We all think that we know our body pretty well. After all, you’re the one who feeds it, nurtures it, gazes at it in the mirror, and uses it to walk through this world. But in the wildest of dreams did you have any idea that your body has the power to digest metal? Or that your pinky is your strongest finger? It’s all true!
So read on, and revel in all of the amazing things you didn’t know about your body.
YOUR FEET CAN GROW AS YOU AGE
As you age and undergo all that wear and tear, tendons and ligaments in your feet may weaken. This can cause arches to flatten, which means feet get wider and longer. The average gain is about one shoe size by age 70 or 80.
YOUR TASTE BUDS GET MESSED UP AFTER YOU BRUSH
Doesn’t sweet things taste weird after you have brushed and the bitter tastes better? That is due to chemicals in your toothpaste which messes with your taste buds.
BRAIN FREEZE IS A SORT OF RAPID-ONSET HEADACHE
That sharp, stabbing pain you feel in your forehead when you take too big a sip of your cold-pressed drink is caused by when two blood vessels that bring blood to your brain expands.
ITCHINESS COMES FROM YOUR BRAIN
Humans do experience itchiness so that they can keep harmful irritants—like insects away. When the skin comes into contact with an external irritant, it sets off a complex chain of reactions that stretch from itch receptors in your skin to your spinal cord to your brain. Indicating the brain that you need to itch and make the insect go away.
CHEWING GUM ON AIRPLANES EQUALIZES THE AIR PRESSURE
Chewing a gum really does help equalize the pressure in your ears and therefore help ease that uncomfortable or painful blocked feeling.
EATING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES HELP THE HUMAN BODY IN MAKING ITS OWN ASPIRIN
People who intake benzoic acid, a natural substance in fruits and vegetables, make their own salicylic acid, the key component that gives aspirin its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
A BLINK IS A MICRO NAP
You probably thought that blink was just something you did to keep your eyes moist or keep dust out of them. A study by Washington University has found that closing our eyes briefly has been found to help sharpen attention and serves as a miniature recharge.
HAIR CAN TASTE
Nasal passages and lungs are lined with fine hairs which detect and sweep out impurities. When these hairs taste something bitter, they increase their rate of movement, attempting to sweep out the bad stuff.
YOUR HAIR HELPS THE EARTH
Dirty hair can be good for the atmosphere hair absorbs the air pollutant ozone so if you want to do your part to help your local air quality, skip the shampoo! More than anything, this fact truly proves to be one of the more interesting things you didn’t know about your body.
YOUR LIVER CAN ALMOST COMPLETELY REGROW
The liver is resilient. Even if reduced by as much as 75%, it can grow back to normal size. This happens through the rapid replication of liver cells, with the thing reaching its original size (or very close to it) within about a month, according to the University of Iowa. Though this may be one of the few things you didn’t know about your body, it should be the one fact that proves to be truly stunning.