30 Interesting Health Facts You Didn’t Know

Did you know that walking uses a total of 200 muscles with every step you take. Some researches bring the light on such interesting health facts you’d have benefit from. 

The human body is simple yet complicated to understand. We spend all day with ourselves but there are still plenty of things you probably don’t know about your body.

So I’ve compiled a list of interesting health facts from the far corners of the world wide web to know more about your body.

Now it’s your turn to impress your friends with these amazing facts!


1. Laughing 100 times is equivalent to 15 minutes of exercise on a stationary bike.


2. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.


3. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.


4. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people.


5. Smokers reduce their life span expectancy by 11 minutes per cigarette.


6. Ever wondered why there are mirrors in front of the cardio section at the gym? Watching yourself run in a mirror can make a treadmill workout go by faster and feel easier.


7. When we touch something, we send messages to our brain at 200 km/h.


8. Every 3-4 seconds, around 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced by new ones.


9. During the average lifetime, your heart will pump a grand total of 182 million liters of blood.


10. No matter how many times you try, it’s impossible to sneeze and keep your eyes open at the same time.


11. Every 10 years, the human skeleton repairs and renews itself. Essentially, you have different bones now than you did 10 years ago!


12. Everybody produces large quantities of saliva, and during the average lifetime, a human will have produced around 25,000 quarts of saliva, which is enough to fill two swimming pools!


13. Although you can’t always remember what the smell is, your nose can remember around 50,000 different scents.


14. Walking uses a total of 200 muscles with every step you take.


15. When your armpits start to smell, it’s not the sweat that causes the nasty odor. It’s actually the bacteria that live in sweaty areas.


16. Your blood pressure and heart rate can be decreased by listening to relaxing music. Sometimes music is used in hospitals to slow down the heart rate of patients if necessary.


17. Your little finger is the smallest one on your hand, but it is actually responsible for 50% of your hand strength. Without it, you would notice more difference than losing any of your other fingers.


18. Your big toe is the most useful one when it comes to moving around – it bears around 40% of your overall body weight.


19. Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen all over the human body. This is why people with a low blood count often feel tired and fatigued.


20. On average, the body takes around 12 hours to totally digest food that you’ve just eaten.


21. Your skin works hard. Not only is it the largest organ in the body, but it defends against disease and infection, regulates your temperature and aids in vitamin production.


22. Women below the age of 50 need twice the amount of iron per day as men of the same age.


23. Stretching increases the blood flow to your muscles and helps avoid injuries.


24. The spinal disc core is comprised of a large volume of water therefore dehydration could lead to back pain.


25. Cardio exercise before breakfast can burn more fat.


26. The eye muscles are the most active in the body, moving more than 100,000 times a day!


27. If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels.


28. Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body.


29. Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping.


30. Humans are the only mammals that willingly delay sleep.


Do you know any interesting health facts, which you want to be added to this list? Let us know in the comment below.


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