We’ve been pooing wrong this whole time 221



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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. IIii was ln hospital three years ago was told about thr squat and the stool i go up on my toes and lean forward it works.

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    • Yes I find that best too Pamela. Was told by a physio to do it that way.

  2. Fine for some, but when you have dodgy knees how do you stand up again?

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    • Just a small bar/grab handle on one or each wall is much better than complications with ones bowel.

  3. No it’s not a surprise, we have known that for a long time, similar thing to childbirth. Good luck to the over 60’s who can still squat but I bet there are not a lot who need too. We eat enough roughage to outsmart those problems unless meds are causing them I think.

  4. Will continue on as normal , lol

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    • Long as I can remember, I always leaned forward, to avoid my rear getting splashed. I can’t squat top save my life (but I have accidentally done it standing up).

  5. I will be doing it the same way I have for 64 years, but after finished make sure the seat is not left open, one of my pet hates have trained my grandchildren well

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  6. I’m a chronic sufferer of diverticulitis ending up in hospital 3 times in the last 18 months one doctor told me not to eat anything containing seeds another said that’s a fallacy and that your bowel mention should be the consistency of mashed potato.

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    • I was told to avoid seeds also, it almost impossible, have been using physilium husk which seems to help. I was told it should come out like toothpaste, mine never has.

    • My mother has the same thing and has been fine since she gave up eating seeds.

  7. and this is a suprise? We always had a stool in the lou, even as children, and I am a white fella (not indian or anything)

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