15 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Lungs

In the time it took between when you clicked on the link to this article and when the page actually loaded, you almost certainly used your lungs. There are very few things you use more frequently than your lungs, as they are responsible for moving air in and out all day long, day after day.

Healthy lungs can bring you the fresh oxygen your body needs to continue functioning properly, while unhealthy lungs can make it very difficult to complete that seemingly simply task. It’s easy to take your lungs for granted – until they’re not able to do their job successfully.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at 15 things you may not have known about your lungs. While nearly everyone knows that smoking can (and will) do bad things to your lungs, there are plenty of other facts that you may find interesting as well. One of the biggest keys to caring for your body is understanding how it works in the first place, as we hope this article will help toward that end.

1. They Float

Not that you would want them to – because they would be outside of your body – but your lungs would float on water if given the chance. That makes them the only organ in your body with that distinction, but again, this is kind of an odd point because you would ideally like to keep all of your organs, y’know,inside your body.

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2. Make Way for the Heart

While your lungs are important, they also happen to live next door to another extremely important organ: the heart. In order to make room for the heart to do its work, your left lung is slightly smaller than the right. This is good news, as you certainly want to give your heart as much room as necessary to do its thing. It is, after all, keeping you alive. So there’s that.

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3. 13 Pints of Air… Per Minute

Under normal conditions, the average person will breathe a total of 13 pints of air each and every minute. That’s an impressive total, and it highlights exactly why we need to care for the environment and the air around us – because we breathe incredible amounts of it all day long. Without fresh, clean air to breathe, the work of the lungs becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible to accomplish.

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