Gravity- it’s a given- we can be short people or we can be tall people- it depends on the effects of Gravity on our bodies? Read what I found out today. a very interesting article on Gravity.

The Low-down on Gravity

You can’t see, touch, taste or smell it. Yet we can feel its effects every day and experience its cumulative damage on our bodies over a lifetime. No other force affects us so dramatically.

What force are we referring to? GRAVITY.

When an apple fell onto his head and he formulated the law of gravity, Sir Isaac Newton began to understand the role of gravity in controlling the moon’s orbit. However, Newton probably didn’t realize the profound effect of this force on the human body.

Perhaps, the most noticeable effect of gravity on the body is compression of the spine. Our spine consists of vertebrae and sponge-like discs. The downward force of gravity causes the discs to lose moisture throughout the day, resulting in a daily height loss of up to 1/2″ – 3/4″! The moisture returns to the disc overnight, but not 100%. Over a lifetime, a person can permanently lose between 1/2″ – 2″ in height!If you’re still unconvinced about the power of gravity, consider this: astronauts grow two inches while in space! During weeks in orbit, astronauts’ discs continue to absorb moisture from the blood stream. With no gravitational pull to squeeze moisture out, the discs remain plump, making their spines longer and themselves taller. In fact, space suits are designed to accommodate the extra two inches spinal stretch.

So this means that on planets with little gravity, the people are very tall, right? and on planets like ours, Earth, everyone is very short. Right? So then we’ll know when our planet is losing it’s grip on gravity, then. Everyone around us will start to stretch and become taller. And children will grow to be taller. Or is this just a stretch of the imagination?


2 thoughts on “GRAVITY- SHORT OR TALL?

  1. Pingback: What Is Gravity, and Why Does It Cause The Apple To Fall? | Chris Thompson

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