My DRI Recommendations

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One can’t judge a book by its cover! After comparing my average intake and the recommended DRI consumption of vitamins, minerals, and water an improvement to my diet is crucial.
First, according to my Anatomy and Physiology studies Vitamins are dominant organic compounds needed for growth and good health. For vitamin A, my DRI recommendation is 700μg. I consumed an average intake of 349 μg which is only 49.9% of my DRI. I did not meet my DRI recommendation. This deficiency of vitamin A can cause multiple health risk. For instance, when vitamin A is deficient, the activity of specific immune cells is not stimulated resulting in an increased susceptibility to infection and viruses (Grosvenor & Smolin, 233). So an increase in animal sources,
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Although this is very close to 100% I did not met my DRI recommendation. However, with increase in meats, vegetables, and whole grain like stated before my intake of vitamin B6 would be satisfactory. My average intake of folate is 202 μg. However, my DRI recommendation for folate is 400 μg. In other words, I only met 50.4% of my DRI which clearly shows that I failed to meet the DRI recommendation. Due to Folate deficiency my risk of birth defects and anemia are high. However, by adding oranges, nuts, green beans, and legumes to my diet my risks of anemia condensed. My DRI recommendation for Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is 2.4 μg. My average intake is less than my recommended DRI. My average intake is 1.8 μg only met 75.9% of my DRI. Therefore, I didn’t meet my average intake. Cobalamin is crucial for the production of ATP from certain fatty acids. A deficiency in Vitamin B12 eventually if not treated can cause paralysis and death (Grosvenor & Smolin, 223). So in order for me to reduce the chances of dying and paralysis; an increase in meats, eggs, and dairy product is vital. Nonetheless, for my average intake of Vitamin C, 137.3% of my DRI is met. My average intake is 103mg out of 75mg of my DRI recommendation. This means that I have consumed more than my DRI. Therefore, I need to decrease the amount of Vitamin C consumed. High doses of Vitamin C can cause diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps, and it may also increase the risk of kidney formation (Grosvenor & Smolin, 225). So by decreasing the amount of tropical fruit salads and apple-cranberry juice I would be able to meet my DRI. Yet, based on the UL intake levels set at 2,000mg/day from food and supplements no change should be made (Grosvenor & Smolin,

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