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Want Better Bowel Movements? Squat, Don’t Sit!

Bowel Movement

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  • Your body is designed to eliminate feces by squatting. Sitting on a modern toilet actually hinders elimination by pinching off your anal canal, which increases your risk of constipation, hemorrhoids, and more
  • Squatting places your knees closer to your torso, and this position changes the spatial relationships of your intestinal organs and musculature, relaxing and straightening your rectum
  • A foot stool is one simple device that can help you assume a more natural squat position on your toilet

By Dr. Mercola

Bowel movements are probably low on most people's list of topics they like to discuss, but it's an important one nonetheless. Not only can your poop tell you a lot about your health, how you go can have a significant impact too.


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