Squatting to Eliminate is Healthier
We are hardly the first to feel strongly about this: doctors, naturopaths, and assorted holistic health professionals have pointed out the hazards of the modern toilet for years. This is not the superstitious distrust of all things modern or internet quackery that one occasionally comes across in the holistic world. There is empirical evidence that suggests that elevating your feet during elimination is healthier. The problem is our modern day toilets aren’t designed for squatting.
The modern day toilet is convenient, but definitely not perfect. While sitting to do our business may be sold to us as civilized, this small change in the way we clear our bodies of waste and toxins has brought on a number of health problems that plague us today.
It’s all about proper alignment!
Your body is designed to be in the squatting position to eliminate. You can control to some extent your need to defecate by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. Our bodies rely on a bend between the rectum, where the feces is stored- and the anus- where the feces comes out.
Squatty Potty Toilet Stool Improves Anorectal Angle
When we’re sitting this bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. This creates the need to STRAIN in order to eliminate. Compare sitting on the toilet to a kinked garden hose, it just doesn’t work properly. In a squatting posture the bend straightens out and defecation becomes easier.
Assuming the squat position is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research has shown that in some people, the kink is completely gone while squatting.￼
“Because of the anorectal angle being in a kinked position while sitting you are forced to strain in order to move the bowels, which is the main cause of hemorrhoids. While squatting the angle straightens out allowing the fecal matter to eliminate quickly and easily without straining.”
Advantages of using the Squatty Potty
Using the squatty potty provides a stable platform to elevate the feet and legs, allowing greater hip flexion and straightening out the anorectal angle (kink).
Using the Squatty Potty:
- Will unkink your rectum taking you from a continent mode to elimination mode
- Will allow for easier elimination and efficiency to empty the bowel
- Help reduce episodes of constipation and help those who suffer from chronic constipation
- Reduce gas and bloating making you feel lighter & healthier
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