Yesterday I published a post on how I have been squatting to go for a poop and how it has helped me speed things up tremendously in the bathroom.
I don’t know if you know this, but squatting is the correct position to be in when eliminating waste from our bowels. If you watch other animals take a #2, you will notice they get into a position that allows them to open their sphincter and drop their waste cleanly: dogs, cats, birds, whatever, they all eliminate in a way best suited to their physiology. Rarely do they have any mess to clean up from their bodies.
Like all animals, Humans have been designed to eliminate waste with the least amount of mess as possible to the host. By sitting in a squat position, we line up all of the plumbing for an easy exit. Being bipedal means that gravity is pulling down at all that crap inside of us. Our bodies have adapted to this by having a nice little kink in the bowels right before the sphincter to help with keeping it all in until we need to get rid of it. When we sit on a toilette, that kink is still present and, for most people, a certain amount of strain is needed to help get all of that crap out of you. By getting into a squat position, we help remove that kink and effectively create a straight tube for the waste to slide right out of.
Have you ever watched a small child who has recently learned to walk and has yet to be toilette trained? The parents will know this. When they have to poop, they usually stand in place, squat down and do their business. We are instinctually hardwired to get into this position. Half the world still goes this way. While most western populations use a toilette, the rest of the world basically shits into a hole in the ground.
Ok, Ok! How Do I Do This At Home
The squatty potty is a new ergonomic stool designed to tuck away snugly to your toilette that you pull out and use to squat and position yourself properly to poop. I have had one for a few months now and it works great. I was using a folding stool before which works fine, but doesnt allow you to spead your legs wide enough for a truly comfortable squat.
The Squatty Potty costs about $30 while you can get a folding stool for as low as $6 on sale at a hardware store. Both work, but the SP works better.