Heart palpitations are defined as feelings of your heart racing, pounding, fluttering or skipping. While they may feel dangerous, heart specialists say that most cases of heart palpitations are nothing to worry about. Sometimes they can strike because of carrying out an intense physical activity or working out. In some instances, heart palpitations can be experienced after a meal, which is what this article is all about.
If it seems like you are having heart palpitations after consuming foods and drinks, keep on reading. Below you will learn why heart palpitations tend to show up after eating something.
Make sure that you share this article on your various social media sites afterwards especially if you have family members and friends whose meals are followed by heart palpitations.
Before you go, there are a few important matters that you should keep in mind:
If you are experiencing heart palpitations for the first time, seek medical attention.
Get yourself rushed to the emergency room or call an ambulance if your heart palpitations are accompanied by other signs and symptoms such as dizziness, profuse sweating, shortness of breath, and chest pain that radiates to the arms, back, neck or jaw.
None of the information below should be mistaken as a piece of medical advice that only a certified health care provider can offer.
Now that these crucial matters are out of the way, let’s proceed with tackling the causes of heart palpitations after eating and some of the things that you may do to keep the problem at bay.
According to health authorities, after eating your digestive system needs to be supplied with blood. This is done in order to facilitate the digestion of food and also absorption of nutrients.
In order to divert much of your blood to your digestive system as well as make sure that the rest of your body are still getting enough oxygen-rich blood, your heart needs to work harder than usual. This requires your ticker to beat at a much faster rate, and this can register as heart palpitations.
The more food and drinks you consume, the more blood is needed by your digestive system. Such requires your heart to beat even faster and stronger.
In some instances, the kind of foods or beverages you consume during mealtime is the one responsible for heart palpitations. It’s no secret that caffeine is a chemical that can stimulate the nervous system. And when the nervous system is in an excited state, heart palpitations tend to make their presence known. It’s for this reason why the consumption of anything with caffeine in it such as a chocolate bar or a cup of coffee can cause heart palpitations.
Experts say that the intake of sugary foods can also cause heart palpitations since your body is supplied with a lot of calories. MSG, a common food additive or seasoning, is also known to cause palpitations in some. Those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity may have heart palpitations after taking anything with gluten.
If it’s apparent that your heart palpitations are brought about by mealtimes, worry not. That’s because tweaking your diet is something that can help keep the problem from striking.
One of the things that you may do is opt for a small meal each time. By steering clear of a large meal, your heart need not work harder just to divert much of your blood to your digestive system while at the same time ensuring that the rest of your body is not deprived of much-needed oxygen transported via the bloodstream.
It’s also a good idea for you to keep a food diary each time. This can make it easy for you to identify foods and drinks that are causing you to experience heart palpitations.
Never ignore the common signs of A Heart Attack in Women
Every person knows the common signs of Heart attack is chest pain. It’s not like how it is shown in movies where a man is shown gasping for breath, clutches his chest and falls on the ground. When it comes to real life, the symptoms of heart attack are more than just pain in the chest. Yes, chest pain is a symptom of heart attack, but there are other subtle signs of cardiovascular problems, which are important to know. As per studies, women do mostly feel chest pain when they suffer from a cardinal problem, there are few other signs you should be cautious about. If these signs are overlooked then it can even turn fatal.
The common signs of a heart attack one should not ignore in women
- Do you feel uncomfortable pressure in your chest?
One of the most common signs of a Heart attack in women. If you are feeling pressure and tightness around your chest, then ask for help. Pain can happen anywhere in the chest, it is not necessary to be the middle of the heart. Do not brush off the situation just because the pain is on the left side.
- Breathing Difficulty
Uneasiness and difficulty in breathing is another sign of heart attack in Women. If you are not able to catch your breath and move around even a little bit, then it is an indicator that something is not right with your heart.
Sweating on a sunny day or due to intense workout is normal, but if it is random then you should immediately call someone for help. Profuse and sudden sweating can be a sign of a cardiovascular problem. This sign is easily confused with night sweats or hot flashes, which is common with age Overlooking this can be dangerous for you.
- pain experienced in both the arms
It is not necessary that pain be experienced only in the chest or in the middle of the heart. At times it can even be on the left or right arm, or even in the upper abdomen. It is important to note that any type of pain above the waist could be due to a heart problem. The pain could be irregular or intense
- The most common sign Dizziness
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in women. These signs of a heart attack are mostly confused with food poisioned or gastrointestinal issues. But if you are experiencing nausea and vomiting along with pain in the upper part of the body, then it is time immediately rush to the hospital.
One feels very exhausted, but just like other signs of heart attack, if you feel excessively tired than usual then you get yourself checked. You would actually feel overwhelmed and would not be able to perform any other activity. This sign is often mistaken for anxiety. If you suddenly feel fatigued and uneasy then speak to your practitioner.
Cutting screen time may reverse sleep problems in teens
Limiting exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as phones and laptops in the evening for just a week can help teenagers improve their sleep quality and reduce symptoms of fatigue, lack of concentration and bad mood, a study has found.
Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, resulting in disrupted sleep time and quality.
The lack of sleep does not just cause immediate symptoms of tiredness and poor concentration but can also increase the risk of more serious long-term health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation related to screen time may affect children and adolescents more than adults, but no studies have fully investigated how real-life exposure is affecting sleep in adolescents at home and whether it can be reversed.
Researchers from Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience, the Amsterdam UMC and the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, investigated the effects of blue light exposure on adolescents at home.
Those who had more than four hours per day of screen time had on average 30 minutes later sleep onset and wake up times than those who recorded less than one hour per day of screen time, as well as more symptoms of sleep loss.
The team conducted a randomised controlled trial to assess the effects of blocking blue light with glasses and no screen time during the evening on the sleep pattern of 25 frequent users.
Both blocking blue light with glasses and screen abstinence resulted in sleep onset and wake up times occurring 20 minutes earlier, and a reduction in reported symptoms of sleep loss in participants, after just one week.
“Adolescents increasingly spend more time on devices with screens and sleep complaints are frequent in this age group,” said Dirk Jan Stenvers from the Amsterdam UMC.
“Here we show very simply that these sleep complaints can be easily reversed by minimising evening screen use or exposure to blue light,” Stenvers said.
“Based on our data, it is likely that adolescent sleep complaints and delayed sleep onset are at least partly mediated by blue light from screens,” he said.
Common chemicals can increase risk of metabolic disorders
Do you know that your everyday exposure to everyday harmful chemicals can land you into serious trouble?
A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals called Phthalates, increasing the risk of metabolic disorders. The study was discussed in the meeting, ‘ECE 2019’. Researchers found a correlation between levels of phthalate exposure and markers of impaired liver function, which are indicators of increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
These findings suggest that more actions may need to be taken to reduce people’s exposure to these potentially harmful, yet commonly used chemicals. Phthalates are common additives used in manufacturing to produce plastics and they can be found in numerous everyday items including milk, bottled water, instant coffee, perfume, makeup, shampoo, toys and food packaging.
Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has previously been implicated in causing serious harm to fertility and development, as well as increased obesity risk in rodents and people.
However, no studies have directly investigated how Phthalate exposure is associated with obesity and metabolism. In this study, Professor Milica Medi Stojanoska, one of the researchers correlated the levels of Phthalate absorbed by people with their body weight, type 2 diabetes incidence and markers of impaired liver and metabolic function.
Higher exposure to the chemical was associated with increased markers of liver damage, insulin resistance and cholesterol in people with obesity and diabetes.
Prof Stojanoska says, “Although a small association study, these findings suggest that not only do phthalates alter metabolism to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes but that they are also causing toxic damage to the liver.”
Prof Stojanoska’s research is now looking at the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on human health in adults, adolescents and babies.
“We need to inform people about the potential adverse effects of endocrine disruptors on their health and look at ways to minimise our contact with these harmful chemicals,” adds the professor.