The human body is truly an amazing machine. In a previous post (see it here), we covered several amazing facts about your body that you didn’t know about. Here are even 8 more of such amazing facts below.
1. Humans have more than five senses
You may have thought we only have five senses namely* sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing but there are more. We also have “proprioception”, (sense of space), “nociception” (sense of pain), “equilibrioception” (sense of balance), “thermoception” (sense of temperature in and around the body), “temporal perception” (sense of time), and more.
2. Taste buds dull with age
A lot of things about the human body diminish in quality as we age including our taste buds. The older we get the more our taste buds lose their capacity to regenerate after an injury or taking certain medications. Women start experiencing a decrease in their taste sensitivity in their 50s while men don’t experience that until their 60s.
3. Your Pinkie contributes to half the strength of your hand
Your pinkie may be your smallest finger, but it contains half the strength of your hand! It helps the thumb to pinch, and gives more power to the ring, middle, and index fingers. According to Laurie Rogers, a hand therapist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, losing your pinkie would mean, “You’d lose 50 percent of your hand strength, easily.”
4. The smallest bone in your body is your ear
5. The foot is one of the most ticklish parts of the body
Apart from your armpits, the soles of your feet are the most common ticklish places on your body.
6. The heart beats more than 3 billion times in the average human lifespan
This is just another fact that shows the human body is indeed amazing!
7. Bones are stronger than steel
Although some people experience broken bones at some point in their lifetimes, the fact is that bone is an incredibly strong substance. As Discover Magazine puts it, “ounce for ounce, our bones are stronger than steel.” A bone can withstand more pressure and has more strength than a rod of steel of the same width! The strongest and longest bone in the body. This bone can support 30 times the weight of an average human!
8. You’re taller in the morning than you are at night
Next time you wake up in the morning, measure your height and compare it to your height later in the day. You become shorter in the day due to the pressure your body puts on joints throughout the day. As you relax during sleep, your spinal disks become free of pressure allowing you to return to your full height.