We all wash our hands, polish our bodies and scrub the feet, but how often do you clean your belly button?
Your belly button is actually a scar. It is a remnant of umbilical cord from those nine months when you were in the womb. It contains dirt, sweat, dead
cells and is a home to more than 60 species of bacteria. Dirty navels can be contagious and cause yeast infections.
Here’s what to do:
- Remember, most of the microorganisms that your navel harbors live in perfect harmony with your body. Therefore, you do not need to wash it daily.
- Though it’s not important to clean it daily, your navel is worth a scrub by fits and starts.
- The best way is to gently wipe it with an ear bud dipped in soap water.
- Watch out for signs like bad odor, red itchy skin or turned out belly button. On realizing such signs, consult your doctor!
Your navel flags various signs of a disease; a protruding navel could mean an impending hernia, while an in drawn one could mean digestive system disorders.
It could be a difficult area to clean, but don’t forget to give some TLC to this important part of your body.