Pooing, shitting, doing a number two, dropping the kids off the pool – it doesn’t really matter what you call it, you’re doing it every day (I hope), and you’re probably doing it wrong.
It turns out that all of us who have standard sit-down toilets have to strain our gut muscles to push excrement around the bend in our bowels – which really isn’t good for us.
Speaking to The Guardian, writer of ‘Darm mit charme’ (Charming Bowels in German), Giulia Enders, compared it to ‘a car on the highway, turning a corner’ that will ‘have to put on the brakes’.
It might sound like toilet humour, but apparently it’s no laughing matter as this way of doing things could leave us at a greater risk of damaging our bodies.
1.2 billion people around the world who squat have almost no incidence of diverticulosis and fewer problems with piles. We in the west, on the other hand, squeeze our gut tissue until it comes out of our bottoms.
But, when we squat, our guts straighten out to leave us free to get rid of any waste in comfort. Apparently, this is how nature intended us to poo and when we don’t follow this way of relieving ourselves, it could leave us at a greater risk of damaging our bodies.
With this advice starting to hit home, our pooing habits are now changing for the better with the Squatty Potty becoming kind of a big deal in the UK and U.S. It basically helps your improve your posture while you go number two, to make the whole process as easy as possible.
Despite this not being the only bowel-aiding product on the market, it shot to fame last year after a creepy AF television advert featured a cartoon unicorn squatting over a series of wafer cones and filling them up with rainbow-coloured ‘ice-cream’ went viral.
If that doesn’t want to make you want to change your pooing habits forever, I don’t know what will.