Evaluate the Importance of Homeostasis in Maintaing the Healthy Functioning of the Body Essay
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The glucose in your blood (also known as blood sugar, and another form of carbohydrate in your body) can sometimes be used as an energy source to make ATP, but it’s not the most ideal choice.
During exercise your body prefers to maintain your blood glucose levels by several different actions rather than use it for energy.
Actions such as increased levels of epinephrine, glucagon and cortisol that get released in your body during exercise act to maintain your blood glucose levels through special pathways in the liver and also encourage your muscles to use more glucose (which is good because you can keep working out!).
Sometimes though, if you fail to eat correctly before your workout or have low muscle glycogen levels (because you’re not eating right in the several hours after exercise), you may experience drops in your blood glucose levels that make you feel tired, shaky, cold, irritable and unable to exercise any longer.
Some of the key factors that dictate if your blood sugars will crash or not include:
the timing of your last meal before your workout (when) the composition of your last meal before your workout (what) how your body responded to food you ate before your workout (how) when and what you ate in the hours following your last workout
If you wait too long after your last meal or snack to exercise, you’re more likely to experience drops in your blood sugar levels because they’re already on the decline and require food to be maintained. This results in a major drop in exercise performance.
Two of the major functions of the respiratory system (the lungs and the tubes through which air pass into and out of the body) are to:
1. Provide oxygen (O2) to the tissues of body via the lungs
2. Eliminate carbon dioxide (CO2) from the tissues of