The human body is an incredibly complex and intricate system. Do you ever stop to think about all the amazing inner workings of your body?
Most of us go about the business of our day taking for granted that our body will function as expected. We believe as long as we nourish our body with some kind of food every now and then, it will support us in our busy life. But do you ever stop and think about some of the things that actually go on inside your body? Do you think about what you are made up of and what your body needs to stay alive and well? Here are some interesting facts about our bodies you may not know – a few may surprise you!
- It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. So do yourself a favor and chew your food more slowly. Eating slower will prevent that miserable type of full after a meal caused by eating too much, too fast. For best results, try chewing your food 10 times, in one second increments before you swallow it.
- Your digestive system begins to work even before food gets to your mouth! Whenever food is placed in front of you and the aroma reaches your nose, it triggers your brain to tell your salivary glands it’s time to gear up! This causes your mouth to start watering. The saliva is used to soften and breakdown food which aids in the digestion process.
- Our bodies are made up of 50-75% water, depending on our age and gender. Its very important for all of us to keep water in our systems. Why? Well, because as I just said, over half of our bodily make-up is water! Our bodies can only go a few days without water before our brain starts to fail and our kidneys begin to malfunction.
- When we don’t eat, our bodies do 1 of 2 things. The first thing is to store your fat. That’s right – if your body thinks that it isn’t going to be fed again for a while, it will go into “fat storage mode” and keep your body fat inside to use as a fuel source. Second, once the body has been starving for long enough, it will eat away at your muscle tissue and fat. The first choice of the body when it comes to it eating itself is muscle – it provides more energy than fat. Once the body stops eating muscle, then it will switch over to fat. This can cause you to become very weak and lethargic. Remember to eat!
Well, how about it? Are you re-thinking skipping your meals? Maybe you have decided that you want to start carrying a water bottle around with you wherever you go to ensure you stay hydrated? Whatever epiphany you may have had during your time reading these interesting facts, make sure to think about your body a little more often. After all, it sure does a whole lot of hard work for you!