Reflection For The Nutritional Value Of A Healthy Life

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Food is such an important component of a healthy life. Variety and balance in one’s diet is a key component for a healthy lifestyle and nutrition. With the completion of my 3-day food analysis, I noticed a low caloric intake –approximately 500 calories lower than my basal metabolic rate. The basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy need for your body to function, based on your age, activity level, and the nutritional value of the foods you consume. In increase my overall caloric intake, I added granola to my yogurt in the mornings but I failed to add more quinoa and avocado to my diet. Upon analyzing my source of calories based on the dietary reference intakes, my consumption of protein, carbohydrates, and fats all fell in medium …show more content…

In order to maintain bone health, vitamin D helps regulate the use of calcium and phosphorus levels. In the remodeling of bone osteoclats, break down old bone and osteoblasts then come in and lay down a new bone matrix, which increases the bone’s density. Calcium and phosphorus attach to newly formed bone matrix made of osteocalcin, which is produced with the aid of vitamin D and vitamin K. The formation of hydroxyappitie, only possible with vitamin D, gives strength and structured to bones. With little intake of vitamin D, the absorption of calcium and phosphorus level significantly lowers in the small intestine. As a result, bone’s lack necessary amounts of calcium, causing them to become brittle. Poor, brittle bones then leads to osteoporosis, which begins around the age of 40 due to the breakdown of bone by osteoclasts exceeding the building process of bone by osteoblasts. The highest bone build up possible is during the first 30 years of one’s life, therefore being only 20, I need to maintain proper vitamin D levels in order to have the highest absorption of calcium and phosphorus from my daily food consumption (Blake pg. 240-242, 300-305). Also as a female, I have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis due to the loss of estrogen after I finish menopause. According to my week nutritional analysis, I had the ideal amount of calcium and phosphorus in my diet. As a result, I am less worried about developing

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