The Hidden Physics Behind Your Breath

The Hidden Physics Behind Your Breath



You breath all the time, whether you think about it or not. But how does that even work? And what is breathing for? Patrick’s got all the answers to your oxygen-deprived questions in this episode. And yeah, there’s physics involved.
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So far, we’ve discussed blood a lot in this series, but take a deep breath in and exhale because in this episode we are exploring the respiratory system.

Breathing is one of the few things we do continuously, every day, without thinking about it.

Our bodies, like other vertebrates, depend on oxygen to run our normal aerobic metabolisms. And though some of our bodily processes happen without oxygen, we still need to burn some oxygen in order to really take advantage of the food we eat. Meaning at some point, we need to start pulling oxygen from the air and depositing it into our red blood cells.

And this biological process really depends on nothing other than good old physics. Those ideal gas laws you might have learned in high school? Dalton’s law? We see a beautiful example of them in the simple act of taking a breath.

Find out more about all the hardware involved in breathing; why oxygen is so important; and how we pluck it from the air around us in this Human.

#breathing #lungs #respiratory #health #human #seeker #physics #science

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How the Lungs Work

“Your lungs are a pair of pyramid-shaped organs inside your chest that allow your body to take in oxygen from the air. They have a spongy texture and are pinkish-gray in color. The lungs bring oxygen into the body when breathing in and send carbon dioxide out of the body when breathing out. Carbon dioxide is a waste gas produced by the cells of the body.”

Respiratory System: Our Avenue for Gas Exchange

“The human respiratory system is a series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide. The primary organs of the respiratory system are the lungs, which carry out this exchange of gases as we breathe.”

Anatomy of the Respiratory System

“The lungs take in oxygen. The cells of your body’s cells need oxygen to live and carry out their normal functions. The lungs also get rid of carbon dioxide, a waste product of the cells.”

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SassyShawnie
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SassyShawnie

* When a YouTube channel tells you the difference between knowledge and education * me: intelligent . You are the best @Seeker

Shrinath Poojary
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Shrinath Poojary

Except now you're are definitely thinking about it. 🤯😅

jupersan
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jupersan

And what happens with the hydrogen in the air when they get to the alvioli?

stirchronic
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stirchronic

WHAT A CHAD

235WTF
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235WTF

Im thoroughly impressed….
You literally told me NOTHING about breathing…
What about Swara yoga where your nostrils change dominance affecting your brainwaves.
What about oxygen saturation called the tranquil breath where your heart pauses…..
Do you know anything about breathing……

espeon753
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espeon753

He is such a pleasure to listen to… and to look at ☺️

Charry Eden Lipay
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Charry Eden Lipay

Sir, does that mean other gases aside from oxygen are also transported to the tissues?

Jeffrey Fredricksen
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Jeffrey Fredricksen

That ravioli joke was so bad I might unsubscribe.

roma gluskin
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roma gluskin

Thanks for the explanation!
One question though – isn't the logic of "partial pressure" valid also for the Nitrogen and other molecules in the air ? Why does only oxygen come through ?

Shovon Sarkar
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Shovon Sarkar

Upside down tree..huh? 😏

prdi ludi
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prdi ludi

Not sure if meditating gonna become easier or harder after this knowledge.

वैभव भारतीय
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वैभव भारतीय

🧠

micromelis
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micromelis

Those graphics have me sitting here imagining inhaling and exhaling everything in McDonald’s PlayPlace.

Aniket K
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Aniket K

Where are all those NOTCH HATERS

Đức Ngô Minh
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Đức Ngô Minh

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Juned Khan
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Juned Khan

Biology: Interesting
Chemistry: OK
Physics: The Bully

Zed Eon
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Zed Eon

Thank you seeker now I have to breathe manually

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1stplace2nd

This mans education did not go to waste!!! He is definitely a masterful illustrator of a topic he obviously loves!!

Give this man an award!

mefsh
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mefsh

Everybody watched this video in discomfort.

Justin BentRails
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Justin BentRails

I tried cutting out my addiction to oxygen and stopped breathing this chemical. But that's when my memory gets a bit foggy, and I passed out. When I woke up, I was back on the stuff. 😖

Omar Bassam
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Omar Bassam

And this amazing mechanics of breathing and all other astonishing systems in the body has came by (random mutations with one over gazillion chance each time)…stop laughing on your selfs

David Aguirre
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David Aguirre

An episode on what happens to our body when we go scuba diving please? How come our internal organs still function underwater with all that difference in external pressure? Thanks!

BlueSky
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BlueSky

Im i the only one who learned this in school?

Alvy Hoksbergen
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Alvy Hoksbergen

Oxygen doesn't burn

Phantom Genius
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Phantom Genius

This whoooole video got me focused on my breathing

Phar2Rekliss
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Phar2Rekliss

Next Episode: How Corona Virus COVID 19 disrupts lung function

France Jr Sanchez
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France Jr Sanchez

He cute 😍

swapnil rajkhowa
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swapnil rajkhowa

Corona after entering human body: let's hijack the whole respiratory system.

Philip Anthony Kenny
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Philip Anthony Kenny

👍

juntoalrizal
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juntoalrizal

The human body is amazing. Bill Bryson’s book on the body gave me a lot more appreciation for it. Don’t take it for granted!

Martin Hunt
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Martin Hunt

Can humans break it down electrolytes

Rapid Action Animations
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Rapid Action Animations

Boyle’s law!

David Henry
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David Henry

OH MY GOSH IM BREATHING OXYGEN RIGHT NOW!!!!

Terry Nokleby
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Terry Nokleby

I would prefer to get a bit more in depth about the subject of blood and cell operations internally.

David Muniz
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David Muniz

OK, so what I got from this is that Taco Bell causes high air pressure in our lower system and the pressure difference between our anal cavity and the atmosphere is what causes high pressure gas to be released. May or may not contain solids and liquids too, but that's besides the point.

Creative Tagged
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Creative Tagged

What is breathing for?
Me: 🤔 uhhh I ain’t no doctor or anything like that, but one would assume LIVING!

Harsh Bandodkar
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Harsh Bandodkar

Best explanation bro

TheQwixilverBandit
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TheQwixilverBandit

what? I thought this was anatomy showing up in a physics video… I've been trolled here haven't I? 😒

Jānis Rišis
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Jānis Rišis

We eat them in pancnakes.