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Learn how to live a healthy life and leave a legacy of wellness by looking both to the past and to the future. You Are What Your Grandparents Ate takes conventional wisdom about the origins of chronic disease and turns it upside down. Rooted in the work of the late epidemiologist Dr. David Barker, it highlights the exciting research showing that heredity involves much more Learn how to live a healthy life and leave a legacy of wellness by looking both to the past and to the future. You Are What Your Grandparents Ate takes conventional wisdom about the origins of chronic disease and turns it upside down. Rooted in the work of the late epidemiologist Dr. David Barker, it highlights the exciting research showing that heredity involves much more than the genes your parents passed on to you. Thanks to the relatively new science of epigenetics, we now know that the experiences of previous generations may show up in your health and well-being. Many of the risks for chronic diseases -- including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and dementia -- can be traced back to your first 1,000 days of existence, from the moment you were conceived. The roots of these vulnerabilities may extend back even further, to experiences your parents and grandparents had -- and perhaps even beyond. Similarly, what happens to you will affect your children and grandchildren. That's why it's so important to make good dietary choices, get a suitable amount of exercise and be cautious about exposure to toxins. Positive lifestyle changes have been shown to spark epigenetic adjustments that can lead to better health, not only for yourself, your offspring and their children, but also for generations to come. This book makes hard science accessible. It is a call to action for social as well as personal change, delivering the message that by changing our own health, we can also influence the future of the world.


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Learn how to live a healthy life and leave a legacy of wellness by looking both to the past and to the future. You Are What Your Grandparents Ate takes conventional wisdom about the origins of chronic disease and turns it upside down. Rooted in the work of the late epidemiologist Dr. David Barker, it highlights the exciting research showing that heredity involves much more Learn how to live a healthy life and leave a legacy of wellness by looking both to the past and to the future. You Are What Your Grandparents Ate takes conventional wisdom about the origins of chronic disease and turns it upside down. Rooted in the work of the late epidemiologist Dr. David Barker, it highlights the exciting research showing that heredity involves much more than the genes your parents passed on to you. Thanks to the relatively new science of epigenetics, we now know that the experiences of previous generations may show up in your health and well-being. Many of the risks for chronic diseases -- including obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and dementia -- can be traced back to your first 1,000 days of existence, from the moment you were conceived. The roots of these vulnerabilities may extend back even further, to experiences your parents and grandparents had -- and perhaps even beyond. Similarly, what happens to you will affect your children and grandchildren. That's why it's so important to make good dietary choices, get a suitable amount of exercise and be cautious about exposure to toxins. Positive lifestyle changes have been shown to spark epigenetic adjustments that can lead to better health, not only for yourself, your offspring and their children, but also for generations to come. This book makes hard science accessible. It is a call to action for social as well as personal change, delivering the message that by changing our own health, we can also influence the future of the world.

30 review for You Are What Your Grandparents Ate: What You Need to Know about Nutrition, Experience, Epigenetics and the Origins of Chronic Disease

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book explained how nutrition (or lack thereof) and toxic exposures in our parents and grandparents can affect our health. The first part of the book talked about epigenetics and how population studies have shown how you may be more likely to have a disease due to things that happened when you were in the womb or before that to your parents or even your grandparents. The author also talked about how nutrition, exercise, and stress can change your likelihood of getting a disease even if your This book explained how nutrition (or lack thereof) and toxic exposures in our parents and grandparents can affect our health. The first part of the book talked about epigenetics and how population studies have shown how you may be more likely to have a disease due to things that happened when you were in the womb or before that to your parents or even your grandparents. The author also talked about how nutrition, exercise, and stress can change your likelihood of getting a disease even if your genetics are predisposed toward that disease. She gave specific advice for pregnant women, babies, adolescence, and adults. She also provided advice for common disease (cancer, heart disease, etc.). I found the information interesting. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone concerned about (or interested in) how their genetics might put them at higher risk for certain diseases. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kitten Kisser

    Nourish & Nurture For Future Generations If you are interested in doing all that you can to have a healthy child & grandchildren, read this book as soon as you can. For me, it is probably too late. I've been trying to have children & have never been able to conceive. Reading this book provides so many possible links as to why this might be. It also sheds light on many other health problems that have cropped up over the years. Beyond how we ate, how well we were physically & mentally nurtured can Nourish & Nurture For Future Generations If you are interested in doing all that you can to have a healthy child & grandchildren, read this book as soon as you can. For me, it is probably too late. I've been trying to have children & have never been able to conceive. Reading this book provides so many possible links as to why this might be. It also sheds light on many other health problems that have cropped up over the years. Beyond how we ate, how well we were physically & mentally nurtured can also have a direct effect on our health & which diseases we may be more prone to having later in life. How well fed or not our grandfathers & grandmothers were can either increase our likelihood of good health or decrease it. Hint, being well fed at conception isn't always a good thing. The author also touches on the microbiome & how what we feed it it aka what we eat, can either improve our microbiome or harm it. For example, fast food diets cause a massive decrease in the diversity of the species that live in our guts. When we consume a more diverse & healthy organic whole foods diet, we increase the diversity of the species that live in our guts which in turn, improves our health. There are more in depth books available specifically about the microbiome. My favorite is 'Gut' by Julia Enders. The author also links many chemicals with our current health crisis. From chemicals used to grow our foods, to chemicals around our homes, & beyond. As a owner of a full time small organic family farm, I find this book inline with my own belief system regarding how important it is to avoid many chemicals, eat nourishing whole foods, & to move ones body regularly. It also explains why even when following a healthy lifestyle, we cannot always avoid illness if our parents & grandparents didn't have ideal living conditions for their offspring. The number one takeaway that everyone should know at this point is that we need to eat a real wholesome whole foods diet with little to no added sugars. Fresh fruits & veggies, grass fed, free range meats, whole grains, etc. & avoid processed "foods" at all costs. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about their own health, the health of their future children, or is looking for answers to their own health problems.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James

    The book focused too much on prenatal issues and infant care. I had expected less of that and less granola. The book would have been a better read without so many big green blocks of dietary recommendations. The history and early research parts at the beginning of the book were interesting, especially those concerning the discovery of epigenetics. The rest, not so much. Also, the tone in places was weird - sort of backhanded and catty. I'm not saying science-adjacent books should be dull, but the The book focused too much on prenatal issues and infant care. I had expected less of that and less granola. The book would have been a better read without so many big green blocks of dietary recommendations. The history and early research parts at the beginning of the book were interesting, especially those concerning the discovery of epigenetics. The rest, not so much. Also, the tone in places was weird - sort of backhanded and catty. I'm not saying science-adjacent books should be dull, but the came across as weird sometimes. Overall, wouldn't recommend, except as an additional resource for hipster parents-to-be. It's likely better than reading Gwyneth Paltrow, although can't we have higher standards? Probably next to useless for people not having kids or who have had them already. One positive - the text is incredibly large, so easier to read for people with low-vision.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Did not finish. Don't waste your time. Just a series of sound bites...almost like click bait. The science is there, but buried in the promotion of lifestyle changes. The book design itself was awful. Extremely heavy and almost impossible to hold open. YAG!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Especially relevant for those contemplating a pregnancy.

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