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how do lungs work?
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The cells in your body
need oxygen to function
properly. Your cells also
produce carbon dioxide
which must be removed
from the body. The main
function of the lungs
is to bring oxygen into
your body and remove
carbondioxide.
1
Air is
breathed in
through the
mouth and
nose.
We breathe in
and out about
22,000 times a
day, processing
about 300 cubic
feet of air.
2
After entering
the nose or the
mouth, air travels
down the trachea
or ‘windpipe’.
Over 90% of your
energy comes from
your breathing! Pretty
impressive, right?
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4
The trachea divides
into two breathing
tubes called bronchi,
one leading to the left
lung, one leading to the
right lung.
The bronchi
then divide into
even smaller
tubes called
bronchioles.
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6
The
bronchioles
end in tiny air
sacs called
alveoli.
Around
each alveoli
are tiny blood
vessels called
capillaries.
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Oxygen enters the
bloodstream through
the capillaries, while
carbon dioxide
exits the bloodstream
through the
capilliaries.
Blood that has
picked up oxygen in
your lungs goes to
the left side of the
heart and is pumped
to the cells around
the body.
As blood delivers
oxygen to the cells in
your body it picks up
carbon dioxide and
returns to the right
side of your heart.
Your heart then
pumps the blood to
your lungs, to get rid
of carbon dioxide and
pick up more oxygen
for the process to
start over.
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