Are you pooping wrong? Well being a part of Western civilization, it is likely that you are also pooping wrong. The scientists at the Pelvic Floor Clinic, Stanford University say that our body is designed in such a way that it is more natural for the body to squat than sit. Having a look at the history of bathroom habits, makes it all clear.
Improper fecal elimination can cause colon cancer, hernias, hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulosis.
In a study carried out in 2003, the scientists observed 28 people. They were divided in to 3 groups according to 3 different positions. The first one being sitting on a lower one, second one being sitting on a high toilet and third one was squatting. It was discovered that pooping was much easier in the squatting position and it also took about a minute less.
According to the gastroenterologist Anish Sheth, MD, Squatting definitely has some physiologic sense to it.
While in the standing position, our colon is pushed against the puborectalis muscle. This causes the fecal continence, until it’s time to go to the bathroom. Sitting down relaxes the muscles partially, and the muscles are fully relaxed in the squatting position resulting in the straightening out of the colon. This eases the pooping process.
In a standard medical text from 1964 named Bockus’s Gastroenterology it is written that squatting position is the ideal posture for defecation and the thighs should be fixed upon the abdomen. This is exactly the same way used by our ancestors for elimination.
Benefits of Squatting:
- Squatting prevents the stagnation of waste which can cause colon cancer.
- It is easier and faster to eliminate in the squatting position.
- Pelvic nerves and pelvic floor are responsible for prostate health, sexuality as well as bladder control. They are protected by squatting.
- Small intestine is protected and the waste does not enter and contaminate the small intestine.
- Squatting is helpful for pregnant women with natural delivery. It also avoids pressure on the uterus.
- Nerves controlling the prostate, uterus and bladder are protected from getting stretched and damaged.
Source: Living Traditionally