I have been promoting the idea of squatting to poop to my family and close friends for over a year now. I started squatting in April 2011 after suffering from a few bouts of hemorrhoids. I was researching a solution and discovering an article on how former President Jimmy Carter dealt with his hemorrhoid problem, by squatting to poop. After reading more about the benefits of squatting and how intestinal\bowel issues are a new crop of diseases, some may argue modern medicine discovered these new issues but I believe they only started after sitting to poop become the norm, squatting to poop began to make more and more sense. So I built a small platform and started squatting. My hemorrhoids problem is gone, my bowel movements are regular, and my overall health has improved. Does anyone else squat to poop?
Ok, dumb question: now that you’re squatting do you still poop in a toilet?
I’m kind of short, I don’t think I could squat *over* a toilet so what are my options here? Feet on the sides of the bowl and aim from a distance? Dig a hole in the backyard?
At the risk of this topic getting “gross”, can you please elaborate on the specifics of your defecation techniques?
@0etzi2011, do you squat outside or inside?
@beyond, do you do it every time and also outside or inside typically?
@misterkal, @thedude1985, http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wNnxpE79lMQ/TP2oz3gfcEI/AAAAAAAABQQ/PK6QI29V3wE/s1600/sitting+vs+squatting+pooping+posture.png
Whenever I’m out in the woods or something I LOVE squat pooping but I have yet to really work out a very convenient way of doing it at my home :/
@adamd, inside. I built a platform from scrap wood. I got the height from first squatting and measuring the distance from the floor to my ass. I next measured the height of my toilet and built the platform to that difference. The platform is roughly 8 inches tall.
@misterkal, They make little stools so you are in a squatting position while sitting on the toilet. Or you could just keep a shoebox under your feet or something. The main thing is the angle of your legs while you have your bowel movement. The closer the knees to the chest, the better for you.
In China many toilets are like this:
I’ve heard many westerns to suggest that this is Asian backwardness… So I’m glad to read this post and noticed that actually chinese are far ahead avoiding hemorrhoids! :D