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Can squatting instead of sitting when you move your bowels help with constipation?

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When people use posture-changing devices to squat, studies show, they go more quickly. They also strain less and empty their bowels more completely than when they sit on the toilet. By making it easier to go, squatting might reduce constipation and prevent hemorrhoids, which are often a result of straining.

SOURCES:

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Expanded Version."

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: "Implementation of a defecation posture modification device."

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: "Influence of body position on defecation in humans."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Your Digestive System & How It Works."

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers: "A review on squat-assist devices to aid elderly with lower limb difficulties in toileting to tackle constipation."

Smithsonian: "From Turrets to Toilets: A Partial History of the Throne Room."

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 08, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: "Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Expanded Version."

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: "Implementation of a defecation posture modification device."

Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: "Influence of body position on defecation in humans."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Your Digestive System & How It Works."

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers: "A review on squat-assist devices to aid elderly with lower limb difficulties in toileting to tackle constipation."

Smithsonian: "From Turrets to Toilets: A Partial History of the Throne Room."

Squatty Potty.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 08, 2019

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