Why You're Probably Pooping Wrong (And How to Fix It)

You might be pooping wrong. That is, you’re probably pooping wrong if you aren’t using a squatty potty on your traditional toilet. These are big claims, especially if you’ve been pooping your whole life (which you have).

Traditional toilets cramp our intestines, making it harder for our stool to pass through. Squatty potties, on the other hand, allow our insides to straighten out–which is how we’ve been pooping since the beginning of humanity: by squatting. 

The squatty potty isn’t much more than a white stool (no pun intended) that sits underneath your toilet. By placing your feet on the stool, you automatically move yourself into a position in which your colon is gently compressed and elimination is made easier. Squatting is especially beneficial for people who suffer from constipation–simply place your feet on the stool, relax, and you’re good to go. 

Here are 3 reasons to try out the squatty potty:

1. Prevent Colon Disease

Colon disease is on the rise, and much of this can be attributed to our lifestyles. A study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that colon cancer is increasing due to sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition, excessive weight, and low fiber in our diets. While we are in control of most of these factors, adding a squatty potty to your daily regimen can help reduce chronic constipation, which is a high risk factor for colon disease and colon cancer. 

2.  Reduce Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the rectum or anus that can bulge due to straining during elimination. Often the stress of constipation can cause us to strain so that these stretch to the point of bleeding. Introducing a squatty potty can ease constipation, allowing your body to do the natural work of pooping. 

3. Help with Pelvic Floor Issues

Those suffering from pelvic floor issues–which, as Squatty Potty points out, is one third of all American women–can find relief in the squatty potty. Often the drop of the pelvic floor can cause constipation, which a squatty potty can help eliminate. 

Several manufacturers now produce variations of the squatty potty, but to save money, simply take a stool into the bathroom with you next time. Not only will you save time–try it if you don’t believe me; the amount of time you spend “reading” in the bathroom will be cut in half–but you’ll be healthier for it, too.

For more information, check out this website. Or, simply head to your local hardware store.