Well, today is 27 of the ‘National Health Blog Post Month’ – so we’re almost at the end of this month-long writing challenge. Today’s prompt are really nondescript’ so we really can choose how we interpret it! The prompt I have chosen simply says ‘Be you didn’t know that…’
In this instance, I have chosen to share some facts that I have learnt about the brain!
- The brain is more active at night when you are resting
- There are over 100,000 miles of blood vessels running through the brain
- The brain’s activity during the waking hours is enough to light a lightbulb. The brain is said to produce up to 23 watts of power
- The brain has no pain receptors; so the brain can feel no pain
- The human brain is the fattest organ that makes up the human body and is said to consist of approximately 60 per cent fat
- The first sense that develops while in utero. The lips and cheek can experience touch as early as 8 weeks and the rest of the body around 12 weeks
- The brain uses approximately 20% of the total oxygen in your body
- It is said that yawning sends more of the oxygen to the brain, therefore working to cool it down or waking it up
- Interestingly, I often suffer with tinnitus which for years medical professionals was as a result of a dysfunction within the mechanics of the ear; however, newer evidence suggests that it is actually a function of the brain
- A living brain is so soft that it can be cut with a table knife!
- The brain is approximately 70% water
- You can continue to grow more neurons throughout your life by exercising the brain with puzzles, by reading and playing memory games
- Approximately 30% of the brain’s function is given up to vision, such as spatial awareness, depth perception and recognition
- We are unable to tickle ourselves because as a part of the brain called the cerebellum knows that we are doing the tickling and therefore sends a message to the rest of the brain to ignore the sensation
- The human brain is approximately 2% of our body weight, around 3 pounds, however it still uses 20 to 30 per cent of the calories we consume
There are some fun facts about the brain! Did you already know some of these facts?