Learn about some interesting, fun and even some downright mind-boggling facts about the human body in this guide.
Keep reading to learn more.
How much do you know about the human body?
There’s more to your body than you know.
A lot more.
That said, there’s nothing wrong with not knowing all of the interesting and fun facts about the human body though, especially when you take into account the fact that some of things are practically invisible (like #5)!
On that note, this guide on the interesting and fun facts about the human body will help you learn at least a bit more about the fascinating world of the human body (and can even help you improve your health).
Let’s dive in to the interesting and fun facts about the human body!
10 yawns a day
How many times do you think you yawn in a day? How about the number of times you will yawn over the course of your life? Here’s the answer, you’ll yawn around 250,000 times over the course of your life.
That might sound like a lot, but it averages to about 10 yawns a day for someone who lives till 70. Seeing how we are living longer and longer these days, it adds up to even less per day. So yes, we do yawn a lot, but maybe not as much as you think.
You aren’t born with kneecaps!
Ok, that statement isn’t entirely accurate but here’s the thing: when we are born we don’t have kneecaps like we do as adults. What we have in its place are bits of cartilage.
These bits of cartilage then, over time as we grow older, become the bones which form our kneecaps.
You can’t swallow and breathe at the same time
Did you know that you cannot breathe and swallow at the same time? Try it for yourself if you don’t believe this: start breathing and then swallow. What you will notice is that your breathing automatically stops when you swallow anything.
The same thing happens when you try to eat or drink something: your breathing stops.
This happens because both air and food/water travel down the same part of our throat, so our brain makes the executive decision to stop one while the other goes through. It’s like a one-way street, regulated automatically by our brains. This is why simultaneous breathing and swallowing isn’t something you can normally do.
Fake smile can hurt!
Fake it till you make it is a popular proverb, and it can be useful in many parts of our lives. But not when it comes to happiness. This is based on the findings of a 2011 study published in the Academy of Management Journal which found that participants who put on a smile for show might actually feel worse later.
Suppressing emotions and negative thoughts, as it turns out, doesn’t really work. A better option is to deal with the emotion or thoughts in order to get rid of it at the root. Practices like meditation and mindfulness can help with that, as can journaling and gratitude.
Freaky fact about your face
Okay, this fifth fact about your body is a bit freaky so brace yourself (or feel free to skip to the next one if you are squimish).
Then here you go: your face is full of mites! Yes, mites!
It seems unbelievable since we can’t see any such thing, but they are there. The reason we can’t see them is because they are microscopic, according to the BBC.
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The Ice-Iron connection
Here’s an interesting fact about your body and iron deficiency: you can usually tell if someone is lacking iron by their tendency to crunch on ice! If you or someone you know has a habit of chewing on the ice while or after drinking their soda, it is very likely because your body is urging you to cool the inflammation in your mouth that’s caused by a lack of iron in your system (Mayo Clinic).
If you notice this tendency, getting yourself tested for iron deficiency can be a good idea, so have a chat with your doctor.
Trillions of microorganisms live on and in you
You are never truly alone, even when you think you are, because on and in you lives trillions of microorganisms. Yes you read that right, you have living on and in you not thousands or even millions of microorganisms, but trillions!
This is because microbes form about 90 percent of the cells in your body!
So as it turns out, we are never truly alone, even when we are, and microbes are far more important than you might think.
Hair growth and ethnicity
How fast or slow your hair grows is not the same for everyone. Based on your ancestors and where you are from, your hair might grow faster than others, like how people of Asian origin have faster hair growth than people of other ethnicities. So if you’re Asian, turns out you have bit of an advantage over others when it comes to hair growth (based on a research published in the International Journal of Dermatology).
If you’re not however, that’s ok too because in general our hair grows about six inches in a year, which is still quite a bit of hair! Fascinating isn’t it, how just based on the part of the world you are from your body can behave differently…
How to be your tallest self
Did you know that there’s a certain time of the day when you are at your tallest? Because you are, and that time is in the morning. This is because during the day our spines get compressed (very likely because of gravity).
In contrast, when you wake up after a night’s sleep your spine has had time to decompress which means your spine is at its full length after waking up. So if you want to measure yourself at your tallest height, do it first thing after waking up!
Sleeping in the cold is good for slimming
Want to make it easy for yourself to lose weight? Then sleep in a colder room! A research at the Commonwealth University found that when participants slept in room with a temperature of 66 degrees fahrenheit (18.89 degrees celsius) for a month, their ability to burn fat went up by as much as 10 percent!
That is impressive, and great news for anyone who wants to lose weight. But that’s not the only way cold temperatures can help you – it can even help boost your immune system and help you become healthier and even overcome existing health problems! Utilising the power of cold helped people with rheumatoid arthritis climb one of the tallest mountains in the world in a fraction of the time healthy veteran climbers do!
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Learning more about our bodies is not just interesting, it can also help us improve our health and wellbeing (like how knowing fact #10 can help you lose weight and even improve your overall health). So keep learning, and keep growing.
Which of these interesting and fun facts about the human body was most interesting for you? Do you have any interesting and fun facts about the human body of your own to share?
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Happy Friday, and a very happy new year!
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