The Importance of Nutrients for Optimal Health

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The Importance of Nutrients for Optimal Health | July 16 2013 | The importance of nutrients in our daily diets and the effects that can occur from poor dietary intakes. A three day dietary intake study of Patricia Martineau. | SCI/220 Instructor: Amber Carpe | A balance of nutrients is important to maintain optimal health and energy levels. Scientific studies have clarified that taking a nutritional approach, and controlling the intake of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins can decrease health risks associated with one’s dietary intake. A staggering increase in diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other medical conditions has lead medical professionals to recognize that controlled diets can help restore ideal health and lower the…show more content…
In order to properly balance my diet, I believe I need to eat small meals more frequently. I should consume more foods containing carbohydrates such as potatoes, milk, cheese, nuts and beans. Grains and pasta are also high in carbohydrates. According to my plate chart, I need to consume a lot more vegetables, fruits, and dairy products; however the macronutrient distribution report states that I am at an average of 50% of my carbohydrate intake, 20% of protein intake and 31% of total fat intake. Perhaps I need to consume little more meat products to higher my protein intake. The importance of macronutrient intake is vital for the growth and metabolism within our body. Macronutrient are nutrients that are needed in large amounts and the effects of too much or too little macronutrients can range from not having enough energy, since carbohydrates are the main source of fuel and are used for energy, to central nervous system and intestinal health problems if there is a lack of macronutrients. In order for our organs to function properly, macronutrients such as protein are needed for growth, tissue repair, immune function, for the development of essential hormones and enzymes, and for energy when carbohydrates are not available. Too little protein can result in the development of Alopecia (hair loss) or dermatitis due to changes in pigmentation of the skin. The effects associated with an insufficient intake of carbohydrates can result in feeling fatigue or lack of
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