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You get a lot of heartbeats

You get a lot of heartbeats
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The average human gets around three billion heartbeats in their lifetime. That’s all the more reason to care for your ticker. Plant-based diets filled with veggies, sipping tea, and practicing yoga are among some of the smart ways to prevent heart disease.

Your skeleton is all wet

Your skeleton is all wet
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You probably already heard that the human body is made up of mostly water (55 to 60 per cent for adult women and men, respectively). What you might be surprised to find out is that fluid isn’t just in your skin, muscles, and organs, but your skeleton, too. In fact, water makes up nearly one-third of your bone mass.

You’re part bacteria

You’re part bacteria
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If you claim to be afraid of bacteria, better think again. A 2016 study found that a man weighing 70-kilos has about 38 trillion bacteria, which is roughly the same amount of human cells, the researchers say. What’s more, the bacteria weigh nearly 250 grams in total.

Your sneeze goes far

Your sneeze goes far
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There was a long-standing stat that a sneeze travels 161 km/h, but newer research found it’s not even close. Still, that achoo is rather impressive. A 2013 study in PLOS One found that a sneeze moves at the rate of about 16 km/h. Still, cover your mouth and nose to safeguard others from germs – and read this if you’re tempted to hold in a sneeze.

So this is why you sweat a lot

So this is why you sweat a lot
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Pass the deodorant please: You have two to four million sweat glands all over your body, points out the International Hyperhidrosis Society. Most of these are the non-stinky kind located on the soles of your feet, your palms, and forehead and cheeks.

You have more hair than you think

You have more hair than you think
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People are born with five million hair follicles, 100,000 of which are located on your scalp, notes the American Academy of Dermatology. And while many women might want long locks, hair grows faster in men than women.

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We’re all the same

We’re all the same
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The human body is mostly made up of four elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen, accounting for 96.2 per cent of you. (Calcium and phosphorus are the other big players.) It’s amazing how those elements come together to help create a body that does truly impressive things each day, from fighting cancer to forming 20,000 thoughts.

Here are some more random trivia facts you’ll wish you’d always known.

Every breath counts

Every breath counts
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You inhale and exhale without even thinking about it – to the tune of 17,280 to 23,040 breaths per day. And while it’s an automatic habit, it can bring big benefits.

Find out how to use your lungs right to improve mindfulness.

Your lungs are large

Your lungs are large
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Speaking of inhaling and exhaling, your lungs have a tough job – and maybe that’s why they’re so large. Depending on the source, experts estimate that the surface volume of your lungs can cover a badminton court or half a tennis court (some even say an entire tennis court). That’s a lot of lung!

Here’s why you to hydrate

Here’s why you to hydrate
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You exhale more than hot air: Exhaling is one way water leaves your body. And the amount that comes out quadruples when you exercise. When you’re getting sweaty, you exhale about 60 to 70 millilitres per hour, research points out. Time to take an H20 break.

Here’s how to avoid slipping towards dehydration.

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