Forgotten hygiene

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live”   Jim Rohn

It’s a 4 minute read.

Healthy body

Good health is not just regular exercise or eating healthy food….    Deep Khich is by Pixabay 

Some of my regular friends in WP wondered as to why I am not contributing some useful medical stuff,being in the Medical profession.

I understand,but as you already know there is a wealth of information already available on the net, and my wish, not to crowd the space further.But still I try to add one or two helpful topics.This is my 2 nd post, and the earlier post being,

Something we have been doing wrong all along

Everyone of us…I am sure ,aware of importance of Hygiene.

All of us are busy teaching our young ,the importance of not just hygiene,but also personal hygiene.

Some examples of personal hygiene include

Regular bath,Regular brushing the teeth along with flossing,Trimming the nails,Regular washing of the hands,Regular shaving of arm pit and pubic hair,trimming the nostril hair,women maintaining hygiene during menstrual time(just washing with fresh water),for men in non circumcision cases thoroughly removing the smegma,anal hygiene (washing with fresh water after defecation),keeping our nostrils clean,cleaning the external ear pits regularly etc.etc

But surprisingly our teaching to the kid  never includes HYGIENE of the Belly Button or Navel which in the medical world it is known by the name umbilicus.

How many of you stand in front of the mirror and just have a look at the belly button on a regular basis ? (Navel gazing literally !! )

Belly button,as you all know is the scar left behind by the umbilical cord Which gets removed after birth.

OK, as you are aware as the stump of the umbilical cord gets dried up it forms a pit during the process of healing.

Is there any purpose of the belly button after birth ?



It helps in dividing the abdomen into quadrants,1.helping the physician to identify the cause of the symptom,2. can be used for blood transfusion in the new-born,3.Helpful for having laparoscopic ports.4.Any bulge of the navel indicates intra abdominal pathology.

2.Fashion ,society and culture

includes Midriff,



Belly Dance


Why Hygiene of belly button important ?

1. Belly button (pit) is a source of 2,368 different species of bacteria/fungi ,waiting to strike at the next available opportunity.

2. If you are male and hairy, or a person with belly button piercing,or you are a person in the habit of liberally spraying  talcum powder on your body, you can notice over the time collection of the lint or fluff ( a mixture of cloth fibers,hair follicles) and over the time it becomes smelly and ripe for bacterial/fungal infection and later pus formation.

3. The deeper your belly button pit,the greater the collection of dirt and germs, and just like these germs make your armpit smelly, here also the germs along with dirt collection give a foul smell and soon you can notice redness of the surrounding skin,pain and even pus discharge.

Notice above how the Lint/Fluff appears.The example above is large enough to be visualised.Intially it is small in size difficult to visualise.

Fortunately hygiene aspect of belly button is easy,only if we care to follow on a regular basis.

Just watch this video and learn how to clean the belly button. ( 1 mt-40 seconds clip)

Thank you for your patient reading !

My post is incomplete if I don’t mention One Australian Gentleman by name Graham Barkers,who holds the world record for collecting his own navel fluff stuff (lint) every day for 26 years.Check the following link.

Librarian enters Guinness book of world records for collecting belly button fluff

Navel fluff/lint

Navel fluff/lint source

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

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  14 comments for “Forgotten hygiene

  1. December 27, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing an important content to us… I think belly button is the least thing people care about.. My Grandmother once said if you keep your belly button clean, you can reduce the chances of getting sick…. Great share again…!!

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  2. December 27, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    “Oh my beloved belly button.
    The squidgy ring in my midriff mutton.
    Your mystery is such tricky stuff:
    Why are you so full of fluff?”

    LOL !! Have a nice day!!!


    • December 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Wow ! wow! such a poetic expression ! My God!,you are amazing my friend!
      No surprise I admire my Knowledge Library,who is well known as Efi.
      Have a wonderful day my friend.Hi from India

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      • December 27, 2018 at 1:35 pm

        Thanks so much…I’m glad to hear your words. Really appreciate it!!! Hi from Greece!!

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  3. December 27, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Interesting, I’ve never heard any of this before.

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    • December 27, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      True.Most of us don’t even give a glance at our own belly button.if you go through the link of Graham Barker’s world record (this link I provided at the end of the post),you will be amazed how much dirt can accumulate in the belly button pit .Thank you so much Bottomlesscoffee 07 for visiting my post.

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      • December 27, 2018 at 6:13 pm

        PTP, thanks for the offer, but I think I’ll pass. I’ve seen medical journals before and it can get quite graphic very quickly!!! I don’t think I have the stomach for that right now!

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  4. Shelley
    December 28, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Oh, my, goodness, you never cease to amaze me with your posts! It had been a while (sorry!!) since I stopped by, but am glad to have done so. I learned a few new things about belly buttons today. 😉 Happy blogging to you in 2019!!!

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