Did you know that you may poop wrong? However, you are not the only one because Western civilization pooped wrong for many generations. According to Stanford University scientists, our bodies are in the way that we should poop while squatting, not sitting. If you do not believe this fact, take a look at the bathroom habits history, it will all make sense.
Did you know that if you eliminate faeces improperly you may catch some of the following diseases: inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids, hernias, colon cancer, appendicitis and diverticulitis?
All these health complications because of improper fecal elimination!
In a research, conducted in 2003, 28 people were observed while pooping in three different positions: sitting on a high toilet, squatting and sitting on a lower toilet. The researchers found out that the process of fecal elimination in squatting position lasted shorter than other positions. The difference was about one minute, plus participants claim that it was much easier to do.
“There is definitely some physiologic sense to squatting,” says Anish Sheth -- gastroenterologist and co-author of the “What’s your poo telling you?” book.
According to “Everydayhealth”, while we stand, the colon, where all the waste is stored, is pressed against the puborecatlis muscle. This position keeps the fecal continence exactly until it is time to go to the bathroom. Sitting down will only partially relax that muscle. On the other hand, the puborecatlis muscle is fully relaxes while squatting. This is because in this position the colon is essentially straightened. This is why pooping in squatting position is easier and faster. According to Bockus’sGastroenterology, the most ideal pooping posture is the squatting one, where our thighs need to be fixed upon our abdomen.” This is the exact way our ancestors did the process of fecal elimination until the middle of the 19th century.
Squatting position health benefits
- Makes elimination easier and faster.
- Prevents colon cancer caused by waste stagnation.
- Prevents the waste from entering and contaminating the small intestine.
- This position will provide protection for the pelvic floor and nerves which are responsible for bladder and prostate health. They are also responsible for sexuality.
- Protects nerves which control the uterus, bladder and prostate from becoming damaged and stretched.
- When it comes to pregnant women, squatting position can help with natural delivery. This way you will avoid applying pressure onto the uterus while using the toilet.
Source: Living Traditionally