Everyone is familiar with the concept of DNA.
One generation passes theirs onto the next.
Evolution slowly but surely worked out the best way to transfer information across generations.
Now we’ve got different methods; books, video, photos. But when it comes to replicating the population, DNA is still King (and Queen).
Chances are if you’ve heard of DNA, you’ve heard of genes.
“How does she look so good?”
“She must have got good some genes!”
But what are ‘good genes’?
From the sounds of things, most people would think you get your genes, they’re good or bad and that’s that.
Well, that’s partly true. You are born with specific genes but they won’t stay 100% the same throughout your life.
Much like how your bank account fluctuates depending on your spending habits and earnings, your genes with fluctuate with your health.
Let’s say you want your kids to get a big inheritance. You work hard and control your spendings.
Eventually, little Johnny gets a good deal of cash after you pass.
Whether this is good or bad is up for debate.
But the other side of the coin to wealth inheritance is health inheritance.
Just like years of poor spending habits will put a dent in anyones bank account, years of poor health habits will damage your genes.
Now you may not notice the effects immediately. Once formed, the human body is a resilient beast.
But your offspring may not be as lucky.
You know you shouldn’t smoke or drink during pregnancy as it can lead to a deformed baby.
But what about eating a diet lacking Vitamin K2, which is crucial to jaw development?
Vitamin K2 is a fat soluble vitamin which means it’s found in fatty foods (especially eggs).
During the past few decades there has been a trend to go against fatty foods.
Which may explain why so many dentists are driving around in BMW’s. The braces business is booming.
Causation or correlation?
More work has to be done but this is just one example of how food can influence future generations.
Eating well and taking care of your health won’t only mean you’ll look good, it’ll give your future offspring the best chance of growing up attractive and healthy.
Inheriting health is far more important than inheriting wealth.
PS If you’re looking to learn more about nutrition and health, I’ve been loving the book Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan, 11/10.