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Health Benefits of Squatting
Over time, Western toilets have become synonymous with progress, modernity, and hygiene, but it’s doubtful whether the first inventors of the modern-day flushing toilet had any knowledge of human physiology. In fact, after Jimmy Carter had to take a day off from work in 1978 because of a severe case of hemorrhoids, a proctologist famously explained to Time Magazine that "we were not meant to sit on toilets, we were meant to squat in the field." Recent research suggests that there are numerous health benefits to using the squatting position, especially when it comes to hemorrhoid prevention.
Seven benefits of squatting
1. Makes elimination faster, easier, and more complete. This helps prevent "fecal stagnation," a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
2. Protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder, and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
3. Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during bowel movements, contaminating the small intestine.
4. Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
5. Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diverticulosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.
6. A highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids, as shown by published clinical research.
7. For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare one for a more natural delivery.
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