Interesting Facts about the Human Body

We’ve got this amazing machine called the human body through which we interact with other humans. Take a moment to think about the weirdness of this… of your body. Weirder still, other people identify and recognize us through this skeleton structured and meat covered system that’s called our body. If you’ve not exactly looked at yourself like this before, and you’re beginning to feel a little weird, then get set, we’re about to weird you out on a whole different level. This post is a compilation of some pretty weird facts about the human body. We’ll be exploring our collective weirdness under three different headings which include food (well, fuel for the machine), sleep (maintenance I suppose), and exercise. These are all significant aspects that contribute to the performance of our body and these weird facts will only help you appreciate how interesting we are as a species. Now, let’s cut to the chase.

 

Food

  • You eat a lot of Wasps: Have you eaten some figs recently? Figs get pollinated by female wasps whose wings get clipped off while still within the fig. This leaves them trapped, killing them within. The dead wasps then get broken down by the figs’ enzymes. You’ll never look at figs the same way again
  • Someone once sold “Tomato Drugs”: There was a time when the public was made to believe that tomatoes had the ability to cure illnesses like jaundice, indigestion and diarrhea. This must have been a pretty good business which crumbled in the 1840s when people were able to actually prove that tomato had no such properties.
  • Potatoes are not what they seem: The content of potatoes can be broken down into 20% solid and 80% water. Don’t ask me to explain that, I don’t understand either

Sleep

  • Kids steal your sleep: Within the first year of raising a new born baby, a good percentage of parents skip between 400 and 800 hours of sleep. Those late night feedings sure take their toll!
  • Sleeping pills may be worsening your insomnia: It may not seem so initially, but some sleeping pills work by suppressing the Rapid Eye Movement part of sleep which is very important. In the long run, this may end up messing with your circadian rhythm, ultimately making the situation worse.
  • Get Sleep or get drunk: After losing sleep for roughly 17 hours, most people display symptoms that are identical to those of someone with a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. For your next high, ditch the bottle, pull an all-nighter instead

Exercise

  • Working out makes you look sharp… as well as stay sharp: Research has shown that the improved blood circulation triggered by exercise is capable of improving brain function by the creation of new brain cells and more brain activity. Work out more, get smarter!
  • Music helps: Listening to some tunes while hitting the gym has been shown to help people have more intense and effective work outs. So next time you’re packing your gym bag, throw in your headsets.

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