Last Modified on Jun 30, 2014
What Are Heart Palpitations?
An irregular heartbeat can be a scary feeling; however, not all heart palpitations are cause for extensive concern. Heart palpitations can be described as the feeling of a rapid heart beating, fluttering or pounding compared to the typical beating of the heart. While most cases of heart palpitations are relatively harmless, some instances of irregular heartbeat, or heart arrhythmia, require treatment.
Heart palpitations symptoms are fairly common and can be described fairly easily. Common heart palpitations symptoms include the feeling that the heart has skipped a beat or several beats, the heart is fluttering, the speed of beating is too fast, or the heart is beating harder than usual. Individuals often experience palpitations in the throat or neck as well as the heart. If palpitations are accompanied by chest discomfort or pain, fainting, severe shortness of breath or dizziness, immediate medical attention is required as these may be signs of a more serious health concern.
The exact cause of an individual’s heart palpitations is often difficult to identify; however, several common causes have been defined. Stress or anxiety, strenuous exercise, excessive caffeine, nicotine and fever are all known causes of heart palpitations. Likewise, hormonal changes such as those associated with menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, certain cold and cough medications and some asthma inhaler medications may also cause differences in heart beats.
Natural Heart Palpitation Treatments
Depending on the cause of heart palpitations, the treatment options may be different. Nonetheless, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, magnesium acetate and potassium acetate are effective treatment supplements. Lime, cayenne and aloe vera may also be helpful for some individuals. Additionally, changing one’s diet to avoid artificial sweeteners as well as MSG may also eradicate some individuals as will avoiding excessive caffeine and other stimulant substances. Continue reading below for more remedies from Earth Clinic contributors.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Adrenal Fatigue Connection
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Lime
- Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
- Avoid Lactic Acid
- Avoid Msg
- Avoid Multivitamins
- Cardiac Ablation
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Shower Therapy
- Eliminate Gluten
- Food Triggers
- General Feedback
- Ginger Tea
- Hawthorn, Motherwort
- Healing Mudras
- Heart Palpitation Remedies
- Ice Water
- Magnesium and Omega 3 and 6 Oils
- Magnesium Oil
- Magnesium, Eating Less
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Orange Juice
- Potassium and Magnesium Citrate Electrolyte Solution
- Reader Warning
- Remedies Needed
- Techniques to Reset the Heart Rhythm
- Vitamins B1, B6 and B12
[YEA] 02/02/2008: Lindy from Reno, NV: "Don't forget adrenal fatigue. I had heart palpitations and tacchycardic states for several months before finally being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue by a homeopathic doc (western medicine docs don't recognize this condition). There are tons of natural remedies, just google adrenal fatigue."Replies
09/12/2010: Jcg from Wirral, Merseyside, England replies: "I believe my heart palpitations could be being caused by adrenal fatigue, after I suffered a panic attack last november that lasted nearly a whole day. Could you tell me what you took to help yourself?"
12/02/2011: An Actual Doctor from Nyc, Usa replies: "no no no. Please don't follow homeopathic medicine, it is not real. Have a real doctor find the source of this problem."
01/10/2012: Sl from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "No no no, please don't discredit something you likely know very little or nothing about, except what you've been brainwashed to believe by "real" doctors and the pharmaceutical cartel's extensive effort to fix studies in order to keep all treatments flowing $$ into their own wallets. Most of all, don't discourage people to do their own research on alternative medicine--people have the right to study what's good for their bodies rather than simply acquiescing and taking anything their doctors have been paid to push."
01/22/2012: Bldali from Austin, Tx replies: "Amen to that! I've begun to see that doctors often are in league with the pharmaceutical industry as well and will push products on their patients whether they actually need them or not."
01/24/2012: Marinelight from Painesville, Oh replies: "I agree that regular doctors only want to push pills & medications because they are rewarded by pharmaceutical companies. I went to my endocronologist website where I saw how proud he was of all the recognitions and awards he had received from the pharmaceutical companies, that's when I stop going to him. The worse thing is that he was highly recomended & said to be the best endocronologist in my area. My other choice was his brother. So I started looking for treatments on my own on the internet for Sjogren's Syndrome."
04/09/2012: Carrie B from Williams Lake, Bc, Canada replies: "I only started with 1tsp of coconut oil and it absolutely DID cause me to have a rapid heart beat later in the evening. I tried 2 days in a row and the same thing happened. I have no heart problems and my blood pressure is 110/70 on average. I also do not have high cholesterol problems. I do, however, have hypothyroidism which is why I wanted to try the virgin coconut oil. There was no other thing I changed that would account for the heart palpitations. It was unsettling."
05/15/2012: Travis from San Antonio, Texas replies: "You have to be carful before experimenting with electrolytes as a possible cause of your palpitations. The reason is that a low or high potassium level can cause palpitations and arrhythmias. A potassium overdose can kill you. Your doctor will need to check your blood levels.
03/31/2014: David from Corcicana Tx replies: "How do u know if u have it what are symptoms for this? I get really tired and its not my heart. I checked my head. They have done millions of tests, everything gets back to normal. I get dizzy really nervous and sleepy"
03/31/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello David from Corsicana, Tx
Re your heart palpations...
When did the problem begin?...You mention a number of problems that might be associated...dizzy, nervous, sleepy and tired.
I'm always suspecting a virus lurking around causing all kinds of problems. And David, especially, I look for a TIME prior to the onset of the symptoms when one might have fought off a really bad infection like mono or strep etc.
Just checking...think back to the onset; did you have a bad infection prior to symptoms...think back six months to a year or so...a really bad infection like I named above. If so, then we need to discuss how to get rid of the probable causative agent...an infection of some kind. Now just because you can't recall one doesn't necessarily mean that no infection is involved but so often I discover a "smoking gun" in the form of a bad infection. Post again if you suspect a possible lingering infection, and I'd describe what I do to knock out such infections.
Hoping you get better...keep searching because there IS a solution!!!"
05/08/2014: Dave from Wales..uk replies: "Hi, really interested in your comments about a 'smoking gun'. I had a severe throat infection over Xmas ( possible glandular fever ) and never been the same since. My heart palpitations started about 3 weeks or so after the infection and have gradually worsened to the point of being hospitalised in Mar and diagnosed with Proxysmal Atrial Fibrilation. I have visited the cardiologist on several occasions and have had numerous ECG's, echocardiogram, bloods, etc all of which come back clear. I am at a loss to what to do next and it is really starting to effect my quality of life. Any guidance / help yo. Are able to give would be very much appreciated.
05/08/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hi there David,
With symptoms that combine:
1. Definite Infection and
2. A Fib...
If this were me I know I had a magnesium deficiency AND the virus has attacked the cardio, usually the heart.
The combo requires...Colloidal Silver (three tablespoons daily on empty stomach away from mineral intake) for at least a month AND
Magnesium supplements. If you have Epsom salts, you can take ES baths three times weekly for a super infusion possibly more comprehensive than just oral supplement.
But with a problem like yours, I'd both take the baths and supplement with 500 mg daily.
Usually A Fib can be eradicated with just mag...but if there's a virus lurking, then the condition is much worse than irregular heart beat or fast beat. The TWO conditions (virus plus deficient mag) make for a potential disaster.
As usual my standard disclaimer .... I'm not diagnosing or treating or advising...I am saying what I would do if this were happening to me."
05/21/2014: Faith from Pdx replies: "I think the "smoking gun " theory may be right on.. heart issues may be from infections, viruses, parasites, and vitamin defieciecies can cause heart palpitations. I've been reading about is EMS electo-magnetic sensitivity that is the body is reactiong to WiFI. cell phones, lab tops microwaves and smart meters I think it is best to have land line for all electronic devices. I had a hidden dental infection a root canal extraction site infected the jaw bone. I had cavitation surgery as you know dental infections usually go for the heart. I also wondered if your taking coconut oil. It must be organic virgin coconut oil that is from fresh coconut because the it is harvested from dried coconut there is mycotoxins in it and it can also be in coffee peanuts, this is very allergic causing substance so be sure you trying the right kind."
05/22/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hey there Faith from Pdx,
Yeah, the "smoking gun" theory nails a lot of medical issues that track back to infection by virus/fungus.
Folks rarely put together an infection (even though usually bad...like mono or strep) and a condition six months later. The underlying culprit is the virus or fungus or both...a co-infection.
That's why I'm such an advocate for colloidal silver... or anything that used consistently might kill the invader. I won't turn my nose up at MMS or Iodine or ACV or the various "oils" that are virus/ fungus killers. The problem is most folks don't keep up the regimen long enough to finish off the infection.
And I'm an example!
I've mentioned a few times on EC how a Live Cell Microscopy analysis found fungus greater than the norm in my system. I had to increase my own CS dose to three times daily on empty stomach to kill the fungus. I had been taking a few tablespoons four or five times weekly...not enough to kill the fungus.
But I suspected the "smoking gun" so that is why I had myself tested."
[YEA] 12/30/2011: Sara from Boston, Ma: "Try taking ALOE VERA JUICE for Heart palpitations."Replies
[WARNING!] 07/08/2013: John H from Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, Uk replies: "Be very careful before taking Aloe Vera for fast heart beat as it depletes potassium and low potassium is one of the main causes for fast heart beat. John"
[YEA] 01/06/2009: CH from PD, USA: "I have been having Heart Palpitations, Tachardia about every 4 months for the past two years. My doctors have ran all kinds of heart test and can not find anything wrong with my heart. I had a serious one Sunday night and had to call 911, while I was waiting for them to ge there I thought I was going to die. I ran in the kitchen and took a few sips of apple cider vinegar straingt and the heart began to slow down, by time the ambulance got there my heart had slowed down to 110 beats per minute and my blood pressure had droped to 210/110. Apple Cider Vinegar just a few sips always works for me. Went back to Doctors, They still don't know what is causing it."Replies
07/11/2009: Heather from Brooklyn, NY replies: "to CH--glad you felt better with the ACV, but that bp is very dangerous!!! 210/110 is considered a hypertensive crisis and is truly a medical emergency. As an ER nurse, that is far FAR too high to see someone's pressure, especially if you're experiencing cardiac symptoms. I hope that you're being followed closely by a doctor, and that they're keeping tabs on how your BP is doing, regardless of the treatment you choose to use (pharmaceutical, natural or a combination.) Good luck!"
07/15/2009: Loren from Orlando, Fl replies: "To CH from PD: has anyone tried using motherwort or hawthorne to help with the palpitations? Just google it guys and see the nemerous health benefits. As a plus it also lowers blood pressure. Also CO Q10 is also very helpful in any heart problems. Good luck to everyone and god bless"
07/16/2009: Luis from Cali, Colombia replies: "Dear Sir:
There is a small cavity at the end of the insertion of the thumb in hand, over the wrist. This is an acupuncture special point to calm palpitations and to make normal the rhythm of heart. You can pressure it with the thumb of right hand in cases of emergency, or to use a band of acuppressure.
To your best days.
10/13/2011: Jackie from San Diego, Ca replies: "Hi Luis, Can you please explain where exactly the pressure point is? I am confused.... Thank you!"
10/29/2011: Tee from Greensboro, Nc Usa replies: "Same here... Finally figured it out though! ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER ABUSE!!! I went to an urgent care facility, heart fine, BP fine, pulse fine, EKG normal, yada yada. I felt like I was fighting an army most of the time! Check to see if you have ingested Splenda, Sucrolose, Aspartame, those kinds of things..."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/15/2008: Debra from Sligo, IRELAND: "Hi, debra here from ireland,thanks very much for everyones advice.i have tryed apple cider vinegar but i had to stop taking it as it makes me feel sick. today i started taking a tablet called magnesiam ok its got magnesium and potassium and lots of vitiams in it so i hope this helps my heart as palpitations are pretty bad this week.hope something works for you kimberly. i let you no if the magnesium works (fingers crossed).any more advice would be great. thanks, debra."Replies
08/17/2008: Joan from Palo Alto, CA replies: "Hi, Debra. If you drink caffeine, you might want to come off it as soon as possible. Give it a couple of weeks before you introduce it back into your system. I get terrible heart palpitations whenever I drink coffee. Tea is okay, as long as it is diluted. Also, be careful with preservatives in food and artificial sweeteners like sucralose. These too can cause heart palps. I also read somewhere (Earth Clinic?) that corn syrup might cause irregular heart beats. Good luck and let us know how it goes."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/02/2009: Christa from Ft. Campbell, Ky replies: "I have had a heart arithmea for about five years now (runs in the family) I had it well controlled with a magnesium supplement. I started taking ACV for PMS and beautiful skin, been taking it for a week, but it gave me the worst heart palpitations yet!! I tried it by its self, and when that made me sick to my stomach I added 1/4 tsp baking soda to 2 Tbls ACV. But the heart palpitations really worry me...."
[WARNING!] 08/20/2012: Sugarboo from Cocoa Beach, Florida replies: ".. Any kind of Vinegar can cause heart palpatations. Vinegar speeds up the metablolism and therefore can cause palapataions. Hasn't anyone on here ever heard of the "Apple Cider Vinegar" diet? two or three tablspoons a day of it. It speeds up your metabolism just like caffeine, diet pills, speed, any natural suplement that is supposed to aid in weight loss, or any kind of stimulant. I have major heart problems and was trying to lose weight by eating salads for lunch and dinner. I used white balsalmic vinegar for the dressing and didn't realize this is what set me off on a two week course to almost being dead!! No one could figure out why my heart beat was all over the place. I finally figured it out on my own, but it has taken three weeks for my heart to heal from the damaging of it having to work so hard from the fast heartbeats. Hope this helps someone out there..."
[YEA] 04/15/2007: Hank from Florida: "ACV for acid reflux(heart palpitations)...I started having heart palpitations last October and went to my family doctor who referred me to a cardiologist who did a stress test and an echocardiogram and put me on a heart monitor for a month. He then referred me to an electrocardiologist for possible pacemaker. This Dr. referred me to a sleep clinic for sleep apnea. I now have a cpap machine, for sleep apnea but the palpitations were still coming quite frequently. I'm not sure the cpap machine is the answer unless that is something else that is going on, but unrelated. Out of desperation, I went to the internet and started doing some 'research' and found your web site. This is my 4th day on _____s apple cider vinegar and the palpitations have all but stopped, except last night I decided to try some plain vanilla yogurt which I thought would have a soothing effect. The palpitations started almost immediately and quite severe after eating the yogurt. I took another glass of water with 2 tablespoons of ACV and the palpitations stopped! Do you have any idea why the yogurt would cause this? Needless to say, I am very amazed at the effectiveness of ACV. Hopefully, the effects will last. What caused my reflux? I had taken ibuprofen for several years for back pain and have been on Tramadol(generic Ultram, which I was on before the generic came out) for several years. I definitely believe these drugs have caused a train wreck in my stomach. I am also on Zocor for cholesterol and Altace for blood pressure. Before the back pain(degenerative disc), I was a runner and had none of this although I did take ibuprofen some of the time during my running days. So far, I am looking at ACV as a miracle. Thanks so much!"Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Hank: Apple cider vinegar (with appropriate buffers such as bicarbonate or baking soda) removes the body of lactic acid, which in excess kills the cells and causes heart problems.
Yes, yogurt causes heart palpitations because it has lactic acid. Lactic acid is peculiarly toxic to the cell's mitochrondria. Atheletes dread lactic acid buildup and wish one day they can rid of them. Well there is a remedy, it is the acetates (and can come from apple cider vinegar and the side effects are also reduced with citrates - from lemon and bicarbonates).
As a student when I studied biochemistry I would cringe at the idea of lactic acid. If I do a cell cultures, and use lactic acid as a pH to adjust to ideal biological conditions, the cell cultures would immediately die. This is a well known fact.
Since the heart is the source of constant energy, mitochrondrial health is extremely important. Lactic acid buildup intracellulary is dangerous, and this is why athletes have short lives - from long lactic acidosis causing muscular fatigue, thus heart attack is frequent.
In my opinion, magnesium acetate and potassium acetate are an ideal form, and this is found best whenever apple cider vinegar and baking soda is added. May I dare say that apple cider vinegar and baking soda is a food for the heart.
The other issue is the calcium buildup which causes the cells to function improperly. Usually a citrates, found in 8 teaspoons of lime juice (or lemon) plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda is taken reduces the serum calcium buildup which clogs the cells. This should also help.
The best detoxification of lactic acid is either sodium acetate, potassium acetate, magnesium acetate. These acetate forms are found whenever apple cider vinegar is taken, in any brand, and it is reacted with the body's bicarbonates to neutralize and convert to acetate. The cells use the acetate to rid the body of lactic acid. The problem about ridding the intracellular is half of the problem. The other is the body needs to neutralize the acid extracellularly also, which I think is best handled with baking soda and citrates (lemon juice). I remember that whenever a person has a heart attack, they use Harvey Teams (in hospitals) to inject a large syringe of baking soda. This is a quick remedy, but not a complete one. Acetates, magnesium, potassium, and bicarbonates is the preferred remedy to use, in my opinion anyway.
I recently have a friend who came to visit me one day and told me her heart had a terrible heart palpitations that she would nearly faint and breathing becomes a problem. I knew it was a simple electrolytic imbalance. After taking 1/16 teaspoon of potassium citrate, 1/16 sea salt, 1/16 teaspoon of magnesium chloride, and some sodium citrate, the conditions stopped within minutes and never came back.
People never realize that these electrolytes are the power cells that gives cells their electrical energy. In the olden days, they use salt with a cardboard in layers to create electricity (Alessandro Volta). If you have a multimeter, most salt solutions do have electricity. Usually it is about 1/2 volts, in case you are wondering. Just imagine what happens if the body's electrolytes are imbalance or lacking, the heart needs electrical energy for normal heart beat too."
08/10/2008: Debra from Sligo, Ireland replies: "Hi, I'm a 34 year old who has had palpations for years, last year i had a defibulator fitted in my chest in case things get realy bad. i have read your storys on the apple cider viegar and it sounds great so i am going to try and get some to try and hopefully it will work for me. i am at that stage where i will try anything, so if you no of anything else i can try please email me. I'll let you no how i get on all the best debra"
08/10/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hi Debra, If you on-line search "excitotoxins" you will find the two major excitatoxins are monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame (nutrisweet) and both are found in altogether too many of our food products. You will also find a long list of troubles both of these cause, including panic attacks, mood swings and palpitations. Another thing that helps to regulate heartbeat(rhythm) is magnesium, which a lot of people are found to have low levels of."
08/11/2008: Alain from Ottawa, Canada replies: "Hi, Debra: Have you considered increasing your source of magnesium?
Here's a few posts relating heart problems with lack of magnesium:
"Until I changed my diet to get more magnesium, I had heart palpitations for most of my life. I'd be sitting in a chair or resting quietly and then all of a sudden, for no obvious reason, I could start to feel my heart beat really fast. After a few minutes it would go back to normal, and then, maybe a day later or even a few hours later, it would happen again. Often it would happen when I was lying in bed at night."
"Magnesium maximizes heart health; magnesium appears to be essential for the integrity of the heart muscle"
There's many supplements from which you can get magnesium. I personally take a pinch of EPSON salts (preferably food grade) with my blackstrap molasses beverage.
09/17/2010: Greta Gatto from Rome, Italy replies: "Hi Ted from Bangkok who wrote about heart palpitations. Thank you so much for your reply. Your post was very interesting and informative. You seem like a very knowledgeable person or doctor. I don't know if you are still reading this list but I would like to ask whether in your opinion I can take both virgin coconut oil for health and aloe vera pure juice. I was taking coconut oil for health and aloe juice for acid reflux. Unfortunately, every time I take virgin coconut oil I get heart palpitations (which I ferquently have) while aloe vera juice seemed to stop them. Maybe I can just take coconut water that seems to help health very much as well and plus it has lots of electrolytes and vitamins. But again I'm not sure if taken with aloe juice would be too much estrogen? Thanks anyway. You helped me a lot with your post!"
04/01/2014: Sandy from Slc, Utah replies: "So, now I am confused. I am 55 in menopause and have had heart palpitations on and off for 3 yrs. I started magnesium at night which has helped greatly. I was going to start ACV for menopause symptoms, hot flashes, but will this increase palpitations? Also to help cholesterol which has increased due to menopause."
[YEA] 03/03/2012: Vickie from Orlando, Fl: "Tried the ACV, baking soda and lime last night for HP, usually they last for 12 hours and I can't move, they went away in 10 minutes, I also had some raw coconut water. Red wine is major trigger. Having blood work next wk. for anemia, liver and kidney, not detoxing losing electrolites. Someone posted about HP from the bath, happened to me too after two days of 2 baths per day with Epsom Salts, sometimes too much Magnesium."Replies
04/01/2012: Dee from Wichita, Ks replies: "I would love to have the recipe for your lime/acv/soda mixture. Ive been having palps for 3 days now. PLEASE email it to me at buddy 312 @ cox[dot]net. Thanks!!!! Dee"
04/22/2012: Olddude from Chattanooga, Tn, Usa replies: "I take acv, but it did not stop heart papitations, but I just started taking blackstrapp molasses for over a week now, it stopped the palpitations for me. One teaspoon in morning and one at night, it works for me, but we are all different, hope it works for you too. I chase it with water immediately, ps, dont breathe, lol."
04/22/2012: Vjkulkarni from Potomac, Md, Usa replies: "Hi, I am having Heart Palpitations - I think because Acetyl L Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid. I am also hypothyroid. Will ACV help?"
04/23/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Vjkulkarni... Alpha Lipoic Acid is highly beneficial when used in proper dosages. But if you are also vegetarian or avoid all sugar completely then ALA will also have a significant hypoglycemic effect on the body -- because it also lowers sugar levels in the body. Excessive lowered sugar levels can also cause anxiety as well as headache, light-headedness, palpitations, sweating, shakiness, weakness, hunger, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.
An imbalance of magnesium or potassium (excess calcium in diet) and lack of iodine in the diet can also be other causes of palpitations. Allergies is another one (gluten, lactose etc)."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/28/2007: Kel from St. louis, Missouri: "I have suffered from heart palpitations for years and just recently discovered they are triggered by artificail sweetners."Replies
07/18/2012: Dinma from Kaduna, Nigeria replies: "Can you please give examples of artificial sweeteners... I don't think I have heard about such.Thanks."
08/20/2012: Sugarboo from Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States replies: "To Dinma from Nigeria.. You asked about artificial sweeteners? here in the United States, we have many different kinds of things that taste sweet that are come from man made chemicals or from companies that alter the chemical components of real sugar. They taste sweet but are fake. Aspartame is one that is pure chemical and is man made. Another is called Splenda, and they say it is made from real sugar, but it is somehow altered so that it does not make you have a rise in your blood sugar levels. Some are not artificial at all, but come from sources other than sugar cane. Those include Sorbitol, Maltitol and Stevia. Sorbital and Maltitol I believe come from a plant called the Chickory Root. Stevia is a plant by itself that has been aroudn for thousands of years, and is just now getting recognition. Stevia does not affect your bloodsugar levels like real sugar and it has little to no calories. And it is all natural with nothing added to it. Sorbitol and Maltitol will give a little bit of a blood sugar rise, but it takes hours to notice. I woudl stay away from Splenda also known as Sucrolose ( and Aspartame (also know as Equal) I think Stevia is the best sweetener you can use."
[SIDE EFFECTS] Sandra from Roseville, Calif: "I've gotten into the habit of eating sugar-free jelly beans, I have been popping them' into my mouth all day thinking they were fine to eat because they were sugar-free. I started to notice I was having heart palpitations.I have never connected eating the candy with this annoying condtion and have stopped doing so.Palpitations have now ended."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/03/2010: Anonymous from Anonymousville, Usa: "Lactic Acid and Heart Palpitations
I never drink milk and I try to avoid cheese. Two days ago I drank an entire quart of kefir, hoping to turbo-charge my probiotic growth. Guess what? Heart palpitations followed not too long after. After reading what Ted said about lactic acid, I'll stick to acidophilus capsules from now on. As for the palpitations, I'm not worried. I already feel some relief (avoiding dairy, caffeine, and msg, and just gulped down some Blackstrap Molasses)."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 02/09/2010: Maxi from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "I agree lactic acid and lactose are the main cause of disease. I don't think probiotic supplements are healthy either. I have cancer and they have made it worse."
05/14/2013: Willow 11 from Tampa, Fl replies: "Probiotics are very important for digestive health, but current ones are grown on GMO corn - which is, well.... really bad for you. So, now a days people will get their probiotics from fermented vegetables like sauerkraut etc. You can get it at the store - avoid additives, or make your own - very easy and fun to do. Everyone should eat a little bit everyday."
[YEA] 04/15/2012: Barbara from Lakehead, Ca.: "this site is what i've been looking for. My heart palpations/dizzyness are what I believe to be food related. MSG Monosodium Glutemate is a big culprit and i'm just finding out that there are so many many other foods that hide MSG in the ingredients like yeast extract, yeast food, yeast nutrient and so on. I have 3 pages of ingredients that contain MSG so those of you who have these terrifying episodes read the labels stay away from coffee, chocolate, cheese aspertane, sucrolose (splenda) and the list goes on. any other info is surely welcomed. Would love to hear from those that are experiencing heart palps and what their doing. thanks, barbara"Replies
[YEA] 03/31/2014: Lars from Boise, Idaho, Usa replies: "I'm 65 years old and have had palpitations since I was 16. I heard that the condition was caused by the Darvon or Darvoset pain med that I was given after surgery when I was 16. It has been taken off the market for that very reason. I have recently found that eating a Red Delicious apple gives me immediate palpitations, and would like to know why. I have them a lot when I get tired or exhausted. I have never had a doctor believe me when I complain about palpitations. They just treat me like I'm crazy or a hypochondriac. My doc now has me on Bisoprolol-HCTZ (a beta blocker) that sometimes relieves the palps but now when I miss a dose the palps go wild. I haven't found any natural remedy that has worked but am willing to try the recipes that you all have advised."
03/31/2014: Bee from New York replies: "Hi Lars from Idaho;
I understand what you are going through. About 2 years ago doctors bullied and scared me into beta blockers for hbp and because I said I was under stress he assumed I had palpitations.. I had some nervousness but never palpitations.. so stupid me took the medication.. Now I found a doctor who told me how to wean off the medication and I am doing it slowly but I am getting palpitations from that here and there. So what I have found to work for me is acupressure .. check utube for the points to press for stopping palpitations..Also the most unbelievable thing someone told me is that sea salt in a huge glass of water stops palpitations..and it does for me.. It might take a bit but it works.. Now I cant speak for you but its worth a try.. check earthclinic on here to see how sea salt works for that.."
03/31/2014: Nanowriter from Hotspot, Texas replies: "I began to get heart palpitations and found immediate relief by taking magnesium oxide."
03/31/2014: Mr. Ree from Usa replies: "Drink a glass of ice water in heavy hard gulps.. It will stop the palpitations immediately...
Or drink a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt stirred in...Don't worry about the sea salt..It will raise your BP if it's low and lower it if it's high..."
03/31/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Dear Lars,
You're correct that "propoxyphene" which was branded as Darvoset and Darvon, were found to effect the electrical action of the heart. In fact, you can still seek compensation for damages. Google, "Darvon darvoset lawyers" and you can find firms that will give free case evaluations.
If this were me, I certainly proceed cautiously but read the article on AEP (google: nutrition review calcium AEP...and you'll find an article that discusses how AEP works on the cellular level to HELP the electrical action). Maybe the AEP could help with the palpation damage done by the Darvoset.
Also I have found that without sufficient "magnesium" in the system one is almost certainly going to have heart issues. I take a lot of natural vitamin E (not the synthetic form); potassium and magnesium; calcium AEP and arginine daily. Those just for the cardio system.
I also might try getting magnesium in the system by taking a few Epsom salts baths two or three times weekly for a month. Two cups of Epsom salts dissolved in warm water and then added to a warm bath and soak for twenty minutes. The magnesium sulfate with absorb into the system and is reported widely to help calm and rejuvenate. Especially helpful in "a fib" issues.
Because papaya is such a system calmer, I'd also try a few tablespoons of that daily."
04/01/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Thanks Kt for all your info! For now, I peel all fruits and veggies possible. Maybe here in Europe it's safer, who knows? I try to stay away from especially shiny fruits and veggies."
04/01/2014: Toourlady89 from Hayward Ca replies: "Hi, Magnesium Taurate is preferable form of Magnesium for heart palpitation according to the "Magnesium Miracle" book. I have read several testimonials about how it helps, if you'd google Magnesium and palpitations there's plenty of info ..
Sea salt has some Magnesium as well but not enough to get the palpitations completely under control .. and you can only take so much sea salt safely without getting over board.."
04/01/2014: Kt from US replies: "Hi Lars, I just read your post wondering why eating an apple gave you immediate palpitations. Apples are coated with a wax that is a hidden source of MSG."
04/01/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Kt, I wonder if peeling that same apple would NOT produce palpitations...."
04/01/2014: Kt from Usa replies: "Hi Mmsg--I'm the one you wanted to keep posting "piecemeal" but haven't been on here much. I get discouraged when I know what I have learned but it is not always received well. I see so many remedies for "cures" instead of making attempts to just eliminate the cause.
ABOUT THE APPLES: When you pick up the apple the wax transfers to your fingers and as you peel, the knife transfers the wax along with your fingers to the apple. Then you ingest it. The same goes for oranges and grapefruits. You cannot wash the wax off. However, I saw a post on here, I think, that gave a ratio of vinegar and water that would remove the wax after soaking for a short time.
It's not worth the trouble for me to do that. One time I had gotten some good ol' Ivory Liquid that was reported to be digestible (original formula) and scrubbed the grapefruit skin but I just don't want to do that. I learned about the wax from Jack Samuels. I sometimes get apples and scrub them but I also cook them before I eat them. Eating the skin is still important.
Because our fruits and vegetables have been genetically modified in one way or another, raw is no longer safe. I get the canned water/juice packed apricots and peaches for my fruit. They have been blanched and are easier to digest. Sometimes if they seem too firm I cook them a little more. I don't think I can give the brand name of applesauce I purchase but it is the only one in a glass jar and has "Natural Plus" on the label. I get the concentrated "country style" orange juice because it has the pulp. I cook all vegetables until tender.
Mmsg, I hope I didn't unload too much on ya!"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 02/10/2011: Cynthia from Brooklyn, Ny: "I'm a 33 year-old female with mitral valve prolapse. Although I've always had a fast heart rate I've never had palpitations and PVCs until recently. They are worst right after a meal and around my periods. I kept a journal tracking my palpitations. I noticed it started happening when I started a new multivitamin. After a week of going off this multivitamin, my palpitations, PVCs and anxiety went away. My heart normalized and beat like clockwork. I suspected that the high dosage of B complex in this multivitamin was the problem, so I started a new multivitamin with low dose B vitamins. After a couple of weeks the palpitations came back. I stopped taking this new multivitamin and again the palpitations went away. I think the problem lies not in the multivitamin itself or hormones. I suspect that it could possibly be a sluggish liver. I have caffeine sensitivity which is a sign that the liver is congested. I think the multivitamin clears out too slow so it build ups in my body and becomes toxic. My nervous system and heart is screaming out a sign that something is wrong. I'm going to try liver aids and keep away from multivitamins for a while."Replies
02/10/2011: George from Denver, Co replies: "Might want to check the magnesium in those supplements, it's possible the ratio is off. Also quite possible you are deficient in magnesium and that is the reason for heart rythem problems to begin with. If the multi's are 2x calcium to magnesium they have it backwards. Tradition says 2x calcium to mag but that's wrong. Try to never have cal levels exceed mag and all will be well. Hospitals have said that most of the patients coming in the door are deficient in magnesium. Gee, could that be why there are so many heart patients? If the cal/mag ratio is off you can just buy mag by itself to make up the difference. Also it would be good to get the mag and start by taking that by itself to see if your heart balances out. You would have your answer right there. Begin with 250mg of magnesium per day and work up to 500. Good luck."
02/10/2011: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Cynthia:
I recall from about 4-5 months ago a very similar post to yours.
Once again, a few things to ask:
is the multivitamin one of those "one-a-day" kinds with a shiny red coloring coating?
Reactions include temper tantrums, hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, uncontrollable crying and screaming, kicking, nervousness, dizziness, inability to concentrate and sit still among other findings. Physically you may get frequent headaches or migraines, upset stomach and feel ill after ingesting this additive.
Red 40 is used in many food products including kool-aid, orange and other flavored sodas, cheetos and dorito chips, strawberry pop-tarts, any candy with red coloring to it including m&m's, skittles, many chewing gums, etc. Also many children's vitamins and pain relievers/cold medicine have red 40 in the ingredients.
The bottle label or box carton should say which FD&C (food, drug, & cosmetic) FDA approved color is in there! Anyone any age can have bad effects.
The second question is "are there any minerals listed in that pill?" You could be so low on trace minerals that your body is trying to adjust when taking some. It could be that simple!
You are correct in that you could have a slow or toxic liver, and the food coloring is the final straw. It's taking days to clear something that might be done in hours normally.
You could try taking a high quality fulvic/humic mineral supplement, and see if your heart rate improves, going lower and stable.
They cost a lot more than a one-a-day, but in this case the quality (bioabsorbability) and quantity (most brands have 60 trace minerals and complexes--compare that to the maybe dozen plain jane names on a cheap multimineral tablet)
02/11/2011: Granny Laura from Waco, Tx Usa replies: "Before I got tested for allergies even half of a 100 mg vitamin C tablet would make me shakey and so wired I couldn't sleep for 3 days. It turns out that most vit C is made from corn!
The lady at the health food store recommended that I try vitamin C palmitate. That was the answer to my problem.
I have to take vitamin A palmitate because I am allergic to carrots and fish oils. Many B vitamins are made by yeasts. Most grocery store vitamins will also contain wheat, soy, etc I have multiple chemical sensitivities so it is important that I read every label on every supplement I take.
I take Allergy C and Allergy Multi by Twinlab and have never had a problem taking vitamins again. I order them online for half what I would pay in a health food store. Cheap vitamins may do more to you than they do for you!"
02/11/2011: Cynthia from Brooklyn, New York replies: "George from Denver, you're absolutely right about magnesium deficiency. I have MVP with pectum excavatum (depressed ribcage) which is a tell tale sign of Mg deficiency. I've been taking high doses of magnesium for many years. It works wonders for my breathing, sleep, and general anxiety -- but it made no improvement in these multivitamin-induced palpitations. These are strange palpitations. I felt like I was being poisoned. Thanks for the insight.
Tom from Regina, those symptoms look terrifying but I don't have those to that degree. I checked the mutivitamins' labels and they all are FD&C approved and have no Red 40 dye. I don't think my palpitations were caused by dyes. I'm unsure about trace minerals as you've mentioned. I have taken multivitamins before without any problems. Today it just hit me... the one that caused no palpitations were rapid release. The multivitamins which caused my palpitations were time release so does it mean it hangs out longer? For a sluggish liver that can't clear out more than what's put in, maybe "time release" is not a good idea. I noticed my palpitations were worst in the evening, but better in the morning. I think it's because sleeping puts my body on a fast. I forgot to mention that I've been taking birth control pills for over 10 years. I think my liver's finally caught up. Thanks very much for this great info and the article. I hope this thread can help someone in some way."
04/23/2011: Florie from San Francisco, California replies: "Yes, I have heard that whatever makes vitamins "timed release" is not a good thing. And the same with excipients."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/25/2011: Art from La Crescenta, California replies: "I'm 62 and just started taking Trader Joe's Pantheon pack multivitamins a week ago because I thought it might help with splitting nails, but since then I've experienced extended palpitations daily, anxiety and diarrhea. They have very high levels of B-vites and extended release - this is the only thing different I can point to in that time period so I stopped taking them and all the above let up. I was curious to see if there was anyone else with this experience, so Googled it. Maybe I'll just start taking something nail-specific. Thanks guys for posting your info."
07/26/2011: Betty from Holdrege, Ne replies: "My doctor suggested to take Biotin...
Pick up a bottle of it and take every day and you will have beautiful nails. I have used different strengths... and about in the middle will work or towards to high end.
Also nail polish remover can make split nails... either use no polish or wash well with soap and water immediately after using nail polish remover.
Good luck!! Betty"
07/26/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Yep the palpitations, are caused by the BVits.. The heart has a massive amount of nerve fibre in it, along with the rest of the body. You probably have twitches where you didn't have twitches before as well. It's like putting fertiliser on the garden it sort of goes off untill it finds its new balance. Old defunct nerve paths firing up again neurons going off where they havent gone off for a long while. The body only stores the B12 in the Liver.. This is distributed from there as and when required. The rest are taken as required and excreted on a daily basis. I think it might be an extra demand for potasium, so you can either ignore it, and after a couple of months it will go away... Or take a couple of bananas a day this seems to stop it, as they will give the potasium. If you stop the B vits. try MSM along with vitC that will fix a few things including the nails."
10/18/2013: Lee from New York New York replies: "It is important to consume your vitamins from food sources. It is russian roulette while taking vitamin supplements, because there could be additional/unwanted fillers, etc. In them. Soy (in vitamin supps) is believed to be a hormone disruptor, and can be one of the culprits towards heart palpitations. Of course, there are other culprits which can affect the heart; environmental, genetic, medicinal, psychological, dietary, etc....
It is also important to check the water in your home. If you are using a water filter/purifier, I suggest having the water tested for minerals.
My body responds negatively (or so it seems) to apple cider vinegar, coconut, cruciferous vegetables (esp, but not solely, raw).... I believe in the blood type diet, but am finding it difficult to strictly adhere to the diet.
It is also important to have your blood checked for minerals, vitamins, arsenic, mercury, lead, etc.."
02/22/2014: Faith from San Diego replies: "My good friend was sick for over a year, heart palpitations, shortness of breath dizzy feeling like car sickness, and sound sensitivity. It was an allergic reaction to Vitamin D due to her body not being able to break it down. If your heart rates increases after exposure to a food, a drink, vitamins, pet, plants environment, or even fabrics, shampoos soaps and any chemicals you most likely having allergic reaction."
[YEA] 08/10/2011: Gwen from Orlando, Florida: "If your doctor has failed to determine the cause of your heart palpatations is could be because your problem is an abnormal electrical signal that travels through your heart muscles causes it to have arrhythmia or palpatation. No medication or vitamins can prevent this. The only solution is a procedure called Cardiac Ablation. Cardiac Ablation works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm. In some cases, ablation prevents abnormal electrical signals from traveling through your heart and thus stops the arrhythmia. I had this non-evasive procedure done due to years of having heart palpatations that no doctor could explain even after a battery of tests. Then finally, Bingo!
I heard about Cardiac Ablation, had the procedure done 6 years ago and I have not had an abnormal rhythm since. Still today I can't even feel my heart beating. Before the procedure it felt as if it would beat out of my chest day and night. I suggest anyone having this problem see a cardiologist about Cardiac Ablation if everything else has been ruled out.
01/19/2012: Linda from Ireland replies: "Hallo Yea. Thank you for your post and it sounds all too familiar. I am having the same procedure done in a few weeks time. I am 62 years old and quite scared. Can you throw any light on this procedure for me please. Very many thanks and I truly wish you continued good health."
01/25/2012: Rebecca from Murrieta, Ca replies: "I had this procedure done as well. I had it done twice actually. I had a much more severe case. I have two leaky valves, an enlarged right aorta, and I had 9 pathways that needed ablation. The first procedure, the Electro- physiologist went in and did a minimal amount of burning. When I was on the drive back home from the hospital in Hollywood, I had two attacks that the rhythm was much different. Whatever the Dr. did changed things in my heart. Before I went in, I was having the ablation done based on a diagnoses of PSVT....
Long story short and after wearing a monitor for 6 weeks 24/7 I had AFIB. The Dr. scheduled a second ablation and did 58 burns... There was a steam burst and he had to stop the procedure and I was admitted overnight. I was told that there were still 2 pathways that they couldn't get to and I'd need to schedule another procedure. Problem is before the procedure my BP was averaging about 100/65... Now its averaging 79/44 going as low as 59/42. My cardiologist, whom I love & and was the one that set up the procedure with the Electrophysiology Dept. , just went out on leave because he has cancer and I have a hard time trusting cardiologists as I was told by 4 previous cardiologists that my condition was nothing and was all in my head. My Dr.... Dr. Benson believed in me enough to order the monitor for an extended amount of time and caught several events, one in which my heart had to be medicinally stopped and reset.
So, now needless to say, I'm a bit leery to go back, but I'm having episodes again and my hypotension is getting SO severe I can fall asleep just sitting in the couch after 8 hours of sleep. I'm SO tired ALL the time!!! I have had those procedures and 17 other operations as well... All in the past 20 years. I only just turned 47 in October for crying out loud!! #Frustrated!"
[NAY] 05/30/2012: Kvnc from Triangle, Nc replies: "Cardiac ablation should be avoided at all costs. It causes FAR more problems--weakness, debilitating shortness of breath, etc--than the problem it is supposed to correct. COQ10, goldenseal and selenium in combination, strengthen the heart muscle and mitigate against the misfiring of the electrical signals. Cured my own problem in the face of the threat of ablation four years ago, and haven't had a problem since, which watching friends undergo the horrors of ablation, which, of course, cannot be reversed once they've killed portions of your heart muscle."
[YEA] 05/24/2012: Lucinda from London, Ontario, Canada: "Cayenne!! This morning, my heart 'went out' at 6:26 am. I hesitated taking cayenne as have not done so before. Tuned in to this site, for courage and for reassurance. At 7:24, took 1/4 t of cayenne in one cup of warm water. Result: heartbeat/arrhythmia became more obvious, almost stronger. I kept reading, praying. Then, at 7:50, took another of the same dose. Again, more obvious heartbeat. I kept reading, searching the web. Suddenly, at 8:26, I realized that my heart was 'back in'. You all know the elation I felt, the tremendous relief.
I thank God for this site. I thank God for all of you who have shared your trauma and experiences with this terrible scourge. God bless you. Thank you, from the bottom of my normal, normal heart!! Lucinda"Replies
05/24/2012: Kathy from Ontario, Ca replies: "When this happens to me I take two magnesium tablets and it's gone in a few minutes...."
[YEA] 07/22/2011: Joseph from Los Angeles, California: "As you can see I am up at 4:30 in the morning. The reason why is I suffer from Anxiety and heart pulpitations frequently (3 years) Fluttering in the heart etc. I happened to accidently run into this site because a friend of mine had accidently put Cayenne Pepper in his soup instead of the standard peppers. I searched (Cayenne Pepper) and found this site. I'm very grateful and upset because now I have something that can help me now. I'm also upset because I've seen a lot of Dr.s and none of them have recommended this treatment. Thank you once again for having this page. You should have a Face Book account so I could push LIKE to my profile."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/02/2007: Anna from kahului, hawaii: "I read all of the information and people feedbacks on your web site. Now TED is saying only hydrogenated coconut oil will cause heart palpitations etc. That is so NOT true! I took virgin coconut oil for one week and my heart started to race. Please watch what you advise people."Replies
11/21/2011: Rick from Stockport, Uk replies: "I've had problems with extra virgin coconut oil, but it seems that all extra virgin is not the same. The brand I took goes rancid after a few weeks and ends up smelling like engine oil, so it ain't pure despite having the appearance of being genuine.
I'd advise anyone to check the brand carefully and see if it putrifies after opening before chugging tons of it."
[NAY] 09/29/2013: Jonathan from Los Angeles, California replies: "Extra Virgin Coconut Oil caused my heart to race several times - heart racing, profuse sweating, and feeling like I couldn't breathe... I would like to think this was a detox reaction bc it helped clear up a fungal issue, but I'm leaning more towards it speeding up my thyroid and I am hyperthyroid to begin with."
09/30/2013: Andrea C from Wales replies: "Hi Coconut oil is a big no no if you have Thyroid problems, it will do you more harm than good :-( I have been researching about this, and Cayenne Pepper seems a good one to try :-) Take it in warm water so your body is aware of the heat factor if you have not used it before. Take half a level teaspoon AM and PM, if you get palpitations inbetween, do the same again. There is not really a set limit to how many times you take it, and it may burn initially, warm heat not tissues burn, but it passes quickly, milk or yougurt will take the burn away if you really must use some thing. Water will not, but it will go on its own, I use this myself as I suffer terrible palpitation's and chest pain's to the point it feels like a heart attack. I use fresh Cayenne Chilli Peppers, but Powdered Cayenne pepper if I run out of fresh, with the freah pods, I use a pod split length ways in half, with seed's removed as your not suppose to eat the seeds, then I put it in a cup of boiled Distilled, or bottled spring water. I let it stand for 3 to 4 minutes so it infuses and the water is not to hot to drink, then neck it back, I lurve the stuff Masochist that I am!! Hahahha! Actually, I've used it for so long now I drink it like regular Herbal Tea although it's a spice, any way, with the powder just use warm water or par boiled not boiling, stir and drink it. It is also a life saver in the event of a Heart Attack, throw a few heaped tea spoons in water, it does not have to be warm in an emergency such as this and drink, this can be used this way for any one, it also heal's heart tissue's and promotes Heart tissue growth. I would put a heaped table spoon in if I were having an attack, and tap water would have to do if there was no other available or time to mess about. It also thins your blood out better than Warfrin, so don't use it if you are on blood thinners, but, and I am not saying 'do it', but I wouldn't think twice about blood thinners and taking it in a Heart Attack situation. It will make you warm or even sweat, but not always but this is fine. As its also a natural 'Detoxer' hence the sweating. Some people report a rush of energy and a sense of well being akin to a Spritual exsperence, and others, like myself, feel very relaxed and it help's my anxiety as well. I get palpitation's regularly through out the day most day's, an the Cayenne stop&s them right away, or in a few minutes. And if I am going out any where, I make some ready and keep it in a dark glass bottle and carry it with me at all times. Coconut oil did the same thing to me as it did to you the first time I used it, an I had to go and lie own, but I reackon it's because I took a heaped table spoon first time, and my body was not use to it, so I began again with half a level tea spoon and worked my way up, but definately do NOT take it with Thyroid problem's. Love Andrea C. Xxxxxx"
04/15/2014: Viperron from Cheyenne, Wyoming replies: "I have been fighting skips for 4 decades, , , Magnesium powder eliminates them, however I have compromised kidneys and the amount I need to take gives me diarrhea which drains my electrolytes and make everything worse. What a dilemma. Dehydration makes everything much worse and few people take in enough water. Medical doctors know very little about my problem and it seems like we could use a real pro to help our plight. Oh to have Ted from Bangkok back again"