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Amazing Body Facts

Did you know…?

  • There are more than 6 billion bacteria in your mouth –almost the entire world’s population.
  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  • You are about 1cm taller in the morning than in the evening due to cavity compressing of the cartilage in our spine, knees and other body parts.
  • Smokers including passive smokers require double the daily intake of Vitamin C. The reason is that smoking increases free radicals, causing damage to blood vessels which needs to be countered by antioxidants, especially Vitamin C.
  • Of the 206 bones in the average human adult’s body, 106 are in the hands and feet (54 in the hands and 52 in the feet!)
  • Our heart pumps approximately 1800 litres of blood through the blood vessels daily.
  • The content of our blood is: 45% Blood Cells and 55% Water. Red blood cells make up most of the blood cells in our body which are responsible for oxygen transportation throughout the body.
  • If your bodyweight is 80kg then you will have approximately 34 million red blood cells flowing through your 6.4 litres of blood.
  • We have approximately 100,000 km – 250,000km of capillaries –> that’s 2.5 times around the world!
  • This is a considerable distance that our blood has to move every second, every day, to supply our body with oxygen and nutrients.
  • There are over 10 trillion cells in your body. Each of these cells has a specific purpose.
  • Once every 7 years the body replaces almost every cell it has with a fresh new cell (the exception being brain cells).
  • Even though the body does produce some vitamins, it produces absolutely Zero Minerals.

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Too cold to wash?

Did You Know…?
Handwashing was introduced to health care by Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis (AKA ‘father of infection control’) in 1847. This was following his observation that handwashing amongst doctors and medical students who handled corpses during autopsies before attending pregnant women, reduced hospital deaths amongst women giving birth from 10% to 1%.