I speak often as most of you know on the importance of the prenatal period, where everything the mother thinks, eats, responds to is downloaded directly into that precious fetal tissue and then the importance of the first 1000 days and longer that follow birth. I find the partnership idea which is the profound message in our film FEMME Women Healing the World to be supported by science for both men and women.
The co-creation of healthy life is a 50-50 proposition. Please gentlemen, do read this post below from Care2 as this is so important for you to know that your nutrition, your thoughts, all that you do affects your sperm before conception. We are, men and women, partners in the co-creation of life with every breath we take and as we and become with each and every breath there is also new birth, a new beginning and new life on every level imaginable!
by Katherine Martinko, from TreeHugger and shared in Care2.
“A study from McGill University has discovered that a father’s diet prior to conception is just as important as the mother’s when it comes to influencing their child’s health. The study examines vitamin B9, also known as folate, which comes from green leafy vegetables, meats, fruits, and cereals, and is known to reduce the likelihood of miscarriage and birth defects. Pregnant mothers must have good folate levels, but this study has shown that a father’s folate level has a big effect on a child’s health, too. Fathers should make sure they have a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle before trying to conceive a child.
Research was conducted using mice. One group had fathers with insufficient folate in their diets, and the other group had sufficient levels of folate. The offspring whose fathers had insufficient folate had an increased number of birth defects compared to the group with sufficient paternal folate. Dr. Romain Lambrot explained that there was an almost 30 percent increase in birth defects when the fathers had insufficient folate in their diet: “We were very surprised… We saw some pretty severe skeletal abnormalities that included both cranio-facial and spinal deformities.”
The conclusion is that sperm are able to carry a memory of the father’s environment, including his diet and lifestyle choices. This means that if fathers eat high fat, fast food diets or are obese, or if they live in an area of the world with food insecurity where it’s hard to get enough folate in their diets, or if they drink excessively or smoke, all of that information gets passed on to their offspring. Lead researcher, Sarah Kimmins, says:
“Fathers need to think about what they put in their mouths, what they smoke and what they drink and remember they are caretakers of generations to come.”
Her next step will be to collaborate with fertility clinics in hopes of better understanding the links between paternal diet, obesity, and the health of offspring.
I think this is a wonderful and fascinating discovery. Shifting the balance of responsibility for prenatal health so that it’s shared equally between a mother and father will be a big help for women, who already bear the full burden of pregnancy and delivery. Encouraging men to establish healthy lifestyle habits also sets a good example for children once they’re older. Such a discovery is beneficial to the whole family.”
As a Ph.D in nutrition, I also recommend an Omega-3 supplement from New Zealand called MOXXOR to be added to both men, women and children’s daily regime. It is a fish oil alternative which comes from organic, cold extracted greenlip mussels, a bi-valve shell fish. MOXXOR’s marine lipid does not contain the protein or carbohydrate molecules so is usually quite safe for those who have seafood or shell fish allergies. It also does not contain any heavy metals so your OB/GYN will love MOXXOR during pregnancy because of how potent yet so pure all that goes into MOXXOR is in this age of pollution everywhere we turn. I will also add that MOXXOR is a phospholipid.
As always, check with your health care practitioner before adding any supplement to your diet if you are in any doubt. You can read all about MOXXOR and the greenlip mussel here. And remember all this information applies to those who breed animals, as well. The male is just as important as the female to the future health of the generations to come.
Also consider the effect of increased microcirculaton for reproduction and many other issues, by investigating the BEMER device. This is an amazing device for the whole family and our companion animals as well.
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