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Why Squatting Over Sitting Is Better For Every One, Every Time

Fit man doing squatsEver since the water closet (or WC) was invented in the western world in the nineteenth century, it would seem that we have been going about doing something natural in completely the wrong way. But what did we do wrong?

We changed from squatting to sitting

And although you might think that is a more civilized way to behave so that you are sitting comfortably and able to even read your newspaper, book or magazine in peace, it is not the method our bodies were designed for. Our bodies were made to squat and not sit. Young children in every culture instinctively squat to relieve themselves even though it may seem strange to those who have spent their entire life deprived of the experience.

Have we suffered from all these years of using the wrong method?

So many conditions are thought to have been caused as a direct result of sitting instead of squatting, including appendicitis, colon disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, hernias, diverticulosis and even hemorrhoids and anal fissures.

Experts are backing up the current trend back to squatting

According to everydayhealthwhen we’re standing, the colon (where waste is stored) gets pushed up against the puborecatlis muscle, which keeps fecal continence until it’s time to hit the bathroom. Sitting down only partially relaxes that muscle. Squatting fully relaxes it, essentially straightening out the colon. That, in turn, eases the elimination pooping process.” While Bockus’s Gastroenterology, a standard medical text from 1964, points out, “The ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs fixed upon the abdomen.” Gastroenterologist Anish Sheth, MD and co-author of the books What’s Your Poo Telling You? and What’s My Pee Telling Me? says: "There is definitely some physiologic sense to squatting. Simply put, it straightens out the colon.” Dr. William Welles, a San Diego chiropractor, when discussing all the ailments caused by the sitting toilet – including colon cancer, hemorrhoids, hernias and pelvic organ prolapse – tells us: “At any given time in history it is possible to look back and find great faults with the habits of previous civilizations. I believe that future generations will one day look back at our aberrant habit of using the modern toilet – and cringe.”

There are 7 main advantages of squatting

1. Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent "fecal stagnation," a prime factor in colon cancer and more. 2. Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine. 3. Protects the pelvic floor. 4. Protects the pelvic nerves that are responsible for prostate health, bladder control and even sexuality. Also protects the nerves of the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged. Relaxes the puborecatlis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence. 5. Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diveticulosis and pelvic organ prolapse. 6. Provides a highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids.

And number 7 and perhaps most important of all?

In pregnancy, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet while daily squatting helps prepare for a more natural delivery.

How do you squat?

The easiest way is to use a Squatty Potty which is especially designed for your comfort while naturally putting you in the perfect squatting position for quick, easy elimination. And the design complements your bathroom while the Squatty Potty can be conveniently stored under any toilet. squattypotty1