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Process of moving air in and out of the lungs

  • Breathing involves absorbtion of Oxygen into the body, exhaling Carbon dioxide out of the body.
  • Breathing process also results in loss of water from the body.
  • Ten muscles are used for inspiration while eight are used for forced expiration.
  • Conscious control of breathing is common in many forms of meditation such as Yoga.
  • 300 million alveoli may be found in a pair of human lungs. 1500 miles of airways are present in human lungs.
  • Human beings breathe an average of 12 times a minute.
  • We breathe out more than 800 litres (282 cu ft) of air in a 24 hour period.
  • Heavy physical exercise considerably increases breathing activity.
  • 70% of our body waste comes out in the process of Breath. Other modes of coming out include Skin (20%), Urine (7%) and Feces (3%).
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