Did you know that squatting is the ideal way to eliminate? It’s true! Our ancestors had it right… And many cultures around the world CONTINUE to get it right. The modern sitting-toilet, or “throne,” was introduced to England’s upper-class in the 1800’s. People began to consider sitting-toilets as “civilized,” and now most Westerners wouldn’t consider pooping any other way! But there IS another way, and it’s better for your health. How to poop:
The physiological benefits of squatting to eliminate:
Simply put, squatting prevents straining. Straining to pass a bowel movement can result in pelvic organ prolapse, hemorrhoids… Even heart attack and stroke!
In addition, squatting helps you eliminate your bowels completely. This prevents constipation, bloating, and gas. Thumbs up for a flatter tummy!!!
Time to get a bit science-y.
Feces are stored in the rectum before leaving the body through the anal canal. The puborectalis muscle — part of the pelvic floor — loops around the base of the rectum and creates a bend or a “kink” in the rectum. This “kink” is called the anorectal angle. Are you able to keep your underpants clean? If so, you can thank your anorectal angle (and your anal sphincter). They are largely responsible for helping you maintain fecal continence (and PREVENTING messy pants).
The anorectal angle puts upward pressure on the rectum. This keeps your feces inside your body and creates the need to strain to evacuate. Keeping your feces inside your body is GREAT when you’re not able to use the toilet, but when it’s time to eliminate, it’s important to relax the puborectalis muscle and INCREASE (STRAIGHTEN) the anorectal angle in order to PREVENT the need to strain.
As stated in Squatty Potty literature, “in the squatting posture, the bend [the anorectal angle] straightens out and defecation becomes easier. Squatting is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research shows that squatting relieves the kinked effect. Also, the pressure of the thigh muscles against the lower abdomen helps with exertion and elimination.”
I can attest: Bowel movements when using the Squatty Potty are quicker, smoother, and more efficient. A person close to me (I shan’t name names) was astounded when his typical 20-30 minute bathroom visit turned into a minute-long process. (I think he was actually disappointed that he was done so quickly! No time to catch up on the latest on CNN!)
The Squatty Potty fits neatly underneath the toilet bowl, and the company carries designs that fit with nearly any bathroom style or decor. Before using the Squatty Potty, I used a simple step stool from the drugstore. It did NOT snug up underneath the toilet like the Squatty Potty — it was much more obtrusive and I frequently tripped over it.
In addition, the step stool I used in the past was not wide enough to mimic a true squat. My feet were always close together when using the step stool. With the Squatty Potty, my feet are able to sit comfortably FLAT on the stool, they are positioned far (at least shoulder-width) apart, and my spine is easily lengthened. The end result? Everything “comes out” smoothly and completely. The only downside to the WIDTH of the Squatty Potty is that I often have to remove my pants and underwear completely due to the width of the foot placement. No more pulling down the pants and “going…” The Squatty Potty usually requires doffing the bottom half of my clothes.
It’s not just me who likes the Squatty Potty!
Below is a comment from a friend of mine who purchased the Squatty Potty this summer and has been loving it ever since.
“I DIG the Squatty Potty, we all do here! My husband is in LOVE with it, too! So much that I honestly can’t figure out how we lived (or pooped) without it before. While it is true that a cheap Ikea bought step stool will do the trick, the real Squatty Potty is much better for the grown-up bathroom and looks more grown-up too. I prefer the bamboo model, medium height for us. I also have the big plastic one but can’t really use it as it turned out to be way too high for our toilets as the toilets are actually already fairly low by modern toilet standards (most of them are fairly old and they did not use to make them super high back then, I think).
Also, the Squatty Potty was the thing that finally convinced my 5 year old to poop on the toilet instead of the training potty… YES!!!!! Without the Squatty Potty it was super uncomfortable for him to poop on the toilet. Kids are way smarter than adults who just give up on being comfortable and body conscious, it seems!” -J.M.
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