Why You Shouldn't Poke Your Belly Button


Have you every poked your belly button, (or have been picking lint out of it...be honest you do) and felt a weird tingly feeling? Well you're not alone and science has figured out why you shouldn't just be poking around in there all willy nilly. 

If you've never tried it...go ahead give it a shot. What do you feel?

Dr. Christopher Hollingsworth from the NYC Surgical Associates said this;

"At the navel, you have the ability to stimulate not only the skin overlying the navel, but also the fibers of the inner lining of your abdomen."

"So, as you stick your finger into your belly button, it sends a signal from the deeper fibers that line your inner abdominal cavity to your spinal cord. Because your spinal cord at that level is also relaying signals from your bladder and urethra, it feels almost the same. You interpret this as discomfort in your bladder."

If you're not following the 'sciency stuff' I'll break it down for you.

Poking your belly button makes you have to pee.

It may not work on some people, but most will feel the sensation. Which in most cases may help you overcome some "stage fright" and in other cases might make things worse.  So poke on...if you dare.