[FACT OR FAKE #17] Squatting Is Better Than Sitting At The Bowl

Have you ever wondered if sitting or squatting when pooping is better? We got out of our comfort zones to find out.

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Fact or fake? Squat position promotes complete bowel emptying

As seen from the diagram, squatting actually straightens and relaxes your rectum.

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Evidence suggests bowel and pelvic problems may be related to improper potty posture. Only with the traditional squat position is your body aligned in a way that promotes complete bowel emptying.

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Ailments like constipation, hemorrhoids, and appendicitis have increased since the adaptation of the modern toilet

Health problems potentially stemming from the sitting position include the 15 outlined in the table.

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A wide range of health problems have been associated with the transition from squatting to sitting - two common problems are hemorrhoids and constipation.

Infants of every culture instinctively squat to relieve themselves

Although it may seem strange to someone who has spent his entire life deprived of the experience, this is the way the human body was designed to function.

Ancient public toilets are actually squat toilets, they weren't used in a sitting position

Pictures of ancient public toilets tend to confuse westerners, who assume that they were used in the sitting position. This impression is often reinforced by the pose of a comical tourist. But, in reality, these are squat toilets.

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The ancient Romans used the posture shown above (Togas were more convenient than trousers, and provided some degree of privacy.)

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Ancient toilets are elevated, not for sitting, but because there is an open sewer underneath. The cutouts in the vertical wall allow people to clean themselves with water, which is done from the front when squatting.

FACT: Squatting is better than sitting in the toilet. What are its advantages?

According to an article by Nature's Platform's Jonathan Isbit, squatting offers seven advantages.

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Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent "fecal stagnation," a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Another advantage of squatting? Killer thighs!

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Squatting gives killer thighs.

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An alternative, especially for elderly folks, to squat safely and comfortably

A squatty potty.

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A contractor designed the Squatty Potty to help his mother get closer to the squatting position on the john.

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