Heart palpitations can be an indicator of a serious heart condition, especially if it’s accompanied by others such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, profuse sweating, chest pain, blurring of vision and shortness of breath. However, most of the time, heart palpitations can be a simple reaction of the body to stress, fatigue, anxiety, and the intake of drugs, alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Especially if your physician gave you a clean bill of health, having heart palpitations should not cause you to panic — something which can cause the condition to worsen.
The following are some tried-and-tested home remedies for heart palpitations. Opt for something that works best for you and remember to relax because most heart palpitations are nothing serious.
One very effective and simple way to restoring the normal heart rhythm is by coughing for a few times. This will cause a buildup of pressure in your chest, thus putting a stop to the irregular heart rhythm you are experiencing.
Take Slow, Deep Breaths
Especially if the problem is brought about by anxiety or panic attack, it will help a lot if you become more mindful of your breathing. Nothing can stop heart palpitations due to anxiety or panic attack more than taking slow, deep breaths. Sit down and breathe in through your nose slowly, allowing your belly to expand in the process. Hold it in for a couple of seconds, and then slowly exhale through your mouth. Repeat for a few times until those palpitations are gone or have improved.
One of the causes of heart palpitations is dehydration, something which can be resolved simply by drinking more water. It is said that opting for ice-cold water is a great idea. According to those who swear by it, guzzling down ice-cold water shocks your chest, and this helps bring back the normal heart rhythm.
Take a Cold Shower
Just like with drinking ice-cold water, taking a cold shower can shock your body which results in the restoration of your heart rhythm. If having a cold shower is not feasible, you may simply splash cold water on your face.
Do the Valsalva Maneuver
Oftentimes, heart palpitations are brought about by your vagus nerve. That is why stimulating this nerve is said to help put an end to the worrisome condition. Doing the valsalva maneuver can be done in a couple of simple ways. First, you may pinch your nose and close your mouth, and attempt to exhale. Second, you may make a fist, place it over your mouth as though you are about to blow up a balloon, and forcefully exhale.
Bearing down has a similar effect on the vagus nerve just like the valsalva maneuver. There is no other way of illustrating this other than pretending that you are about to do a number 2. Bearing down can completely put a stop to those heart palpitations or at least slow them down.
Consume Magnesium-Rich Foods
Deficiency in magnesium can cause heart palpitations. That is why this problem may be kept at bay by including more magnesium-rich foods in your everyday diet. Some excellent sources of this mineral include dark green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach, nuts and seeds, bananas, avocados, oatmeal, peanut butter and yogurt.
Deal with Stress
The best way to put an end to heart palpitations caused by stress is to de-stress. Keep your mind busy with something that you like doing such as listening to music or writing in your journal, or something that you like to learn such as playing the piano or painting. Taking a relaxing bath, having a massage and doing yoga are excellent stress-busters too.
Exercise on a Regular Basis
An effective way to keep heart palpitations at bay is by having your regular dose of exercise. This keeps the heart in an optimum shape as well as keeps excess weight in check. Something as short as 20 minutes of walking, jogging, swimming dancing or playing badminton at least 5 times a week can work wonders.