Thursday, 22 August 2013
Health Alert: You're Pooping Wrong! This Is How You Poop Properly
We're Taking a Crap 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.
How to Take a Crap Properly
Stanford University has revealed a new study that shows squatting is the proper and recommended way to go to the bathroom. What's more astonishing is that this study isn't new. According to Henry L. Bockus in Gastroenterology, the standard textbook on the subject:
"The ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs flexed upon the abdomen. In this way the capacity of the abdominal cavity is greatly diminished and intra-abdominal pressure increased, thus encouraging expulsion ...".
The reason is because of the puborectalis muscle.
This muscle acts as a sling for your rectum and maintains continence. When we sit down on the toilet, the hold on the rectum is loosened, but only partially. In a squatting posture, the hold is completely relaxed, allowing for an easier release of your bowel.
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.
It's never easy to change the way we've done something for such a long time. I'll put this whole thing in perspective—
We sit comfortably on the toilet just like we comfortably eat junk food. We eat junk food because it's easy to get and tastes delicious. Our current bathroom posture is easy to do, comforting and we can even text while doing it. Junk food isn't good for you though. Carrots, spinach and peas are good for your body, but people don't like the taste. Squatting is the equivalent to this—it's the not-so-great tasting vegetables that keep us healthy.
We've already begun to change the way we eat, so why not change the way we poop. The great people at Squatty Potty have created a stool that allows you to squat on your own toilet and create your own stolls. Heck, you can even improvise and make your own stool for better stool-making!
It may be awkward at first, and a bit embarrassing, but it's good for you. Health is one of the most important things in our lives, so why not make your life better?