Hunger And Hunger Essay

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Hunger and appetite are the two factors that drive our desire to eat. Hunger is the physiological drive to find and eat food. It is controlled primarily by internal body mechanisms, such as organs, hormones, hormone like factors, and the nervous system. Appetite is the psychological drive to eat. Appetite is affected mostly by external factors that encourage us to eat, such as social custom, time of day, mood, memories of pleasant tastes, and the sight of foods (Wardlaw’s perspective, 326). I live in a sorority house with 40+ other girls so who I eat my meals with varies greatly. Everyone is busy with their own schedules so I eat meals alone every once and a while and I also eat meals with 40 other people. Living in the sorority can make it…show more content…
As sodium accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels (Harvard, 2016) .” Much of my sodium intake came from goldfish crackers, roasted turkey, bagels, and corn with butter and salt. I could reduce my sodium intake by eating food with reduced sodium. Another way I could reduce sodium in my diet is to swap out salty snacks such as crackers with fruits and vegetables. Vitamins are essential, organic substances needed in small amounts. Vitamins are not a source of energy but they do aid in energy metabolism as well as in the growth, development, and maintenance of body tissues (Wardlaw’s perspective, 404). I currently do not take any vitamins or other supplements, but because I was low in consumption of calcium, potassium, and magnesium vitamins or supplements could be an option to get the adequate amount of nutrients in my diet. Calories consumed in the diet that do not contain any nutrients are called empty Hanson 2…show more content…
Osteoporosis is a terminal condition where the patient’s bones are very weak and brittle. The bones often times become so brittle that a fall or even mild movements such as coughing can cause bone fractures or breaks. There are dietary factors that can make a person more susceptible to osteoporosis. Low calcium intake, eating disorders, and gastrointestinal surgery can cause osteoporosis. A sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to osteoporosis. High sodium intake can also lead to osteoporosis. According to Harvard University’s School of Public Health, “The amount of calcium that your body loses via urination increases with the amount of salt you eat. If calcium is in short supply in the blood, it can be leached out of the bones. So, a diet high in sodium could have an additional unwanted effect—the bone-thinning disease known as osteoporosis (Harvard, 2016).” To help prevent osteoporosis I need to start exercising more, increase my calcium intake, and decrease my sodium intake. Vitamins could be useful in order to be sure I am meeting my calcium needs without having to track my daily intakes. I also need to increase my intake of calcium rich foods such as cheese, almonds, and broccoli. Eating reduced sodium foods can help me reduce my sodium intake. My BMI is 20.8 which is healthy for my height and weight. My estimated

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