Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Benefits of a Squat Toilet and how to build one!

Humans mainly use one of two types of defecation postures: either squatting or sitting. People use the squatting posture when using squat toilets or when defecating in the open in the absence of toilets. The sitting posture on the other hand is used in toilets that have a pedestal or "throne", where users generally lean forward or sit at 90-degrees to a toilet seat.
In general, the posture chosen is largely a cultural decision and is determined by early childhood habits. However, it may also be dictated by the available toilet type, as a squat toilet can only be used in a squatting position, whereas squatting on a toilet designed for sitting is not recommended. When people are travelling to different countries, they may therefore be forced to use a different defecation posture than what they are used to or prefer. That happened to me. I used a sitting toiled since a can remember but on my last travel i have been forced to use squat toilets. At the beginning it felt weird and strange but soon i realized that my bowel movements where quicker and less demanding. I never had digestion issues or bowel movements irregularity, that is way it made me think even more. If I can spot this differences maybe for somebody it would really make the difference. I started reading and looking for more information about it and what we ignorantly call 'progress' may is exactly what actually helps make us sick.
I think everything that happens naturally is the best thing for us. In nature we would squat for complete a bowel movement so probably our body is designed that way. A Study from 2003 done by doctor Dov Sikirov discovered it took an average of 51 seconds for a bowel movement while 'sitters' took an average of 130 seconds. Different studies (you can check them in the references) confirm that the most effective posture for urination and defecation is the squat position. Squatting is as basic to good health as drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced (vegan) diet ;), getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.

Benefits of Squatting

# Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent "fecal stagnation," a prime factor in colon cancerappendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Protects the nerves that control the prostatebladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine.
Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diverticulosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.
A highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids, as shown by published clinical research.
For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare one for a more natural delivery.

Squatting is a difficult position to adopt straight away, with patience after a couple of weeks everybody will get used to it. The muscles we use to defecate are exercised by getting down into, and up out of, the squat position. Not only will your balance improve but you will also give your spine a beneficial stretch.
So what are you waiting for? You can install your own squat toilet, removing your toilet altogether and replace it with... nothing or a hole in the floor! Or.. could buy or build a support that transforms your throne in a proper squat toilet and if somebody doesn't wanna take the risk they can still compress their intestine and sit down ;)

How to build your own Squat Toilet

You can either buy the "Plan" on the "Lillipad Squat Toilet Platform" website at the following link:

You will get all the instructions for build this support for transform your western toilet in a squat toilet.

Or you can design your own plan for make it more personal ;)

Once you have all your pieces ready you have only to glue them together and fix everything screwing little L shaped metal plates on the inside corners.

For be sure about the stability I used 14 of those ;)

And this is how it looks like at the end:

I love it, and it doesn't bother for a normal sitting style use (I didn't convinced my mum yet)...

For more details or information don't hesitate to contact me!! I will be glad to help.

Lots of Love


Sources, References and more info:

2010 Japanese study on the Influence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans.
Dr. Dov Sikirov, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 48, No.7 (July 2003)
Sikirov, B.A. Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, 1987: 23 
Alexander Kira. The Bathroom. New York: Penguin, 1976
Janet Balaskas. New Active Birth. London: Thorsons, 1991
Joseph Heller and William Henkin. Body Wise. New York: J.P. Tarcher Inc./St Martin's Press, 1986
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth, 1969
Jacobs, E.J. and White, E. Epidemiology, 1998 July, 9 (4)

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