1477354308785 300x254 Comparison of Straining During Defecation in Three Positions 1477354308785 Science has yet to explain everything about the world we live in, but researchers have been working diligently on the age old question of: What is the best position to evacuate your bowels. And we now know for certain the correct method: Squatting.
From what I have read, there are many advantages to using a squat toilet vs a Western toilet with a seat. From making elimination faster, easier and more complete, – as well squatting helps prevent “fecal stagnation,” a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease among others.

The aim of the study was to compare the straining forces applied when sitting or squatting during defecation. Twenty-eight apparently healthy volunteers (ages 17–66 years) with normal bowel function were asked to use a digital timer to record the net time needed for sensation of satisfactory emptying while defecating in three alternative positions: sitting on a standard-sized toilet seat (41–42 cm high), sitting on a lower toilet seat (31–32 cm high), and squatting.

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They were also asked to note their subjective impression of the intensity of the defecation effort. Six consecutive bowel movements were recorded in each position. Both the time needed for sensation of satisfactory bowel emptying and the degree of subjectively assessed straining in the squatting position were reduced sharply in all volunteers compared with both sitting positions (P < 0.0001). In conclusion, the present study confirmed that sensation of satisfactory bowel emptying in sitting defecation posture necessitates excessive expulsive effort compared to the squatting posture.

  1. straining
  2. sitting
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  4. defecation posture

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