Sit V's Squat
There’s a soaking ran falling and last months earth cracks are starting to heal up. We’re all still here, the Mayans got it wrong but it still feels like we got a second chance. It’s the day after Christmas 2012 and sloth like movements are in order. Bellies are still full from yesterdays feasting, the expanded gut linings slowly shrinking back as we digest a crazy concoction of food found in one place only at Christmas. The leftovers are in the fridge, a soggy salad and some tofu that will be a welcome relief for lunch. Funny how the healthy stuff always gets passed over.
The composting toilets of the world will be getting a good feed today too. Many of us will spend a little more time than usual, contracting our muscles and pushing out x-mas by-product. How we go about our daily business on the loo may not interest many, but if you’d like to avoid bowel cancer it may be worth paying attention here. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia. A healthy diet and plenty of exercise will alleviate the possibility of getting this form of cancer, but shitting effectively will also help. The position of the anal canal whilst squatting is the best one for evacuating everything. The canal is open, relaxed and the bowel is compressed by the raising of the legs. Getting it all out at the right time of day is also important. If we leave bits of shit floating around in our rectums/bowels all day, the chance that they will cause a cellular mutation resulting in a cancer is much higher. Since most of the digestive processes occur when we are sleeping,mornings are the best time to crap. Of course as we get older or have led inactive lives, squatting is not an option. To simulate squatting, a foot stool that raises your legs in front of your standard toilet pedestal can be used. The simulated squat will align your anal canal better than sitting, and help with stubborn bowel movements. In an ageing people, Haemorrhoids’ can be avoided and better overall health maintained.Below are 7 good reasons to squat.
1. Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent "faecal stagnation," a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis andinflammatory bowel disease.
2. Protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
3. Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine.
4. Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
5. Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diverticulosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.
6. A highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids, as shown by published clinical research.
7. For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare one for a more natural delivery.