Facts and figures
- We breathe about 22,000 times every day.
- People exhale up to 17.5 milliliters of water per hour.
- 70% of waste is eliminated through our lungs by mere respiration.
- Children and women breathe faster than men, their respiratory rate is higher.
- The left lung is smaller than the right lung to accommodate our heart.
- Lungs can hold 1 liter of air and are the only organ capable of floating on water.
- The air we are breathing contains 21% oxygen, of which our bodies use only 5%.
- We can live without one lung.
- It is estimated that there are 300,000 undiagnosed asthmatics in the Czech Republic
How do lungs work?
Understanding how our lungs work is a great start to taking better care of them. Every part of the human body needs oxygen from the air we breathe to survive. At the same time, it helps protect the body from external attacks. Most of the time we don't even realize that our lungs are working. Yet they can be damaged in many ways, which can reduce the efficiency of oxygen uptake from the air and removal of waste carbon dioxide.
Our breath and our lungs are essential for the proper functioning of the human body.