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The Perfect Position to Poop

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  • When you sit on a typical toilet, your puborectalis muscle, which is involved in bowel control, cannot fully relax
  • This is why you may need to push or even strain in order to have a bowel movement
  • While squatting, the puborectalis muscle relaxes fully, making elimination easier, which is why many experts believe squatting is the perfect position to poop

By Dr. Mercola

If you live in the U.S., there's a good chance you don't put much thought into the best position in which to poop. You simply sit down on the toilet and let nature take its course. Except, for some people, this process isn't simple at all. Up to 27 percent of adults may be chronically constipated, which can lead to other problems like anal fissures, rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence and urologic disorders.


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