Atrial fibrillation is a fairly common, yet no less concerning, condition of the heart in which one has an irregular, often faster than normal, heartbeat. Also called an arrhythmia, this condition can be genetic, or may be caused by high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, stress, viral infections, and more.
While most doctors will prescribe medication, you can often treat atrial fibrillation just as effectively using a holistic, natural approach. Read on to learn more about treating this condition naturally.
Cut Out Energy Drinks
Not only do they contain caffeine, which causes an elevated heart rate, but energy drinks also contain a number of ingredients that may exacerbate atrial fibrillation. Ginseng, tyrosine, and alpha lipoic acid, are just some the ingredients found in these beverages that can have an unpredictable impact on the heart.
A healthy level of magnesium in the body is connected to a healthy heartbeat. Try adding more magnesium-rich foods (such as broccoli, cashews, banana, spinach, and avocado) to your diet, or even taking a high-quality magnesium supplement.
Avoid OTC Weight-Loss Products
Many weight-loss products purchased over the counter contain caffeine, as well as many other stimulants that can cause heart palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, and more. Many of the ingredients, whether herbal or non-herbal, act as a cardiac stimulant, which is not what you want when suffering from atrial fibrillation.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
For centuries, people have observed a correlation between heightened intake of alcohol and heightened increase of heart issues. For nearly everyone, alcohol consumption will disrupt the normal rhythm of the heart, but a normal heartbeat resumes once consumption has stopped. For those with atrial fibrillation, the interruption to the heartbeat can have a lasting effect.
Watch Your Vitamin D Intake
While vitamin D is important for your body in many ways, getting too much of it can actually be a bad thing if you have atrial fibrillation. Most people do not get too much vitamin (actually, most people don’t get enough), but if you are taking a vitamin D supplement for another condition, you may want to consult with your physician and be sure you are taking an appropriate dose that will not aggravate your heart rhythm.
Take Fish Oil
Fish oil may be able to actually change the build of your heart chambers, which is especially great news for those who suffer from atrial fibrillation because of a small upper chamber. Consuming fish oil can also lower cholesterol levels in the body, which will help to prevent further cardiac complications.
Get More Fiber
In a study published in the February 2011 edition of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who stuck to a high-fiber diet had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation. Depending on how much dietary fiber was consumed, participants lowered their risk by up to 36%. The best way to get more fiber in your diet is to consume more fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grain foods.
Although some people are born with atrial fibrillation, you can reduce your risk of it, as well as your symptoms, by following these natural approaches discussed here. Be sure to communicate with your physician and find the best holistic treatment for yourself.