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Straining to go-Damage all over

Straining to Defecate
Straining on the toilet
Straining to open the Bowel
Straining to empty the bowel
straining during defecation
is straining necessary to empty or evacuate the bowel?
is straining a healthy habit?
Do I need to push and STRAIN to empty my bowel?
Do I need to force open a path which may be closed in order to complete a bowel motion?
how important is posture for relief of constipation, haemorrhoids, anal fissure?


What is straining?

Straining is the force created in the muscles associated with the Intestines, Colon, Diaphragm, Bladder and pelvic floor during an attempt to eliminate faecal waste from the bowel through a closed or partially open ano-rectal passage in the seated posture.

The muscles of the Diaphragm reside just above the transverse colon and contraction of this muscle can create pressures within the abdominal cavity and the colon. This is STRAINING.

Straining is usually associated with constipation and passing of an ill formed, hard stool. However, this is not entirely a true reflection of the facts. Straining may be associated with the attempt to eliminate faecal matter of any consistency, even diarrhoea.
This fact indicates that it is the creation of a clear path for the strain free and pain free passage of stool that is crucial during the process of defecation.


Imagine yourself sitting on the toilet and the bowels are not moving for trying.
You are grunting and groaning, your face is flushed. You are holding your breath and pushing, trying to blow an imaginary balloon.
You are tightening your chest and abdominal muscles.
All these actions cause the pressure within the abdominal cavity and the chest to increase. The increase in pressure within the abdomen helps to move the bowel but the increase in pressure within the chest causes the Valsalva effect.
This involuntary use of the Valsalva
manoeuvre during evacuation of the bowel can often lead to fainting due to a drop in blood pressure and chest pain in those people with a heart condition called Angina or other circulatory conditions.

The Valsalva manoeuvre occurs during straining to pass a hardened stool and those who suffer from chronic constipation use this technique regularly without realizing the damage caused to the pelvic floor muscles by this “repetitive injury” practice.

Straining is a frequently practiced, exaggerated and unnatural effort to have a bowel movement.
This herculean exertion and repeated straining effort together with the long periods spent sitting on the toilet seat is totally unnecessary and can cause damage to the pelvic floor muscles and over time lead to diseases in other parts of the body.

Lack of a suitable mix of soluble and insoluble fibre in the diet and adoption of the sitting posture to empty the bowel are the main reasons for the need to strain during a bowel movement.
A diet that consists mainly of fibre free animal products and refined or processed grains results in the production of rock hard stool which is difficult to pass through the partially open path between the rectum and anus that is created when one sits down on the raised western toilet seat.
Further, the urge to empty the bowel is created when enough well formed Faeces enters the rectum to distend or stretch the wall of the rectum. This distention causes a reflex contraction that initiates the act of defecation.

When the stools are made up of small, rock hard pellets, incomplete filling of the rectum results.

Without bulk there is no distention of the rectum and without distention there is no reflex contraction of the rectum.
This means there is no urge to initiate the act of defecation.
To eliminate these rock hard stools enormous effort and harmful straining is required.
When practiced over a long period of time on a daily basis, the pressures created cause damage to the pelvic floor muscles and weakening of the muscles that make up the wall of the Colon, Bladder and Diaphragm.
This fact may explain why some conditions such as Diverticulosis and urinary incontinence often appears late in life.


How to eliminate Straining

It is a fact that straining may be present during the passage of stool of any consistency.
Straining may be associated with the passing of a hard stool as well as during an episode of diarrhoea.
We can therefore deduce that it is not the consistency of the stool alone that determines whether straining is necessary for the elimination of faecal waste.
Straining forces are created by pushing against a closed or partially open path. We can eliminate straining by creating an open and clear path between the rectum and anus for easy passage of a well formed stool by assuming the Squat posture. This posture allows for the relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles and the puborectalis muscle so that a clear path is created for a well formed stool to literally slide out of the body within seconds of assuming the posture.

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.



A suggested recipe that will help make a well formed stool and provide food for the friendly Bacteria in the Colon, allowing the local production of the health providing Butyric acid.

One RAW Potato............ wash, peel and dice the potato, make sure there are no GREEN or BLACK spots on the potato. You only need the white or yellow flesh. Choose a high starch content or Floury Potato for best results

One RAW Carrot peeled and diced

One Apple washed and diced (no need to peel)

One Beet Root, diced (not pickled—avoids Vinegar)

One small piece of Ginger root or half a teaspoonful of dried Ginger powder

Half a Lemon (peeled)

Half a Lime (peeled)

Liquidize the ingredients in a food processor. Add water or Fruit juice to thin down into a juice.

Drink one large Glassful daily.

This Raw Vegetable juice will introduce soluble fibre, Insoluble fibre and Resistant Starch without much effort into your diet and provide the ingredients that will lead to a healthier Colon.

Colon healthy optional extras you can add to the juice to fortify it with other health providing ingredients.

One tablespoon of Barley malt extract
One tablespoon of Inulin powder
One tablespoon of cracked Flax or Linseeds
One tablespoon of Chia seeds
One teaspoon of Basil seed
One tablespoon of Raw Potato Starch

Always add these ingredients to the COLD juice or Water.
Heat will destroy the health providing starch and fibre ingredients of the chosen materials.