I am writing to you to share my experiences with nutritional choices and ectopic beats.
I have suffered from Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia and ectopic beats since 1994 (14 yrs old). I did not take my diet seriously until 2014, when my PSVT started getting worse, and I wanted to avoid ablation. I grew up eating the standard American diet.
In 2014, I started taking magnesium supplements from a reputable company called Jigsaw Health. They also have electrolyte powder to mix with water. I started noticing a significant difference in the amount of ectopics, just by increasing my electrolytes.
I also bought a Nutribullet blender, and started making a healthy smoothie for breakfast every morning. It has also significantly reduced my symptoms! My body feels at ease when I feed it properly. I mix banana, spinach, frozen berries, raw ginger root and turmeric, chia seeds, and Himalayan sea salt. That is my base recipe, but I usually throw in whatever I have (radishes, cucumber, avocado, kale, maca powder, etc! The possibilities are endless!)
Fruits, vegetables and whole foods like nuts and eggs make up a large portion of my diet now. The good nutrients, potassium and magnesium have significantly improved my tachycardic heart. I also exercise 4 days a week, get 8 hrs of sleep, and participate in hobbies that reduce my stress like prayer, reading and meditation.
I still experience 1-2 PSVT episodes a year, but they are much more mild, and they only happen when I am going through a large amount of stress (mentally or physically). My new healthy lifestyle decreased my ectopic beats. I only experience them when I am not taking care of myself, and then it reminds me to up my magnesium, increase my electrolytes, or get more rest.
I hope my story can be used to help others. If there is one thing this condition has taught me, it is to take care of my body.
Thank you for all of the amazing work you do to educate others about their heart conditions. It really means a lot!