Why you should never poo without using a stool
Did you know that we as humans are actually designed to squat when we poop? Our ancestors did it and so do most of the World’s population today. I bet you remember the shock the first time you seen a hole in the floor when abroad. They know the importance of Squatting and how this makes it easier and healthier on your body to pass stools.
So why do we start our children off correctly, using a potty in squat position and then we 'civilize' them and re-train them to sit on the modern toilet? CRAZY! Why are so many totally aware of the importance of the position that we poo in?
So does a stool help you poop?
Yes, squatting puts less strain on the large intestine and is the best position for bowel movements. This is how we are actually designed to poo.
Some researchers at Squatty Potty, have compared the anatomical predicament created by sitting on a toilet to trying to defecate through a kinked garden hose. It just doesn’t work. The bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the faeces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN.
Squatting helps to open the colon fully and it takes your body from continence mode to elimination mode. Therefore reducing straining and decreasing pressure on the rectum.
Why using a stool to poo is so important for your pelvic floor.
We know that 50% of women suffer with weak pelvic floor issues. A large number of women are affected by constipation and this puts a huge amount of strain on the pelvic floor. How many times have you rushed doing a poo because you needed to be somewhere? How many times have you strained doing a poo? All without much thought for the pressure this puts on your pelvic floor?
Health Benefits include relief from:
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
• Pelvic Floor Issues
So protect your pelvic floor, take the pressure off, and get your feet up and poo the correct way.
This is the link to the Squatty Potty or if you just want a basic stool, I recommend this one. I have one in each bathroom and I encourage my sons to use it also. They are also fold up which is handy.
Tip: When out and have no access to a stool such as in a hotel, use the small bin to put your feet up on. You can also lean back and hug your knees. The idea is to have your knees higher than your hips.