You don’t need to be a doctor to appreciate the wonder of the human body. The body is like the perfect team, with every cell, organ, muscle having a specific and important function. We tend to take our bodies for granted, hence, our obsession with putting junk food into our mouths.
Perhaps if we understood how our whole body works, we may treat it with more kindness. We are not going to discuss human anatomy, but there are some very cool stuff we may not know our bodies do for us. Reddit asked its users to submit weird things the body does.
To be expected some of it is plain gross even it if it is for a purpose. At least now you know that when you blush, your cheeks are not the only body part that get all pink and red. Number #10 is the thing nightmares are made of.
#1. “You have a friendly symbiotic relationship with bacteria in your gut that keeps you healthy and helps you digest food. When you die, they will eat you.” – tongmengjia
This bacteria is called the gut flora. The gut flora also changes based on age, eating habits, and health. This bacteria works as a roadblock against pathogenic or infectious bacteria.
#2. “When you blush, the lining of your stomach blushes too.” – nervoushark
The stomach blushes along with your cheeks because of an increased blood flow in the body. This is caused by adrenalin being released by the body for a flight situation.
#3. “Three hundred million of your cells die every minute.” – SUPERLARGEPRINT
No need to panic, the average person has anywhere from 10 to 50 trillion cells in the body. Having said that, the body replaces and replenishes the cells that die.
#4. “After giving birth, ladies are advised [that] they don’t need to tell the doctor about the huge clots falling out their vagina until they’re bigger than a lemon.” – McSpackle
It’s normal for women to bleed after giving birth. The body is releasing all the blood, mucus and uterus tissue. Heavy blood clots may mean part of the placenta is still in the uterus, if this happens you need to call your doctor immediately.
#5. “A woman’s uterus can fall out of her vagina if the muscles are too weak… nope nope nope” – Khad1013
Uterus prolapse occurs when the pelvic muscles and ligaments become weak or stretch out. Depending on the severity of the case, the ligaments can be so loose that part of the uterus tissue hangs out of the vagina. A hysterectomy or uterine suspension surgery is required in such circumstances.
#6. “If you could scrunch together all the bacteria living on the outside of your body, they would take up about the same amount of space as a pea.” – [deleted]
It may not seem a lot but bacteria is a microorganisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The human body has different types of bacteria in the skin, lung, saliva, uterus, and mammary glands, among other areas. Most of the bacteria has a mutual relationship with the human body, meaning it’s good for both parties.
#7. “We all have mites in our eyelashes which embed their heads into your hair follicles.” – MaxQuordlepleen
They also tend to come out at night while people are sleeping to mate and reproduce. For the most part, they don’t affect people unless they multiply too much. This can cause skin and eye irritation.
#8. “Humans shed 40 pounds of skin in their lifetimes” – Honkeyass
This does not mean we are literally losing weight as the body replaces dead skin cells with new ones.
#9. “If you ever see the skull of a child, you will see teeth where I do not want teeth to be. The photographs made me so ill. Their heads are just filled with teeth!” -[deleted]
This explains why dentist say taking care of children teeth’s early on will impact the health of the adult ones.
#10. Apparently, bones can develop cancer… “This is the skull of someone who had bone cancer.” – hell_monkey
The most common type of bone cancer is osteosarcoma. The most noticeable symptom is pain that increases over time in the affected area.
#11. “Some tumors can grow teeth.” – MarkGleason
The teratoma tumours have also been known to grow hair, bone and organs. Scientists are not sure why this happens.
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#12. “Bellybuttons are gross because they’re usually not washed. Stick your finger in yours and then smell it.” – danooli
Bellybuttons are the perfect ground for bacteria to live there. The dark crevasse can hold up to 60 types of bacteria.
#13. If our body stopped making mucus, our stomach would slowwwwly digest itself. – isthisalegitpost
The gastric muscosa is a mixture of water and protein that is quite slippery. Each muscosa cell only lasts a few days so the body needs to produce more so the gastric muscosa can continue to line the stomach walls.
#14. Your body can turn against itself in auto-immune disorders effectively killing itself trying to protect itself. – rowingNevermore
Autoimmune diseases can attack any part of the body like joints, muscles, nervous system, and even the heart. Instead, of going after bacteria, the immune system attacks healthy cells.
#15. If all your muscles could pull in the same direction you’d be able to lift 25 tons – SsiRuu
There are more than 600 muscles in the body. One may assume the hardest working muscles are the arms but as it turns out it’s the masseters used to masticate or chew.