Most Interesting Facts on Respiratory System You Didn’t Know About
Before moving into the interesting facts about the respiratory system, let us have a glance about respiration process and respiratory system.
From the time of our birth, we breathe in and out. Every living organism, from a single-celled amoeba to a multi-celled animal undergoes respiration.
Respiration is one of an essential and metabolic process which is carried out by all living organism for their survival. When we run or climb stairs or even after a high-intensity workout, we find ourselves breathing faster which is because our body needs extra energy to perform these activities which are provided by respiration. This results in rapid breathing. Breathing is an integral part of respiration process.
Respiration is the process through which the food we eat is converted into valuable energy. As we all know, every single cell requires energy to perform their functions. Therefore, respiration that takes place at the smallest level of our body is called cellular respiration. We all have developed and complex respiratory system comprising of different organs for breathing in oxygen and breathing out the carbon dioxide. The human respiratory system consists of nose, nasal chambers, pharynx, larynx, epiglottis, trachea, bronchioles, alveoli and lungs.
Here are few interesting facts about the respiratory system.
- Breathing loses lots of water from our body. We lose about 12 oz. of water through respiration.
- Slow breaths help in increasing our lifespan. An average person breathes 20,000 times a day.
- The rate of breathing is faster in children and women than in men.
- Lungs are the major organ of the respiratory system.
- Both the lungs and windpipe work together in supplying oxygen to the tissues and cells of the body.
- The more we breathe, the hungrier we feel and therefore the body becomes acidic. Our appetite depends on our style of breathing.
- During respiration, we inhale a very little amount of oxygen. The composition of oxygen in the air is 21% but our bodies need only 5% of it.
- Breathing through the mouth results in ear infections, tonsillitis, sore throats, and other disorders.
- Inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth disturbs the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide balance in our lungs.
- The right lung is bigger than the left lung and the total size of both the lungs is similar to the size of a tennis court.
- In the breathing process, inhalation is much stronger than the exhalation as the air which we breathe in is filtered in four stage and is followed by our nose. Therefore, it is preferable to inhale and exhale through the nose than from the mouth.
- Why do we yawn? Yawning helps us to breathe more oxygen into our lungs. Our brain sends a message when it senses the shortage of oxygen and this message tricks our sensory system to take a long deep breath or a yawn.
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