Whether you are Dad or have a Dad, you understand that his health is priceless. We’d do most anything to protect it. He wakes up early, goes to work, and provides for the whole family like a superhero. Then he comes home, mows the yard and plays with the kids. He may even light up the grill for dinner and delight the family with his grill chef talents. Dad is simply the best! He cares for the whole family all year long. This is his time to be thought about and kept healthy.

So we need to let you know about a serious risk Dad faces.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of men in the US, and especially men over 40. There are several reasons for this. Stress plays a part, because it can increase blood pressure, but the most important factor is nutrition. The heart needs certain key nutrients to stay healthy, and if a man is not getting optimal nutrients in the right amounts, his heart health will gradually decline. Toxic load also plays a part, because toxins deplete nutrients. It’s scary that optimal nutrition isn’t just a suggestion, but it’s really a necessity in our current world in in order to stay alive. The stress, the toxicity, and the overall lack of nutrition in our foods all come together to make it more challenging to get the nutrients we need.

The statistics are scary, but the truth is that we have more control over disease risk than we think.  With a few targeted nutrients and a couple of lifestyle checks, men can drastically reduce risk of heart disease. If that doesn’t make a great Father’s Day gift for the family, then we don’t know what would.

Here are 6 ways to protect Dad’s heart:

Magnesium is critical to heart health. Magnesium is a mineral that affects over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It affects sleep, muscle relaxation (including heartbeats), blood pressure, moods, hormones, energy, and mental health. It’s important to supplement with magnesium because it is easily depleted. Coffee, stress, sweating and sugar all deplete it. When levels get low, it can cause sleep disturbances, headaches, hormone imbalance, muscle spasms, high blood pressure and heart disease. We recommend men taking 300-400 mg daily, unless the doctor recommends a different amount based upon individual needs. If we had to pick one nutrient to make sure you are taking for heart health, it would be magnesium.

2. Vitamin C is critical to healthy arteries.  It’s is an antioxidant that works in two important ways to boost heart health. First of all it’s an antioxidant that helps keep arteries clean lower inflammation, especially in the arteries, which reduces buildup of plaque in the arteries. Vitamin C is also a detoxifying nutrient which helps remove toxins and chemicals from the body which are harmful for your heart. The tricky part is keeping your vitamin C levels optimal, which requires larger doses. We recommend 1,000 mg per day per 25 pounds of body weight. If you have been diagnosed with heart disease, your doctor may recommend even more. Don’t take more than 3,000 mg at a time so that it won’t upset your stomach. If you need to take more than 3,000 mg in a day, split it up into separate doses.

3. L-Lysine  and L-Proline are amino acids that work with vitamin C to create collagen and keep arteries healthy. Collagen is used by the body to repair arteries. When the nutrients to create collagen are missing, the body will deposit plaque (calcium) in the arteries, and that’s the beginning of heart disease. As long as Vitamin C, L-lysine and L-Proline are all available when you need it, your body is more likely to use collagen to repair arteries and not calcium.

4. Ubiquinol  is an antioxidant that is especially effective for heart health. It increases energy by fueling the mitochondria, which then fuels the heart. As you age, Ubiquinol levels decline, which can cause low energy and a tired heart. Sometimes all you need is to fuel your heart the right way, which in this case is from the inside of the cell.

5. Make sure Dad eats his veggies. If he’s a meat and potatoes kinda guy, help him expand his pallet by fixing him vegetables that soak up other flavors like zucchini or cauliflower. Eating a plant based diet has been shown to help lower blood pressure, increase energy, and lower heart disease risk. This does not mean not eating meat, but make sure it’s grass fed, organic, and as pure as possible.

6. Give Dad time for relaxation. Dad needs to de-stress just like everyone else. Tell him it’s ok to go camping, fishing, go read a book, or just take a walk. Buffer time doing something he loves can help lower stress. Otherwise the stress will eventually affect his blood pressure and increase risk of heart attack.

We also recommend that everyone goes to see a doctor regularly for the best medical recommendations, especially when it comes to heart health. The doctors at the Hotze Health & Wellness center can help you evaluate your health and optimize it.  Making healthy choices like taking the best supplements for heart health, eating vegetables or going to the doctor for a checkup, can help us feel like we are doing something good and gives us a sense of well-being. The truth is, when it comes to heart disease risk, lifestyle choices are everything. So make the choice, today, to have a healthy heart and do whatever you can to protect it.

We have a program at Hotze Vitamins you may be interested in called the My HotzePak. You can work with a nutritionist to pick out the most important nutrients based on your health goals, and we put the vitamins in organized packets for you. They even have your name and the dose time on every packet!  If taking vitamins is something you struggle with, we highly recommend getting started with a simple My HotzePak program to start taking something. Vitamins are critical for detoxification, which supports optimal hearth health. The best thing you can do is give your heart an advantage and just start taking something. Give us a call today at 1-800-579-6545 so we can help!