Hemoglobin loves itself some oxygen…
It just can’t get enough!
Give it an inch an it will take a mile!
There are twenty five trillion red blood cells. Each red blood cell contains approximately two hundred and seventy million hemoglobin. Each hemoglobin unit contains four IRON atoms. Each IRON binds to an OXYGEN molecule.
Enough to break my calculator. Enough to break my heart? Hemoglobin has an affinity for OXYGEN. The more it gets, the more it wants. Each time a iron atom takes on an oxygen molecule the hemoglobin unfolds and takes on 3 more. Damn! That is a lot of zeros!
Each time you breathe (if you breathe) your twisted, folded, convoluted lungs come in to contact with 750 square feet of air on their surface. (How big is your bedroom? Take a deep breath)
Think about that next time you tell someone you are doing “nothing.” [The Polyphany]
Choose your own adventure. If this is getting to heavy, click link number one below for a brief musical interlude. Porky’s Groove picks it up and lays it down with, “The Funky Meditation.” They walk on the funky side of life.
(1) Keep breathing… Slow it down… Take a deep breath and count to infinity…
For those of you with a more serious ben who wish to know the neuroscience behind it. Read on young adventurers
(2) How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life: A Systematic Review on Psycho-Physiological Correlates of Slow Breathing