Elements In Your Body

Featuring Phosphorus & Carbon


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Phosphorus Atom Diagram

This diagram shows the amount of electrons in the outer energy levels of the atom and, the amount of neutrons and electrons in the Nucleus.

How Your Body Gets Phosphorus

Phosphorus is actually the second most abundant mineral in your body so, you get it in many ways. You will get phosphorus by eating Proteins and Calcium's along with; Eggs, Poultry, Fish, Whole Grains, Nuts and, Vegetables.

How It Is Used

Phosphorus is almost a silent hero. It does so many things in your body. It combines with Calcium to form Calcium Phosphate, a mineral that builds bones and teeth. It also transports and circulates fats and carbohydrates in your body. Also, it acts in the regulation of metabolism, enzymes and, hormones.

Along with all of those things it helps with the growth and repair of all your cells and tissues and assists to regulate pH balance in some processes. Have you ever heard of ATP? It is what gives all of your cells energy to do the functions that are necessary to your life. Phosphorus is in that process along with DNA and RNA. Hemoglobin is an important Oxygen transporting protein that works in the blood stream. Phosphorous is in the structure of this.

Too Little?

Because it is in so many foods, it is difficult to get deficiencies. If you aren't getting enough chances are you have an absorption disorder like Diabetes or Crohn's. In young children it would cause poor growth of teeth and bones.

Too Much?

If you get too much phosphorous in your body you will have heart and bone problems, along with low blood calcium. Some of your organs and tissues will harden, for example, your heart will harden your arteries, joints, skin and your lungs. Then you will get pains down into your bones and you'll itch.

Too much Phosphorus will also cause PHT (Parathyroid hormone) To be released in large amounts. Causing too much Calcium into your blood and weakening bones.


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Carbon Atom Diagram

This diagram also shows the amount of electrons in the outer energy levels of the atoms and, the amount of neutrons and electrons in the Nucleus.

How Your Body Gets Carbon

Since Carbon is one of the most abundant atoms in every living thing it is in almost every food and drink. As you digest, your body will separate carbon out as needed.

How Your Body Uses Carbon

In cellular respiration your body produces energy through ADP. Carbon is one of the main atoms of this structure. Carbon is also active in charcoal. "It is a highly porous substance, able to bind many harmful substances, and often is used in hospital emergency rooms to treat drug overdoses and chemical poisonings. It is given by mouth to conscious patients, and through a tracheal tube in unconscious patients" -http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/carbon-human-bodies-4307.html

Really, it is used in almost every function of your body.

Too Much?

Since Carbon is so abundant you can't have too much of the atom alone. One example of too much of a carbon compound is Carbon Dioxide. When you have too much Carbon Dioxide your body will have a respiratory failure. Your lungs will get filled with Carbon Dioxide and not get in enough oxygen.

Not Enough?

Again the body doesn't use sole Carbon at all in the body so, if you don't have enough "Carbon" you really just don't have enough of a compound of Carbon. An example again is Carbon Dioxide. "The body will stop breathing, and falling oxygen levels will cause unconsciousness." This is the same thing as Hyperventilating.