We have all been pooing wrong this whole time 140



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It’s one the most natural things we do but have we been doing it wrong this whole time? According to research, scientists have found the right way to poo and the wrong way.

And it turns out we have not been doing it as we were meant to.

If you’ve ever been to Indonesia, or even India, you’ll remember those infamous squat toilets. We thought they were absurd but the position you are in on a squat toilet is optimal for defecating.

In our Western countries with knee-high toilets, it seems that these are not allowing our bowels to straighten. Our bodies are designed so that when we stand or sit down, our lower gut kinks and stops us from pooing without warning, sort of like a gate. But we’ve become accustomed to sitting down and going to the toilet, which is counterintuitive – our body is defying its natural instinct to hold it in when we sit.

According to scientists, nature has enabled us to easily poo when we squat, and doing it any other way is damaging our bodies.

““1.2 billion people around the world who squat have almost no incidence of diverticulosis and fewer problems with piles. We in the west, on the other hand, squeeze our gut tissue until it comes out of our bottoms”, Giulia Enders, writer of ‘Darm mit charme’ (Charming Bowels in German), told The Guardian. 

But all of this isn’t new – a 2003 study found that squatting to do a number two was the most satisfactory way to do it, compared to sitting. Apparently, sitting requires excessive effort whereas squatting is quite easy and requires little pushing.

So, how can you adjust your habits to protect your bowels? Enders suggests putting a little stool in front of your bowl to elevate your feet will assist.

Tell us, has this surprised you? Will you be trying the right way?

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  1. IF I could get into a squatting position, I doubt I’d get out of it.!!

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  2. 61 years of age and now I find out I’ve been taught the incorrect way to get rid of my waste……….you learn something new everyday…..not sure I really needed to know this one ……ROFL

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  3. Yes, most people know this surely! Buy a stool (no pun intended) for your loo and rest your feet on it whilst sitting so that it closely resembles a squat. This works reasonably well in this rediculously civilized world…..

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  4. On hearing this I introduced a stool stool for the loo. Well actually a suitable log from the wood heap. I think it does make the process easier if like me you suffer IBS and sometimes troublesome motion, or lack thereof.

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