Why Experts Now Warn We’ve Been “Going” All Wrong
While modern inventions facilitate convenience, they sometimes lead to modern health maladies as well. Such is the case with the toilet seat, which experts say has caused the widespread incidence of hemorrhoids and diverticulitis. And apparently, the solution to this is easier than you think. In fact, it might not even require a change in diet.
According to many experts, cases of hemorrhoids and diverticulitis could be significantly curbed just by assuming a squatting position — rather than a chair seated one — on the toilet when having a bowel movement.
Sitting Doesn’t Open the Hatch Completely
According to the book Charming Bowels by German author Giulia Enders, the gut is not designed to “open the hatch completely” when a person is sitting or standing. The hatch she refers to is the internal closing mechanism of the gut, a structure that is kinked unless a person squats. During squatting, this kink straightens out, thus opening the door wide for feces to exit the rectum. When you sit, the muscles in the gut have to strain to push out your excrement past this kinked closure. Therefore, squatting facilitates easier bowel evacuation, a benefit that can prevent disorders of the colon.
“1.2 billion people around the world who squat have almost no incidence of diverticulosis and fewer problems with piles. We in the west, on the other hand, squeeze our gut tissue until it comes out of our bottoms,” notes Enders.
Aside from producing easier bowel emptying, squatting also produces more effective bowel evacuation, which can help prevent constipation. The bigger your bowel movements are, the healthier your colon will be. This is of paramount importance because colon buildup is a cause of many illnesses, including colon cancer.
Some may consider Enders’ advice to be a little “out there,” but she is by no means a lone wolf crying out against the evils of the commode. Nutrition expert Bernard Jensen, Ph.D., has said, “The toilet seat is the most abominable device ever invented in modern civilization.” He explains that squatting is the natural position for elimination and that it holds all of the internal organs in the right position, a stance that concurs with Enders’ view.
How to Squat
Squatting on the toilet seat is a feat that many people can master, especially if they are flexible, relatively young and relatively small. If you do this, it’s a good idea to have a grab bar installed on the wall next to the toilet, so you won’t lose your balance and fall. For those who can’t manage a squat, Enders recommends sitting with the feet on a low stool and leaning forward.
All Disease Starts in the Colon
Over two thousand years ago, Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Although the natural health community has long ascribed to this belief, it isn’t one that the traditional medical community has embraced. Recently, however, as more and more research reveals how colon health affects general wellness, allopathic practitioners are starting to come onboard.
Enders discusses the fact that the gut comprises two-thirds of the body’s immune system. In addition, the bacteria that reside therein are involved in a myriad of functions, including digestion, energy extraction, blood group development, mood determination and hormone production, she states. Other scientists are also recognizing that research on the microbial colonies of the gut holds much promise because of the potential to influence health and disease.
The recipe for optimal colon health, a condition that translates into optimal general health, is to eat plenty of fibrous foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Yet a critical part of the formula is to squat on the toilet rather than sit.
Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.