Warning: assert() [function.assert]: Assertion failed in /home/content/75/10396475/html/libraries/loader.php on line 3
What is Squatting?
You are here: The Squatting Posture What is Squatting


What is Squatting?

E-mail Print PDF

What is Squatting?

There is no doubting the fact that we human beings are the most intelligent species on earth.
However, this does not change the fact that we still belong to the “animal kingdom”.

Whether we like it or not, we are “civilised animals” who have highly developed brains and the power to think.
Observation of the animal kingdom indicates that the natural posture for defecation is squatting. Yes, animal’s squat to go. You may already have noticed this if you have household pets. We should perhaps learn from this observation alone.

More nearer to home though, watch how toddlers do it before they are forced to be “toilet trained” on the potty by well meaning parents.

Squatting is a posture where by the weight of the body is supported by the feet and the knees are either partially or fully bent.
This is the natural posture for eliminating waste from the bowel. In the squatting posture the colon is stimulated by gentle pressure created by the compression of the thighs on the abdomen.
The posture in addition allows the sling like puborectalis muscle, which normally remains constricted to maintain continence by closing off the rectum, to relax and create an open and aligned pathway towards the anus to allow the now compressed waste to slide out of the body due to the action of gravity rather than the effort of pushing or straining.

Squatting as an alternative and preferred posture for defecation is now known to have health benefits.
Despite this knowledge, the adoption of this posture by the majority of the populations of the west is minimal.

A discussion of the taboo subject of anything anal and involving the process of defecation is shunned by modern society.
Topics involving medical conditions such as anal incontinence, constipation, diarrhoea, and inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer are hardly ever discussed.
Not only is discussion in the public arena out of question, the subject is avoided altogether even within the family-often until it is too late.

The widespread use of the raised toilet is universal in western society and the suggestion of squatting for defecation is regarded as different or “primitive” and not “civilised”.

Most people prefer to conform to the norm. Habits are deeply ingrained and difficult to shift. We even toilet train our children, to whom squatting comes naturally, to the use of potties.
The existing raised toilet in all homes in the west, having incurred huge expense during installation, is hardly going to be abandoned and replaced with a squat toilet any time soon.

The ability to adopt the squat posture on a squat toilet is another major issue that needs addressing, especially in the elderly and infirm.
A lifetime habit of sitting on a raised toilet seat for defecation can lead to atrophy of the muscles and tendons required for this function. Leg and hip muscles may not be adapted for squatting. When one does need or want to squat, having adopted the sitting posture, there is loss of muscle tone that leads to an inability to squat.

The installation of a squat toilet in the home is therefore not a practical method of adopting the squat posture for defecation.
For the same reason, it is difficult to envision how anyone can adopt the squat posture by squatting on the edges of a raised toilet or on a platform placed on top of the seat as suggested by some. This method is not very practical and it may be dangerous and will cause injury if an attempt is made to squat on a toilet seat made of porcelain that may break.

However, all is not lost as this posture can be mimicked while using the existing raised toilet seat in the home by adopting the specially designed SquattLooStool.
This stool allows the creation of the squat posture and the proper Anorectal angle together with the compression required for easy and complete evacuation of the bowel.

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.