You know the expression that you shouldn’t talk about two topics, religion and politics, if you want to avoid controversy? I think we should throw a third one in there: bowel movements. For some reason, whenever pooping is brought up, the third grader in all of us shines through and we either respond with nervous laughter or a look of disgust. But the truth is, regular bowel movements are a sign of good health. You should be going to the bathroom at least once a day with little to no effort. If you are not eliminating each day, the waste and toxins are being reabsorbed into your body compromising your immune system. An occasional bout of constipation is normal when you travel or are under stress but if you find that it occurs frequently or you don’t eliminate completely each day, you should take it seriously.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR STOOL LOOK LIKE?
There’s some debate as to what your stool should look like but the color should be brownish and should come out in a soft, tubular shape. I know, I know, gross me out. But we all go to the bathroom, we all sneak a peek (or at least we should) so why not talk about it because of its importance to our health. Here's a nifty chart to examine your stool.
Of course you know by now that diet and exercise affect your digestive health, but did you know that how you poop is just as important. Many years ago someone thought it uncivilized to squat and do our business above a hole in the ground and invented the toilet. Unfortunately, our physiology never evolved to adapt to these toilets. Have you ever seen a baby squat down when they have to do #2? It’s because they are putting their body in the optimal position to eliminate. We are designed to squat.
To remedy this bathroom situation, the good people at Squatty Potty have designed a plastic stool that puts your body in the perfect position to eliminate. Not only will the Squatty Potty help you go easier but it also helps to alleviate hemorrhoids, bladder and pelvic floor issues, straining, IBS and constipation.
HOW TO USE THE SQUATTY POTTY:
I’ve been using the Squatty Potty for over a year and seriously could not live without it. It makes going to the bathroom so easy. I’m in and out within minutes whereas before I could read an entire magazine and not feel like I'd finished my business (true story). I’ve gotten so used to it that whenever I travel, I find a garbage can or something to lift my knees up. It’s remarkable what a difference it makes.
The Squatty Potty comes in two heights, 7 inches and 9 inches. When you are first starting out, I recommend getting the 7 inches. It takes a couple of tries to get used to it but you’ll be singing its praises in no time.
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING
The stools are on sale now for $25 or $20 each when you buy three or more. I know this sounds like a Squatty Potty commercial, but I’m not getting compensated at all for this promotion. I just really believe in this product and I know it will help your health and overall wellness.
Treat yourself to a stool or two (ha!) and enjoy the benefits of eliminating properly. Or buy it for those friends and family who have it all. At first they’ll mock the gift but behind close doors, they will love you for it ;)
Here’s to happy, healthy pooping!