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Advantages of the Sitting Toilet

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Advantages of the Sitting Toilet

The sitting toilet is more comfortable, especially for the old, weak ,obese and handicapped, than the squat toilet that billions of people in Asia, Africa, Middle East and some parts of Europe use. Because the raised sitting toilet and posture was adopted earlier by Royalty, some people felt obliged to adopt this posture and perhaps felt superior and more civilised than other races that squatted.

The widespread use of the sitting toilet in the west began in the 19th century during a period of rapid industrialisation when the modern sewage system was developed and the raised water closet was invented by people who did not grasp an understanding of human physiology and the influence of the sitting posture on health. 
They only addressed the comfort feature.
The introduction of squatting devices soon after the invention of the raised WC shows its earlier failure. However, if it was good enough for Royalty, then it had to be good enough for the common populations throughout the British Empire. This fact alone led to its later success.

Sadly, the use of the modern raised toilet is so ingrained into western thinking that most people living in the west and who have either not travelled to  Asia or Africa or do not appreciate their culture, do not even realise that there is a natural alternative to this un-natural posture for evacuating the bowel.
Before the “invention” of the modern raised toilet or WC the human race adopted the squat posture to eliminate waste from the body. This is the natural posture for elimination and is still used by the larger portion of the human race on planet Earth. (China, India, Japan, South East Asia, Middle East, some parts of eastern Europe and France). People in the west who often go camping or hunting in the great outdoors will vouch for this fact.


Today, the populations of most of Europe, North America and Australia choose to use the conventional “western” raised toilet seat to carry out the essential function of opening and emptying the bowel. The raised modern toilet involves one to sit upright on a somewhat chair like seat with a hole under the sitting area while the feet dangle on the side or are planted on the floor. This raised toilet does not work in symphony with the human physiology since in this sitting posture the body is designed to SHUT OFF the apparatus that normally maintains continence. The valves, locks or Sphincters that need to be opened in order to create a free passage for the elimination of wastes from the bowel are only able to partially function in the sitting posture and require pushing and straining to be forced open. This posture is therefore most un-natural and instead of aiding the elimination process, hinders it.
We humans were never meant to sit down on a raised toilet seat to Defecate. We sit down on a raised chair to dine or work in an office.

The ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs flexed upon the abdomen. In this way the capacity of the abdominal cavity is greatly diminished and intra-abdominal pressure increased, thus encouraging the expulsion of the faecal mass.
When you squat, the pelvic floor muscles automatically relax to create a passage for stool to pass easily and effortlessly.
The modern toilet seat in many instances is too high for some adults.
Stephen Arnott, in his book Now  wash Your Hands! (Prion Books, 2001), describes why squatting is better than sitting very graphically:

"Squatting... spreads the buttocks to reveal the anus, whereas sitting can do the opposite."

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.