50 Facts About the Human Body You Probably Didn't Know

50 Facts About the Human Body You Probably Didn't Know
How much do you know about your body? What you don’t know will surprise you. Newsweek

The human body is an amazing thing. It is capable of creating life, surviving horrible diseases and accidents, and tasting all kinds of good (and equally bad) food). But human bodies are also susceptible to great tragedies, from freak accidents to medical mysteries. Understanding your body and how it works is vital to not only surviving, but also to live longer.

So often when something goes wrong with our bodies, it can be traced back to our diets.

“Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle,” the Health and Human Services website says. “Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.”

If you feel like you aren’t healthy, it’s never too late to change that.

“A person who is not very active can start by making small changes, such as replacing soft drinks with water and adding a 10-minute walk to a daily routine,” Carly Schuna writes for Livestrong.org.

And understanding your body and the benefits of good health are vital for thriving communities as well. “Better health is central to human happiness and well-being,” the World Health Organization’s website reports. “It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more.”

So how much do you know about your body? What you don’t know will surprise you, like how 50 percent of your hand’s strength lives in your little finger. Well, if you want to know about your body (and why wouldn’t you?), we have you covered. Here are 50 facts about your body that you probably aren’t aware of, but should be.

Foot

Foot
Twenty-five percent of bones in an adult are in the foot. Even more of a reason to get those sensible shoes. Pixaby

Butt

Butt
The body’s largest muscle is the gluteus maximus a.k.a. your booty a.k.a. your twerking muscle. Pixaby

Food

Food
You will likely eat 100,000 pounds of food in your lifetime. Set a goal to make 25,000 pounds of that food pizza. Pixaby

Eye

Eye
The only part of your body with zero blood flow is the cornea of eye. It only requires oxygen. Pixaby

Ear

Ear
If you think you have big ears or a big nose, there’s a reason for that: both parts of your body never stop growing. Pixaby

Kiss

Kiss
More than 278 different types of bacteria are exchanged when two people kiss. 95 percent of them aren’t harmful. Pexels

Mouth

Mouth
The skin cells that make up a human mouth are the same skin cells that make up a person’s vagina. Knowing this, do you see chapstick in a new light? Pixaby

DNA

DNA
If you take your DNA and stretch it out, it would stretch for 10 billion miles. Pixaby

Pinky

Pinky
Fifty percent of your hand’s strength lives in your little finger. So give it a ring or something, it works hard. Pixaby

Heart Beat

Heart Beat
Your heart will likely beat more than 3 billion times over the course of your lifetime. 4 billion if your prone to celebrity crushes. RETUERS

Stomach

Stomach
The lining of your stomach changes every four to five days it from digesting itself. If only it could take a few extra pounds with it. Pixaby