Top 10 Facts About the Human Body (Part 2)

The human body continues to inspire and amaze even the most advanced medical experts in the world. It is a powerful mechanical device, a walking chemistry kit and a regenerating biological phenomenon. The best doctors on the planet are often dumbfounded by everything from the brain and vital organs to reproduction and death. If you were mind-blown by 10 Incredible Facts about the Human Body – you might want to sit down for part 2!

Number Five: Everyone Has a Unique Scent, Except For Identical Twins. Newborn babies can recognize the scent of their mothers and many of us could identify the smell of our spouses in dark room – human chemistry natural emits a compelling smell. While a part of that smell is determined by genetics, it’s also largely due to the environment, nutrition and personal hygiene products. If you’re an identical twin, you share that smell with your sibling!

Number Four: Humans Are Taller in the Morning and Shorter in the Evening. Every day, the cartilage between our bones is compressed by standing, sitting and moving around, making us 1 cm shorter at the end of the day than at the beginning.

Number Three: Each Step You Take Uses 200 Muscles. The average person takes about 10,000 steps per day. Depending on how the muscle groups are divided, taking just one of those steps requires approximately 200 muscles to fire. Further, your feet account for a quarter of all the bones in your body – that’s 52 bones out about 200.

Number Two: The Eye Is the Second Most Complex Organ in The Body. Your eyes are busy. Not only are they composed of more than 2 million operational parts, those parts can process 36,000 messages every hour. This system of processing messages involves complicated pathways and mechanisms but also structures like the retina, iris, pupil, lens, cornea, and optic nerves. These parts have to be assembled perfectly for our vision to function properly.

Number One: Your Heart Will Pump One Million Barrels of Blood During Your Lifetime. That’s enough to fill more than three supertankers. To put that in perspective, a kitchen faucet would have to be fully turned on for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime. The heart pumps blood to trillions of cells and in fact, the corneas are the only part of your body that doesn’t receive a blood supply. The classic advice still rings true – a balanced diet, exercise and a low-stress lifestyle will keep your ticker healthy and strong.