Squatting is Better

I was at an Indian resto and reading a random yogi magazine when my eyes hit a small insertion on one of the pages. It's an illustration picture of a person squatting. I smiled, maybe because that simple pose reminds me of the way traditionally people answer the call of nature.

At first I didn't see that there's actually a connection between that elimination pose-like and health. Then as I read it, it says that the pose is good for preventing colon problem. At that point, I still think that the ground is only familiar to those who are in touch with yoga's world, and it has nothing to do with why traditionally people do that pose when they're evacuating.
Or it does have?

Maybe it has. I found out about it after I visited my second world, ie this internet.
The article that I found says that squatting gives at least 7 benefits to whoever does the pose when answering the call of nature. Here are the benefits:
1. Helps you to do the job faster, easier and more complete, thus 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 evacuation, 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. This helps to prevent hernias, rectoceles, and diverticulosis, which are often caused by years of straining in the sitting position.
6. A highly effective, noninvasive 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 the mother-to-be for a more natural delivery.
What a loss then that the healthier squat toilet has become a stranger in today's household ever since the discovery of sitting toilet.

Since the throne in my bathroom is a regular nowadays toilet, I wonder if by doing that yoga squatting exercise before doing the elimination chore will at least smooth the way too? ;-P

Or should every bathroom with non-squat toilet needs an additional furniture like the following? O la la.. :))

I think the yoga idea is a better option.

Source: Seven Advantages of Squatting


Monica said...

Interesting! I still prefer the sitting toilet..LOL!!

Anonymous said...

Hah. I know we Indonesians know what's best :p
Very thorough investigation on your part.

Monica said...

Hi Ori, You've been tagged! ;-)

Have a nice day...

Gallivanter said...

Theoretically, squatting is better than sitting.

Ori said...

@Monica: I prefer sitting toilet too :) but don't you think that yoga thing is a good idea too? :-D I'll take a look that tag thing :D

@dinysays: :))) that's what I thought, but actually that custom used to be worldwide, and like the rest of the world there are a lot of people in Indonesia left it. Do you still have it? My ex-art teacher still has it, but it looks modern and with flush system, still it made me cancel doing my 'business' there hahah... ngga pede soalnya.

@gallivanter: yes, in practice, it might cause some mess :))

Bryan Karl said...

Wow very interesting. I still do this rarely. But I just know now that it has good effects. Thanks!

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