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  • Dr. Lesa Lawson

My heart races and I'm not in love (pt. 2)

In part 1 of our discussion, we talked about iron deficiency as a possible reason for an unusually fast heart rate. The average heart rate for an adult, at rest, is 60 to 100 times per minute. If the heartbeat is faster, continuously, or closer to the high number, you need to find out why.

Tachycardia describes one type of fast heart rate and there are three types of tachycardia; thus, it is important to have yourself checked by your doctor, rather than self-diagnosing.

There is a number of reasons that the accelerated heartbeat could be occurring. Food allergies are one such reason, as are mold exposure, high blood pressure, and respiratory issues. Another possible cause could be a potassium deficiency.

Potassium helps the heart in its function, along with magnesium, calcium and vitamin D3.

Food sources of potassium include baked potatoes (sweet, red skinned or white),

bananas (green or ripe), broccoli, cantaloupe, chicken breast, lentils, orange juice (fresh-squeezed), plain yogurt (cow’s or goat’s milk from grass fed animals), salmon (wild-caught), raisins, tomato paste, white beans and winter squash.

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