Health Alert: You're Taking a Crap Wrong! This Is How You Poop Properly

Health Alert: You're Taking a Crap Wrong! This Is How You Poop Properly

Your entire life has been a lie.

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I also bet you didn't know about this or this. Revelations can change your entire outlook on life and what I am about to tell you is one of them.

We're Taking a Crap the Wrong Way

Yeah, you read that right. The way we go to the bathroom has been incorrect since the rise of the western civilization and the creation of the modern toilet.

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How to Take a Crap Properly

Stanford University has revealed a new study that shows squatting is the proper and recommended way to go to the bathroom. What's more astonishing is that this study isn't new. According to Henry L. Bockus in Gastroenterology, the standard textbook on the subject:

"The ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs flexed upon the abdomen. In this way the capacity of the abdominal cavity is greatly diminished and intra-abdominal pressure increased, thus encouraging expulsion ...".

The reason is because of the puborectalis muscle.

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This muscle acts as a sling for your rectum and maintains continence. When we sit down on the toilet, the hold on the rectum is loosened, but only partially. In a squatting posture, the hold is completely relaxed, allowing for an easier release of your bowel.

Why Squat?

It may seem a bit too much work to squat every time you need to go to the bathroom, so why do it?

Simply put, it is healthier.

Squatting is what humans (and most animals) have done for thousands of years before the invention of the modern toilet. Ailments such as constipation, hemorrhoids, and appendicitis have increased since the adaption of the modern toilet. Research shows that our bathroom posture plays a bigger role in these ailments than a lack of dietary fiber. This awesome video explains everything in more detail.

Pooping Revolution

It's never easy to change the way we've done something for such a long time. I'll put this whole thing in perspective—

We sit comfortably on the toilet just like we comfortably eat junk food. We eat junk food because it's easy to get and tastes delicious. Our current bathroom posture is easy to do, comforting and we can even text while doing it. Junk food isn't good for you though. Carrots, spinach and peas are good for your body, but people don't like the taste. Squatting is the equivalent to this—it's the not-so-great tasting vegetables that keep us healthy.

We've already begun to change the way we eat, so why not change the way we poop. The great people at Squatty Potty have created a stool that allows you to squat on your own toilet and create your own stolls. Heck, you can even improvise and make your own stool for better stool-making!

It may be awkward at first, and a bit embarrassing, but it's good for you. Health is one of the most important things in our lives, so why not make your life better?

And while you're at it, you should know, pooping isn't the only thing you're doing wrong in the restroom.

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5

The French have different toilets, which obligate you to a squatting position while taking a dump:

3 years ago
4

I wonder how they poop so accurately?
Especially when having diarrhea

3 years ago
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3 years ago
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I signed up to appreciate the appreciation of the appreciation of the appreciation of this Iverson reference.

2 years ago
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Haha, good question. I wouldn't want to be wearing sandals either. And what about the ol' poo and pee and the same time combo?

2 years ago
2

if this is all true, then I'm guessing it just flows out since there is no constipation and you won't have to push. But, not to say there are those days when things are just.... nuts.

2 years ago
3

OK - so I first came across a disgustingly dirty one of these toilets in a very old train station in Greece whilst experiencing some significant intestinal "issues". I thought "oh dear this is going to get very nasty", with mental images of clothes etc touching less than sanitary surfaces and unusual splash back due to aforementioned "issues". I have to say that the device functioned perfectly well with no requirement for a change of clothes even with a "power" evacuation! Sorry - no pics as evidence of this testimony...

2 years ago
2

4 trips to France over a period of a decade (my girls are there now). Never saw one of those. Just regular toilets.

2 years ago
3

this is not French Toilet but turkich toilets, even though we used to use them in publics bsthroom, they are use all over the world , the only problem isthe flush !

2 years ago
2

That's not correct. We usually have one stall out of ten looking like that and most people avoid it.

2 years ago
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They call those "Turkish toilets" and you usually only find them in bars or random places...I've never known anyone who had one in their home, and I lived in France on two separate occasions...they use modern toilets in their homes and most places of business. Ironically though sometimes the "Turkish toilets" are cleaner than regular Western toilets in public places...since there is no expectation that your butt will make contact with anything...

2 years ago
2

"And when you go Kaka they make you stand up! (In France) Way down in France)". Zappa

2 years ago
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Robert your a genius! I want you to consider running for public office.

2 years ago
1

These Turkish toilets are very popular in Italian restaurants, bars and toilets... even at ski resorts. Believe me , they are a challenge to use while wearing ski boots, or if you have bad knees.

2 years ago
6

ALL the toliets here in China re the same, just holes in the ground.. Im aussie and when I went to the local plumber to get my toilette changed over to a normal real tolet the plumbers got upset saying the loo i had was perfectly fine.. yeah for them!... not me!.. but you gotta get used to it in any case as barely any place else apart from international hotels have real toliets.. even maccas and kfc all have holes in the ground.. and its fifthly most of the time as no one is good at squatting it seems :(

3 years ago
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Quit your whinging. If it's so unbearable for you, go back to Australia where they have "real" toilets, you prima donna.

2 years ago
3

If apes could talk, I suppose theyed tell us alot of things we humans have been doing wrong for years! And maybe a lot of now extinct animals would still be sharing our earth with us?

3 years ago
2

Gorillas eat their poop, as the first round of digestion doesn't absorb all the vitamins and minerals. Perhaps we should do the same?

2 years ago
1

Do not Under any circumstances eat human Poop! you Will get sick and you will die!

2 years ago
5

who do i contact about getting back that five minutes of my life?

2 years ago
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I think I just lost 10, of mine and am still trying to catch my breath!!!!!
LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!

2 years ago
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"Ailments such as constipation, hemorrhoids, and appendicitis have increased since the adaption of the modern toilet."

There have been countless other changes since the invention of the modern toilet. Have you ever heard of confounding variables?

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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"Civilized" countries have a high rate of hip fractures in the elderly, many resulting in death. In "poor" countries, hip fractures are uncommon.

This is all thanks for the 16 inch "throne".
Squatting is natural and promotes strong hip muscles.

2 years ago
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That is actually more related to diet but there are many factors involved. A western diet causes the body to become acidic which is an environment that promotes disease. The fastest way for the body to correct this is to use the bones as an alkali base. Over time the bones become weakened and subject to fracture.

2 years ago
7

Funny but informative video on how to use these 'asian' toilets.

2 years ago
1

Would have been helpful to see this video before going to Iraq. At that time I would have never thought it to be an issue, always just assumed toilets were the same everywhere LOL

2 years ago
3

Your behind is wet, so you just put your suit pants back on? There's some very important info left out. How am I supposed to dry myself after all that?

2 years ago
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"Toilet paper is dirty." Precisely. But your hand ISN'T :D

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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I feel repulsed by the idea that I would have to squat where other people do it. What about fat people? How do we squat, what if I fall over and land inside the cold, dirty hole? echhh...give me the eebie jeebies.

2 years ago
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Don't be fat. And honestly, the more you squat, the easier it gets. Just do it. And stop being fat, it's bad for you.

2 years ago
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why would u feel gross about hovering over a hole as a opposed to sitting on the same toilet seat tons of other strangers sit on to crap?

2 years ago
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How about an Automatic Toilet Washing Machine, that could clean the western WC & the eastern Squat as well. Well, we are in the business of doing that. Happy squat-in.

Automatic Toilet Washing Machine.

2 years ago - edited 2 years ago
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I don't get it. It looks like a sink with storage sections that are going to collect dust and dirt.

2 years ago
2

As a Moroccan I have 2 toilets in my house. One is European (what you guys call regular toilet), and the other is Moroccan/Turkish. The European maybe prestigious; however, the Moroccan feels more natural. Think about it this way: if you had to poop in nature wouldn't you just squat or you'd look for a chair with a hole in the middle to do the job??

2 years ago
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I would usually look for a log to sort of hang my ass over. That way I still feel like I am sitting when I poop. But posture is not the problem when pooping in nature. Toilet paper is! lol

2 years ago
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Use large leaves. Just make sure you know what the leaves are. Don't want to use poison ivy.

1 year ago
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I'm Israeli. When I visited Morocco, It felt refreshingly natural to use the "Turkish" toilet. Now I always squat on the "normal" toilet seat when I shit. I have NEVER like western toilets.

2 years ago - edited 2 years ago
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If there were a chair with a hole in the middle of it, I would take it!

2 years ago
1

Build a box around your toilet flush (I mean at the same level with) with the top of the china part that way you can have the best of both worlds

2 years ago
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Not only is squatting good for elimination - it's also great for maintaining or reclaiming mobility and diminishing back pain.

2 years ago - edited 2 years ago
1

If you ever go the South Korea, the toilets are on the floor and you have to straddle the thing and squat. To be truthful, I prefer them to the ones all us women hover over so as not to touch the seat.

2 years ago
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Kind of makes me wonder if this is where "pop a squat" really came from lol! I will never forget when I went to Russia 'Sochi' on a missions trip in 1994, there was a hole in the ground and you had to put one foot on each side of the whole, do your business and hope nothing comes up and bites your butt in the process! I was 15 at the time and it was new to me...but I do see how squatting can make a difference. :) - Pop A Squat!

2 years ago
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Ah... the memories of my years as a missionary in Russia... and some of the most weird and wonderful toilets, including a long-drop in a village where one person had to lean against it outside so it wouldn't topple over with the incumbent inside!

2 years ago
2

I once used a public restroom in Italy where it was a hallway with open stalls on either side made completely of concrete with only a hole in the ground in each stall. It was also unisex. Very interesting. lol

2 years ago
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In the British Army, on manoeuvres, we had things called 'thunderboxes' (wonder why) which were basically just wooden luxury European style over a big, deep hole in the ground. Now - living in France I do indeed have to deal with the WC Turque - the main problem is that most of them have a flush so under pressure that your feet, shoes, are totally soaked!

2 years ago
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Indians have used the squatting toilets since always and 90% of us continue to do so even now.

2 years ago - edited 2 years ago
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im confused...are the ridges on the side of the toilet where your feet go? and it seems that if it were a girl trying to pee...wouldnt it just run onto the floor since seems that the center slopes down to floor level...so weird

2 years ago
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The same in China. But nowadays more and more families and public toilets especially in restaurants and shopping malls use the western one.

2 years ago
5

Could you not emulate the same squatting position by just leaning forward and pressing the abdomen against the thighs?

2 years ago
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So at first, I was intrigued, then I was digusted, now i'm trying to find a stool to take a real crap for the first time.....Great job! Going to use this for a blog article in my blog. .>Thanks

2 years ago - edited 2 years ago
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I love how everyone is commenting and responding as if the discussion wasn't all about THE PROPER WAY TO TAKE A SHIT, complete with researched toilet-ography and historiography

My kind of people!

2 years ago
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I know a lot of people have pointed this out about other countries, and probably this one too, but MOST toilets in China (not all.. not in the fancier hotels.. but most) are like this.

For the most part, once i got used to it, I preferred it. The only real issue i had was the shape of the toilet drains in china. They didn't kink in the middle (Go down, snake back up an inch or so, then snake down into the drain for good) The drain was a straight snake downward which caused smells to bubble up WAY more easily.

Wasn't a huge fan of that but after awhile and some aggressive air freshener, you just stop noticing.

Anyway, yes. SO much better for you. And bonus. When you're in a public toilet, you don't have to put your butt where the butts of others have once been. That always freaked me out about western toilets. Whereas in china, as long as you don't fall, you're in good shape.

But for the love of god... DON'T FALL... especially in the public toilets of tiny mountain villages. It'll ruin the day.

2 years ago
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Those on the floor toilets are not French toilets, I KNOW BECAUSE I AM FRENCH!

They are actually Chinese, where you squat to poop. Squatting there is extremely common and actually considered the normal way to seat...I know that too because I lived in Beijing for 7 months

2 years ago
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Well, we saw one of those French or Chinese squatters on our first trip to France in 2005. It was in the basement of an old-school French bistro across from Notre Dame Cathedral. And I needed to make use of it. I recall mostly that it was difficult to make a 'hole-in-one'. But it definitely existed. I've told that story many times since. lol

2 years ago
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Bwaaa haaa haaa. This post is funny, but true. I enjoyed using the squatters in Thailand, where they don't use toilet paper. Next to each squatter there's a rinsing hose, similar to that found in most western kitchen sinks. Quite refreshing in hot weather, and much cleaner. Now you know what the Thai's mean when they say "those dirty farang (white foreigner)".

2 years ago
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I'm not sure how I feel about the squat toilet. For one thing, it would make it harder to read in there. But if the article is correct, I wouldn't be in so long that I'd feel a need to read!

But I definitely like the idea of a rinsing hose. Of course the problem there is the same as the rinsing hose in your kitchen sink....not everything comes off the dishes with just the hose....

2 years ago
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i came across these squat-bogs in a couple of places in my homeland - the Czech Republic, but mainly in France. EVERY motorway services we stopped at (and there were many) had these and usually one "normal" throne for the disabled (interestingly they were all seat-less - just the plain china bowl).

The strain wasn't the problem - it was the flush! Automatic and very cheeky it always started flushing when you were squatting in the phase when you just simply cannot leave.

And trust me - tsunami is just a baby compared to the waves those flushes produced.

2 years ago
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When I was pregnant I had back up issues and always had to somehow put my feet up on a trash can, a stool, anything. Weird how my instincts were correct. It just felt like I had to do that.

2 years ago
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And of course you have peer reviewed scientific results with a blinded clinical trail for decreases in colon cancer right?

2 years ago
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After 5 weeks in Thailand and using this system, when I came back to the UK, using a traditional toilet felt a real strain to go, so I built a 'stool'

for my bog and every think back to normal again.

2 years ago
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I'm American and have been living in France the past 6 years. The floor toilet is called a Turkish toilet and is used in many countries. Many public toilets are this style while at home, they're "traditional". Others are regular thrones without the raise-able seat, which really annoys me because unless you've got super model stork legs, you're going to get some thigh rubbing action on that seat anyways which is already pre-sprinkled by a stork-legged mannequin that passed before you. Also, in some older homes, there is the "bidet" which is next to the normal toilet but used to wash your bottom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet It looks like a large toilet with faucets and drains. I have an IKEA stool much like the one suggested. I may just give it a go to see any differences. But I'll never be a fan of Turkish style since you have to be stable as a Yoga instructor, plus it is not clothing friendly nor if you've had a glass of wine or 2...which they are often lingering in bars...

2 years ago
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2 years ago
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I was originally brought to this article after someone mentioned dropping Obama off at the pool.

Needless to say, I am equally disgusted.

2 years ago
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What does someone do if they are disabled? Can't squat, or can't walk?

2 years ago
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Seriously, If one can't aim properly to poop in the small designated area, then what? Does one hover above and try to aim.? Like really>

2 years ago
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At long last I feel vindicated for getting up on the counter and pooping into sinks. Yep, where ever I go I always squat! Even at the gas station or state parks and particularly at a bar. I do some sink straddling and let loose with the goods (it helps if you save up). It's important not to leave a mess so sometimes you have to poke it down the drain with anything handy. Fake flowers, a shoe, even your host's toothbrush- just make sure to give it a good rinse afterwards.

2 years ago
2

oh please fat people can so squat,remember Ehonda from street fighter,he was dropping in like it was hot.

2 years ago - edited 2 years ago
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I have been telling my friends this fact for years. Squatting is the way to go.........No Straining and associated problems.

I have even written a whole website dedicated to the subject of Bowels and Going to the loo. You can look it up at Emptyingthebowel.com

All the advantages of the preferred Squat posture are mentioned here.

2 years ago - edited 2 years ago
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Is this why, whenever I REEEEEAAAALLLY have to work it, I naturally lean forward? XD

2 years ago
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Old toilets in rural Philippines are 'turkish' style. That's why in the city, you'll be surprised to see foot marks on the western style toilet bowl.

Most (90%) toilets in Thailand and Laos homes are 'turkish' style.
Public toilets in Singapore have both 'turkish' and western style.

2 years ago
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At least one don't have to worry about plugging up the toilet. I'd be worry about losing my keys, cell phone or something else down the drain.

A bathroom door is a must as you don't want your new puppy, cat, or ferret going down the drain.

2 years ago
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man i tried this and damn it works my shit slid out like a egg sliding through a paper towel roll covered in butter and ky jelly

2 years ago

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