The idea of crouching down in the toilet has faded into antiquity for most of us. With the outspread of modern toilets in the last 50 years, we all love
the comfort of sitting in the toilet seat. For the rest of the world the idea of squatting in the toilet seat might be new. But for us Indians, this is the
traditional way that our fathers and forefathers followed. Doctors and researchers suggest that humans are naturally designed to squat. Recently, an
Australian scientist did a study on this and was awarded a national prize in his country for designing a toilet squat stool. Surprised? In an age where
Indians are renewing their old toilets to "western style", the rest of the world is turning back to squatting.
Does that mean our Indian forefathers got it all right? Yes, they perhaps did! This idea is now supported by scientists from across the world. Squatting is
the perfect poop pose and there are several reasons to it. All the scientific thinking is spot on, here are a few motivations to squat a poop.
• The most important problem with sitting posture is that it only partly relaxes the abdominal muscles around the colon. This stops the flow of fecal
matter from the colon. On the other hand, in squatting position, your abdominal muscle, puborectalis, relaxes completely and lets the outflow of waste
• The terminal part of our intestine, rectum and anus are placed at an angle to each other. This angle is known as ‘anorectal’ angle. Squatting allows the
anorectal angle to straighten so that less effort is required for evacuation.
• The straight alignment of the anorectal angle permits smooth bowel elimination. This prevents excessive straining with the potential for resultant damage
to anal region like anal fistula and haemorrhoids.
• The effect of gravity is stronger in squatting position. The weight from the upper part of body naturally compresses the intestinal loops. Gentle
pressure from diaphragm complements this pressure. Therefore, gravity does most of the work in squatting position and evacuation of the bowel is easier.
• There are ‘kinks’ and ‘coils’ in our bowel loops. Squatting lifts the colon to unlock this ‘kink’ which forms a hindrance in the ‘poop pathway’. The
release of this natural kink in squatting posture prevents incontinence.
• Squatting is a more natural position which eliminates the risk of colon diseases, constipation, hemorrhoids, pelvic floor issues and other such ailments.
• Humans are designed not to leak in an upright position. In sitting position, the upper part of the body is upright which holds our sphincter tight.
Leakage in upright position is checked by bends in our intestine, a squat opens these bends and frees the flow of waste entirely.
The benefits of the squat posture are beyond the shadow of any doubt. Remember, not everyone might squat safely or comfortably, especially elderly people.
Its important that they take the freedom of sitting in the loo. For those looking for a more comfortable position of sitting with benefits of squatting
keep a flat high stool under your feet to assist better bowel evacuation.