Do You Sit or Squat? Potty Talk!

Squatty Potty - do you sit or squat?

Growing up, my family and I were vegetarians and even though we tried to eat healthy, frequently we’d slip into the the standard American diet pit falls… what this meant for me is that I was almost always constipated!

I found some relief by squatting on the toilet rim (yes, a tricky acrobatic act!) or using a step stool or upside down trash can to elevate my feet while on the potty. I was definitely a GAPS child and young adult (term and diagnosis coined by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride).

Even though we left vegetarianism when I was 15 years old, my constant constipation issue persisted and didn’t quit until I was 26 years old and we found Nourishing Traditions. This book changed everything for me and we now follow a typical Weston A. Price diet full of rich fats, broth, pastured meats and organ meats, fermented cod liver oil, pastured raw dairy products, eggs and naturally grown veggies and fruits. Because of our diet change and my Squatty Potty, my trips to potty are regular!

You can check out the Squatty Potty stool we use in every bathroom, HERE.

FIVE REASONS TO SQUAT ON THE POT

anorectalangle-6451.)  Squatting relaxes the pubrectalis muscle and gives you a straight colon for elimination. Sitting actually kinks your pipes (aka, your rectum!). See picture to the right on the anorectal angle 1

2.)  Squatting is traditional and a natural instinct! It wasn’t until the 1500′s that Sir John Harrington decided maybe we should sit instead of squat! 2

3.) Observe young children when they poop, they go hide, squat and lean forward! Just ask my toddler… see featured picture above!

4.) Elevating your legs helps clear your entire colon. Poo that is stuck in your colon is the number one leading cause of colon disease.

5.) Sitting when pooping can cause appendicitis, incontinence, constipation, diverticulitis, colon cancer, prostate disorders, colitis, hiatal hernia and GERD, prostate disorders, hemorrhoids and crohn’s disease 3

Favorite toddler potty seat - Mommy's Helper Coushin Step Up

My two favorite features of the Squatty Potty are, first that your feet can be placed a comfortable wide stance and second that it can be pushed back when not in use and make room for other devices, such as our toddler’s potty seat!

Squatty Potty - do you sit or squat?

You can order your own Squatty Potty online, click here.

 

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This post was shared at Homestead Barn Hop, Party Wave Wednesday, and Tasty Traditions.

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Comments

  1. AND THE WINNER IS…
    ALYCIA.G..@……COM!!! Congratulations Alycia! Check your inbox for the confirmation email!

  2. sanseref says:

    I have a stool, but I din’t think it works as well.

  3. I thought I was the only one that had to squat on the potty to get the bowel movement going! I would love to win one of these because I’ve been dealing with hemorrhoid issues for a long time now,

  4. I’ve heard about and want to save up for one.

  5. Jennifer T says:

    I have been reading about these. It makes sense, just haven’t had the funds to purchase on yet, what a great raffle opportunity!

  6. We got one… everyone thought I was weird for getting one. lol I love it. My youngest does too. I’m not sure if anyone else in the house uses it. :)

  7. Michelle AP says:

    It is he only way to go :) Ours is homemade thanks to a handy Hubby. He said it was a prototype, not holding my breath for a prettier one anytime soon. Would love to win an official one. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Sheila Daniel says:

    I just recently learned about the Squatty Potty but do not have one yet.

  9. Frances says:

    Thank you Rashel for the video. My daughter, Regina, introduced me to your site. Frances

  10. @tytbody, we love ours too! I just had to share it, I wish I knew about them years ago.

  11. I love my squatty potty. Glad to see you post about them

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