Ten Captivating Facts About Respiration

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1. Respiration is the intake and outflow of air through breathing.
• Taking in oxygen and releasing of carbon dioxide is the basic process of air exchange mechanism.
• It is an automatic and continuous process of all living organisms.

2. Respiration takes place in the alveoli.
• The main organ for respiration is the lungs and is composed of millions of alveoli (structural unit).
• The gas exchange site for mammalian respiration is in the pulmonary alveoli.
• These are specialized structures made up of collagen and elastic fibers that stretches when filled with air during respiration.

3. Respiration nourishes your blood.
• Blood comes in two distinct color of red, bright and dark.
• Oxygenated blood is bright red and an unoxygenated blood is dark red.
• The oxygen you breathe in diffuses into the circulating blood and flows to the lungs (via pulmonary arteries) to bathe itself with oxygen which makes up your hemoglobin.
• These are iron-containing red blood cells are responsible for the transport of oxygen to the tissues all over the body.

4. Respiration is possible with the aid of accessory muscles.
• It is initiated by the muscles under your lungs, the diaphragm.
• The diaphragm facilitates the rise and fall of the chest during respiration.

5. Respiration aims to cleanse the air entering your body.
• The air you take in during respiration are often not as pure at it seems.
• It might have particles like dust that lingers around.
• Before entering the body, it passes through the nose and filtered by cilia (tiny hair structures found in the nose).
• Unwanted foreign particles may be expelled out through the body’s protective reflex from irritants, sneezing.
• The air is then moistened and heated into the nasal passage (windpipe) before the body can utilize it.

6. Respiration is compromised with bodily system disorders.
• Breathing is the most vital physiologic mechanism that supports the body’s metabolic processes.
• Respiratory ailments can make breathing difficult due to constriction of air tubes or maybe impaired structures secondary other medical condition.
• Thus, may lower oxygen concentration in the system.

7. Respiration is an important process in balancing nature.
• Respiration and photosynthesis are complementary to each other.
• The air you breathe out (carbon dioxide which is a waste product of metabolic processes) is essential to maintain environmental equilibrium.
• Green plants are replenished by carbon dioxide.

8. Respiration and breathing techniques can avoid post operative complications.
• Patient’s active role is important ensure a fast post operative recovery.
• Atelectasis is one of the common complication after undergoing major surgical operation.
• It is characterized by partial (or complete) collapse of a lung or lobe of a lung.
• Deep breathing causes an increase in lung volume and make your chest expands
• Lung expansion technique like deep breathing keep the organ inflated during the healing process.

9. Respiration techniques to relieve stress.
• Stress management aims to help you calm down after an encounter with unpleasant situation.
• Abnormal breathing like rapid and hyperventilation are examples of stress response (fight-or-flight).
• Proper breathing exercises and deliberately changing breathing pattern control your nervous system (involuntary functions) and promote relaxation which is sometimes immediate.
• These skills are learned and mastered with practice over time.

10. Respiration is the motor of life.
• All living organism is composed of cells.
• These cells depend on the chemical energy complex cellular metabolic processes.
• Respiration at intracellular level makes the necessary conversion of energy required by cells to function normally.

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