The History of Squatting

More and more people have problems with their bowel movements. Constipation and haemorrhoids are now common diseases in industrialized countries. But why is that? What causes these problems? 

The modern toilette

The problem is the modern toilette that allows you to sit. 

Most of us in the Western world know the toilette where you can sit and no one is really questioning if this sitting posture is really healthy and if it is the best way to empty your bowels. I guess the inventor of the modern toilette should have thought about it, but unfortunately he didn’t. Since the majority of the modern, industrialized countries around the world use the toilette where can sit, most of us assume that this is the right way to poop and no one has really a reason to question it.

The modern toilette is unhealthy

It is actually pretty surprising to find out that sitting on a toilette is not healthy and not the best way to empty your bowels. The much better and more natural position is squatting. This would be the healthy position. Actually, the sitting posture can lead to serious issues, like haemorrhoids, constipation, incontinence, colon cancer and heart attack. 

The history of the modern toilette 

The modern toilette with the function to flush with water was patented in London in 1775. This toilette was soon very popular and since then the modern toilette became more and more common and the natural posture of squatting became forgotten.

The modern toilette had several advantages compared to the toilettes before. Some of the main ones were the improved hygiene and a decreased risk of infections. 

However, this new type of toilette also created problems that didn’t exist before. The main issue with the toilette was that the ergonomic posture was not taken into account when the toilette was developed. Sitting down makes it much harder to empty the bowels and furthermore the intestines aren’t emptied completely. Nowadays, there are several studies that proof that the squatting posture in much more healthier for the humans. 

For us, using a toilette where you need to squat is unusual. But this isn’t the case everywhere in the world. The majority of people are actually using a toilette where you have to squat, for example in most parts of Asia. And diseases, like haemorrhoids and constipation are a lot less common in these countries.

Why is squatting healthier?

The biggest difference between the toilettes is that when you squat the angle between your upper body and your things is acute and the pelvic floor is relaxed. Also the intestine is straight which helps with the emptying. In this posture the intestine can be completely emptied. However when sitting on the toilette the pelvic floor muscle has a kink, which makes it much more difficult to empty the bowel.

Squatting on the toilette can prevent a variety of diseases like, constipation and colon cancer. In addition, this postures also prevents haemorrhoids, since the pressure on the intestines is a lot less when squatting. 

How can I transform my modern toilette into a squatting toilette?

The good news is that you don’t need to add a new toilette to your house just so you can squat while using the toilette. The modern toilette still has the advantages of the much better hygiene and you can also squat using the modern toilette.  

Specific stools help you to take the squatting position using the common sitting toilette. In the beginning this posture might be unusual and uncomfortable, but over time you will feel the health benefits.