If you are lucky enough to be one of 63 million Americans who suffer from constipation every year, then you may have heard about Squatty Potty. And if you haven’t, well you are in for a treat (pun totally intended) because we are doing a video breakdown of Squatty Potty’s viral Youtube video staring a handsome prince and an ice cream pooping unicorn. And before you get the impression that this is just some crude attempt at making fun of a serious problem, it’s really not.
Squatty Potty came up with the brilliant idea to use soft serve ice cream and a constipated unicorn to demonstrate the realities of the human body while in a sitting position on the toilet.
And if you have sat down on a toilet recently, you and several billion of your fellow humans have been doing it all wrong. Yes your entire life, the way you used the toilet is completely against the way nature intended for you to do the job. And it’s not even your fault, we can blame geometry.It turns out that we are designed to squat while going to the bathroom instead of sitting. When we are in the sitting position, a muscle called the Puborectalis Muscle only partially relaxes, causing a kink in your colon.
Once we are able to get into a squatting position, the Puborectalis muscle is able to fully relax and allow the colon to empty quickly and completely. Who doesn’t want that?
And this is when the genius of Squatty Potty comes into play. Instead of removing your precious throne and using a squat toilet like the other half of humanity who does not suffer from constipation, you just lift your feet onto a step stool like device and go. That simple.
Signs You Need The Squatty Potty
Do you suffer from any of the following:
- Colon Disease
- Urinary Infections
Hemorrhoids are defined as a swollen vein or group of veins in the region of the anus. While in the sitting position, a bend called the anorectal angle is kinked, creating upward pressure on the rectum which forces our bodily waste to stay in our bodies. Which is a good thing for the most part. I’m positive that the majority of you reading this do not enjoy randomly soiling ourselves.
But then this also becomes a problem when we do intentionally want to void our bowels while in the sitting position. You are now fighting that upward pressure created from being in the anorectal angle which in turn puts more pressure on the veins around the anus, causing them to stretch and bulge.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines constipation as having fewer than three bowel movements per seven days. The NIH estimates that as many as 4-10 million Americans suffer from chronic constipation. Again the Squatty Potty website sums up the problem nicely:
Squatty Potty® toilet stools create healthy toilet posture to relieve and prevent constipation in the following ways:
In the squatting position, gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity.
Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and the bowel to empty completely.
Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the “kink” at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle.
The colon is equipped with an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve) and an outlet valve (the puborectalis muscle). Squatting simultaneously closes the inlet valve, to keep the small intestine clean, and opens the outlet valve, to allow wastes to pass freely. The sitting position defeats the purpose of both valves, making elimination difficult and incomplete, and soiling the small intestine.
Pooping completely and often is a good thing. You need to eliminate waste and toxins from your body. And there are many studies that point to fecal and toxin buildup in the colon that leads to colon cancer.
Plus when you have buildup on the walls of the colon, your body can no longer absorb the nutrients it needs to keep healthy.
Urine flow is stronger and easier when women squat to urinate which drastically helps reduce cases of urinary track infections.
It’s Not Just A Plastic Stool
The Squatty Potty is also ergonomically designed with a comfortable foot angle and height options available.
One of our first concerns when creating this review of the Squatty Potty was how it would fit in with the rest of the bathroom. The last thing we wanted was another obstacle to walk around or have to haul out of the closet when not in use. Thankfully, the Squatty Potty stores neatly right under the toilet.
image via Squatty Potty
Squatty Potty solves the problems you didn’t even know you had. And that is truly genius. So if you suffer from hemorrhoids or constipation (or both) give Squatty Potty a try. There are many options available form the standard plastic models to wooden designer options.
And don’t forget to check out the Squatty Potty Youtube video.