Chances are you’ve been pooping the wrong way all your life, and that mistake is very detrimental to your health.
Scientists at the Stanford University Pelvic Floor Clinic argued that the human body is designed for squatting, not sitting. You if you live in the Western world or at least modified many aspects on the culture it’s say to assume that your bathrooms habit is doing you harm.
The researchers found that improper fecal elimination can cause appendicitis, hernias, diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, hemorrhoids and even cancer of the colon.
The study centered on 28 people who pooped in various positions: sitting on a minimal toilet, sitting on a high toilet and squatting. The scientist discovered that individuals who pooped squatting think it is simpler to do the deed and took it less time.
“There is certainly some physiologic sense to squatting,” explained gastroenterologist Anish Sheth, MD, co-author of the books What’s Your Poo Telling You? and What’s My Pee Telling Me? “To put it simply, it straightens out the colon.”’
Everyday Health explained that “when we’re standing, the colon tract (where waste materials is stored) gets pushed against the puborectalis muscle, which will keep fecal continence until it’s time going to the bathroom. Sitting down only partly relaxes that muscle. Squatting completely relaxes it, essentially straightening out the colon tract. That, subsequently, eases the reduction pooping process.”
Bockus’s Gastroenterology, a medical text message from 1964 already discussed the problem: The perfect posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs fixed after the abdomen
There are a number of health benefits of pooping in squatting position:
1. Easier and faster excretion of fecal matter
2. Prevents stagnation of waste and therefore allows you to really clean your body, thus eliminating risk of colon cancer
3. Prevents waste from re-entering and contaminating small intestine
4. Keeps your pelvic floor protected, enhancing general prostate health and bladder control
5. Keeps your nerves in the groin area safeguarded, improving muscle control while avoiding unnecessary stretching
6. Removes pressure on the uterus
7. Trains women in natural delivery