The human body is a beautiful, wacky, and mysterious machine. Here’s the thing: we live with it, so sometimes it’s easy to forget how amazing things like internal organs, eyes, or even the basic building blocks of life are, right? Here are 10 amazing facts about the human body you didn’t know before and sure to get your brain going.
- Your left and right lungs aren’t exactly the same. The lung on the left side of your body is divided into two lobes while the lung on your right side is divided into three. The left lung is also slightly smaller, allowing room for your heart.
- Human lungs contain almost 1,500 miles of airways and over 300 million alveoli.
- Researchers have shown that exhaled human breath contains a characteristic molecular “fingerprint”. An average person breathes in around 11,000 liters of air every day.
- Your nose and ears continue growing throughout your entire life. The human nose can detect about 1 trillion smells.
- You had more bones at birth. You probably thought that you’ve always had 206 bones in your body but think again! We’re actually born with 300 bones, and some of those bones fuse together as our bodies grow older and taller.
- Teeth are considered part of the skeletal system but are not counted as bones. Oh, by the way, Most children have 20 primary teeth and Adults have 32 teeth.
- There are anywhere between 60,000-100,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If they were taken out and laid end-to-end, they would be long enough to travel around the world more than three times.
- Scientists aren’t exactly sure why we yawn, but it may help regulate body temperature.
- About 60% of your body is made up of water. the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.
- Depending on your beats per minute, your heart beats about 100,000 times a day. That means it sends 2,000 gallons of blood through the body. The highest blood flow isn’t in your heart, liver, or brain. It’s in your kidneys. That’s because kidneys are the body’s natural filtration system.
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