Hair Loss and The Human Body

It astounds me on a daily basis how much the human body can cope with. The human body is underestimated and we all take it for granted not understanding all the processes it has to deal with just too simply function. I came across an amazing explanation of the human body processes shared by my favourite authors and researcher, Phillip Day. Here are some of the amazing facts about your body.

There are in the human body 600 muscles, 1000 miles of blood vessels, and 550 arteries important enough to name. The lungs are composed of 700,000,000 cells of honey comb, all of which we use in breathing, equal to a flat surface of 2,000 square feet, which would cover a city lot. In 70 years, the heart beats 2,500,000,000 times, and lifts 500,000 tons of blood. The nervous system, controlled by the brain has 3,000,000,000,000 nerve cells, 9,200,000,000 of which are in the cortex or covering of the brain alone.


Hair Loss and The Human Body:

  • Digestive System – Almost 3 pints of saliva are swallowed every day, and the stomach generates daily from 5 to 10 quarts of gastric juice, which digests food and destroys germs
  • Skin – The skin, spread out, would cover 16 square feet, it has 1,500,000 sweat glands which spread out on one surface, would occupy over 10,000 sq. ft., and would cover 5 city lots
  • Hairs on the average head – 250,000
  • In ten years, the average man shaves off a pound of whiskers
  • A fingernail or toenail takes about 6 months to grow from base to tip
  • A human being loses an average of 40 to 100 strands of hair a day
  • A person will die from total lack of sleep sooner than from starvation, death will occur about 10 days without sleep, while starvation takes a few weeks
  • Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people
  • Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels

By age sixty, most people have lost half of their taste buds. By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat some two-and-a-half billion times (figuring on an average of 70 beats per minute.) Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell. Babies are born without knee caps, they don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age. Every person has a unique tongue print. Every square inch of the human body has an average of 32 million bacteria on it. Fingernails grow faster than toenails. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour – about 1.5 pounds a year. By 70 years of age, an average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin.


Humans shed and re-grow outer skin cells about every 27 days – almost 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.

If it were removed from the body, the small intestine would stretch to a length of 22 feet. If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation. If you go blind in one eye, you’ll only lose about one-fifth of your vision (but all your depth perception.) In a lifetime the average US resident eats more than 50 tons of food and drinks more than 13,000 gallons of liquid. It takes 17 muscles to smile, 43 to frown. Jaw muscles can provide about 200 pounds of force to bring the back teeth together for chewing. The ‘funny bone’ is not a bone, it is a nerve.


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Hair Loss and The Human Body