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This is the ordered and rhythmic contraction of the smooth muscles that causes food to be propelled along the GI tract in a wavelike movement.

The process of peristalsis is accomplished by a coordinated contraction and relaxation of the longitudinal muscles that make up the tube of the gastrointestinal tract.
When longitudinal muscle fibres surrounding the gut relax in front of a bolus of food and contract behind it, a propelling action is generated. This action propels food forward through the gut and begins in the oesophagus.
The function of the Oesophagus is to transport food from the mouth to the stomach.

Peristalsis is a manifestation of two reflexes within the enteric nervous system that are stimulated by a bolus of food in the lumen.
Mechanical distension or stretching and mucosal irritation stimulate enteric nerve cells. These sensory neurons cause release of different neurotransmitters   which create a contraction of smooth muscle above the bolus of food and a relaxation of smooth muscle below the bolus, thus creating a propulsive force.


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.