Monday, September 03, 2012
I like the site Listverse.com. You really ought to go there. Last week they featured a list of 10 Amazing Facts About Our Bodies.
In number 9 they talked about our "second brain". It is in out alimentary canal -- from our mouth to our anus. It doesn't contain memories, but it there are about 100 million neurons. It may be responsible for our feelings of butterflies and the gut-punch feeling we get at bad news. But it also may be responsible for our moods when we eat. It seems our big brain may have nothing to do with our cravings.
Number 1 talks about how for each pound of fat, our bodies produce about 7 miles of blood vessels. As our bodies lose weight those blood vessels get reabsorbed by our body. It's not just the excessive weight we carry that affects our coronary health, it how much blood vessels we need to push our blood through.
The article was interesting all around, but those two really caught my interest.