What you Eat May be Affecting your Heart

Your heart is always working overtime, and if it weren’t, you’d be dead. That’s some serious business; your heart is literally your lifeline, so it’s important to take care of it. Many people don’t eat a heart healthy diet but did you know that your eating habits could affect your heart’s rhythm? Yes, it’s true, certain foods and situations put your blood pumper at increased risk of having rhythm issues. Heart palpitations, murmurs, irregular cardiac beats and other similar problems can occur just because of the foods you eat or the situations you put yourself in.

That’s scary, because heart issues are the leading causes of death in America and many of them are preventable. Here is a comprehensive list of causes of these scary heart problems and ways for you to avoid them.

 

Alcohol

Alcohol is obviously not good for you and the more you drink the worse it is for your overall health. Over drinking or binge drinking has been known to cause heart palpitations or irregular heart beats. Known as “holiday heart syndrome” this affects people who binge drink and it could happen to any of us. I’m not going to tell you to never binge drink again, because I know you won’t listen, but just be aware of what partying can do to your body.

Drinking alcohol lowers your blood pressure so your cardiac organ has to work overtime to pump the same amount of blood.   Alcohol also has been shown to damage the signals that regulate your cardiac beat and timing.  

Caffeine

Drinking high amounts of caffeine can cause abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure. Energy drinks have been sending people to the hospital for years because of their super high caffeine levels. If you are sensitive to caffeine then you should stay away because it can seriously swing your cardiac rate.

Doctors see patients who are drinking Green Tea for its health benefits and antioxidants and don’t realize that its so high in caffeine. Be wary of high caffeine intake and keep away from energy drinks, they are just bad news.

 

Acid Reflux

Do you have chronic acid reflux? If so, you may be at risk of heart palpitations. The acid reflux eats away at the lining of the esophagus, which is conveniently located close to the heart. The acid can cause palpitations by irritating the blood pumper’s covering.   If palpitations happen after eating or when you lie flat on your back, acid reflux could be the cause.

Dehydration

When your body is dehydrated your blood pressure drops pretty dramatically, and this could cause palpitations or other issues. Drink plenty of water and pay attention to the color of your urine, too yellow or dark and you need water.

Drugs

Any drug, supplement or chemical you ingest can cause cardiac issues, so check the side effect before you take anything and consult a doctor. You shouldn’t take supplements without talking to your doctor so you don’t have any side effects or concerns in general.

 

Keep an eye on any cardiac issues you may be having and get it checked out ASAP.