how well do you know your … belly button?

Ever wonder why we have belly buttons? Do you have an innie or an outie? What purpose does your belly button serve?

Here are the FAQs …

Why do we have belly buttons? Belly buttons mark the connection of a mother’s umbilical cord to her fetus in the womb. The cord serves as the unborn baby’s lifeline, providing it with nourishment and oxygen and removing waste products like carbon dioxide. The cord is clamped soon after birth and the remnant eventually falls off to reveal the belly button.

Innie vs Outie: According to information provided on his blog, Explore Plastic Surgery, Indianapolis plastic surgeon Barry Eppley, MD wrote that belly buttons vary in their shape and size. Technically a scar, the belly button’s shape can depend on how the scar attaches to underlying muscles, the looseness of surrounding skin, the fat under the skin, and how flat or protruding your belly is.

Innie’s Rule: Scientists at North Carolina University studying germs that inhabit our belly buttons found that only 4 percent of participants had outies.

Why does my belly button collect so much lint? Researchers surveyed thousands of people about their belly button lint and found that if you are male, older, hairy, and have an “innie” shaped belly button than you’re more likely to have belly button lint.

Belly Lint?!? Belly button lint can be a mixture of clothing fiber, sweat, skin cells, and bacteria that get trapped in the navel.

Should I get my belly button pierced? Carefully consider having your belly button pierced for risk of infection. Belly button piercings can take up to nine months to heal, which can make it more vulnerable to infections. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians getting pierced with a barbell instead of a ring can help reduce irritation and scarring.

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Author: Wholistic Skincare

Chicago-based natural skincare & beauty expert

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