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Colon Health – Squatting to poop


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Let’s review the mechanics of going to the bathroom. People can control when they defecate, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own.

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 1.55.24 PMThe body also relies on a bend in the rectum (where feces is stored), and the anus (where feces comes out). When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN. Some researchers have compared the anatomical predicament created by sitting on a toilet to trying to defecate through a kinked garden hose. It just doesn’t work. In the squatting posture, the puborectalis muscle relaxes allowing the bend to straighten out resulting in easier defecation. Squatting is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research shows that squatting relieves the kink effect. Also, the pressure of thigh muscles against the lower abdomen helps with exertion and elimination.

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Assuming the squat position is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research has shown that in some people, the kink is completely gone while squatting. The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation.

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There are many health benefits to squatting

Using the squatty potty provides a stable platform to elevate the feet and legs, allowing greater hip flexion and straightening out the anorectal angle (kink).

  • Un-kinking your rectum taking your body from a continent mode to an elimination mode.
  • Reduced straining and decreased pressure on the rectum.• Easier elimination and efficiency – complete emptying of the bowel.
  • Easier elimination and efficiency – complete emptying of the bowel.

Squatting reduces the time required to do our business and has numerous health benefits. We invite you to check out the research studies done on squatting. Once you have become educated, decide for yourself if the Squatty Potty is right for you.

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