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Mother’s Nutrition **Before Pregnancy** May Alter Function of Her Children’s Genes

Epigenetics: Mother’s Nutrition **Before Pregnancy** May Alter Function of Her Children’s Genes

We’ve read a lot recently about how as a woman, your health means so much more than just being healthy for yourself. It’s about what you are going to pass on to your children. Not only does this mean that what you eat may be changing your DNA. Imagine that. You are not passing on the healthy genes your grandparents passed onto their children, because your eating habits are actually changing your DNA. A New Scientist article recently quoted a study that was done on rats. It showed how specific supplements injected into pregnant rats alter the DNA expression of their children. So too does injection of specific supplements change their behavior. You’ve probably seen some of this in your children with food coloring, etc.Back in your school biology class all of you probably learned that DNA is your genetic code. In other words it’s the cellular instructions to make proteins. When our DNA is damaged, we subject ourselves to numerous health problems. Our cells become inhibited in producing what our bodies need and our bodies become challenged in re-growing healthy cells.That being said, have you ever heard of Pottenger’s cats? O

ne particular question that Pottenger addressed in his study had to do with the nutritive value of heat-labile elements — nutrients destroyed by heat and available only in raw foods. Dr. Pottenger then devised a series of controlled experiments along with Dr. Alvin Foord, a professor of pathology at the University of Southern California and pathologist at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. In the first experiment, the cats were divided into two groups. A control group of cats was fed a raw food diet composed of raw meat, raw milk, and cod liver oil. A second group was fed a diet composed of cooked meat and processed milk (CFD) plus the cod liver oil. <br></br>The 1st through 4th generation of Pottenger’s cats were great, happy, lots of great little kittens. There was no 4th generation of CFD cats. No CFD cats of the 3rd generation could give birth to healthy offspring. Either the third generation parents were sterile or the fourth generation cats died before birth.

So what do you think now that we have given birth to the third or fourth generation of kids eating processed foods… what do you think we’ve done to them? These cats developed diseases and illnesses near the end of their lives. Then the third generation of cats began manifesting unhealthy conditions in the beginning of their lives and many died before six months of age. Like I said, there was no 4th generation of CFD cats. A really great article on the these bad bio-franken-created foods is here – http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/food-how-altered/When you switch over to a healthier lifestyle you will be moving to a mostly unprocessed style of eating, and you need to focus on organics when you use anything processed at all. Processed foods almost always mean genetically modified. Never forget that altering the DNA of your food directly affects the human or animal’s DNA that eats it. I love using the whole food capsules as a natural supplement, and then working with your doctor to get the added needed prenatal supplementation (keeping in mind talking about the folate vs folic needs for your personal genetics)

Sometimes a good complete protein shake can be helpful especially when you are busy, you may not be getting enough nutrients on the go. Pregnancy and work or motherhood can be taxing, right?