Generally feeling good from Eat for Heat suggestions.
After breakfast my pulse rises to 100 beats per minute for about an hour before settling at around 80. Is this normal or good?
I think so, but I’m NOT used to a high pulse rate after years of having a resting pulse rate in the 50’s or 60’s, so it seems very uncomfortable to me. I also have a higher rate of respiration. I’m just thinking this is a sputtering start to making some real headway with raising metabolism, as I generally am feeling very well and relaxed, sleeping well, hands generally toasty, etc.
What is your pulse upon waking before breakfast? 80 seems like a great pulse to settle at for most of the day (are you familiar with Ray Peat? He suggests a pulse of 75-85 is optimal).
A pulse jumping high immediately after a meal is probably common- staying that high for an hour seems a little odd, though sometimes my temp/pulse doesn’t change for 30-45 mins after a meal.
I’ve heard that if you eat something your body doesn’t like, pulse can jump high like that- but if the pulse isn’t dropping too low after that, I probably wouldn’t worry about it right now. If your pulse is generally in the 80s and used to be in the 50s or 60s, I’d say you’re definitely headed in the right direction. That bump up to 100 could just be a temporary thing for now while your body gets used to processing a lot of food after a good meal.
I’ve also heard that people who used to have a low pulse (50s or 60s) and then increase their pulse to 70s or 80s often feel weird at first because they’re not used to the feeling/increase- so it’s normal that it feels strange to you. But you should get used to it after a while– especially since you say you’re feeling good otherwise.