So, this is a topic that you may have never considered. And if you have, you were likely too embarrassed to ask someone about it. What am I referring to? The proper potty position! In recent months there has been some buzz about the topic, so I decided to do a bit of research of my own. What I discovered is startling and I decided it was something that I needed to share with my readers.
Here is what I discovered – If you sit or hover when eliminating, you may be causing damage to your body by not completely emptying your bowels!
Have you ever watched a young child in the potty-training phase that’s not quite ready? You know the ones… they squat behind the couch in their diaper. That’s right – squat, not sit! Squatting is the natural position used by our ancestors, until the 19th century, when the chair-like toilet was introduced to royalty.2 According to experts on the topic, squatting can help avoid some common ailments such as colon disease, constipation, hemorrhoids, and IBS.1
Concurring physician and author Dr. Mercola says there is a great deal of evidence to show that modern toilets are part of the problem that causes many of these issues. His research shows that squatting straightens and relaxes the rectum, while sitting can “choke” the rectum and cause straining, making elimination incomplete. Squatting also allows gravity to intervene and do most of the work, allows for proper position for the colon to be fully pressurized, relaxes the muscles, and unlocks the “kink”.2
So, how do we create this proper squatting position while sitting on our modern day thrones? One way is with the use of a stool that raises the knees above the hip line in order simulate the squat position.
Try it and let us know what you think.