Chances are, the human body is more astounding than you may realise. For example, did you know that on average you use around 200 muscles just to take a single step? Or that your body gives off enough heat every 30 minutes to boil a gallon of water?
Because we don’t see the cells in our body reproducing or feel our nerve impulses travelling at speeds of up to 120 mph (this would most likely drive us insane), we sometimes forget what the body actually does whilst we go about our daily lives.
But if you want a better idea of just how astounding your body is, take a look at these amazing facts:
- An adult body consists of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion, yep octillion) atoms.
- The atoms that make up our body are the same atoms that formed during the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.
- Each second, your body produces 25 million new cells.
- You have 10 billion neurons inside your brain, each of which has the capacity to make 7000 connections to other neurons.
- Humans shed enough skin to completely replace the entire outer layer of the body each month.
- Just like we have unique finger prints, we also have a unique tongue print.
- When we are awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a light bulb.
- If uncoiled, the DNA in all the cells in your body would stretch to Pluto and back.
- Your eyes can distinguish between 2.3 and 7.5 million different colours.
- Without your little finger, you would lose up to 50% of your hand strength.
- The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve metal. (The stomach walls constantly renew themselves to protect against this).
- Humans are the only species that produce emotional tears.
The body truly is a remarkable product of evolution. So as you navigate the complexities of everyday life, just think about the extraordinary efforts your body is going to behind the scenes.
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