Pooping: You’re Doing It Wrong.

Via elephant journal
on Oct 14, 2012
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Pooping. You’re doing it wrong. Here’s how to do it right:

The Perfect Poop.

Via our friends at {Living Green Magazine}

Squat in style.

I heard recently that sitting on the toilet while reading is bad for us because we then spend too much time in the Thinker position, letting it “all hang out” so to speak.

Now I discover that there is a “squat poop” movement—and that several companies make products specifically designed to keep our butts hovering above the ceramic throne.

Slate.com ran an article a few years ago about how our bathroom posture affects our health. When then-president Jimmy Carter came down with a bad case of the hemorrhoids in 1978, “Time Magazine asked a proctologist named Michael Freilich to explain the president’s ailment. ‘We were not meant to sit on toilets,’ he said, ‘we were meant to squat in the field.’

He’s probably right….By the 1960s and ’70s, the idea was relatively commonplace. Architect Alexander Kira argued in his 1966 book The Bathroom that human physiology is better suited to the squat. According to Bockus’s Gastroenterology, a standard medical text from 1964, the ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position, with the thighs fixed upon the abdomen.’”

If you want to go old school, simply use the squat toilet used in many underdeveloped areas of Earth—a hole in the ground. But if you want to squat in style, let’s look at some products that help you go Number Two in the correct position.

Photo: Living Green Magazine

First up in the “poo” review is Squatty Potty,

which is essentially a foot stool that comes in several heights to provide users the benefits of squatting while still seated. They note that “Experts say squatting helps in the prevention of colon disease, constipation, hemorrhoids, pelvic floor issues and similar ailments… [It] has a convenient design that helps properly align the colon, and can easily be stored at the base of the toilet to prevent bathroom clutter in between uses.” Prices range from about $35 to $80. Here is their educational video:


Number Two in the Number Two field is Nature’s Platform

a platform, not a stool—that allows you to hover directly over the toilet bowl. As they point out on their site, “Two-thirds of humanity uses the squatting position to answer the call of nature. In those cultures, appendicitis, diverticulosis, hemorrhoids, colitis, prostate disorders and colon cancer are virtually unknown.”

It’s only $144, plus shipping, and is apparently endorsed by yoga teachers as well as doctors.

If you want to become a squatter but money is tight, make your own stool or platform.

>>Lillypad sells stool plans for $8.

>>Free platform plans are also available.

And to give you more encouragement to take the squat, here’s a video showing how to use the DIY platform:



If you haven’t had your fill of squat stuff, or want to find other product sources, Google these terms: “toilet squatting stools,” “toilet squatting platforms,” “toilet footstool.”

*Adapted from livinggreenmagazine.com


Living Green Magazine informs and educates readers with environmental news and lifestyle articles. It highlights nonprofit causes and provides sustainable solutions for individuals, families, businesses and communities. Its readers come in all shades of green, and want to create a healthy environment for themselves and others. Living Green Magazine – Where Green Is Read.



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21 Responses to “Pooping: You’re Doing It Wrong.”

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  2. John says:

    I don't know about you guys, but I just put the toilet seat down and squat on that. I love how people are charging nearly $150 for something like this which is totally unnecessary!

  3. Ummmm…….before we worry about position for elimination, most folks in N.A. need to focus on what is being eliminated. Our food habits are the first order of illness, not the way we dump it after digestion. But fun to read. I know a fellow who did the squat thing too, and ended up with severe hemroids from the pressure of bearing down in a squat–tip, you can't be obese and do this one safely.

  4. Michelle says:

    Urm I have been doing this since 2 years ago because it felt more comfortable. Plus my grandma would make me do this when I was little if I was having issues going. Just pull up the bathroom trash bin and put your feet on it. ITS FREE!!!

  5. John says:

    I am hesitant to squat on a wall-mounted toilet. Aside from that I agree with you

  6. Jmilphoto says:

    I think this article fails to mention the numbers of developing countries that are battling the spread of communicable diseases via human fecal contamination. This may sound gross but the "splatter factor" has got to come into play here…not the most sanitary method…

  7. Lizzibabe says:

    Past experience showed me that female urine streams tend to go *forward* instead of *down* in this position. further experimentation is required. However, in my specific case, obesity + back injury means I won't be trying this again anytime soon.

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  11. grawp says:

    Simpler solution: get a step-stool and put your feet on the bottom step while on the toilet seat. The closer you get your knees to your torso, the easier the release. If you need help releasing so as not to squeeze, rock back and forth while holding the top rail .Leaning back is sometimes best, Anything to move your torso while your butt muscles relax–both inside and out. You just have to try it.

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  15. Rachael says:

    If you're tall or rotund though it can be difficult to get yourself in the right position like that. I find the squatty potty very helpful.

  16. Agreew[thyou says:

    Yes, and I imagine that people who squat in fields in third world countries aren't obese, either.

  17. Leonor says:

    I would be interested to know your criteria for labelling a world region as “under-developed”.

    In India, most bathrooms are designed for proper pooping and you don’t have to spend $144 on a designer’s device.

  18. chucky cheese says:

    Why not just lean forward like a plane crash position…that's free

  19. Kit Wharzly says:

    We have done it! Humanity has finally reached its pinnacle point.. arguing about how to poop. Congratulations everyone!

  20. Amit says:

    thats what i have been doing successfully for years.