10 OUTRAGEOUS THINGS IN EVERY HUMAN BODY
There are all kinds of gross things in your body right now, maybe even hard lumps of calcium oxalate (kidney stone). You're making sweat, and eye gunk, and pus, and you also have undigested and partially-digested food traveling through your gut. And did you know there's more bacteria living in your body than there are human cells?
THIS CLOSE UP VIEW OF STOMACH LINING SHOWS
SMALL INDENTS KNOWN AS GASTRIC PITS,
IN WHICH THE CELLS THAT RELEASE HYDROCHLORIC
ACID, ENZYMES AND MUCUS RESIDE.
If the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve metal, which it is, why doesn't your stomach digest itself? You can thank mucus for that. Mucus coats the lining of your stomach, protecting it from being broken down along with everything in your stomach.
2. BODY EXCRETIONS:
When you eat and drink, your body only needs a few hours to extract the vitamins and nutrients it needs from that food, and the leftovers are off to be excreted. Your stool is made up of undigested food, but that's not all; there's also mucus, bacteria, and dead cells in there -- and it's the combination of all these ingredients that make poop brown. A normal bowel movement is mostly water, though (about 75 percent of it), and most of us get rid of about 3 to 8 ounces of waste every.
Tonsil stones, sometimes known as tonsilloliths, aren't food from last night's take-out; they're actually a combination of bacteria, dead cells and mucus that have gotten trapped in the pockets of your tonsils. If you suffer from chronic tonsillitis, then you have an increased chance of having tonsil stones. When the debris hardens, it looks like small white lumps of cauliflower in the back of your throat, including sore throat, swollen tonsils and ear pain.
Everyone farts and everyone burps; there's no way around it. If you eat, you produce gas as the bacteria in your digestive system break down those foods. On average, you're passing gas anywhere between 14 to 23 times a day.The gas producing those farts and burps contains carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane -- and sometimes sulfur. Certain foods cause your body to produce more gas, and those include high-fiber and sugary foods, beans and broccoli and products wheat or dairy, because they cannot be digested properly by them. Often the cause, is nothing more than swallowed air.
The average stomach will hold about three-quarters of a gallon (that's 1 liter) of chewed food and beverages. If your stomach and intestines decide to close the gate on what you've eaten, that food and drink won't pass normally through to your bowel. Instead, it's coming back up, and sometimes forcefully. Vomiting is actually controlled by a "vomiting center" in the brain, and can be caused by a number of things, including food-borne illness, infections, some illnesses and pregnancy, as well as side effects of some medications or certain medical treatments.
A healthy human body is actually less human than you might think; as an adult, your body is hosting at least 10 times as many microbial cells (that's bacteria, viruses and other types of microbes) as you have human cells -- probably about 100 trillion bacteria in all. living in every luke and corner of your body.
FUNCTION: Fewer than 1 percent of the bacteria in the human body can cause disease, and others work with the body to help it do things it may not have been able to do on its own -- for instance, Lactobacillus acidophilus, a popular active culture in yogurt, helps the body digest food and fight against that 1 percent of ill-willed microbes.
Boogers, Snot, Phlegm - Whatever you call it, there's a good reason it exists: mucus. Mucus is a stringy, sticky fluid that coats the inside of your nose, mouth, sinuses, throat, lungs and gastrointestinal tract -- and it's there all the time, not only when you have a cold. In fact, your body makes between about one-quarter to half a gallon (1 to 1.5 liters, roughly) of mucus every day; and that includes the new batch your nose whips up every 20 minutes.
FUNCTION: Mucus acts as a lubricant -- and without it, body tissues would dry out -- and because it's sticky, it also acts as a trash collector, keeping bacteria and debris (such as pollen, dirt, fungi, smoke or whatever else you might breathe in) from invading your body as you breathe.
8. FATTY DEPOSITS (LIPOMA):
Fatty deposits are small, round masses of fat cells below your skin, between your skin and muscle. Our body maintains an energy reserve in its fat cells as a part of normal operating procedure, but sometimes fat cells grow where they shouldn't. This results in fatty deposits, also called lipomas, and although some may find them gross, they're almost always harmless.
9. EAR WAX:
Ear wax, which is also known as cerumen, is an oily, waxy substance produced by the glands inside your ear canal. . North Americans spend more than $60 million annually on at-home ear-cleaning products, and about 12 million Americans go one more step to have their ear wax professionally removed by a doctor every.
FUNCTION: It's a way for the ear to protect itself; wax stops intruders from getting into your ear, including dust and bugs (it's been known to happen), among other debris. Ear wax also helps lubricate the ear, protect your ear canal from irritation, and has antibacterial properties.
10. EYELASH MITES:
There are mites living in your eyelashes; and the older you are and the more oily your skin, the more likely that statement is true. It's estimated that mites, specifically Demodex mites (D. folliculorum, to be exact), have colonized the eyelashes of more than 80 percent of people over the age of 60. In fact, you can find as many as 25 mites living a single eyelash follicle. Though these follicle squatters are alarming, they're mostly harmless.