Have you ever wondered if our modern toilets are designed properly for us to use? Those of you who are parents know how difficult it was to potty-train your little ones. Did you notice that even very young children instinctively squat when they need to go to the loo? Did you know that Chinese kids are potty trained really early? “[…] the child was wearing kaidangku, trousers made to gape open along the butt seam when a child squats. That way, he can relieve himself anywhere, quickly with no mess, and parents don’t have to race to remove pants and underwear. […] many Chinese parents have their children potty trained to some degree before the age of eighteen months, if not much sooner.” (Mei-Ling Hopgood: How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm, And Other Adventures in Parenting.) Now I don’t want you to start making kaidangku pants. ;o) What I am getting at is that we are designed to squat while going to the bathroom, not sit as when we sit in a chair or on a toilet for that matter. Why?
The Interesting and Simple Science behind Sitting and Squatting:
When standing or sitting the bend (anorectal angle) in your rectum holds the anal sphincter in a position (it is bent) where the feces is kept inside. Just picture a bend in your rectum, where your feces are held above the bend. So when you are trying to go to the bathroom (sitting on the toilet) you have to really push and strain in order to eliminate. The feces have to go through that bend. That’s why you have to push, strain and sometimes spend quite a long time sitting on the toilet. This can be also one of the reasons why people get hemorrhoids, experience pelvic floor issues, bloating or are constipated.
What you need is a proper colon alignment when going to the bathroom! That is done by squatting. When you squat the rectal bend (anorectal angle) simply straightens out, making room for the rectum to relax and to get rid of the feces quickly without any pushing and straining. There is no bend in the way. A squatting position also decreases pressure in the rectal and anal veins. Gravity takes care of it. That’s it! Squatting is natural, without any strain and pain.
I admit I had issues with going to the bathroom myself until I healed my gut with Nutritional Therapy, nutrient-dense, properly prepared foods and some whole-food supplements. But there was still something missing. I did not like that fact that I still had to push and strain sometimes. Many people shared the same issue with me, so I looked into it and found a great product called SQUATTY POTTY! It is a stool that enables you to squat while sitting by elevating your feet and resting them on that stool while using the toilet! The Squatty Potty actually helps you align your colon properly as described above so you can experience quick bowel movements without strain and pain! The Squatty Potty design is practical too. It simply slides under the toilet so it is not in your way. Children can use it as well. My family has been using it for a few months now and all I can say is WOW! It really does work! I recommend you try it and see for yourself! Please, let me know what you think!
Anna Simpson is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is the owner of a nutritional consulting business, Well Beyond Nutrition – Nutritional Therapy with Healing Foods. Anna is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
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