The limits of the human body.

Holding your breath for 20 minutes or refraining from sleeping for 11 days are weird record, but what are the exact limits of the human body?


Food, water, sleep, and breath is essential to the support of human life. While other organisms can survive for long periods of time without these necessary things, human life without these four basic factors, according to science, is not possible.

But in reality, how long a person can live without one of these sources that support life? Where is the limit? Obviously, if someone is trying to bring an absolute rule, soon there are exceptions.

Run: a life without food

While many have resorted to fasting to improve health or religious reasons, this period of life without food usually does not last long. People who go without food for several days or weeks and suggests that the practice improves health and adds energy, later still resume usual diet. Some use fasting for political protest — not eating in order to attract attention to a particular issue.
However, after a month due to lack of food the human body is depleted. In two months, or a little more in death. Lack of water can lead to death, even for a short time.

However, a long-standing record, according to which a person can live without food and water for longer than we can imagine. Adhering to the ancient Chinese system of perfection — the monk decided to retire for meditation in a remote cave or mountain — before it was a problem of food. Living in a cave cut off from civilization, he had no means of physical support on the way to enlightenment.

According to oral tradition, in order to avoid problems of delivery of food, monks practiced running (which literally means "without seed." Is not tied to the human world monk mysteriously could eliminate the biological need for food and water, though it could continue its practice for decades. According concepts of modern biology, is not feasible. But apart from these records that modern science can not recognize whether there real evidence that the human body can overcome the need to eat?

Beginning in 1926 (an event that is denied by scientists), a woman named Teresa Neumann lived without food for 35 years until his death. Not long ago, in 2005, scientists reported a young Nepali Buddhists Ram Bahadur Bomzhone what was in meditation without food and water, sitting in the shade of a large tree, more than eight months. A fence separated it from the hundreds of followers, who began to worship this strange man. Even the Discovery Channel filmed it for four days, to ensure the reliability of this case.

Sleep Deprivation

What can we say about the dream? Can someone avoid obnovitelnogo process in which all people in need every day?
Certain animals, such as fish or ostriches, have the ability to sleep only one hemisphere of the brain, whereas the other hemisphere is awake, to protect themselves from predators. Then they switch, allowing the rest the second hemisphere. Thus, they carry out their daily sleep cycle.

A person deprived of this ability. Usually night without sleep increases susceptibility to stress and significantly slow down the reaction, two days — increase these effects. However, what the "official" limit of sleep deprivation?

Over the last century, many have attempted to hold out for several days without sleep. After experiencing hallucinations and short term memory loss, the 17-year-old Randy Gardner in 1963, managed to stay awake for 11 days. Although Guinness World Records no longer keeps track of high scores out of sleep, some have tried to break the record of Gardner. However, none of them can compare to the 66-year-old Vietnamese peasant Ngoc Tai. After experiencing a fever in 1973, Ty can not fall asleep for 35 years, but not as you wish. Medicine, folk remedies, alcohol could not end his sleepless existence.
Do Ngoc Tai — medical anomaly? How can the human mind to live without sleep for over a week?

Every breath that we make

While some organisms, such as, for example, anaerobic bacteria, feel great in the environment without oxygen, people can not say that. Most people try to hold their breath under water: a few minutes need for air takes over and forces emerge for precious oxygen. This year, the magician David Blei still amazed the audience, breaking the world record for holding your breath — it lasted 17 minutes without oxygen. But if he has reached the limit of the human?
According to some records, the Indian yogis were buried in the ground or submerged in water for a few days, denying the scientific knowledge about the saturation of oxygen molecules.
People are generally interested in the limit of the human body, and some people who experience them, stunning and admired. However, sometimes the records are beyond the limits of the possible, and the results become difficult to understand.
When someone can overcome the need for the four factors necessary for life — of course, not taking into account good set of tricks — it forces to think that, instead of them can support the body.

Category: People, psychology, health

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