Death is the ultimate mystery, but did you know that our bodies are home to trillions of microscopic friends that help us function during life? These little microbes break down our food, produce vitamins, and keep us free from infection. But here’s where it gets really interesting – after we pass on, these dudes are just getting started!
When our hearts stop pumping, the bacteria dive into action, digesting the body from the inside out. And let’s just say you’ll want to cover your nose!
But there’s more. As our remains decompose, the bacteria and their fluids seep into the soil, mingling with a whole new crew of microbes. It’s a Wild West showdown, but the newcomers win the day. DNA clues show that they thrive outside the human body, turning our mortal remains into the building blocks for new life – including essential nutrients like nitrogen.
So next time you take a walk, take a moment to appreciate the little heroes that keep us weird and wonderful, even after death.