5 Interesting Belly Button Facts: Here's To Navel Gazing

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Did you know humans are not the only species to have belly buttons? Most other mammals that have the placenta do, though their belly buttons or navels are not as prominent as ours and are tougher to locate. Here are five facts about your belly button that you probably didn’t know.

1. It’s Your First Ever Scar

Belly Button is a Scar

Your belly button is your first scar ever. While you were in the womb, the umbilical cord connected you and your mother’s placenta. This cord was cut when you were born. The result is a scar known as your belly button.1

2. It Houses 2,368 Species Of Bacteria

Belly Button Facts : Bellies are filled with bacteria

There’s a lot of bacteria living in your belly button. The dark, hidden space doubles as a great home. But this is no different than the rest of your skin! About 99.9% of these bacteria are harmless. Research proves that there are 2,368 species of bacteria swarming around in your belly button.2 And that’s more than twice the variety of species found in North American birds or ants.

3. Innies Are More Common

Innies: belly button facts

Most people have “innie” belly buttons. But a very few percentage have a belly button that sticks out. This is known as an “outie” belly button and isn’t better or worse than an innie. It’s usually caused by a tiny umbilical hernia at birth.3 In fact, most outies sink back into innies by the time you reach five.

4. It’s Your Energy Chakra For Creativity

Belly Button Facts : Major Chakra

According to Ayurveda, the sacral chakra is located in the lower belly. This is one of seven major energy points. It’s connected with your creativity, emotional well-being, and pleasures! Encouraging healthy energy flow through this chakra is important for emotional and mental health.

5. It Takes Six Months To Heal

Belly Button Piercing facts

Belly button piercings can take up to six months to heal. In some cases, it may not fully heal until one year. If you decide to get your navel pierced, avoid infections by keeping it clean. Don’t overdo it, though. Follow the piercer’s instructions and practice good hygiene.

Maybe the belly button doesn’t have any purpose, but hopefully, you can appreciate it a little more! It never hurts to know more about your body.

References   [ + ]

1. Getting to know your newborn. NHS Choices.
2. Hulcr, Jiri, Andrew M. Latimer, Jessica B. Henley, Nina R. Rountree, Noah Fierer, Andrea Lucky, Margaret D. Lowman, and Robert R. Dunn. “A jungle in there: bacteria in belly buttons are highly diverse, but predictable.” PLoS One 7, no. 11 (2012): e47712.
3. Innies vs. “Outies”. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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