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!
FIVE REASONS TO SQUAT ON THE POT
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
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!