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Intra-abdominal pressures and Straining
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Intra-abdominal pressures and Straining

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Intra-abdominal pressures and Straining

Evacuation of faeces is aided by increased intra-abdominal pressures created by straining or the Valsalva manoeuvre, which involves the simultaneous closure of the glottis (holding your breath, pushing and blowing) and contraction of the abdominal muscles.

This straining is not healthy and can damage the muscles and nerves of the pelvic floor due to the repeated stretching over long periods.

The need for straining may be eliminated by adopting the squat posture for defecation.
In addition to aiding in the creation of a straight ano-rectal angle and a clear path in the ano-rectal canal for stool to pass, this posture allows the creation of gentle pressures within the Cecum, ascending and sigmoid colon by the compression of the thighs on the abdominal wall.


How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.