When I was pregnant with my oldest son, Jackson, I went to the Martin Luther King memorial where they had a statue of a man holding his baby up to the sky with an inscription below that read: “behold the only thing greater than you.” This seemed like an amazing message to give to a child, reminding them that they are powerful and great just the way they are. I thought about the baby inside me and hoped to be able to instill a visceral sense of this in him. In the years that followed, I saw the children that he was surrounded by who stood in line in preschool to receive their medications. I knew deeply that NOONE would look at a baby and think to make it healthier by adding prescription strength chemicals. And yet, i was surrounded by a culture that seemed to deem this a good idea. (Know that I understand that in very rare cases, these prescription chemicals save lives but it is very rare that it is NECESSARY).
In our country we are acting as if health comes in a pill , or a surgery. We are always trying to buy more time to abuse and neglect ourselves. We overlook the POWER that lies within and in JUST seeing it, we can enhance it. A teacher who sees the Potential in their student amplifies that potential just through their vision. I am encouraging you to read through these following facts with respect and appreciation for your body REGARDLESS of how you may currently be annoyed by its appearance or seeming lack of performance. By truly seeing the incredible potential of your body, you will change your own physiological performance.
Two cells came together to form you.
They divided only 50 times and created 100 trillion cells. That is more than the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
You came complete with 100 Billion Brain Neurons that can send impulses at lightening speed to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body.
You came complete with a very sophisticated nerve system that stretches for miles and stores over 100 Trillion bits of information.
Your body Produces 8 Million new red blood cells every second.
100,000 genes with more than 50% designated to the structure and function of your nervous system!
You are made up of 60 trillion cells.
You have 600 muscles & 206 bones.
Red Blood Cell’s live approximately 120 days and make 300,000 trips through the blood stream; that’s almost 2 trips per minute!
If all of your blood vessels were placed end to end, they would stretch around the world 12 times!
The heart weighs less than one pound and yet beats approximately 40 million times per year.
The heart pumps 2.5 gallons per minute or 1,314,000 gallons per year.
The energy output of the heartbeat in a 24 hour period alone is enough to raise three fully-loaded Greyhound buses off the ground.
The lungs use about 90 gallons of pure oxygen per day.
Because of the alveoli (tiny projections in the lungs), the surface area of the lungs is approximately 40-60 miles.
We take approximately 9 million breaths per year
Our lungs pump approximately 2 gallons of air per minute while at rest and approximately 26 gallons of air per minute while exercising.
Stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is so strong, that one drop of it on the skin will leave a painful blister, but the stomach is left unharmed.
The stomach produces 2.5 quarts of acid per day
Over the course of a 70 year life span, the stomach will have produced 60,000 quarts of acid to help digest 40 tons of food
Nerves transmit their signals at 300 m.p.h.
There are 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) in your body. If you were going to count all 100 billion cells at the rate of 1 per second, it would take 3,171 year.
Light pressure on a spinal nerve root can lessen your nerve transmission as much as 40%. This can negatively affect any part of your health.
Your amazing body will have the chance to be more ALIVE, more fully functioning if you keep your nerve system healthy!