Many people believe that if they can teach their children the proper way to eat, then it doesn’t matter if they themselves are unhealthy. This “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude that many people have is not only leading to obesity and cancer epidemics but also hurting our future population. The article, “What You Eat Affects You, Your Kids and Your Grandkids” explains the effects of Epigenetics, which “refers to the idea that even if genes themselves aren’t altered, how they function can change.” (Nixon, 2010) In the article they go on about the lasting generational effects of Omega-6 fatty acids, which usually wouldn’t be harmful if combined with a balance of Omega 3 fatty acids, however the average American diet is vastly off ration. Omega-6 is found in things like mayo, many oils, and animal proteins A proper balance is 2:1, but most Americans consume somewhere close to 30:1 omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. Eating fast food, processed foods, and all the rest of the toxic crap effects more then just yourself. These genetic changes can last up to 7 generations! Eating whole foods such as daikon, radish, and broccoli can offset this problem, as well as other other things such as aging.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Okinawa, Japan has the most people over the age of one hundred years old. (Belic, 2011) Scientists have been trying to figure out what makes the population of Okinawa inherently so happy and healthy. These people are farmers, living on mostly home grown vegetables and rice, which is most likely creating a pool of people with genetic makeup that is fighting the effects of cancer, aging, disease, and stroke. Notice I said they are not only healthy, they are happier too. Living in close nit communities, they receive ample social interaction while boosting their serotonin with moderate exercise and proper nutrition.
Life comes full circle, it has no beginning no end. What came before, is today, and what is today creates tomorrow. Looking in a mirror, you cannot tell the difference that age has made from one second to the next, you cannot say exactly what moment it was you grew up. And so goes conception, because even before a woman gets pregnant, the way the parents have taken care of thier bodies will effect thier children, and their children too. In America, and any other Americanized cultures, we need to rethink the way we see food. It is not a commodity, it is not a product. Also, we need to rethink the way we see life. Health is not something you just pick up on a whim because you have a beach vacation coming up or a race to run. It is more then the food we eat, it is the way we think, the friends we keep, and how we interact with the world around us. Because, whether we want it to or not, the world is interacting with us, our minds and our bodies. We can deny it till we’re fat, sick and nearly dead, but there it is, constantly changing with our lifestyle patterns. If you eat dead food, if you live a dead life, if you think dead thoughts, you get death. Its as simple as that.
Nixon, Robin (2010) What you Eat Affects You, Your Kids, and Your Grandkids. Live Science http://www.livescience.com/6370-eat-affects-kids-grandkids.html
Belic, Roko. (2011) Happy (Film) Wadi Run Films, Inc.