To squat or not to squat… there is no question!

Today, we take a brief, yet incredibly important, look at pooping. For years I was living under the pretense that I knew what I was doing. That the parents who got me through potty training, the society who invented the toilet, had prepared me to face this inescapable, recurring phenomenon of life….. but NOPE, turns out we’ve all been duped.

Yes, toilets make things easy and convenient for everyone… just not for your actual body. Imagine trying to water your garden with a kink in your water hose. A few years ago, I learned about how our bowels actually work, and it has made a huge difference in my digestive experience. The lesson was: Squat while you poo! It’s far more neutral for your bowels, puts less pressure, and ultimately it’s the way we were designed to do it. From thinking, and being diagnosed with IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) caused by my emotional world, burdened with regular constipation and all the rest that can come with it…. to complete pooping ease.

Now it doesn’t mean you have to go perform a balancing squat on your toilet seat (although I’ve done it), but there are potty squatting steps you can find (check out the video below), or if you’re handy you could make one, or just improvise with some beer crates or something.

My boyfriend recently sent me this video as it shows exactly what I’ve been telling people… and it has unicorns!! If you’re still not convinced, check this The Guardian article out, or google it!

Check it out…

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  1. […] To keep your rectum and bowels healthy, as you should hopefully want as it’s the keystone in optimizing your health, check out my piece on squatting. […]

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