This message is for future dads too!
For those of you that realize you have the opportunity to do a little planning and a little body-work prior to conception, consider yourself fortunate! For others, you may start thinking about this while you are pregnant, or even breastfeeding. Every little bit, good or bad, has an epigenetic influence. Epigenetics is defined as changes in an organism caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. This means we can up-regulate or down-regulate the expression of certain genes with certain factors. And guess What! A lot of these factors are lifestyle and diet. So many moms out there may not have had the thought or know how to consider this. I don’t believe in living in regret, we do the best we can with the knowledge that we have at the time. But, since we are bombarded with so many insults in this world, anything that we can do ahead of time to be shored-up will help with resilience and possibly even avoidance of a future health-related issue for your baby and yourself.
Planning for Mint Condition
- Minimizing exposure to toxins. Using household cleaning products with a safe ingredient list; see EWG.org for ratings.
- Baton Rouge has very clean water, but nevertheless, getting a good water filter and using this with beverages and cooking can help to reduce exposure to toxins.
- Avoid dry cleaning
- Non-toxic skin care products.
- Eat grass feed beef (FYI- Omega 3 to 6 ratio is 1:1 (good) with grass fed and 1:20 with grain fed (very bad!))
- Pasture raised organic chickens
- Pasture raised organic eggs
- Grass fed yogurt
- Sardines and anchovies
- Avoid high mercury fish
- Fermented cod liver oil
- Fermented foods and beverages
- Probiotics with a variety of strains (at least 10 different) and 25-100 billion per day
- Organic fruits and vegetables
- Unrefined, unfiltered, cold pressed oils from avocados, olives, sesame, coconut, etc
- Avoid plastics; use glass and stainless steel