What are you made of?

by Deb on March 24, 2011

Cells

It’s not sugar and spice or even slugs and snails. People are made of:

  1. Oxygen 65% – A component of water and all sorts of other things.
  2. Carbon 18% – The basis of all organic molecules.Water Drop
  3. Hydrogen 10% – The other part of water.
  4. Nitrogen 3% – Part of proteins, which build most of the body.
  5. Calcium 1.5% – Bones and teeth, plus a major electrolyte.
  6. Phosphorus 1% – Bones and teeth, but also needed for ATP which carries the energy our cells need to function.
  7. Potassium 0.35% – Major electrolyte. This means it helps pass electrical charges such as in nerves, balances pH (acidity) and controls how chemicals move in and out of cells.Bones
  8. Sulfur 0.25% – In the essential amino acids methionine and cysteine which build proteins. Found in vitamins.
  9. Sodium 0.15% –Another major electrolyte it is important in balancing how liquids and chemicals move in and out of cells.
  10. Chlorine trace– And yet another major electrolyte.
  11. Magnesium trace – Bone structure and also muscles to stop spasms.
  12. Iron trace – Used in haemoglobin and myoglobin to transport oxygen.
  13. Fluorine trace – Bones and teeth.
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Colin Wee March 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Is that your xray, Deb?
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Deb March 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm

🙂 No, I have many x-rays but not a chest x-ray. I’d love to know what the shadow on the bottom left is, it’s in about the right position for something in the stomach.

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Colin Wee March 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

From what I can see, it’s a chest xray of a woman – with a normal heart size and a bit of scoliosis of the spine. The shadow on the left? That’s of course … a fart waiting to happen.
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Ron. March 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

What? Not snips and snails and puppy-dog tails, like my grammy usta tell me? Probably next you’ll tell me the earth isn’t flat and the sun doesn’t go around it.

Oh you whacky scientists.
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CountryDew March 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Very interesting. I didn’t realize potassium was such a large part of our makeup, though I knew it was very important in maintaining good health.
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Brenda March 24, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Very cool. I like reviewing what we’re made of. I love your intelligent site.
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Adelle Laudan March 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

lmao @ Collin 2 funny.
Very interesting T13. Have a great day!

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Dawn's Daily Life March 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Harriet March 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I enjoyed your science lesson 🙂

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mikelis March 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm

he, pretty interesting facts 🙂
it`s nice to know what actually is inside me and what gives me the possibility to exist ;D
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