How Dominoes Affect Your Body

Dominoes are a family of games played with a set of pieces shaped like rectangles with a line down their center that separates them into two squares. One side of each domino has a pattern of spots, called pips, like those on a die; the other side is blank.

Each domino has its own unique value: a domino with six spots on both ends is called a “double-six” tile, and a domino with a single spot on each end is a “double-blank” tile. Traditional domino sets have a variety of combinations, from one to six spots, with larger sets containing more than 200 tiles.

Some of these pieces are made from different materials, like glass or wood, and they have differing weights and thicknesses. Some dominoes are very heavy, while others are light.

When a domino falls, it causes a chain reaction. The first domino, which is usually the heaviest, pushes down the next domino and causes it to fall in turn. Much of the potential energy stored in the domino–the energy that stood it up, against the pull of gravity–is converted to kinetic energy, the energy of motion (see Converting Energy).

The chain reaction is reminiscent of nerve impulses in the brain. Those pulses travel down the long axons of nerve cells, which in turn send signals to other nerves in your body.

Once the axons of one neuron pick up that signal, they carry it across your spinal cord, down the nerve to your muscles and into your organs. The nerves in your arms and legs then move the signals to your heart.

Another way that the nervous system transmits information is through chemical messengers, such as hormones. During pregnancy, for example, the mother’s estrogen level rises, which in turn causes her ovaries to produce more eggs.

Other hormones, such as testosterone and somatotropin, cause your body to grow. These changes trigger the release of proteins that help your body to build bones, ligaments and muscle.

When you exercise, for example, your body releases these chemicals, which can help your muscles develop. Those proteins also cause your kidneys to filter and purify blood, removing waste products that could harm your health.

These hormones are released by the pituitary gland, which is part of your thyroid gland. Your body’s metabolism then takes over, turning the hormones into fatty acids and glucose for energy.

In addition to promoting the growth of your muscles and the release of energy from your heart and kidneys, fatty acids are key components in the production of new neurons that are important for the communication between your brain and your other cells. These neurons, in turn, use nerve signals to communicate with other nerves in your body and make decisions.

Because the nerves that connect your brain to your heart and muscles are so closely connected, they can send signals across your whole body. When you exercise, your heart rate increases and your muscles contract. This movement stimulates the release of neurotransmitters that tell your body to send those messages to other nerves, which in turn activate more and more neurons.

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