Have you ever thought about what all goes on inside the amazing body you are living in?
For instance, your heart weighs about 300 grams (10.5 ounces or 0.66 pounds) and it pumps approximately 5000 mL (5 liters) of blood per minute when you are resting!!! This is called normal cardiac output. Your heart can fit into the palm of your hand.
Blood vessels are arteries, veins and capillaries. The average child has 60, 000 miles of blood vessels and the average adult has 100,000 miles! Dr Mercola says “When you gain a pound of fat, your body makes seven new miles of blood vessels. This means your body must work harder to pump blood through all of these extra new vessels, which may put a strain on your heart, and may reduce oxygenation and nutrient replenishment in other tissues. Fortunately, if you lose a pound, your body will break down and re-absorb the now unnecessary vessels.”
Here are some fun facts I pulled from several different sites-
- Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour.
- The average human drinks about 16,000 gallons of water in his or her lifetime
- A human sneeze creates a blast of air that can be moving more than 100 miles per hour
- The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (And the tongue only weighs two ounces!!)
- Your lungs need a lot of breathing room. The total surface area of the lungs is approximately equal to the size of a tennis court.
- The human brain cells can hold between 3 and 1000 Terabytes of information. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes.
- The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.
- During the lifetime of a person – he will grow around 950 kilometers (590 miles) of hair!
- Humans, Primates and Koalas are the only creatures in nature with fingerprints.
- You thought the brain is a gray dull organ, as seen on television? you would be surprised to know that its mostly water. about 80% of our brain tissue is liquid. So next time you’re on the verge of dehydration – keep drinking so you won’t make your brain dry. ( )
How about your 45 miles of nerves?? No wonder we get tired… SO many miles to travel in one day! Yet, our body does this NONSTOP without us telling it to go or stop. God designed our body to have a cruise button – and he has the choice of letting the cruise stay on or deciding when our last day on earth will be.
Our Creator also gave US a choice- will we choose to take care of these amazing bodies or will we allow junk food, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sugar etc. to break our body down faster than He intended it?
If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with all this information (just a fraction of what I could share!), please sit down on a chair, close your eyes and take a deep breath in slow – then let it out slow. You are an amazing piece of God’s handiwork- He created you with unique fingerprints that only you have! So many little details. You are highly blessed! Don’t take your Amazing Body for granted!
Keep smiling ~ Coach Shannon 😀