Squatting is a natural method for eliminating the body’s waste. People who use the sitting posture for evacuation can be at a higher risk of having constipation, an unhealthy colon and hemorrhoids.
You must have seen infants impulsively squat to defecate. In the squatting posture, the gut gets stimulated and creates the peristaltic wavelike movements that push the waste forward and out of the rectum. This minimizes the need of straining during defecation.
Our ancestors were using the squatting posture for passing waste long before the discovery of western toilets. But, many of us are unaware of the benefits of proper posture for elimination on our body and health. In western countries people use the sitting posture for waste elimination. The western toilet does not put the body in the best position; in fact it hinders the proper eradication of waste and puts the user in a stressed position.
According to Dr. Welles a chiropractor, nutritionist, kinesiologist, “Uncivilized societies have always squatted. In the natural squatting position the bowel is supported and aligned by the thighs contact with the abdominal wall and many significant health benefits result.” “The design of the modern-day toilet was created with absolute disregard for the anatomy of the human body.”
Studies have already confirmed that squatting is the most important posture for urination and excretion.
A study was done by the Japanese in 2010 about the Influence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans. The results of the study indicate that the squatting posture produces greater hip flexion and causes the recto-anal to be straighter. This in turn produces less strain during defecation.

Another study that was done in Israel, 2003 by Dr. Dov Sikirov, suggests that people who squat for elimination took approximately 51 seconds while people sitting in a toilet take roughly around 130 seconds to eliminate their body’s waste.
Let’s understand the impact of sitting and squatting posture for passing stools. Some of the advantages of squatting posture are describes as follows:
•    Western Toilets Are Unhygienic
The surface of the western toilets are often soiled and considered unsanitary since many people use them for sitting during defecation. While, squat toilets are comparatively more hygienic and sanitary as only the feet of the user comes in contact with the toilet platform.

•    Contamination of the Small Intestine
Nature has provided a useful valve called the ileocecal valve at the beginning of the colon to prevent the contamination of the small intestine. When we use the squatting posture for defecation, the ileocecal valve remains tightly sealed between the small intestine and the colon, and prevents the leakage during elimination.
While, in the sitting position, the ileocecal valve remains partially open and causes leakage during removal of the waste, which in turn contaminates the small intestine.

•    Squatting Prevents Fecal stagnation
A person who squats for defecation does not suffer from “fecal stagnation.” Fecal stagnation is a prime cause of many digestive problems including appendicitis, colon cancer, constipation and inflammatory  disease. Squatting helps in complete elimination of waste, and it also makes it faster and creates more relaxation in the body.
Complete eradication of unwanted waste keeps your colon healthy and free from any toxins, undigested food and bacteria. Sitting during defecation may lead to the partial elimination of bowels. This condition can be completely avoided if people adapt squatting posture for their daily defecation and they will feel they have completely evacuated their bowel.

•    Squatting Prevents Chronic Straining
During squatting, the colon is supported by the thighs. This prevents excessive strain to the colon and reduces the risks of various diseases like hemorrhoids (piles), hernias, diverticulitis, and pelvic organ prolapse. Squatting is a natural process and does not cause any strain to the user as compared to sitting toilets, where the users have to strain for propelling waste out of the rectum.

•    Squatting Strengthens Heart Efficiency
Daily squatting practice raises blood pressure temporarily and this in turn helps strengthen the efficiency of heart. It releases good hormones in the body and normalizes various body functions.
It has been widely known that a healthy colon is the key to good health. The effective elimination of our body’s waste is vital for the colon. Bowel movements are partial when we sit for passing stools. This ‘incomplete evacuation’ may cause weight gain, gas, bloating, and colon problems.
Squatting is a natural way to have easy and complete bowel movements. Also, It help prevents constipation, hemorrhoids (piles), colon cancer and many other health problems. For efficient, speedy and complete bowel movements, try squatting.

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