Do you sit in the toilet while performing a “big need”? Then you’re doing it wrong. The ideal position when emptying is a squat. And how to achieve this? Just take a stool to the toilet.
Improper positioning on the toilet can lead to colon cancer.
As many as a quarter of Europe’s population suffers from constipation. Not only a bad diet, which is a lack of fiber, but also an incorrect position on the toilet is to blame. The moment a person sits on the toilet in a slight forward bend, the intestines are unnaturally squeezed and all harmful toxins cannot leave the body in a natural way. And if they stay in the body for a long time, it can lead to colon cancer. So how do you help?
The body should properly position in a squat. “There should be an angle of thirty-five degrees between the axis of the body and the hip joint, which is not achieved in a normal toilet seat,” said Dr. Peter Stanich of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. And if the body is not completely emptied, it cannot absorb all the nutrients and vitamins that travel in its diet, thus losing energy.
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So it turns out that the classic Turkish toilets, which many Europeans completely reject, are actually among the healthiest for our digestion. But there is another way that is not so strenuous for our joints. It was Dr. Peter Stanich and other researchers from the university who conducted an interesting study.
The research team hired 52 adults and monitored their daily bowel movements for four weeks. For the first two weeks, participants devoted themselves to their typical work and were asked to report any strain or discomfort during each emptying of the toilet. For the next two weeks, all participants were given a footstool. And the results were interesting. Seventy-one percent of the participants said that they spent much less time in the toilet thanks to the stool, and 90 percent of them felt less stress when emptying.
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During the first half of the study, the researchers recorded a total of 735 bowel movements across the group, compared to just 384 footsteps. “Studies have shown that using a stool can help alleviate symptoms such as constipation, bloating and incomplete emptiness, and can help people have more comfortable and effective bowel movements,” Stanich added.
The dressing chair is already commonly used in the USA, but it is gradually penetrating into Europe, including the Czech Republic. A pair of friends, Vojtěch Krajsa and Pavel Čučka, were the first to start making a toilet seat in our country, and they named it simply – stokrle. “It was designed to raise the legs to the optimal position imitating squats when emptying the toilet. This principle is supported by scientific studies and helps prevent health problems such as constipation or hemorrhoids and relieve their symptoms, “explain the authors of the sting. The great advantage of this chair is that it can be comfortably slid under most types of toilets.