Although may not be interesting topic to talk about, bowel movements definitely is an important. Beside healthy reasons, your ‘poop‘ can tell many things about your health.
When it comes to pooping position, wrong one may increase your risk of bowel and pelvic problems, including constipation and hemorrhoids and believe it or not, almost all of the Western societies is doing it wrong. In non-Westernized societies, where people squat rather than sit, there is lower prevalence of bowel disease.
Research conducted by scientists from the Pelvic Floor Clinic at Stanford University shows that our body is created in way that it makes more natural for it to squat while we poop, rather than to sit as we usually do.
When we sit od today’s modern toilet, knees are placed at a 90-degree angle to our abdomen and this create difficulties in elimination by pinching off your anal canal, as you can see in the image below.
On other hand, with squatting we place our knees closer to our torso and this position relaxes puborectalis muscle and straighten the rectum and thus maximize the bowel efficiency. This prevent fecal stagnation and toxins accumulation in our intestinal tract.
Nowadays, when benefits of squatting are better known, there are a number of devices, designed to help to catch proper position, are available in markets. They are especially recommended for people who have problems with bowel movements.
Regular bowel movement is really important for optimal health, because it removes waste from our body. When it comes to regularity, beside that they are many factors that may affect regulatory, factors as your diet, illness, stress, medications etc, few bowel movements per day to few per week are considered to be normal and sudden change in your ‘bowel habits’ usually indicates a problem.