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What happens after death?
It's a very interesting topic indeed... after death experiences. Some people might find it depressing but, we have to accept that death and dying are inevitable part of our lives. We can never escape it. It's better not to avoid accepting it. So, we are all aware of what happens to the physical body as such after death. You are considered to be clinically dead when your heart stops beating resulting in no blood flow to the brain leading to the ceasing of all brain activity. You would be amazed to know that there are certain bodily functions that still go on in a dead body even for hours, days or sometimes weeks!
Check out 10 such functions that continue after death...
The bacteria in your gut don't die with you when you are dead. It's very much alive eating through the intestines' lining. More of the putrid gas is created, and the bacteria exit our corpse gradually.
Peeing is controlled by the same part of our brain that regulates breathing and our heartbeat. Peeing is an involuntary function. After the death of the brain, there is a relaxation of the muscles leading to the opening up of the urinary sphincter. This causes people to urinate even after death.
Waste is eliminated by the body under stress. After the death of the body, the production of gas inside the body pushes any remnants in the colon out. This can occur even hours after death. Unhappily, one of the few last things we do in life is this!
Imagine, you are returning after paying your last respects to a dead body, only to hear it groan from behind. You would definitely freak out! Why for that matter anyone will. It would be like a scene straight out from a horror movie. But, actually this bodily function is quite common. This happens due to the lungs getting compressed because of the contraction of muscles and the build-up of gases leading to the last remnants of air getting squeezed out of the mouth.
Even though you stop breathing, and your heart stops beating, the brain can stay alive for a few more minutes. During this time period, it searches for oxygen and nutrients for staying alive. You can make it stay alive for a few more days with the right drugs. Doctors have a chance to save you, although this isn't guaranteed.
Among many other unpleasant side-effects, muscle contraction is caused by Rigor Mortis. Certain reflexes are retained by the muscles after death. The brain is not involved. It can lead to movements, spasming and twitching in the dead bodies making it look as if it was alive.
Postmortem erection is a death erection. It is also known as 'angel lust'. It occurs when a man dies face down or vertically. Yes, this actually happens and it is something we want to forget soon enough!
Skin cells can stay alive for quite long time after death. As they are located on the outside of the body, they take in oxygen through osmosis.
When pregnant women died, gases that get built up inside their body expelled out the fetus. The term 'coffin birth' was coined long back before quick burials and proper methods were used for embalming.
We have a misconception that hair and nails continue to grow once you die. You might just be seeing the skin retracting after losing moisture. Nail or hair tissue being produced is not new.