Constipation & Bloating: Are You Pooping Wrong?

By | March 15, 2013

Constipation is one of the causes of abdominal bloating. Not only is bloating a bothersome symptom, it can also affect your quality of life.

I can certainly attest to this as I had suffered from constipation for most of my life. Even regular exercise and increased daily intake of water and fiber (from fruits and vegetables) did not make my bowel movements easier. Elimination was difficult and incomplete, leaving me bloated and uncomfortable. Excessive straining resulted in hemorrhoid.

I’d wake up in the morning with a flat stomach and end the day with a bloated belly. My clothes can fit me on one day but not the next. Having a bloated belly made me look fat!

My misery continued until one day,my friend suggested that I try using Squatty Potty. This simple toilet footstool helped him overcome hemorrhoids and constipation which he had suffered for a long time. I was skeptical about his suggestion… but no harm giving it a try, right?

I was glad I did. Everything came out fast and easy without straining and excessive pushing. I’d be done with my business within 1-2 mins (which used to take 5-10 mins)!  Since elimination is more complete, I finally got rid of my bloated belly and hemorrhoid.

Wow! I never felt better.

Here’s why you should consider squatting to poop…

Benefits of Squatting
1. Prevent/relieve constipation
2. Prevent/relieve hemorrhoids
3. Reduce straining and conditions associated with it (hernias, diverticulosis, hemorroids)
4. Effective and efficient elimination (ie, faster, easier and more complete)
5. Relieve pelvic floor disorders

Why Squatting To Poop Works Better

squat poop, squatty potty
People can control when they defecate by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The 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 (depicted in blue lines, in the above picture) 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.

In a natural squat position, the puborectalis muscle relaxes, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and resulting in easier defecation.

How Squating Relieves & Prevents Constipation
1. In a squat position, gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity.

2. Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and the bowel to empty completely (as explained above).

3. Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the “kink” at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle.

4. The colon is equipped with an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve) and an outlet valve (the puborectalis muscle). Squatting simultaneously closes the inlet valve, to keep the small intestine clean, and opens the outlet valve, to allow wastes to pass freely. The sitting position defeats the purpose of both valves, making elimination difficult and incomplete, and soiling the small intestine.

Squatty Potty – Toilet Stool
For safety, it is not advisable to squat (“perch”) on the rim of the toilet bowl. The latter is not designed to bear the weight of someone squatting on it. I’ve heard of instances where toilet bowls broke/cracked and users were cut or seriously injured. Balancing on the toilet rim can be a challenge for some people. If you do not have a proper squat toilet, I recommend using a Squatty Potty .

Squatty Potty is a toilet footstool that elevates the feet to properly align and open the colon for easier, healthier elimination. It provides a stable platform that helps users assume a natural squatting position.

Squatty Potty comes in 3 sizes: 5″, 7″ and 9″, depending on the height of your toilet. It slides and stores under the toilet when not in use. It is made from plastic, white wood or bamboo, so you can choose one that matches your bathroom decor or suits your needs.


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