You ever find that the urge to poop comes along but by the time you get to the toilet it all of a sudden fades away? Do you have trouble pinching one out after eating a large pizza? While the common explanation is it is all do to the food you eat, the truth is, many of your problems may actually step from the toilet itself. In fact, if you squat to poop, you’ll find that many of those problems you face on the toilet start to fade right away.
Though the concept of pooping wrong might sound like some sort of sick fetish, you may be surprised when you look more into it. According to today’s doctors, people have been pooping wrong since the invention of the toilet. This is due primarily to the fact the toilet puts sitters at a 90 degree angle, which actually works to constrict the anal canal (yes, that is a real thing) and block your feces from coming out properly. When you squat, you instead release the tension from the puborectalis muscle, allowing poop to flow freely. In addition to faster bowel movements, if you squat to poop you will also help avoid many of the common bowel illnesses that are prevalent in America today. Of course, you might have seen that there are commercial solutions to this problem now as well.
Alright, it’s not really an app, but there is actually a product out there to help. Introducing, the Squatty Potty:
Yes, that may be one of the most brilliant advertisements ever devised, but as you know now, it is not wrong either. Squatting while you poop can improve your health and ensure you are processing your food properly. So, if you find that getting an easy-to-pass stool is hard, you might want to soften it up by picking one of these up.
While male children are all obsessed with talking about poop (okay, all males are always obsessed with talking about poop), the truth is adults should be able to look at their poop and identify if something might be wrong. As a general rule, you should consult this chart to help give you an idea of the different types of bowel movements you might take.
If you fall within type 3, 4, or 5 for your usual bowel movements, you can take some comfort in knowing you are doing it right. Otherwise, you might want to start taking the advice to squat instead of sit. For more details on how to improve the health of your poop, you should actually read the full article put forth my Dr. Mercola on the subject.