Vitality

What’s The Best Position For Pooping? When To Squat Or Sit

I know what you’re thinking: There’s more than one way to poop? However, in recent years the idea of squatting while you defecate instead of the traditional sitting position has caught on as the more natural and therefore healthy way to have a bowel movement. But is there really any scientific evidence to back this? SciShow recently investigated.

According to the enthusiastic backers of pooping in the squatting position, humans have been squatting for thousands of years and therefore evolved to poop in this position. However, while it’s true that we’ve only been pooping in the upright position for the past few hundred years or so, that doesn’t mean that one pooping position is the best. In truth, we aren’t really all that sure.

toilet-paper Have you been pooping wrong your whole life? Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

As SciShow points out, there have been a few studies comparing the pooping results of squatting versus sitting positions, but these studies have been very, very small. In fact, one consisted of fewer than 10 people. However, these studies, though small, have suggested that squatting over the toilet may help you to poop faster and with less effort. In theory, this could help to reduce the risk of developing hemorrhoids, swollen veins near the anus that are common in individuals who may strain to pass a bowel movement. Hemorrhoids may also be caused by constipation, sitting for long periods of time, anal infections, and certain diseases, such as liver cirrhosis. Still, SciShow pointed out that if you don’t have trouble with your pooping position now, there’s no need to change it.

If you do want to give squatting a chance though, it can’t hurt. There are many tools out there, such as the “Squatty Potty” which helps encourage a squatting position by giving customers a handy foot stool to use on their bathroom break.

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