You Are What Your Grandparents Ate by Judith Finlayson
If you are interested in doing all that you can to have a healthy child & grandchildren, read this book as soon as you can. For me, it is probably too late. I've been trying to have children & have never been able to conceive. Reading this book provides so many possible links as to why this might be. It also sheds light on many other health problems that have cropped up over the years. Beyond how we ate, how well we were physically & mentally nurtured can also have a direct effect on our health & which diseases we may be more prone to having later in life. How well fed or not our grandfathers & grandmothers were can either increase our likelihood of good health or decrease it. Hint, being well fed at conception isn't always a good thing.
The author also touches on the microbiome & how what we feed it it aka what we eat, can either improve our microbiome or harm it. For example, fast food diets cause a massive decrease in the diversity of the species that live in our guts. When we consume a more diverse & healthy organic whole foods diet, we increase the diversity of the species that live in our guts which in turn, improves our health. There are more in depth books available specifically about the microbiome. My favorite is Gut by Julia Enders.
The author also links many chemicals with our current health crisis. From chemicals used to grow our foods, to chemicals around our homes, & beyond.
As a owner of a full time small organic family farm, I find this book inline with my own belief system regarding how important it is to avoid many chemicals, eat nourishing whole foods, & to move ones body regularly. It also explains why even when following a healthy lifestyle, we cannot always avoid illness if our parents & grandparents didn't have ideal living conditions for their offspring.
The number one takeaway that everyone should know at this point is that we need to eat a real wholesome whole foods diet with little to no added sugars. Fresh fruits & veggies, grass fed, free range meats, whole grains, etc. & avoid processed "foods" at all costs.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about their own health, the health of their future children, or is looking for answers to their own health problems.
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