Believe it or not, you might have been doing things wrong when it comes to going to the loo to release your bowels.
The majority of us believe that going to the toilet a basic, normal procedure: sit on the toilet, and go. But according to Giulia Enders, microbiologist and author of Charming Bowels, that might not be the most effective way.
Studies show that the most effective way to have a bowel movement is in a far less comfortable position: the squat.
Apparently, our bowels aren’t designed for full openness whilst sitting down, and are more effectively opened in a squatting position, as it keeps the angle straighter and puts less pressure on our back ends.
“One-point-two billion people around the world who squat have almost no incidence of diverticulosis and fewer problems with piles.” Enders said. “We in the west, on the other hand, squeeze our gut tissue until it comes out of our bottoms.”
Since it isn’t likely that, as a member of westernised society, you’ll be changing up your lifelong routine at this point, you can try going to the bathroom with your feet raised on a stool, which is closer to a squatting position than the standard toilet sit.
The more you know…