Breathing is the most important thing your body does. Without breathing, you simply cannot live. It's something you do without even thinking about it — unless you suffer from a lung condition that makes breathing a difficult task. There are many facts about the respiratory system and the lungs that most people are unaware of. Here's a list of from the Lung Institute with some very interesting lung facts: 1. A person usually breathes an average of 13 pints of air every minute. Non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis patients successfully treated with inhaled antibiotics. Find out more. 2. Lungs aren't the same size. To accommodate the heart, the right lung is larger than the left lung (in humans). Study find bronchiectasis risk factors identified in COPD patients. Read more here. 3. Lungs float on water! It's not something most people are aware of, but it's true. The lungs are the only organs in the human body that are capable of floating on water. Antireflux therapy may help obese bronchiectasis patients who suffer from GERD. Find out more. 4. What do lungs and a tennis court have in common? Their size! It seems impossible, but if the lungs were opened flat, they would be so big that they would cover the size of a tennis court. Study finds bronchiectasis patients have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more here. 5. Oxygen only plays a small part in breathing. The air we breathe contains 21 percent oxygen, but our bodies only use 5 percent — the rest is exhaled. Study reveals the risk factors identified for bronchiectasis in COPD patients. Read more here. 6. Seventy percent of waste is eliminated through your lungs just by simply breathing. Characteristics of bronchiectasis patients differ depending on the underlying cause. Find out more. 7. Children and women are faster breathers than men because their breathing rate is higher. Insmed acquires rights to develop investigational therapy for bronchiectasis. Read more here. 8. Humans exhale up to 17.5 milliliters of water per hour. Study finds bronchiectasis in COPD patients linked to worse outcomes. Read more here. Bronchiectasis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.