Water works magic when it comes to relaxing the body! You can typically spend hours, soaking yourself in a tub after the tedious work of a stressful day. However, there is something that you will notice once you step out of the water, no matter how long you stay in the tub. You will notice that your skin has wrinkled. This is usually most evident on our toes and fingers.
If this happens to you too, you will be curious to read the rest of the article, as it talks about why this is so.
Independent Nervous System
Our nervous system is autonomous, which means it controls some of our body’s functionalities without our permission. The Autonomic Nervous System literally keeps us alive without any particular efforts from us. Hence, regulating the body temperature is also one of the abilities of this autonomic nervous system.
When we’re in water or exposed to water, the autonomic nervous system regulates our body temperature to meet the conditions around our skin, and also gives that part of the body a grip surface that can allow us to grip things despite our wetness. Also, it allows the water to drain quickly by creating a track for it to flow down through.
The Importance of grip
While the significance of grip might not be in similitude to our need to survive because we don’t have to hunt or catch our food like our forefathers did, it is still important. We need grip to hold on to things and to stand firm, amongst many other things.
For example, catching a fish -which our ancestors did often, and which we might have to do in survival situations – is harder when there is no grip. If you have ever held a live fish or caught one, you will understand the importance of grip. Our autonomic nervous system comes to the aid when we are in such need by giving us extra grip in this situation.
Grip is also useful for climbing when the place is wet, or slippery. Although mountain climbers use extra gear for grip while climbing, the grip in their hands and feet naturally make it possible for them to hang onto the smallest bumps possible.
How sure are we?
You might feel like the information we have might just be some random assertion and speculations, but we can say that they are more. Scientists have only studied history, carried out tests and experiments, but no one was present when the human body was being designed.
Tests such as the Marble Stone test, where subjects picked some dry marbles and some wet marbles with wet hands and dry hands. The hands with grip on the wet marbles were able to complete the task faster than their counterparts without grip.
The human body is being understood by day, but we cannot say that we truly understand how the whole body works because that mystery is part of the things that make us the supreme species on earth. There may be another reason why our skin wrinkles in water, but this theory is what we have found most reasonable.