Did you know eating certain foods could trigger an AFib episode? It’s true.Especially if you are sensitive to spices and preservatives, you might want to know what foods to avoid that can cause atrial fibrillation.Patients respond differently to foods and toher triggers, so it is important to keep track of what may cause your episodes of atrial fibrillation. For this reason, it may be helpful to create your very own AFib diet plan.If you are interested in doing some detective work for yourself about what causes AFib triggers for you, here are some ideas about foods to avoid:
- Foods with high sodium such as processed lunch meats may trigger AFib episodes. Eating one slice of processed lunch meat could serve up more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium. The RDA for sodium is about 2,300 milligrams. Excess salt in your diet can raise blood pressure. Increased blood pressure might trigger an AFib episode. Too much dietary salt makes managing your symptoms challenging and may increase your chances of causing a stroke. So, avoid sodium saturated foods like pizza, canned soups, breads, fried foods, etc. Make low sodium foods a regular part of your diet by staying away from processed foods which generally contain excess salt and sugar. Eat lean meats and fish.
- High sugar foods can lead to obesity and high blood pressure. High blood pressure can trigger AFib episodes. So, check the labels on that bottle of your favorite pasta sauce or ketchup you eat. Look for the hidden and added sugar in the foods you’ve been eating. Slowly, eliminate them from your diet. Choose to eat foods in their most natural state like vegetables from your own garden. When you know from where your foods come, you know nobody added any extra “flavorings” that could trigger AFib.
- Ever heard of tyramine? This amino acid commonly found in aged cheeses such as cheddar, parmesan and gorgonzola, pepperoni, salami, sauerkraut and kimchee, soybeans and snow peashelps raise blood pressure. For some, tyramine can trigger an AFibepisode.
- Caffeine might be a trigger for some people when it comes to AFib.Whether it is or it is not an AFib trigger, too much caffeine could raise your heart rate, which in turn might trigger AFib. Ask your doctor how much caffeine is right for you.
- If you are taking a blood thinner like warfarin, avoid eating too much leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and kale. Naturally occurring vitamin K in leafy greens can reduce the effectiveness of the blood thinner because this vitamin naturally makes blood clot.
- Grapefruit contains natural chemical components in it that can interfere with medications that control your heart rate.If you take heart rate regulating medicine, ask your doctor if you should exclude grapefruit from your diet.
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