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Friday, January 18, 2013

20 Funky Things That Our Bodies Do Part 2

You may not know it, but our bodies do some uncomfortable, at times embarrassing or simply weird things. But what really causes these reactions? Here's the remaining 10 Funky Things That Our Bodies Do.

Eyes Blink

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Our eyes are kept clean and moist by the tears. Blinking automatically supplies two forms of moisture to our eyes, making sure that it is always wet and to keep foreign matter from entering and irritating our eyes. Blinking lasts only a tenth of a second, but that’s all the time needed to clear away dust particles and spread lubricating fluids across the eyeball.

Stomach Rumbles

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Borborygmi is the rumbling sound produced by the movement of gas through the intestines of animals. Everyone’s stomach makes noise during digestion, but when there is incomplete digestion of food, your stomach rumbles because there is excess gas in the intestine. However, rumbles will mostly happen if you have an empty stomach or you’re hungry. If you have extra-loud rumbles, a teaspoon of olive oil or a cup of herbal tea with lemon may help ease them.

Ear Ringing

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Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus can be very bothersome. There are two types of tinnitus and several suggested causes. One type is the chronic tinnitus, where a person experiences ringing and ear noises on a daily basis; the other type is the acute tinnitus, where an individual will likely only hear strange noises in the ears and head if there is fluid or an infection in your middle ear.

Seeing Stars

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Seeing stars is cause by lack of oxygen due to a lack of blood reaching the brain. Most commonly this happens if you stand too quickly, straightening after bending over or suffer a blow to the head. The stars you see are actually neurons in your visual cortex misfiring, a hallucination at the lowest possible level. Generally these tiny flashes of light will fade in a few seconds, however if this sensation lasts more than a few moments better consult a doctor.

Ear Popping

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Ear popping is caused by pressure differences between the inside and outside of the eardrum. Air pressure in the middle ear usually is the same as the air pressure outside the body. The Eustachian tube in your inner ear is responsible for maintaining equal pressure on both sides of your eardrum. Sometimes when you are driving a car in the mountains, when riding an elevator in an extra-tall building or flying in a plane, your ears ‘pop’—the Eustachian tube opens to release pressure, and you hear a pop.

The Eustachian tube can be blocked, or obstructed, for different reasons. When that happens, pressure in the middle ear cannot be equalized. The most common cause for a blocked Eustachian tube is the common cold. Sinus infections and nasal allergies are also causes. To force the tube open (and “pop” your ears), squeeze your nostrils closed while exhaling forcefully through your nose.

Limbs Falling Asleep

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Normally, you feel this familiar sensation when there’s constant pressure on part of your body — like when you sit on your feet, or rest your head on an arm. Your extremity will begin to “fall asleep” when you apply this pressure for an extended period of time. The pressure squeezes nerve pathways causing them to loose their electrochemical connection with the brain. This pressure can also squeeze arteries, stopping them from carrying nutrients to body cells. Without these nutrients, the nerve cells may behave abnormally that can further obstruct with communicating bodily sensations. To prevent a case of pins and needles, avoid sitting or lying in positions that compress your nerves. If the situation occurs, do move your foot, stretch your legs, or roll over off your arm, the nerve impulses begin to flow properly again.

Bad Breath in the Mornings

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Almost everybody wakes up with bad breath. The flow of saliva slows down during sleep thus allowing the anaerobic bacteria to thrive. The unpleasant smell comes from the waste product of this process often contains sulphur, a mineral that has a foul scent. No matter how hygienic you are, these bacteria will always come back.

Burps

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A burp is nothing but gas. When we eat or drink, we also take air into our stomachs. When there is too much air to fit into our stomachs, we have no choice but to let it out ~ resulting in a burp. Carbonated drinks such as beer, soft drinks or champagne makes us burp more as these drinks contain extra gas. Sometimes, you may eat too fast, taking more amount of air inside and that too can make you burp.

Farts

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Fart is the gas that you pass from your intestine through your anus. There are many sources for the gas we expel when we fart: when we eat, we swallow air, gas produced during digestion or even bacteria living in our digestive systems. The gas we expel is made up of a number of different gases. Surprisingly it is not the methane that produces the horrible smell we all are familiar with. The odor comes from hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans. Both of these compounds contain sulfur. The more sulfur in your food the smellier your farts will be.

Vomits

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Well, everyone vomits sometime or the other in their life. A vomit is throwing up your stomach contents outside from your mouth. Vomit consists of half digested food or liquid that is mixed with your digestive juice that exits through your mouth. Vomiting may be due to a large number of causes,can but the commonest cause is infection. Some germs may enter your stomach along with the food that you eating. These germs then cause your stomach to push the food up rather than down and you land up vomiting. Sometimes, vomiting can occur due to overeating or even eating the wrong combination of food. Thus, anything that upsets the stomach may cause vomiting.

27 comments:

  1. Burps are like mouth farts right? Amazing!!!

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  2. Funky things! Wow nice title and as usual the original Mr. Swabe Sir Donald gives a great information

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  3. My husband's stomach rumbles all the time, mine does that too when I am hungry.

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  4. oh i should drink lemon tea often since my stomach loves to make rumbling sound :( hehe, thankfully, it is well behaved enough when i am out. love again the load of information here Donald.

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  5. Such a cute post! My son is going to have a hilarious time reading through this. :)

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  6. It's good to know all this stuff Kuya with funny pictures to go with. I like the guy on the fart picture... Priceless expression on his face :)

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  7. What an informative and timely post Papaleng. Hubby has a scheduled check up this afternoon due to the "ringing" on his ears.

    I oftentimes experience seeing little stars which I thought as a God's sign every time I prayed and asked for something kasi madalas maganda ang result pag nakakakita ako ng stars. Kulang lang pala sa oxygen. Hehehe Now, I know better :)

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  8. It's weird but I love it when my ear pops whenever I'm in an airplane:)Don't you find it also weird that reading this and looking at every photos unconsciously makes you do the same thing? gaya ng last photo? ehehe

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  9. Oh dear, the things that our bodies cannot help but do! That is why the human body is such a wonder of a creation.

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  10. thanks for sharing these things...:) galing mo talaga magreserach ng mga items to be put here in your blog.

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  11. napalunok ako sa vomiting photo.. Hahaha.. Kumakain po kase ako ngayon ng hot ramen.. Nataon? Hahahaha

    Thanks for sharing, Papaleng! =)

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  12. ayay, so far d ko pa nakita yung stars...ehhehe...though I've experienced the other funky things...lol!

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  13. wow! i dont know if its really nice to say this things but i fa*t a lot haha i am lactose tolerant thoguh i still love drinking milk soya or anything connested with it and I get too many fa*t after eating/drinking them hahah
    *excuse me*

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  14. Our body is amazing and can really do a lit of neat stuff from blinking to farting to vomiting, etc.

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  15. I always experience the stomach rumble. So that means I have indigestion most of the time. I think I need to drink tea right after every meal.

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  16. It's really amazing how our bodies can function optimally since the day we're born. Putting up all these things makes us want to extend our gratitude further to our parents for bringing us into the world as perfect as we can be.

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  17. We have tackled these things back in the nursing school! It is so nice to know the reasons behind the simple things that happen to our body, which we just ignore most of the time. =)

    Do you know why peole have eyebrowse? =p

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  18. We have tackled these things back in the nursing school! It is so nice to know the reasons behind the simple things that happen to our body, which we just ignore most of the time. =)

    Do you know why people have eyebrowse? =p

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  19. Ear popping? They say that when your ear pops you have to be careful because it is a sign that you are going to be deaf.

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  20. Wow, I've got a new word to add in my vocabulary! I always just use "I'm hungry" as a term when my stomach rumbles :P

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  21. it's good to know the reasons behind those funky things happening to human body.

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  22. Funny. My left foot fell asleep while reading this. I HAAAATE that!!

    I love your scientific explanations to all these bodily functions. Glad I ate dinner before I saw your post.

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  23. Oh my Gosh. I hate vomiting! It's the most disgusting thing ever. Hehehe Sorry to say that :(

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  24. Interesting post! I hate it when my hubby farts!!! He's always sharing the blessing! lol!

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  25. Now I wonder if we can fart and burp all at the same time! It's like sneezing with your eyes wide open huh! hehe.

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  26. I first wondered what limbs fall asleep means. so that's what's is getting numb...

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  27. Such am interesting post. I really hate seeing people vomit. Nasusuka rin ako. Haha

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