Squatting, the Best Toilet Posture

“We Ignore Squatting At Our Peril…”

The Good and Healthy posture for passing stools are one of so meaningful in our offered “Successful Balanced and Healthy lifestyle program“. Let us discover more about that?

The best posture for passing stools is squatting. In this position, waste elimination is easier, faster and complete.

Sitting, on the other hand, obstructs the passage of waste through the colon. Elimination is difficult, requires straining and can never be complete…

Many people today remain unaware that their sitting toilet pose a danger to their health and well-being.

In his book, A Guide to Better Bowel Care: A Complete Program for Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, chiropractic physician and nutritionist Dr Bernard Jensen identified the sitting toilet as a health threat to mankind:

“It is my sincere belief that one of the bowel’s greatest enemies in civilized society is the ergonomic nightmare known as the toilet or john.”

To understand why squatting is better than sitting, one just need to have a basic understanding of how the colon works…from the point where food leaves the stomach…

From the stomach, food (all mixed and ready) goes into the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed. The food wastes then goes into the large intestine or colon. When it enters the colon, it is in a liquid state.

However, as it moves through the colon, water is continuously extracted, and it turns into solid waste (stools) by the time it reaches the rectum. It is then passed out through the anus.

It is crucial that the colon can perform its role efficiently and effectively. All waste must be evacuated on a regular basis to avoid the build up of toxins. For this to happen, one must adopt the squatting position.

1) Increased Abdominal Pressure

In the natural squatting position, the entire weight of the body rests on the feet, and the thighs are pressed against the abdomen.

This creates a beneficial pressure in the abdominal cavity, which compresses the colon, creates a natural urge to evacuate and helps force waste out of the body.

But there is more…

2) Protection of Appendix and Small Intestine

The colon – which comprises the cecum, ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon, rectum and anus – is connected to the small intestine through the ileocecal valve.

The ileocecal valve acts as a one-way valve. It allows food wastes in the small intestine to enter the colon, but prevents fecal waste in the colon from leaking into the small intestine.

In the squatting position, the right thigh – pressing on the right side of the abdomen – squeezes the pouch-like cecum and force liquid waste upwards into the ascending colon and away from the appendix.

Hence, in the squatting position, the ileocecal valve is sealed securely, and both the appendix and small intestine are kept clean.

3) Release of Bend in Sigmoid Colon

The colon also a kink or bend where the sigmoid colon joins to the rectum.

In the squatting position, the left thigh – pressing on the left side of the abdomen – supports and lifts up the sigmoid colon. This raising of the sigmoid colon opens up the kink to allow waste to flow easily into the rectum.

4) Straightening of Final Pathway

Just as there is an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve), there is also an outlet valve in the colon: the puborectalis muscle.

In the sitting position, the puborectalis muscle grips the rectum in a ‘choked’ position to maintain continence (prevent accidental release of stools from the anus).

In the squatting position, it relaxes its grip so that the pathway to the anus is straightened, to allow waste to pass out freely and easily.

Truly, our colon is a marvel of nature!

The Case Against Sitting Toilets

By forcing users to sit instead of squat, the sitting toilet ignores ALL the natural requirements for effective waste evacuation:

1) Without pressure from the right and left thighs, no intra-abdominal pressure is created to facilitate expulsion of waste…
2) Without the action of the right thigh, there is no squeezing action to direct waste upwards and away from the appendix and small intestine…
3) Without the action of the left thigh, the natural bend between the sigmoid colon and rectum is not released…
4) The pathway between the rectum and anus  is not straightened…

The outcome is obvious: difficult in passing stools. In frustration, one has to strain while holding the breath in order to ‘push’ downwards with the diaphragm (Valsalva Maneuver) in order to evacuate waste.

Yet, in spite of all the straining, the colon cannot be emptied completely.

Sadly, the impact of sitting toilets on young children is more serious.

When a tall adult uses a sitting toilet, his feet rest on the floor and his thighs are raised upwards at a slight angle and brought nearer to his abdomen and chest. He can also easily bend his chest forward to bring it closer to his thighs.

(Comment: This action to close the distance between the abdomen and thighs is not the same – or does not bring the benefits – as the full natural squatting position. But it is not as bad as the totally upright sitting position.)

But for young children who have shorter legs, the story is different. With their legs hanging over the toilet bowl and feet not touching the floor, they don’t have any leverage to raise their thighs or bend their chest forward easily.

As a result, their colon is left totally unsupported.

It is worth noting that toddlers would instinctively squat, if sitting potties/toilets and well-meaning adults don’t come into the picture.

Have Interesting Personal Experiences or Stories About Squatting? Share Them With Visitors!

What You Can Do… If You Want To Squat?

The best way, if you want to adopting the squatting position for your bowel movements, is to install a squat toilet. But check with your plumber if this can be done.

If installing a squatting toilet is not feasible, you could consider ‘converting’ your sitting toilet into a squatting type, by using a toilet squatting platform.

Book Recommendation

If you like to know more about the benefits of squatting, I would recommend that you read Nature Knows Best, the first and only book on squatting in print today.

[Click here to find out more about Nature Knows Best...]

Feedback from reader:
Incredible ! I found your article on the internet while trying to find out if I was just very strange or if someone came to the same conclusion! I am a 25 years old French guy and I had a lot of constipation problem. I had always thought it was psychological: it took me a lot of concentration to manage evacuating… And I was always feeling that I was not completely empty.

As I am a big scientist I made a lot of experiments on myself trying to find a way to deal with what I thought was a psychological problem. This is what drove me to try changing my posture on the toilet, thinking it might help my unconscious problem…

First I tried to sit on the other way, like I was riding the toilet. It helped a little bit but not significantly. More recently I went to live in Mauritania, and I found out during a trip right in the middle of nowhere, that I had no problem of constipation when doing it in the nature. I first thought it was because I was far from stress and civilisation… until I tried the same position at home a few days ago: I just couldn’t evacuate in the regular position, but surprisingly, at the same moment, I had no problem when balancing up, squatting on the toilet!!!

So I think you are right, there is a mechanical problem with modern toilets!

I am very happy to have come to the end of my problem of constipation, but I don’t know if it is going to be easy, where I am not home, to perform the acrobatic squatting on the toilets that are there! The web is so incredible; it allows people to share their ideas and can really change things! Thank you for your article, I am going to send your article to my family!

Renaud

Related materials on our website:
Nine Benefits of Squatting in Toilet
For male and female it is wise and healthy always pass urine peacefully in squatting posture

Related external links:
Ross Horne’s Article on Squatting Versus Sitting
The Roadmap To Colon Health
Testimonials About Squatting
Share Your Personal Experience or Story About Squatting
Change your toilet so you can heal constipation
Squatty potty is what you need now for a healthy toilet posture

Materials are used from: http://www.toilet-related-ailments.com/squatting.html

Your ever well-wisher with love and encouragement BVG Janaka das
26 Now 2013 – http://bhls.wordpress.com

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About BVG Janaka dasa das

The counsellor, trainer and lecturer of Balanced and Healthy lifestyle, body, art, music, trance etc philosophy, psychology and psychotherapy. The leader of personal development and team building groups and private practice of psychotherapy.
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One Response to Squatting, the Best Toilet Posture

  1. Amar says:

    Baba Ramdeva – Yoga Guru also talks & recommends about it. I forgot and I came to know about it through people who heard him.

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