Interesting facts about breathing


Posted on Apr 22, 2021      41


Let me paraphrase the famous philosopher of antiquity: “You’re breathing - so you exist!“ And so, let’s go... interesting facts about such an important process for life as breathing.

Depending on the intensity of the metabolism, man exhales an average of about 5 - 18 liters of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 50 grams of water per hour.

Constant mouth breathing is a direct pathway to maxillary sinusitis and other nasopharyngeal problems. The reason is simple - when we breathe through the nose; the air is filtered and warmed before reaching the throat, breathing through the mouth - we breathe cold. Hence, ear-nose-throat disease.

The more intensely you breathe (hyperventilation effect of the lungs), the hungrier you become, because deep and rhythmic breathing stimulates the production of gastric juice and cellular metabolism.

It is recommended that you practice as long as you keep the ability to breathe through your nose. If you are forced to breathe through your mouth from physical exertion, then you are working up a sweat.

While sleeping, it is quite natural for a person to change position from one side to the other. This happens because of the balance of breath, which is created when the air passes through the nostrils. An interesting point: in yoga it is believed that when we predominantly breathe through the right nostril, the body is ready for activity (day has come for it), and when we breathe through the left nostril, the body needs rest (night has come). “night” and “day” in this case do not coincide with the time of day. It is simply the body’s internal, energetic needs, which should be listened to.

If you often inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, the balance of carbon dioxide in the body may be disturbed, leading to a loss of carbon dioxide. Holding your breath can increase the level of carbon dioxide, which balances the pH level.

If the lungs are deployed on a flat surface, they can cover a tennis court!

The air capacity of the right lung is greater than that of the left lung when breathed in.

Each day an adult breathes in 23,000 times and out the same number of times.

The ratio of inhalation to exhalation duration during normal breathing is 4:5, and 1:20 when playing a wind instrument.

The maximum breath hold is 7 minutes and 1 second. The average person during this time must breathe in and out more than a hundred times.

In Japan, there are special clubs, where there is an opportunity for a small fee to breathe fresh, specially purified and flavored air.

Dolphins need to constantly breathe atmospheric oxygen, for this they are regularly surfaced. To provide this breathing during sleep, the hemispheres of the dolphin’s brain take turns sleeping.

Jellyfish breathing differs greatly from that of humans or even fish. Jellyfish have no lungs or gills, or any other respiratory organ, for that matter. The walls of its gelatinous body and tentacles are so thin that oxygen molecules can freely penetrate through the jelly-like “skin” straight to the internal organs. Thus, the jellyfish breathes with its entire body surface.

Beavers can hold their breath underwater for up to 15 minutes, and seals for up to half an hour.

Insects have no lungs. Their main respiratory system is the trachea. These are communicating air-bearing tubes that open outward on the sides of the body with openings-breaths.

Fish also breathe air by getting it from the water that enters the mouth, washes over the gills, and exits through the gill slits.


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