It may seem a bit too much work to squat every time you need to go to the bathroom, so why do it? Simply put, it is healthier.
Squatting is what humans (and most animals) have done for thousands of years before the invention of the modern toilet. Ailments such as constipation, hemorrhoids, and appendicitis have increased since the adaption of the modern toilet. Research shows that our bathroom posture plays a bigger role in these ailments than a lack of dietary fiber. This awesome video explains everything in more detail.
Revelations can change your entire outlook on life and what I am about to tell you is one of them.
We're Doing It the Wrong Way.
Yeah, you read that right. The way we go to the bathroom has been incorrect since the rise of the western civilization and the creation of the modern toilet. Have you ever noticed that when a toddler gets ready to poop he/she squats. Yep, I noticed that some toddlers go to a quiet corner and squat, while others just squat right where they are. Then when they poop they are upright again. Who taught them to squat? Mother Nature of course. Why?...because that is the natural thing to do...the healthy way to poop.
Simply sitting upright while trying to go can lead to problems such as straining, hemorrhoids, bloating, and constipation, due to the angle the anorectal canal is in that position. This ergonomically designed stool, which is low enough to tuck right under the bowl when not in use, is high and strong enough for you to push against with both your feet to be able to effectively mimic a natural squat posture for consistently more fruitful and effortless bowel movements.
It can also help women with urinary difficulties who have had trouble completely emptying their bladder and can reduce both the frequency and intensity of episodes of urinary tract infections.
Don't Just Sit There!
How bathroom posture affects your health
Shortly before Christmas in 1978, the leader of the free world came down with a severe case of hemorrhoids. The pain was so bad that President Carter had to take a day off from work. A few weeks later, TimeMagazine asked a proctologist named Michael Freilich to explain the president's ailment."We were not meant to sit on toilets," he said, "we were meant to squat in the field." He's probably right.
Michael Freilich isn't the first doctor to suggest that sitting on toilets—a recent phenomenon, stemming from the invention of the flush toilet in 1591—might be unhealthy. By the 1960s and '70s, the idea was relatively commonplace. Architect Alexander Kira argued in his 1966 book The Bathroom that human physiology is better suited to the squat. According to Bockus's Gastroenterology, a standard medical textfrom 1964, "the ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs fixed upon the abdomen."
A "more natural" posture wards off all sorts of health problems, from Crohn's disease to colon cancer.
There's now some empirical evidence for the claim that defecation posture affects your body. The more extreme assertions about squatting—that it helps to prevents cancer, for example—remains true for many who dodged the colon cancer bullet. When it comes to hemorrhoids—a painful swelling of the veins in the anal canal that affects millions of people worldwide. New research suggests that you may want to get your butt off the toilet.
Let's review the mechanics of going to the bathroom. People can control their defecation, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can't maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on a bend between the rectum—where feces builds up—and the anus—where feces comes out. When we're standing up, the extent of this bend, called the anorectal angle, is about 90 degrees, which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps feces inside. In a squatting posture, the bend straightens out, like a kink ringed out of a garden hose, and defecation becomes easier.
Conventional toilets produce an anorectal angle that's ill-suited for defecation. By squatting, they say, we can achieve "complete evacuation" of the colon, ridding our bowels of disease-causing toxins. Squatying will make defecation more complete, and less people will become sickened by their colons. Squatting also provides another health benefit in the form of hemorrhoid prevention.
Hemorrhoids may be brought on by pregnancy, obesity, and receiving anal sex. But the main cause is straining during bowel movement. Straining increases the pressure in your abdomen, causing the veins that line your anus to swell. In hemorrhoid patients, those veins stay swollen and sometimes bleed. In theory, squatting might stave off hemorrhoids by making defecation easier, reducing the need to strain and decreasing abdominal pressure.
An Israeli doctor named Dov Sikirov tested this idea for a 2003 study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences. He had several dozen patients defecate in each of three positions: sitting on a 16-inch-high toilet, sitting on a 12-inch-high toilet, and squatting over a plastic container. He asked his subjects to record how long each bowel movement took and rate the effort required on a four-point scale ranging from effortless to difficult. Sikirov found that, when squatting, subjects averaged a mere 51 seconds to move their bowels, versus 130 seconds when sitting on a high toilet. And as they moved from a sit to a squat, subjects were more likely to rate the experience as easier.
Then last year, a group of Japanese doctors extended Sikirov's findings by looking at what happens inside the body while people squat and sit. For a study published in the medical journal Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, six subjects had their rectums filled with a contrast solution and then released the fluid from a squatting or a sitting position while being filmed with X-ray video. Image analysis showed that the anorectal angle increased from 100 degrees to 126 degrees as the subjects moved from a sit to a squat. The researchers also recorded abdominal pressure, and found that the subjects were straining less when they squatted.
Squatting streamlines defecation and reduces hemorrhoid risk. It's easier to actually move your bowels while you squat. How hard could it be? For most of human history—several hundred thousand years—we've squatted. Today, 1.2 billion people still squat because they simply don't have a toilet, while many, many more in Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe use toilets designed specifically for squatting.
So try it—each morning for a week, following your regular routine, before or after breakfast. You can improvise, but make sure to order your Squatty Potty...real soon. You'll begin to wonder how you managed sitting all this time. Yep, it will make you wonder what have you been leaving behind...inside your colon.
The original squat to poop toilet stool
Experience the benefits of healthy toilet posture. The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault;
it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the
natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Squatty Potty toilet stools help you
simulate a squat position for a faster and more effective elimination.
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The Squatty Potty is a wonderful health aid for the entire family. The Squatty Potty helps you to eliminate faster and more complete by putting your body into a natural squatting position over your own toilet. Using the Squatty Potty during elimination will un-kink your taking your body from a continent mode to an elimination mode. This will speed up the elimination process therefore reducing the risk of toxic build up of fecal matter left in your colon.
Using the squatty potty for elimination will reduce straining and decreases the pressure. The reduction of straining will help to heal and prevent hemorrhoids. It will also reduce the risk of bowel herniation and other damage to the lower digestive tract. The Squatty Potty is attractive and will discretely tuck under your toilet bowl when not in use. Its designed with a forward slant to ergonomically align the body for a comfortable and complete elimination.
Children love the Squatty Potty. It is an excellent toilet training aid. It provides them with a place to support their feet which helps to remove the fear of falling. They also don't have a need to hold onto the dirty toilet seat for balance.
The White Plastic Squatty Potty is very durable, and easy to clean. Made of durable hard Polypropylene plastic. It is 7 3/4" high at the back and has a slight forward slope to 6 3/4" in the front. The Squatty potty is not a stepping stool and should only be used around the base of your toilet.
Article Excerpted from:
http://www.mistybluecancercare.org/blog/why-squat-because-squatting-is-the-proper-and-recommended-way-to-go-to-the-bathroom and http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2010/08/dont_just_sit_there.html
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