April 23, 2018, 7:43 am
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Your body works... (2)

CONTINUATION of my previous column, reprinted from material unsolicited, anonymous in my cyber Inbox. Too precious to delete. Too fascinating not to share with my readers. 

Next time you think that your body is starting to creak, just think about all the incredible machines that are moving inside it every day, because each of us really is a miracle.

Each red blood cell literally shoots around the body, taking less than 60 seconds to complete a full circuit delivering molecules of oxygen to keep nail, hair, every bit nourished. And if the blood brings 50% carbon monoxide as in the case of smokers, the nails, hair cells, every cell sends a panic nerve message to the heart, “Beat faster, beat harder, you are not sending us enough oxygen.” The smokers’ hearts deliver only 50% oxygen, the rest is harmful carbon monoxide. Smokers who inhale 50% carbon monoxide have very fast heartbeats. Soon the heart muscles develop infarction, dead spots, from panic pumping. 

Each red cell in your body makes 1,440 trips around your body every day, delivering oxygen (or combination oxygen/carbon monoxide in the case of smokers). Each of those concave blood cells lives for about 40 days, before being replaced by a younger model. It’s no surprise their life span is short, having made 60,000 trips around the body, they must be exhausted!

You shed more than one million skin cells every single day, but they are constantly replenished automatically, to save you from turning transparent and becoming rather exposed! Your skin is actually an organ; in fact it’s the largest organ you have with a surface area of 18 square feel (2 square meters). 

Your liver is so busy over the course of a day, it is almost impossible to summarize its activities. It manufactures cholesterol, vitamin D, blood plasma; it identifies the nutrients your body needs, and stores some away for future use; it filters 1.53 quarts (1.43 liters) of blood every minutes and produces a quart (0.94 liters of bile every day to help you break down your food. It recognizes every poison or harmful matter that comes along to hurt or kill you. Basically, you have a factory plant running inside of you every day, which is pretty amazing.

The glands in your mouth produce an incredible 1.5 liters of saliva every day. That’s a lot of dribble! If this didn’t happen, your mouth would dry up and become overrun with bacteria, and you would not be able to digest your food. The normal male’s testicles manufacture an average of 10 million new sperm cells every day. Those that aren’t used age and are eventually broken down inside the body, with any useful nutrients being absorbed and put to use.

Each of your kidneys contains one million tiny filters, renal tubules, glumerulus, that work together to filter an average of 2.2 pints (1.3 liters) of blood every minute—that’s 3,168 pints (1,872 liters) every single day, despite each kidney only being the size of a fist. If that wasn’t enough, they also expel an average of 2.5 pints (1.4 liters) of urine from your body every day too. 

Your body works overtime to digest your food and the process starts before it even hits the mouth. When you smell food, your mouth automatically produces more saliva to prepare the digestive system for work. It takes about 6-8 hours for food to pass through the stomach and two days to complete the digestion process. The average person will eat over 50 tons of food in his or her lifetime, which seems ridiculous.

The most amazing of all, your body cells are regenerating themselves every single day without any prompting. This means you have an entirely new set of taste buds every ten days, new nails every 6-10 months, new bones every ten years and even a new heart every 20 years. Your hair grows about half a millimeter per day, and the average adult with a full scalp has around 100,000 hairs on his head. So that’s a combined 50 meters of hair growth every single day. 

The brain and mouth work together to allow us to speak an average of around 5000 words a day. Well, that’s if you’re a woman, because studies suggest that men only speak 2000 words, yet both sexes utter 500-700 words of real value (i.e., that gets a job done, or provide useful information). This is debatable to the productive, successful women out there.

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Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com
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