Looking for ways to keep your whole family healthier? We may think of heart disease as only affecting older people, but heart health is an important consideration for everyone in the family.  Heart health status later in life is certainly affected by our choices earlier in life, so kids can benefit greatly from learning good habits. The older population needs  heart healthy habits as well, and sometimes their lives depend on it. It’s best when the family can work together and encourage each other toward optimal heart health. Here are 3 critical habits to improve heart health for the whole family.

1.  Eat healthy meals together at the table.  This can be at a restaurant or at home, but the idea is to eat healthy food together without distractions. Eating together helps reduce stress and improves family relationships. Eating healthy food together helps keep everyone at lower risk for heart disease and teaches the kids how to eat healthy. Eating heart healthy as a family means not eating simple carbohydrates. This is sometimes a difficult transition for a family to make, but you can do it.   Have a family meeting tonight and set a date for starting the Optimal Eating Program together. Also, read labels and look for zero to 3 grams sugar, at least 4-5 grams of fiber, and at least 5-10 grams of protein. Most foods with this nutrient profile don’t have labels and will be found in the meat or produce section. Foods like organic kale,  organic spinach, organic romaine, wild salmon, organic chicken, grass fed beef, organic blueberries and organic broccoli are among some of the healthiest choices. As far as what to avoid, be sure to lookout for hidden sugars in yogurt, coffee drinks, spaghetti sauces, peanut butters, syrup and honey. Staying on the outside aisles of the grocery store is a must, and keep a file of your favorite healthy recipes for easy meal planning.

2.  Take walks or get the family active in sports together. Physical activity lowers stress which helps lower blood pressure.  Walking together as a family or playing a sport (tennis or basketball, for example) can also help everyone in the home get daily cardio and have a better sense of well-being and brighter moods. Physical activity also burns calories which helps prevent weight gain, a serious threat to heart health. 

3.  Take the highest quality vitamins possible. Everyone in the house needs to take a high quality multivitamin and a few other critical nutrients daily. The best high quality multivitamin is Dr. Hotze’s Energy Formula, which contains chelated minerals necessary for detoxification*. Energy Formula also contains active folate (5-methyltetrahydrofolate) which helps lower inflammation*.  It’s top rated for purity and potency and is formulated by medical doctors and nutrition experts.

▪     Mom and dad should take a PowerPak daily (includes Dr. Hotze’s Energy Formula) and a My HotzePak Heart Pak protocol daily. The Heart Pak includes Vitamin C for artery health, L-Lysine and L-Proline for collagen production, Vitamin K-2 for helping reduce calcium deposits in arteries, and Ubiquinol for cellular heart energy. *

▪     Older kids that can swallow pills, and are 100 pounds or more, can take 1-2 capsules of Dr. Hotze’s Energy Formula daily. Adding in 1-2 capsules of Vitamin C for heart health is also a really good idea.

▪     Kids ages 4 -12 need to take a chewable multi-vitamin like Nutri-Kids.  

▪     Also, make sure everyone takes Magnesium which is critical to heart health. Kids can take a Liquid Magnesium Citrate.

 At the end of the day, especially for mom and dad (40 and over), it’s not possible to know your heart health status for sure unless the heart is scanned for calcium build up. Ask your doctor at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center about a heart scan to get a closer look at your heart health status and possible risks. 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.