"The ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs flexed upon the abdomen. In this way the capacity of the abdominal cavity is greatly diminished and intra-abdominal pressure increased, thus encouraging expulsion ...".Indeed, societies outwith the Western one which we inhabit (eg France, Asia Pacific) have squatted for centuries.
Why is squatting so much better?
The answer lies with the puborectalis muscle which acts as a sling for your rectum and maintains continence. When we sit down on the toilet, the hold on the rectum is loosened, but only partially. In a squatting posture, the hold is completely relaxed, allowing for an easier release of your bowel.
The modern toilet, rather than the modern diet, is to blame for all manner of ailments including; constipation, haemorrhoids, and appendicitis
Does this mean we should redesign our Western toilets?
Will Nanny send around the Bottom Inspectors?
Simply place a stool (the sitting kind!) under your feet when you are next astride the toilet, and you will be able to squat in comfort upon the throne!
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