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For Best Toilet Health: Squat or Sit?

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  • The classic 175 year old Western toilet may be in part responsible for increasing bowel and pelvic problems, including constipation, hemorrhoids, colitis, appendicitis, colon cancer and others
  • Modern toilets place you in a sitting position as opposed to the more traditional squatting position with your knees to your chest; sitting to empty your bowel results in more straining because your intestinal organs are not in an optimal position for elimination
  • Squatting actually straightens your rectum, relaxes your puborectalis muscle, and allows for complete emptying of your cecum and appendix without straining, which prevents fecal stagnation and the accumulation of toxins in your intestinal tract
  • Squatting has been scientifically shown to relieve constipation and hemorrhoids, but additional research needs to be done
  • Non-westernized societies, in which people squat, do not have the high prevalence of bowel disease seen in developed nations; in some cultures with traditional lifestyles, these diseases are uncommon or almost unknown

By Dr. Mercola

Is the Western toilet in part responsible for problems like hemorrhoids, constipation, IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), appendicitis, and even heart attacks?

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