Your Amazing Airways.
Our lungs and airways have some amazing capabilities.
Here are a just a few:
FACT: Your trachea is lined with 19 rings of cartilage to keep it from collapsing.
FACT: Your right lung has 3 lobes, while the left lung has only 2 lobes.
Why? Because your heart is positioned further to the left side.
FACT: If you were to flatten out the surface of all your alveoli,
the area could easily cover 160 square meters! That’s huge!
FACT: Males have a larger total lung capacity than females. (Sorry, Ladies!!!)
FACT: Everyday our bodies lose about 1/2 Liter of water, just from exhaling!
(Drink that water, PEEPS!)
FACT: Inside our airways are hair like extensions called CILIA,
that beat in unison at a fast rate to remove mucus.
Cigarette smoking paralyzes these cilia,
which cause a smoker to have a persistent cough.
FACT: 30% of the your total lung capacity NEVER leaves the body.
This is called a Residual Volume.
FACT: The fail safe trigger to make you breathe is NOT a lack of oxygen.
It is a high level of Carbon Dioxide which is detected by your medulla oblongata!
FACT: Muscle fibers wrapped around your bronchus constrict during an asthma attack.
No wonder your chest feels so tight!!!
FACT: A “collapsed lung” usually is a term for free air in the pleural space AROUND the lung.
It often occurs with chest trauma injuries for adults, but can also happen spontaneously in adults and infants.