This may sound funny, but did you know that there is such a thing as the best way to poop? Yup. There is. Really. But before I get into this Squatty Potty review I need you to know that this is the best move you’ll ever make with this ultimate toilet stool. Hey! Look at the cute unicorn. Now back to the real business of poop talk…
Ever been in a conversation when someone brings up the topic of going number two? Of course you have, so you know how just that one word, the P word can silence a whole room.
If you tend to shy away from the subject, I encourage you to come along as we stretch our comfort zone and talk about some poops.
I have been wanting to write this post for some time because
- Far too many people think it’s totally normal to poop once a week
- Americans need to get over their phobia of poops
- Plus, I’ve been waiting for a reason to talk a lot of sh!t…not really, but it just seemed natural
Why is it that we all know elimination is a necessary physiological act, yet some of us act like we’re exempt – you know who I’m talking about…‘who me?’ Right! I mean we all know that everyone has to poop yet we are still embarrassed about it.
I mean I get it: it’s obviously not the most attractive thing in the world, and the smelly aftermath can be a little, er…off putting at times (Unicorn Gold, pretty please – there’s that magical unicorn again). About that aftermath – seriously, c’mon guys and gals, just face it – it’s just the way it is and it’s a normal, natural, and healthy fact of life.
And seriously, not pooping, or not pooping the easy way, puts you in a world of hurt and sadly many people know the feeling all too well. So if you don’t want to be part of that club, read on to find out about a much easier movement.
What’s Really Going on Behind Closed Doors?
Did you know that between 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases with health care costs reaching over a staggering $142 billion? Chronic constipation alone affects more than 60 million people. There are a whole slew of digestive diseases included in these stats and the following is just a snapshot of a few.
Chronic Constipation is the culprit behind things like having fewer than three bowel movements a week, going longer than three days before eliminating, straining more than 25% of the time, passing hard, small, dry stools, and incomplete evacuation more than 25% of the time (meaning you had a bowel movement and still feel the urge to go but are unable). Experiencing two or more of these for more than 3 months is considered chronic constipation.
Hemorrhoids…I know, I know, this one particularly makes people squeamish. But here we go…sitting on the toilet for long periods of time straining to defecate will cause pressure to build up on this tissue resulting in swelling and stretching which can result in hemorrhoids. This can cause itching, rectal pain, and bleeding during bowel movements. Other causes of hemorrhoids include pregnancy/labor, and being overweight.
IBS or Inflammatory Bowel Disease symptoms can range from mild to severe and thus are often overlooked. Common symptoms include bloating, gas, abdominal pain/cramping, diarrhea, and constipation. Sadly this is one of the most common disorders people visit their doctor for at 2.4 to 3.5 million annual visits per year. This condition affects almost twice as many women as it does men. Listen up ladies.
Diverticulitis happens when pouches form in the wall of the colon, feces get trapped in the pouches which allows bacteria to grow which can lead to inflammation or infection. Symptoms include belly pain that is sometimes worse when you move and is usually on the lower left side, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, fever, chills, nausea, sometimes vomiting, and lack of appetite. This can be extremely painful.
What Can Be Done About it?
Our efforts to prevent, manage, and hopefully reverse digestive disorders lies in our ability to have healthy consistent bowel movements on a regular basis. It is detrimental to our health to learn how we can make the most out of poops and stop being ashamed to talk about it.
There are some important things to do if you want to be on the road to prevention:
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a whole foods high in plant fiber from whole grains, vegetables, and fruits
- Exercise regularly
- Reduce stress
- Utilize proper toilet posture
The best way to prevent digestive disorders is to keep things simple. Hydrating your body hydrates your bowels and prevents stools from becoming hard, dry, and compact. Feeding your body whole unprocessed foods high in fiber adds bulk which is necessary to move waste through the colon. Exercise, especially yoga, gets things moving and aids elimination. Stress reduction allows you to release tension everywhere in the body, including your digestive system.
But not a lot of people realize the importance of natural pooping posture.
Squatty Potty to The Rescue!
Hate to break it to you but you’ve been pooping wrong all along. Don’t feel bad, I was too, back in my pre-Squatty Potty days. So…to sit or to squat? In primal times we squatted to poop. We do it when we’re in the woods camping. Other civilized cultures do it. Tribal cultures never stopped doing it. So why did we?
Fast forward to the invention of the western toilet. While that shiny bowl appears nice, and we have evolved to love it (I’m not gonna lie there were times when I missed it while squatting all day long over holes in the ground in Southeast Asia) the truth of the matter is that it plays a key role in many of our digestive woes. Sitting on the western toilet forces us to miss the boat on proper toilet posture. We have invented something that regresses us to a state that never should have existed, and is totally ineffective.
Like all organs and systems our colon is designed to function a specific way. When sitting on the toilet the natural kink in your colon only partially relaxes keeping the flow of waste blocked. Squatting allows the muscle to fully relax. Which means no more kink. Which allows the colon to empty quickly and completely. In layman’s terms = no more straining. Quick and easy bowel movements. Yes!!!
This quick video illustrates it ever so nicely :)
Ahh…unicorns and rainbows, isn’t it magical…
Squat For Life!
If you’re thinking ‘but, I’m already good in the regularity department’ that’s great, but if you want to go for stellar, then this stool is for you.
I’d always been good in the regularity department so never did it occur to me that I would be a converted squatter. Ah, but yes I am. After experiencing the benefits of this amazing tool I can attest to the fact that everything works just as the video demonstrates – unicorns and rainbow poops…explains everything.
We have the basic ecco version, in 9 inch made of plastic, which is easy to clean. I was concerned about it taking up extra space since we have a tiny bathroom but it slides right under the toilet nicely when not in use.
Squatty Potty Stools
Height: 7″ OR 9″
Type: Bamboo Flip
Height: Flip to 7″ OR 9″
Type: Slim Teak
I absolutely love our Squatty Potty and wouldn’t be without it. I now squat for life and am proud of it! Because…
Everyone can benefit from a Squatty Potty, so join the movement to change the way you poop, and I promise from now on you will have every reason to skip to the loo my darlin.
Have you experienced the glorious benefits of squatting? If not get ready to have…