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Why Squatting is better

Why Squatting is better

Sitting on a modern toilet places your knees at a 90-degree angle to your abdomen, which actually hinders elimination by pinching off your anal canal, as illustrated in the image below.

Squatting on the other hand, places your knees closer to your torso, and this position changes the spatial relationships of your intestinal organs and musculature, relaxing and straightening your rectum. As a result, you maximize the efficiency of elimination.

Importantly, this prevents faecal stagnation and the accumulation of toxins in your intestinal tract that can fester and contribute to bowel problems and a variety of discomforts.

In fact, non-Westernised societies, in which people squat rather than sit, do not have the high prevalence of bowel disease seen in developed nations; in some cultures with traditional lifestyles, these diseases are virtually unknown.

If you have trouble with bowel movements, I highly recommend giving the squat position a try!

One simple device is a foot stool that allows you to get into a more natural squat position without renovating your entire bathroom and  converting to a hole in the ground, which is what you’ll find in some non-Western countries.