Amazing facts about the human body and why you should show it a little more TLC

We all know that our bodies are amazing and can do great things. From child bearing to our ability to be great long-distance runners, our bodies can perform some pretty great feats. It’s important to remember, the more we care for our bodies, the more our bodies are able to care for us.

Fact #1: Human teeth are of comparable strength to shark teeth.

According to Science101 , human teeth are very similar to shark teeth because the enamel layer on the the shark teeth is very similar to the enamel layer on human teeth, despite shark teeth being made of a somewhat harder material (Science101, 2022).

Fact #2: Muscle is more efficient at burning calories than fat.

In an article by Livestrong.com entitled “Is it a myth that Muscle burns more calories than fat?” (Stan Mack,2022), the author, Stan Mack, goes over the mechanics behind how our bodies burn more calories with higher muscle content than higher fat content. If you’re interested, I encourage you to click on the link above and learn about the science behind burning those calories.

Fact #3: Quitting smoking can add as much as 10 years to your life.

We all know that smoking is not good for us. But, it can be a habit that is extremely difficult to quit. I was a smoker. I have been a non-smoker now for almost 2 years. Below, I will share some facts from the American Cancer Society about the affects that quitting smoking has on your body and how quickly you begin to recover afterwards.

  • 20 minutes after quitting – your heart rate and blood pressure drop
  • A few days after quitting – the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting – your circulation improves and your lung function increases
  • 1 to 12 months after quitting – Coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Tiny hair like structures that move mucus out of the lungs start to regain normal function. This cleans the lungs and reduces the risk of infection
  • 1 to 2 years after quitting – your risk of heart attack drops dramatically
  • 10 years after quitting – your risk of lung cancer drops to half of that of someone who is still smoking
  • Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces your chance of dying by a smoking related disease by about 90%

If you would like to read further into the article about quitting smoking and the affects this can have on your body and your life, I will add in the link. Health Benefits of quitting smoking over time (American Cancer Society, 2020)

Fact #4: Your sense of smell can take you back in time, kind of.

According to an article on “Women’s Day”, the area of our brain that is responsible for our sense of smell is also located within a little area of our brain known as the limbic system. The limbic system is also the part of our brain that is responsible for emotions and memories. So, a scent from a departed loved one can trigger not only an emotion but a memory as well.

If you’d like to read more of this amazing article regarding more of our bodies amazing abilities, I will drop the link here for you. 9 Bizarre things our bodies can do (Montell, 2016).

Fact #5: Your skin can glow in the dark.

Japanese scientists were the first the discover this curious oddity where humans are concerned. With the use of highly-sensitive cameras, they were able to discover that humans give off a small amount of light from certain areas of the skin sort of like fireflies do.

If you’d like to read more about this phenomenon, you can go to http://readersdigest.com.

There are so many amazing and fascinating things that our bodies can do. We have the amazing ability to do a vast number of things and be able to live in varied climates around the world. Our bodies are amazing and deserve to be celebrated in all of their many facets and quirks!

Remember to show yourself and your body some love and care daily!

You are worthy of love and affection, you are capable of great things. Don’t ever give up on you!!

Thank you to all of my wonderful readers and subscribers for reading! I greatly appreciate each and every one of you!! You are all amazing and wonderful!

God bless, everyone!

References:

50 facts about the human body that are absolutely mind blowing“. (2022). Science 101. Retrieved April 25, 2022 from https://www.science101.com

Is it a myth that muscle burns more calories than fat?” (2022). Stan Mack. Retrieved April 25, 2022 from http://www.Livestrong.com

Health benefits of quitting smoking over time.” (2020). American Caner Society. Retrieved April 25, 2022 from https://www.cancer.org

9 Bizarre things our bodies can do.” (2016). Women’s Day. Retrieved April 25, 2022 from https://www.womensday.com

27 Amazing things your body can do.” (Unknown). Reader’s Digest. Retrieved April 25, 2022 from https://readersdigest.com

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