The body produces waste as a normal by product of digestion and metabolism and these wastes need to be regularly eliminated to maintain optimal health.
It is natural to squat to have bowel movements. It opens up the anal area more directly. When on the toilet, putting feet up to 6 to 8 inches on a foot stool or other platform gives the same squatting effect. Stretching your hands above your head heightens the effect and makes bowel movements even easier.
Let’s review the mechanics of going to the bathroom. People can control their defecation, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on
a bend between the rectum—where feces builds up—and the anus—where feces comes out. 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.
Some of the benefits of using squat toilets are:
- Might help to build the required exhaust pressure more comfortably and quickly.
- Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete.
- Protects nerves that control prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
- Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
- Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position,
this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation.
- For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare
the mother-to-be for a more natural delivery.
- Squatting may reduce the occurrence or severity of hemorrhoids and possibly other colorectal disorders such as diverticulosis and appendicitis.
- A 2010 Japanese study on the Influence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans suggest that the greater the hip flexion achieved by squatting the straighter the rectoanal canal will be, and accordingly, less strain will be required for defecation. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1757-5672.2009.00057.x/abstract
- A 2003 Israeli study by Doctor Dov Sikirov discovered it took ‘squatters’ an average of 51 seconds for a BM while ‘sitters’ took an average of 130 seconds. http://www.springerlink.com/content/rlu7151837n07562/
A squatting platform can be made, improvised from a low stool or purchased from:
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