By Kristin Yancy
Here at Flygyal we love a good fun fact, and so in the honor of the last few days of summer we’re having just a little bit of fun with today’s health post. Read on for an accumulation of some amazing, unbelievable, and sometimes downright disgusting health and nutrition facts.
1.) It is estimated that an adult unconsciously consumes one pound of insects each year– either from garden produce, poor hygiene in homes and restaurants, or some commercial foods (which are permitted a certain amount of insect fragments by the USDA).
2.) Human hair decays at such a slow rate that it is virtually indestructible. Outside of flammability, hair cannot be destroyed by cold, change of climate, or water, and is resistant to many kinds of acids and corrosive chemicals.
3.) The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
4.) A full bladder is roughly the size of a softball. The bladder can hold anywhere from 400 to 800 cubic centimeters of fluid, but you will usually feel the… um….urge at around 250-300 ccs.
5.) The hardest bone in the body is the jawbone and is very difficult to break. The much more fragile tooth, made of enamel (which is not a living tissue), is the only part of the body that cannot restore itself.
6.) Of the 206 bones in an adult human body, a whopping 52 of these bones are located in the feet.
7.) Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin an hour, which works out to around 1.5 pounds of skin a year, meaning that by age 70 a person will have lost somewhere around 105 pounds of skin in his or her lifetime.
8.) The air from a sneeze can travel at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
9.) In a lifetime, the average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva- enough to fill 2 swimming pools!
10.) Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.
Picture via new-wall.com.
All good things must come to an end, and this post marks my last contribution to Flygyal for now. I am off to travel the country on the West Side Story National Tour, but fabulous health advice will continue on without me! Come back next week for a fresh new voice on the Flygyal blog. Au Revoir! Keep it sassy, ladies.
-Kristin Yancy, Health Contributor