Heart Palpitations: Symptoms and Natural Remedies

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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.

Additional Pages of Interest:
Arrhythmia Remedies
Tachycardia Remedies

Adrenal Fatigue Connection

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Posted by Lindy (Reno, NV) on 02/02/2008
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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.

Replied by Jcg
(Wirral, Merseyside, England)

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?

Replied by Sl
(Philadelphia, Pa)

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.

Replied by Bldali
(Austin, Tx)

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.

Replied by Marinelight
(Painesville, Oh)

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.

Replied by Carrie B
(Williams Lake, Bc, Canada)

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.

Kathy R

Gerard, are you saying that coconut oil gave you palpitations?

Replied by Travis
(San Antonio, Texas)

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.

Replied by David
(Corcicana Tx)

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

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

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!!!

Replied by Dave

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.


Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

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.

Replied by Faith

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.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

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.

Replied by Gerard
(Independence, Missouri)
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Having heart palpitations in the evening after using coconut oil when hypothyroidism is present may be explained as having the thyroid finally kick in and induce those rapid heartbeats. Those with thyroid problems report on curezone that use of coconut oil cleans this condition up. Try "Oil Swishing" forum as regards orally swirling coconut oil in the mouth for 20 minutes and spitting it out. This sucks lots of infection out of the sinuses and gums; cleans and whitens teeth by cutting biofilm; and can start clearing up what may be a sub-acute fungal infection of the thyroid suspected because coconut oil has a powerful anti-fungal, caprylic acid. Blessings!

Replied by Erin
(Santa Barbara, Ca)


With all due respect (I know you are trying to help), heart palps are nothing to fool around with and not all thyroid problems are because of a fungal infection. I also tried coconut oil (I have hyperthyroid) and had SEVERE heart palps and profuse sweating. It was absolutely horrible and I fear for anyone on this board who reads your comment and thinks they should continue and push through because it's a detox reaction.

Do NOT continue with anything that gives you heart palpitations (or stops your breathing! ) No matter what!

Replied by Saj

Hi, my joints swelled last Christmas for a couple of months needed steroid injections to bring the swelling down, then started getting dizzy in April for 5 weeks it went away for 2 weeks and then since then I have been very light headed on and off throughout the day. Also, for the last 6 weeks I've been having heart palpitations and insomnia, extreme tension in my stomach and extreme emotions when the tension is great. I've had lots of acupuncture and been to see a Chinese doctor who has given me tablets to balance my hormones for the last 3 months however am still really struggling... any suggestions? Thanks

Replied by Cailin B.
(Pacific Nw)

Christmas time can kick off a lot of symptoms: it's a high stress time with a lot of sugar in the diet. If you have a lot of sugar and then decrease, your body can respond with some classic detox behavior. When I quit sugar, I felt like I had the flu for three days, felt very dehydrated, had a terrible headache for days, sweated a lot, etc., etc. But after a week I was back to normal, except...I felt good, like really good, was hungry less often, was alert all day long, and dropped the extra weight.

Not saying that sugar caused what you experienced, but the holiday season is a time when you can't help but eat a gingerbread man every time you turn around.

Aloe Vera

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Posted by Sara (Boston, Ma) on 12/30/2011
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Try taking ALOE VERA JUICE for Heart palpitations.

Replied by John H
(Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, Uk)
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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

Replied by Anna

Not bad is it. Depends on temperature in part. Warmer is better.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Christine (Deer Park Ny) on 03/03/2018
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Used acv every morning in water to loose weight and got palpitations. Now getting angiogram. Great, probably from the acv.

Replied by Colette
(Houston, TX)
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You know, you may have a point Christine.

I was fine until drinking Apple Cider Vinegar in water every morning for about 2 weeks and now I am experiencing heart palpitations. This is day 2 of not having the Apple Cider Vinegar and I'm going to see what happens while I continue to research.

Thank you.♥

EC: Heart palpitations are a common side effect of ACV. Read more from Earth Climic readers here: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/apple-cider-vinegar-side-effects.html

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Shane (Whangarei, New Zealand) on 09/02/2015
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Worked Temporarily

I had a 22mm Stent put into my main artery. I had 178/110 average blood pressure for 15 years, now it's 180/85 on average , I was born with the restriction it was 6mm when that did a MRI. Problem now is I have Palpitations 24/7. It happens instead of 3 beats so one good one one is a pause next is close together. I was told I would be better then I have been ever, but am worse off.

ACV helped for a couple of days and now its back again doctors say there nothing that can be done. Oh and my aorta valve is 2 not 3 I live in fear now because the heart stops for up to 4 seconds between the palps horrible feeling.

Replied by Sean
(Seattle, Washington)

Dear Shane,

It sounds like you might be deficient in magnesium. If you are not already taking magnesium, you should immediately start taking epsom salt baths in addition to either magnesium oil or magnesium supplements. If you use the magnesium oil, slather it around your entire chest area and armpits and leave it on for 20 minutes.

Stop drinking the apple cider vinegar. I have read on here that it can cause bad heart palpitations in some people.

You might also be deficient in iodine.

Hope this helps, Sean

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by CH (PD, USA) on 01/06/2009
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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.

Replied by Heather
(Brooklyn, NY)

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!

Replied by Loren
(Orlando, Fl)

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

Replied by Luis
(Cali, Colombia)

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.


Replied by Jackie
(San Diego, Ca)

Hi Luis, Can you please explain where exactly the pressure point is? I am confused.... Thank you!

Replied by Tee
(Greensboro, Nc Usa)

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...

Replied by Savannah

AVOID all the so called sweeteners, they cause SERIOUS reactions in many.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Debra (Sligo, IRELAND) on 08/15/2008
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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.

Replied by Joan
(Palo Alto, CA)

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.

Replied by Christa
(Ft. Campbell, Ky)
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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....

Replied by Sugarboo
(Cocoa Beach, Florida)
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.. 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...

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Hank (Florida) on 04/15/2007
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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!

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
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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.

Replied by Debra
(Sligo, Ireland)

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.

Good luck!

Replied by Greta Gatto
(Rome, Italy)

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!

Replied by Sandy
(Slc, Utah)

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.

Replied by Joan
(Illinois, US)

Luis from Cali, Colombia described an acupressure point where the thumb and pointer meet. I squeezed there while inflating my lungs and my heartbeat increased and then stopped the palpitations. I think it is an irritation of the vegas nerve and this sort of thing used to help my tachycardia before I was ablated for that. I think this useful, along with supplementing electrolytes and fluids over time. I clearly works, may need to be used a couple times. And you have to be working on rehydrating or they'll come back!

Replied by Joan
(Illinois, US)

Luis from Cali, Colombia described an acupressure point where the thumb and pointer meet. I squeezed there while inflating my lungs and my heartbeat increased and then stopped the palpitations. I think it is an irritation of the vegas nerve and this sort of thing used to help my tachycardia before I was ablated for that. I think this useful, along with supplementing electrolytes and fluids over time. I clearly works, may need to be used a couple times. And you have to be working on rehydrating or they'll come back!

Replied by Toni

Reading about the yogurt....I have had a pacemaker/defib implant for about 6 years. Over the last couple years my irregular heartbeat had gotten worse. My doc tried another ablation after on serious incident sent me to the ER. He couldn't find anything. He had also looked when he had put in the implant and couldn't find the offending nerves. But I finally figured it out. Dairy is my worst trigger. I was thinking I had gall bladder issues and had been tested a couple times. Nothing really serious, but stomach discomfort enough to know something wasn't right. It wasn't until a couple weeks after my last ablation and ER visit that it came to me. That day I had a milk shake. It threw me into a unbelievable panic attack. After figuring it out, I realized that my bad days always started out with a nervous feeling and stomach issues. But at that time I knew so little about the gut/heart connection. After testing the no dairy life for a few weeks, I told the doc I wanted to quit the 2 meds he had me on because they made me feel so icky. He gave me the green light, and I have been off them for almost 2 months now. I have found other things that also upset my tummy, and I am weeding different things out of my diet. But the biggest thing is dairy and since I have quit all dairy I have not had to take any anxiety/panic meds and have had no serious arrhythmia. I have read that panic attacks can cause the worst kind of arrhythmia. But I didn't know that is what I was having....and also had no idea it was all set off by my diet. I would keep a journal for a few days or weeks and start looking for possible trigger foods. I don't eat processed food any more and I am very careful of what I eat. I am also feeding my heart with heart healthy food and supplements. I do take hawthorn as my first choice. Good luck!

Replied by George Goble
(West Lafayette, In)


Here are some of my experiences with high dose magnesium acetate (metabolizes into magnesium bicarbonate in the liver). If RBC (red blood cell) magnesium is 5.3 mg/dL or better, and one takes about one level TBSP of magnesium acetate (in 1/4 glass of water), twice a day, then many people (50-60 and older) see a pretty big energy burst and increase in well being feeling. As you say, one of these mechanisms may be neutralizing lactic acid. This much oral magnesium may be over one's "diarrhea limit". Taking 1 TBSP of gelatin and/or flax seed just before seems to allow more oral ingestion before diarrhea limit. Also some just use it transdermally and still get an energy boost.


Replied by Mary

Wow! What a response about acv, electrolytes etc... Great info! I will try. Are you a doctor?

Replied by Mary

Ted, great reply! Are you a dr? I had been taking 700 mg mag for about 6 weeks, when I increased to 800, more palpitations started. Should I lower mag? Or do I need calcium, etc, potassium?? I eat mostly steamed veggies, grass fed beef, chicken, yogurt and almond butter. Thank you!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Lime

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Posted by Vickie (Orlando, Fl) on 03/03/2012
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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.

Replied by Dee
(Wichita, Ks)

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

Replied by Vjkulkarni
(Potomac, Md, Usa)

Hi, I am having Heart Palpitations - I think because Acetyl L Carnitine and Alpha Lipoic Acid. I am also hypothyroid. Will ACV help?

Replied by Olddude
(Chattanooga, Tn, Usa)
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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.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

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).

Arrhythmia Triggers

Posted by Sharon (Tennessee) on 10/26/2015

Everytime I eat something with aspartame, I start having heart arrhythmias. I am very sensitive to it. I think Splenda does similar, but perhaps not quite as bad. I have even found that aspartame (also known as)phenylalanine is found in almost all chewing gums, and many times hidden in most unlikely things. Since it has the word Phenylalanine, most don't know what that means. But is a form of aspartame. It cause heart rhythm in me, headaches in my husband, and seizures in his grandson...do I need to go on? Please use honey, molasses or even a bit of real sugar if you must sweeten. Of course, Stevia is an option if you can stand it....but it's a flavor I don't much like... Oh, I even found some pills have the aspartame Phenylalanine added as a "inactive ingredient." Come on pharmacy companies!! Just use sugar if you must put a sweetener in!!

This is by no means all that causes problems for me. For 30 years, I've been trying to find out all the triggers. The worst is stress, negative thinking, fear, fear of impending event - or life change, panic. But any adrenaline inducing food or medicine can easily cause them. Bloating, or gas is a bad trigger also. Oh, I learned to NEVER let the dentist do epinephrine on me. It's an immediate heart racing and rhythm all over the place....I must get up and pace around the room.

I've tried magnesium. But I'm not giving up on that yet. I'm just not sure I've tried the RIGHT type- or enough. I think the HARD PILL Supplements may not absorb right- and just pass through.... And there may be a "combination" I'm not finding yet.

I'm open to suggestions!! It got a lot better for awhile, but gotten worse lately- with some stress issues. The stress issues are subsiding, but left me with "sensitized heart" again. (Read Claire Weeks books) She deals with some of this stuff. How- once the problem (stress) is gone, the body still responds like it's still there for weeks and sometimes months- a vicious cycle. Until biofeedback and meditation/relaxation is done "during" attacks....

Replied by Timh
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S: Phenylalanine is a natural occurring amino acid that you assume is toxic or dangerous ingredient in Aspartame. To my knowledge, the toxic ingredient in Aspartame is wood alcohol. People deficient in Zinc & Niacin will likely have negative reactions or bad side-effects from this additive.

Back to Phenylalanine. P is considered a stimulant-type amino that agonizes epinephrine in the body. If you are experiencing reactions to even small amounts of P, then you definitely need heart support nutrients like the magnesium you mentioned, plus Carnitine, Selenium+CoQ10+Vit-E, and the herb Hawthorn Berry. The Zinc+Niacin will help remove the alcohols from the body and likely improve the nervous conditions.

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

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Posted by Breeze (Wash) on 07/24/2015
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Artificial sweeteners can cause heart issues. These artificial sweeteners are unsafe - it can change how your brain fires! A sure fire way to find out what food is causing allergic reaction is simply check your heart rate before you eat then after . Heart rate goes up after you eat your allergic. I don't even need to take my pulse when my heart is beating extra hard I know I ate something that I'm clearly allergic too Going on a elimination organic diet is the best way.

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Posted by Kel (St. louis, Missouri) on 09/28/2007
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I have suffered from heart palpitations for years and just recently discovered they are triggered by artificail sweetners.

Replied by Dinma
(Kaduna, Nigeria)

Can you please give examples of artificial sweeteners... I don't think I have heard about such.Thanks.

Replied by Sugarboo
(Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States)

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.


Xylitol. Anything on Xyltol?

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Posted by Sandra (Roseville, Calif)
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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.

Avoid Lactic Acid

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Posted by Anonymous (Anonymousville, Usa) on 01/03/2010
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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).

Replied by Maxi
(Atlanta, Georgia)
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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.

Replied by Willow 11
(Tampa, Fl)

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.

Avoid Msg

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Posted by Barbara (Lakehead, Ca.) on 04/15/2012
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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

Replied by Lars
(Boise, Idaho, Usa)
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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.

Replied by Bee
(New York)

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..

Replied by Nanowriter
(Hotspot, Texas)

I began to get heart palpitations and found immediate relief by taking magnesium oxide.

Replied by Mr. Ree

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...

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

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.

Replied by Toourlady89
(Hayward Ca)

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..

Replied by KT

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.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Kt, I wonder if peeling that same apple would NOT produce palpitations....

Replied by KT

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!

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

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.

Replied by Wayne
(New Jersey)

Can you send me the names on the list of Msg that you are talking about. So that I have this information to look at. Thank you, Wayne

Avoid Multivitamins

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Posted by Cynthia (Brooklyn, Ny) on 02/10/2011
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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.

Replied by George
(Denver, Co)

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.

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)

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)

www.bing.com/images/search?q=fulvic mineral&go=&form=QBLH&scope=images&filt=all

Replied by Cynthia
(Brooklyn, New York)

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.

Replied by Granny Laura
(Waco, Tx Usa)

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!

Replied by Florie
(San Francisco, California)

Yes, I have heard that whatever makes vitamins "timed release" is not a good thing. And the same with excipients.

Replied by Art
(La Crescenta, California)
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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.

Replied by Betty
(Holdrege, Ne)

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

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

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.

Replied by Lee
(New York New York)

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..

Replied by Faith
(San Diego)

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.