FAMILY HEALTH

Do You Know Your Body Well Enough? Take this simple test to find out! read

Dec 28 2020

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The human body is the most fascinating, complex, and incredibly fine-tuned creation of nature. Multiple functions being carried out inside the human body that contributes to the proper functioning of every organ. A slight disturbance in the delicate balance can lead to numerous problems. Hence, it is vital to know some of the organs or functions and what role each one plays.

It’s easy to take your body for granted but if you stop and think about it, you will realize that a lot goes on behind the scenes so that you function the way you do. Here are a few questions about some critical functions happening in your body. See if you know who is taking care of them!

1. Which tiny cells absorb the oxygen that you breathe from the lungs and carry it to every part of your body?

  1. White blood cells
  2. Red blood cells
  3. Epidermal cells

 

2. Which highly specialized tissue in your eye helps you see things by capturing images like a camera film?

  1. Retina
  2. B. Diaphragm
  3. C. Tympanum

3. Which organ in your neck produces voice and also controls its pitch and volume?

  1. Pharynx
  2. Trachea
  3. Larynx

4. Which gland in your abdomen produces the critical hormone called insulin so that your body can effectively utilize sugar?

  1. Pituitary
  2. Thyroid
  3. Pancreas

5. Which tiny structure in your heart generates impulses to keep your heart beating rhythmically?

  1. SA (sino-atrial) node
  2. Left ventricle
  3. Mitral valve

 

Know Your Body: ANSWERS

1. B. Red Blood Cells — Red blood cells are the chief carriers of oxygen in the body. On the other hand, white blood cells play an important role in fighting infections by creating antibodies. Epidermal cells are found in the top layer of the skin.

2. A. Retina — You can see things because of the retina. It is a highly specialized tissue in your eye that forms an image of the object and transmits the information to your brain. The diaphragm is a large muscular structure separating your chest from your abdomen. Tympanum (the ear drum) helps in hearing.

3. C. Larynx — The larynx or the voice box is made of several cartilages and folds. The vibration in these cartilages and folds produces voice. The pharynx is the upper broad structure placed between the mouth and food pipe. Trachea or windpipe is the tube that transports oxygen to the lungs.

4. C. Pancreas — Insulin is produced by the pancreas. It also produces a lot of enzymes that help in digestion. Pituitary gland or the master gland, is located at the base of your brain. It produces hormones that regulate the production of other hormones. The thyroid gland is located in your neck. Thyroid hormones play an important role in growth and metabolism.

5. A. SA Node — It’s a small structure that works as the heart’s primary pacemaker. If the SA node fails, the heart has a backup in the form of the AV node. The left ventricle is a hollow chamber from which blood is eventually pumped out of the heart. Valves in the heart, including the mitral valve, prevent the backward flow of blood within the heart.

These are just some of the contributors that help maintain the proper functioning of the human body. There is a lot more that goes on inside and it is essential we learn and acknowledge every part of ourselves.

 

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