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This is why touching your belly button feels so weird

If you have ever got a weird feeling when touching your belly button, you should know you are not alone in this.

For some people, the simple touch of the belly button can trigger the sudden urge to go to the toilet. Dr Cristoper Hollingsworth of NYC Surgical Associates explained why this happens to Lad Bible. As it turns out, touching the belly button stimulates the lining of the stomach, making you think you need to use the toilet, although you may not.

“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,” he said, according to the Independent. He went on to explain that this happens because the spinal cord sends signals to the bladder and the urethra – leading people to experience bladder discomfort.

Holingsworth said that this feeling can only be experienced if you push the belly button in an especially deep manner, so that the fibers that sit behind the muscular layer of the abdomen are hit. The internal lining reached when pushing deep inside the belly button is known as the umbilicus and it is quite sensitive – which is why there’s such a strong reaction when you press it.

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