8 Curious Facts About Lungs
Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious lung condition that causes scarring of the lung tissue, which results in severe breathing difficulty among patients. Breathing is the most important thing your body does; without it, you simply can not live. It’s something you do without even thinking unless you suffer from a lung condition that makes your breathing a difficult task. But there’s more to learn about the body, the respiratory system, and the lungs.
Here’s a list of some curious facts about the lungs that are worth taking a look at (source: Lung Institute website):
1. A person usually breathes an average of 13 pints of air every minute.
2. Lungs aren’t necessarily the same size; to accommodate the heart, the right lung is larger than the left lung (in human beings).
3. Lungs float on water! It’s not something everyone knows, but actually, these are the only organs in the human body that are capable of floating on water.
4. What do lungs and a tennis court have in common? Their size! It seems pretty impossible, but if the lungs were open flat, they would be so big that they would cover the size of a tennis court!
5. Even though we usually associate breathing with oxygen, we actually need very little. Air has 21% oxygen, yet the body only needs 5%. The rest is expelled when exhaling.
6. 70% of waste is eliminated through your lungs just by simply breathing.
7. Children and women are faster breathers than men since their breathing rate is higher.
8. Humans exhale up to 17.5 milliliters of water per hour.
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