Own Olbricht sent us this summary of what your body does in a day. We thought it was worth considering the fantastic abilities of the bodies God has given us.
*Every day your heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through its chambers. *On average, your lungs take in 17,000 breaths a day with a typical lung capacity of roughly six quarts of air. *Your brain processes over 50,000 thoughts a day – 35-48 thoughts per minute. *Your stomach lining has cells which produce an alkaline substance every few milliseconds to neutralize stomach acid. The stomach would dissolve itself without its lining. *Your eyes blink 28,000 times a day, with each blink lasting 1/10th of a second. *Your body’s energy system expels enough heat to light twenty-five 100-watt light bulbs every day. *Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and you shed a million skin cells every day. *Your hair grows a millimeter a day. The average adult’s full head of hair consists of 100,000 strands. *Your liver filters 1.53 quarts of blood every minute, and every day it produces a quart of bile to help digest food. *Glands in your mouth produce more than a quart of saliva every day. *Every minute your kidneys filter 2.2 pints of blood or 3168 pints per day. They expel 2.5 pints of urine every day. *The average person will eat over 50 tons of food in a lifetime.
What your body does in a day is an excellent testimony to God’s wisdom, intelligence, power, and design.
I know you have many things to think about. However, there are many more critical things that you don’t have to think about because your autonomic nervous system is at work.
Just take a moment to think about all of the things you don’t have to think about. I mean you breathe without having to think about it—even in your sleep! Humans and animals have what is called an autonomic nervous system, and we could not live without it. It’s an amazing system in the hypothalamus of our brains that allows our bodies to perform functions without our having to think about them.
The autonomic system not only keeps us breathing while we sleep, but it also causes our heart to beat, our stomach to digest food, our pupils to adjust to changing light levels, our body to sweat when overheated, and many other things we don’t have to think about. Without the autonomic nervous system, anything we tried to swallow would get stuck in our throat because the esophagus would not push it down to the stomach. The stomach would not digest our food, and the intestines and colon would not send nutrition to our bloodstream and remove waste. Your liver and pancreas will do their jobs even if you don’t give them a thought. This amazing system allows our internal organs function without our having to think about it.