Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Living with the Dead
 
Of all the body parts of your body, what is the most adorned and well recognized? Skin. What is the subject of envy of most women? Skin. What is most admired by men? Skin.

Skin is considered the largest organ of the human body and obviously the most exposed. It functions as the first line of defense from outside invaders such as bacteria and viruses. Regulates body temperature and keeps the body’s water content intact. All these important vital functions are performed systematically by our skin thanks o the collaboration of its different kinds of cells both living and the dead.

Yes! Our skin is made out of not only the living but also is in partnership with the dead cells. A scene most commonly depicted on horror zombie movies. Wherein, the dead is partying harmoniously with the living, or the way around. Well in this case, the dead cells are doing just that.
 
According to our well-defined research. The dead part of our skin is called the horny layer which is a sub-part of a major region of the skin called epidermis. These are all located at the outer part of the skin. Meaning, this is the first barrier of the first line of defense of our body.

So why are they dead? This is due to the process of cell production within the epidermis. At first, cells are formed at the most lower region of the epidermis. As time goes by, they move outward and beyond the blue yonder. And finally dying at the outermost part and eventually shed of.

Consequently, the epidermis’ thickness is not evenly distributed throughout our body. At some parts it is at its thickest (including our palms and soles) and some it is at its thinnest. It acts as our natural armor, the region wherein more friction is being received coming from the outside world.

Alright, enough with the scientific stuff, after talking so much about the dead you might have some strange revelations running in your head right now. Nevertheless, the interaction between the living and the dead skin cells is finely orchestrated to keep us healthy as we go on through our wonderful lives. And with all this understanding begotten by us, I am afraid we just scratched the surface. We still have a lot more learning to do about our skin that is obviously more than skin deep.

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