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Why is My Heart Pounding on Low Carb?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I'm on a very low carb diet for the first time in my life, and right now I feel almost normal. I'm not dizzy or light-headed, my muscles aren't cramping - but I feel my heart beating really hard, feels like it's shaking my whole body.

What is this? Should I be worried?

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on March 17, 2013
at 02:38 PM

Agree with this answer. Low carb diets generally contain less water so you may be dehydrated while drinking about the same amount as before.

F20af1e0c77eff221d556e3db0fc5684

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on March 17, 2013
at 05:05 AM

I understand, gotta do what works. I'd just suggest keeping some of the "post-low-carbers" (like Danny Roddy and Matt Stone) on your radar in case of problems.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on March 16, 2013
at 10:17 PM

I'm doing this for the health of my intestines and brain. I have diabetics in the family and the blood sugar thing is KILLING my mood, my energy, my cognition. It's depressing. Also I have celiac and leaky gut. Meat and fat and some cooked non-starchy veggies are the only things my intestines will accept. I have experienced rapid healing and a sense of well-being after going very low carb. I'm convinced this is the healthiest thing for me in more ways than one. In the short term this is stressful, in the long term the blood sugar roller coaster is worse on the adrenals imo.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on March 16, 2013
at 10:12 PM

No I'm not, I love coconut oil but it's hard on my stomach.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on March 16, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Are you eating any coconut products?

F20af1e0c77eff221d556e3db0fc5684

(248)

on March 16, 2013
at 09:02 PM

If that happens consistently, I'd urge you to be cautious with the low-carbing. I personally have had better long-term health benefits using generous amounts of carbs to fight stress hormones.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on March 16, 2013
at 08:02 PM

This could be my problem. When I ate a little big of sugar it went away.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on March 16, 2013
at 08:01 PM

Strange I had just finished eating a big meal too when it happened (with no carbs in it).

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on March 16, 2013
at 07:35 PM

I always get "the beater" when dehydrated. Drink up!

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on March 17, 2013
at 02:38 PM

Agree with this answer. Low carb diets generally contain less water so you may be dehydrated while drinking about the same amount as before.

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5ff5439ef59cce014d6e1873c30a8cd6

on March 17, 2013
at 12:44 AM

water could definitely be part of it. drink water at a higher frequency and see if that helps. make sure you are ingesting the appropriate amount of micros as well. my heart will pound like that too, to the point where its shaking a persons head resting there to annoyance. i do "dragonbreathing" where you expel the stale air that accumulates simply from having bidirectional air flow and also try breathing deeply and slowly.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on March 16, 2013
at 06:58 PM

I've noticed this too, lately, especially after a nice meal that digests well. It feels good, I feel the blood pumping throughout my body. I take it as a sign of good health.

I don't think you have anything to worry about unless you're feeling pain, numbness, or anything like that.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on March 16, 2013
at 08:01 PM

Strange I had just finished eating a big meal too when it happened (with no carbs in it).

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8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on March 16, 2013
at 06:49 PM

I've experienced this too. In my case it goes away after a day or two. Since this is heart related, I'm hesitant to give advice.

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141171c0810650168d82601d85cfa5a3

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on March 19, 2013
at 06:45 AM

Do you use salt? I experienced a pounding (and rapid) heartbeat when I first went on an all raw meat and organ diet. I was doing manual labor outdoors at the time and also became much more thirsty than usual. Someone suggested I add salt to my diet. Once I started doing that, the symptoms vanished.

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F20af1e0c77eff221d556e3db0fc5684

on March 16, 2013
at 07:17 PM

It's possible your body has released adrenaline to try to keep your blood glucose up, leading to increased blood pressure. See this article by Danny Roddy warning about that kind of response.

F20af1e0c77eff221d556e3db0fc5684

(248)

on March 17, 2013
at 05:05 AM

I understand, gotta do what works. I'd just suggest keeping some of the "post-low-carbers" (like Danny Roddy and Matt Stone) on your radar in case of problems.

F20af1e0c77eff221d556e3db0fc5684

(248)

on March 16, 2013
at 09:02 PM

If that happens consistently, I'd urge you to be cautious with the low-carbing. I personally have had better long-term health benefits using generous amounts of carbs to fight stress hormones.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on March 16, 2013
at 10:17 PM

I'm doing this for the health of my intestines and brain. I have diabetics in the family and the blood sugar thing is KILLING my mood, my energy, my cognition. It's depressing. Also I have celiac and leaky gut. Meat and fat and some cooked non-starchy veggies are the only things my intestines will accept. I have experienced rapid healing and a sense of well-being after going very low carb. I'm convinced this is the healthiest thing for me in more ways than one. In the short term this is stressful, in the long term the blood sugar roller coaster is worse on the adrenals imo.

2564c814ad9931c834ae092e1ef069fb

(231)

on March 16, 2013
at 08:02 PM

This could be my problem. When I ate a little big of sugar it went away.

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