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Why Should You Squat To Poop?

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The squatting position is a more natural position. It can help avoid colon disease, constipation, pelvic floor and similar issues. In Ayurveda, elimination of poop is integral to one’s well-being and squatting position is called ‘malasana’ in yoga. Squatting might stave off hemorrhoids by making defecation easier and reducing abdominal pressure.

Experts have pointed out that the squatting position is more natural and can help avoid colon disease, constipation, hemorrhoids, pelvic floor issues and similar ailments. In fact in Ayurvedic traditions, elimination of poop is integral to one’s well-being and the squatting position is called as ‘malasana’ in yoga.

People can control their defecation, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But the muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on a bend between the rectum and the anus. When we’re standing up, the extent of this bend, called the anorectal angle, is about 90 degrees, which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps feces inside. In a squatting posture, the bend straightens out, like a kink ringed out of a garden hose, and defecation becomes easier.

Proponents of squatting argue that conventional toilets produce an anorectal angle that’s ill-suited for defecation. By squatting, they say, we can achieve ‘complete evacuation’ of the colon, ridding our bowels of disease-causing toxins. Squatting does provide health benefit in the form of hemorrhoid prevention.

Hemorrhoids may be brought on by pregnancy, obesity, and receiving anal sex. It affects as many as half of all Americans by age 50. But, the main cause of hemorrhoids is usually straining during bowel movement. Straining increases the pressure in your abdomen, causing the veins that line your anus to swell. In hemorrhoid patients, those veins stay swollen and sometimes bleed. In theory, squatting might stave off hemorrhoids by making defecation easier, reducing the need to strain and decreasing abdominal pressure.

 

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Allegra Morell
Allegra Morell 5pts

Shayna Zara maybe this is what theyre doing at work..

Shayna Zara
Shayna Zara 5pts

I actually think they are lol but how do they do that over the toilet seat? I would be afraid of falling in lol

Shayna Zara
Shayna Zara 5pts

Yeah exactly \U0001f602 so many dangers

Allegra Morell
Allegra Morell 5pts

I know or missing and landing on the floor.. \U0001f626\U0001f626\U0001f62c\U0001f62c

Shayna Zara
Shayna Zara 5pts

Or what if it goes on the wall like what we saw at the mall \U0001f602

Peter Ries
Peter Ries 5pts

What are fat people with arthritis supposed to do?

Gigi Miranda
Gigi Miranda 5pts

Cracked me up Darlene Rodrigues \U0001f602

Annacath Charles
Annacath Charles 5pts

So modernisation isn't always been right. I did test it putting a yoga block under my feet on a standard toilet. What a difference!

Karen Koenig
Karen Koenig 5pts

We need a stool in the secret bathroom lol Chelsey Morrison Keri DeWall Amanda Welch Bonnie Dowson Horn

Aastha Bahl
Aastha Bahl 5pts

Nihal Peters the explanation behind that drawing in Piku \U0001f602

Jazmin Bree
Jazmin Bree 5pts

Ricardo Avila lol maybe if you do it like this you won't take so long lol

Stacey McCutcheon
Stacey McCutcheon 5pts

Girl .. You know I'll try anything .. Had a groupon lol. Felt like lost 5lbs that day lol

Stacey McCutcheon
Stacey McCutcheon 5pts

I did a colon irrigation last week.. She says that the way you poop .. Helps lol

Agnes Enid
Agnes Enid 5pts

Time to bring out the stool... Literally! Wow - lol

Sarah Phelps
Sarah Phelps 5pts

being healty is a wonderful thing part of life especilly when you are past 80

Melissa Mac
Melissa Mac 5pts

Anything to help me go more and better I'm down to try

Suraj Khanna
Suraj Khanna 5pts

Sometimes pics with ur post are really very interesting.

Monique O'Byrne
Monique O'Byrne 5pts

Think I'd need to be a little more coordinated to achieve this.

Zaina Dellaquila
Zaina Dellaquila 5pts

I guess the next health trend is to install the squat toilet like so many countries in Asia or Turkey !! Lol

Anannya Pearl
Anannya Pearl 5pts

Us humans in the east always knew since pre historic times :)

Anannya Pearl
Anannya Pearl 5pts

Majority of us Indians always had only squat pot on the floor. Good daily exercise for knees too!

Allison Meeks
Allison Meeks 5pts

Just have em squat off the edge of the bed with the camode bucket there. Hold their gait belt from the opposite side of the bed. \U0001f609

Debra Waters
Debra Waters 5pts

I think I'm the only one on my unit who hunts down step stools for my patients to help them 'assume the position!' LOL!

Lauren Michelle
Lauren Michelle 5pts

We have first hand experience that this is in fact true! Lol

Kamal Randhawa
Kamal Randhawa 5pts

Lmao! Well who actually sits straight up on the toilet like in the picture? We all bend forward a bit making the step stool in the second pic not necessary. ..hahah

Abby Brabenec
Abby Brabenec 5pts

Ayla Cat Hannah this is what I was talking about Brenna

Salman Akbar
Salman Akbar 5pts

The best way is to keep your left palm on your stomach's left side a slight push it in and your Right palm on the right side of your Forhead where you feel the vein pulsing and sit the way Adim is telling you to, it means you are doing it the way Muslims are Taught to do so.

Salman Akbar
Salman Akbar 5pts

Again..... Thats what the Muslims are told to do so since 1400 years ago.

Rita Ryder
Rita Ryder 5pts

Guess we will have to reinvent the outhouse for this.....!!!!

Phillip A. Urban
Phillip A. Urban 5pts

I always do when I'm camping. I've not figured out how to do it on the toilet yet\U0001f602

Denise Huddleston
Denise Huddleston 5pts

i've seen everything now!!! even to teach us how to pooh,lol

Paris Swan
Paris Swan 5pts

Muslim ppl known that 1400 years ago ! Omg

Aniseh Yassin
Aniseh Yassin 5pts

Sara Mellberg Fd Melin Sara Hed Rann Christer Lindgren no cmnts hahah

Marian Winslow
Marian Winslow 5pts

She needs a new butt, that one has a crack in it!