Men Who Want A Smarter Child May Have To Do This One Thing!
By Dr. Ryan Funk, Dr.TCM, FABORM on Thu, May 24 2018
We're always looking for the "magic bullet" when trying to find solutions. This is true with all health issues such as losing weight, gaining muscle, living without pain, and improving our intelligence. A recent study has just seen a correlation between this one habit that can improve their children's IQ! Although I believe many things influence the health of our offspring this one habit surprised me in that it could offer a cognitive benefit to the next generation.
The study was only done on mice but it showed that male mice who exercised regularly had smarter offspring. The mice who were sedentary showed a decrease in their children's IQ. I know about the importance of exercise for both men and women. I have even blogged about it previously discussing how men who are overweight have reduced fertility.
It's well known that exercise does help both men and women in many ways. Not only does exercise improve your fertility but when combined with cognitive training it can help lower the risk of other diseases such as Alzheimer's. Studies are also pointing towards how exercise changes how our genes work. These genes can be "turned" on or off and then passed along to our children. The process of genes turning off or on is known as epigenetics.
If you are trying to create a healthy family, there are so many things you can do to not only improve your chances of conception but also improve your health. Diet, exercise, sleep quality and lifestyle will all influence our health and fertility. Making changes in these areas can influence your epigenetics and possibly the health of your children as pointed out in the study mentioned above.
Our patients here at Acubalance get training in these areas of their health along with regular treatments following Chinese Medicine principles. This may include acupuncture, herbal medicine and in some cases naturopathic care. If you are looking to improve your fertility you have the power to make a positive change. To learn more about the Acubalance approach please call to set up a free 15-minute phone Q&A or read through our website for more information on what we do for male fertility.
Best of Health
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine
Fellow of the ABORM