1. The right lung is slightly larger than the left.
Most ladies can relate to this – in some aspects more than others.

2. Hairs in the nose help to clean the air we breathe as well as warming it.
That’s why I guess most gents keep them long – they like their air warm and clean.

3. The highest recorded “sneeze speed” is 165 km per hour.
This is a definite heart stopper. All I can say “Bless you, Fast and Furious”!

4. The surface area of the lungs is roughly the same size as a tennis court.
Oxygen molecule is the tennis ball, and breathing your racket. Work the court!

5. The capillaries in the lungs would extend 1,600 kilometres if placed end to end.
This means that you need only 25 breaths to travel the Earth around the Equator, and 15,5 through the poles. Maximum globe trotting, minimum carbon footprint.

6. We lose half a litre of water a day through breathing. This is the water vapour we see when we breathe onto glass.
If this is how much we lose on breathing, no wonder that we need to drink at least 2,5 l of pure water every day. Most of my patients think that this mission is impossible, and even dangerous.

7. A person at rest usually breathes between 12 and 15 times a minute.
Don’t be competitive about this one. Fewer and fuller is better.8. The breathing rate is faster in children and women than in men.
I think that Buddhist monks must have tipped the scale.

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