The Correct Posture For Bowel Movements

Did you know that the posture on the toilet during bowel movements can affect your digestion and bowel?

Correct posture when defecating

Correct posture when defecating is not unimportant and can prevent problems. It is easy to adopt this posture when defecating , that is, when doing major “business”. Other cultures do it better than us, but first find out what it’s about.

Squat properly when defecating

If you adopt the posture provided by nature when defecating, you will benefit from a number of advantages. Even if you can’t imagine it today: adopting a different posture when defecating can make a difference for you too!

Historically, like some mammals, humans have adopted a crouching posture to rest, work, and perform bodily functions such as defecating. But how does the modern toilet meet these physiological needs?

Since Sir John Harington invented the toilet in 1591, the posture of our bowels has changed. In its early days, the toilet was viewed as an object of “luxury” as not everyone had access to it.

Eventually, with the development of plumbing, the toilet was mass-produced to give ordinary people the same “privilege” that was reserved for wealthy people.

In this way, the use of the toilet changed the habit of defecating while crouching and, consequently, our posture during bowel movements changed significantly.

Posture when defecating affects bowel movements

Squatting is better!

Dr. Henry L. Bockus, in his book “Gastroenterology” in 1964, concluded that for ideal defecation it was necessary to squat with your thighs drawn towards your stomach.

Similarly, Dr. Alexander Kira 1966 in his book “The Bathroom” that human nature has to meet its needs when squatting because it reduces the physical effort to defecate.

On the other hand, Dr. Dov Sikirov 2003 study comparing the forces used during defecation while sitting and crouching.

The results confirmed the benefits of bowel evacuation in the crouched position. In the sitting position, defecation requires excessive effort and time compared to the squatting position.

What happens before a bowel movement?

What we do on the toilet when defecating can be defined as the process by which the end product of digestion is eliminated.

During this tour, the enteric nervous and parasympathetic systems perform various actions such as controlling the accumulation of feces in the colon, as well as relaxing the external sphincter and puborectalis muscles.

This action allows alignment with the rectum to create intra-abdominal pressure and move bowel movements outward. This process happens involuntarily, we cannot control it.

With regular food intake, our brain receives the regular signal for the necessary emptying, which is triggered by the resulting pressure.

Procedure in crouching position

It is important to note that in the crouching position, the legs are positioned approximately 35 ° with respect to the body. In this way the thighs press against the stomach.

This action creates pressure within the colon cavities and optimal alignment of the anal canal for easy emptying. This results in faster, easier, and more complete evacuation during bowel movements.

Posture when defecating

Procedure while sitting

The opposite happens when you have a seated bowel movement. In this position, the legs are at a 90 ° angle to the abdomen, which presses against the muscles, so that the rectum and anus are not optimally aligned.

Likewise, the pressure that the legs put on the large intestine and abdomen is lost. As a result, active squeezing or squeezing is required to defecate.

This position causes various health problems, such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, hernias, hemorrhoids and, in more severe cases, colon or colon cancer, due to the necessary pressure.

Advantages of the squatting position

Squatting down when defecating or pulling your thighs against your stomach and putting your chin on your knees, as it were, has various health benefits:

  • The crouched position when defecating allows for faster and easier defecation.
  • Due to the lower pressure, it prevents matter from flowing back from the large intestine to the small intestine.
  • It prevents high pressure, which prevents  hernias, diverticulosis and other diseases.
  • It is part of the non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids.
  • In pregnant women, this position avoids pressure on the uterus. In fact, it helps in preparation for natural childbirth.
  • The complete emptying of the colon prevents stagnation of the stool. This condition is one of the most important factors in preventing inflammatory bowel disease.

So you see, it makes sense to take the posture given by nature when defecating and to change the sitting posture imposed by the toilet design.

Posture when defecating on the toilet

How does that work in a normal toilet?

In our latitudes, toilets that people sit on are widespread. In southern countries, however, the healthy, natural variant of a toilet bowl set into the floor, which enables natural bowel movement, is widespread. But this is also possible in our toilets!

Please do not step with your feet on the toilet seat or toilet bowl, you could slip and injure yourself! It is enough to put a stool, stool, or a small platform (or sturdy box or box) in front of the toilet that you can use to get into a squatting position. There are even suppliers who offer specially made wooden furniture!

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