abruptly or gradually.
Balance your electrolytes – Inadequate levels of electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium and calcium can lead to effects such as heart palpitations. Make a diet list for a week that should include foods rich in electrolytes. You can do some online research and select the foods that appeal to you and integrate them into your regular diet. Your physician can help verify any nutrient and electrolyte deficiency in you using a simple blood test. Your physician or a nutritionist can assist you with the proper dietary suggestions.
Healthy foods like lean meats, vegetables, seeds, nuts, pulses, beans, whet-rich bread, milk, apples and bananas should be included in your diet list.
Do not take in fatty and sugary foods – These unhealthy foods will provide ‘spikes’ of energy that elevates your heart rate dramatically, and then after a short while crashes it back down. They are foods your body does not really need.
If you are presently using drugs that include anti-depressants, blood pressure meds or beta blockers that may have side effects that adversely affect the beat of your heart then chances are high that you will experience palpitations. If this is so, then you need to consult with your doctor about this problem.
Keep yourself hydrated
Be sure to drink at least about 8 full glasses of water each day. Water is essential to utilizing the electrolytes in your body and helps provide the electrical requirements of your heart. Slight dehydration can be sufficient enough to bring about heart palpitations.
If you are experiencing palpitations, throw cold water on your neck and face or better yet take a very cold shower. Cold water induces you to take sharp intakes of breath that can dramatically stimulate your nervous system helping to stop your palpitations. You can get the same affect by simply coughing. Some people use coughing to ease and arrest their palpitations
Strange as it may sound but exercise can help stop and prevent heart palpitations. Since your heart is a muscle, exercising benefits it as well. Through exercise, your blood pressure as well as your heart rate will decrease. It can likewise serve as a distraction from keeping you fixated on your symptoms. If you do not regularly exercise or have not exercised at all, then you can start by taking brisk walks. You need to talk to your doctor first if you are anxious about performing strenuous exercise.
Relaxing is a very important factor in helping stop palpitations. Try to relax by closing your eyes, lying down and breathing slowly through your nose.
When you have palpitations try to clinch your stomach muscles in a manner that mimics the act of going to the bathroom and forcing out a bowl movement. This activity helps stop or at least slows down your heart beat a little.
Oftentimes the reason for heart palpitations is problem in the vagus nerve. Stimulating the vagus nerve can stop palpitations and may help bring your heart beat to a normal level. The Valsalva maneuver entails holding your nose and closing your mouth while you try to breathe out with force (like blowing up a balloon). When done properly you can attain quick relief from your palpitations. The Valsalva Maneuver is quite similar to the Bearing Down technique.
Deep Breathing Exercises
These types of exercises are very effective in the treatment of anxiety and for sure can assist in slowing down your heart rate, which in turn can stop or lessen heart palpitations. You can try yoga which is an activity that focuses on your breathing and adopts correct deep breathing techniques.
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