As part of a holistic lifestyle, an organic diet with plenty of water, regular exercise, meditation and awareness are all choices that we take into consideration in our health and wellness.
But is there one aspect in our lives that due to an old design is doing us harm in our own home, without even knowing it? Are we pooing the right way?
Is the western pedestal loo harming us?
Now, I’m not against the good old crapper… The modern western loo is excellent at controlling hygiene and removal of dangerous fecal matter from our homes. But the design was developed for that purpose in 1850, not for the way humans were designed to defecate; squatting.
Squatting gets the knees above the hips and closes the ileocecal valve, pressurizing the colon and relaxing the puborectalis muscle. This, in turn, straightens the anorectal angle making it easier to go.
Sitting on a western style toilet kinks the colon by not relaxing these muscles and so at the end of the movement people strain. This straining is thought of as normal.
Many people believe they don’t have a problem, but straining at the end of your movement due to the sitting posture can create a repetitive strain injury in the pelvic floor muscles. Over the long term, this can cause piles and continence issues in later life. The colon is the primary organ for short-term storage of and elimination of waste and toxins from the body. If there is a build-up of waste continually between every movement, the body will attempt to eliminate toxins via other organs. Any fecal matter not eliminated waits inside the lower colon for the next build up to apply pressure again, and so it goes. It makes sense to eliminate totally the toxins naturally and easily through the correct organ.
Statistics by the World Health Organisation have shown that there are less colon cancer rates in countries that adopt a squatting posture when going to the toilet. Statistics also show colon cancer is found in the lower parts; the sigmoid colon and rectum where fecal matter is stored if not eliminated. A study done in 2009 by Japanese researchers found that squatting gave a fuller and quicker elimination.
The Australian Department of Health and Ageing suggest a footstool as good toileting habits. Now a new Australian designed toilet stool is available. The easystool quickly and easily transforms the western sitting toilet into a safe and comfortable squat loo. Made from timber; it’s eco-friendly. Sitting to go is so yesterday, do it with your knees up. Enhance your quality of life and prevent any future issues by squatting.