Toilet Health: Why You Must Squat And Not Sit

Toilet Health: Why You Must Squat And Not Sit

This is one of the most taboo subjects there is to discuss but it’s time we openly talk about it for the sake of our own health. Health experts across the globe warn us that we are doing it all wrong by sitting in the toilet and not squatting.

Squatting in the toilet may be considered uncivilized today but what we don’t know is that while sitting on western toilets may seem to take the strain off our body, it actually strains us in worse ways than we know. This is leading to a number of gut related issues that at one point barely existed when we were willingly squatting. Naturopaths, holistic health experts as well as medical doctors have been long talking about the health hazards of modern toilets. Sitting in the toilet increases your chances to get disorders like bloating, hemorrhoids and constipation. It is also because when you sit rather than squat, you often strain to fix the restricted anorectal angle.

Let’s first see how our intestines that are responsible for emitting waste from our body behave when we squat and when we sit. When we squat, gravity comes into play. Our torso pushes against the thighs, naturally compressing the colon. Additionally, squatting shuts the inlet valve keeping the small intestines clean and opens the outlet valve to let the waste pass freely. But when we sit, the inlet and outlet valves don’t work the way they should making elimination partial and difficult.


Giulia Enders, a German microbiologist, in her book ‘Charming Bowels’ explains that the gastrointestinal tract is ‘the brain’s most important adviser’ and it affects everything from mental to digestive health. “Sitting in the toilet prolongs the process of elimination.”

Some may disagree but our bodies are actually designed to eliminate while squatting. Jonathan Isbit, the inventor of Nature’s Platform and a computer science graduate from Rutgers University clarifies how pictures of ancient toilets have confused people. The westerners assumed that in ancient times toilets were used in the sitting position but the point they miss is that they are actually squat position public toilets and the space beneath was used as sewer.

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