Recently I have noticed a new product being advertised and that is the Squatty Potty
– wonderful name and such a good idea for putting you in a natural squatting position (for those all important bowel movements) rather than the normal western method which indirectly can actually lead to hemorrhoids, anal fissures and other problems.
The Squatty Potty - new and innovative but of course as old as the hills
A squat toilet is the name given to a toilet used by squatting rather than by sitting. It is also known as an Arabic, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Iranian, Indian, Turkish, natural-position toilet or a Nile pan. Although there are several types of squat toilets, essentially they all consist of a hole in the ground! The only exception is a "pedestal" squat toilet, which is the same height as a sitting toilet.
There are many problems with sitting instead of squatting and these are not limited to bowel movements alone. Women who squat will often find that their urinary flow is stronger and easier with the bladder being emptied more completely. This can actually reduce the chance of cystitis and urinary tract infections which affect so many women.
Other problems that squatting instead of sitting can resolve
- Protecting the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
- Securely sealing the ileocecal valve which is between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during a bowel movement, perhaps contaminating the small intestine.
- Relaxing the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
- Using the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause such problems as hernias or pelvic organ prolapse.
- Providing, a highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids as shown by published clinical research.
- Avoiding pressure on the uterus in pregnant women when using the toilet. In addition, daily squatting helps prepare the mother-to-be for a more natural delivery.
- Avoiding constipation by allowing complete elimination during a bowel movement. Unfortunately, constipation is a common problem in the western world due to an often unsuitable diet lower in fiber, too little exercise and other poor lifestyle choices. Constipation is the primary cause of hemorrhoids and/or anal fissures which can be very painful conditions with considerable discomfort.
- Eliminating completely can maintain good colon health because many studies have pointed to fecal buildup in the colon as a cause of diseases including colon cancer. Such build up also means that we do not absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat.
- Supporting the female pelvic organs which straining on a toilet can cause to prolapse or slip out of place. The “sitting” position causes a great amount of pressure on the anorectic angle of the colon so that the lower part of the colon can drop and protrude into the wall of the vagina. Pelvic floor nerves can be protected by squatting for bowel elimination. Men can also suffer from pelvic floor disorders.
Think about changing the way you carry out this important body function – along with some lifestyle changes - as it may make all the difference to your health!
Perhaps future bathroom designs and trends will reflect such a squatting component?