ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Got Hemorrhoids? You Could be Pooping the Wrong Way

Updated on April 14, 2015

Even though you've probably been doing it the same way your entire life, you could be pooping the wrong way. According to a 2003 study published in Digestive Disease and Sciences, squatters took an average of 51 seconds to finish their business as opposed to 130 seconds for those sitting on a standard toilet. While the 39 second difference doesn't seem like a significant amount of time, researchers have found that sitting inhibits the body's ability to complete a bowel movement. Squatting, on the other hand, eliminates many of the issues connected with modern living including constipation, hemorrhoids, and may even prevent colon cancer.

Why does squatting work?

Squatting enables the puborectal muscles to relax. This paves the way for the colon to do its regular process smoothly and gently. In addition to the time savings (12.5 days over the course of a lifetime!), squatting:

Prevents constipation. Since squatting relaxes the puborectal muscle it aids the passage of fecal material through the colon. With the addition of fiber, squatting can dramatically increase the body’s ability to eliminate waste.

Prevents Hemorrhoids. One of the major causes of the hemorrhoids is constipation and the length of time spent sitting on the toilet. Sitting produces an angle which prevents the colon from fully relaxing. Squatting creates a more direct line for fecal matter to flow, thereby reducing the risk of constipation and hemorrhoids.

Could prevent cancer. Since sitting prevents the elimination of fecal material, that material stays in contact with the colon for a longer period of time, allowing harmful carcinogens to do damage. While there are no direct clinical studies, lessening contact with the harmful ingredients contained in poop is believed to reduce incidences of cancer.

How Can You Keep from Falling Over When You Squat?

While many cultures are accustomed to squatting, Americans often find it difficult to maintain balance. While practice is certainly a key ingredient, squatting aids are available to help. Rather than completely eliminate the use of a traditional toilet, squatting devices like the Squatty Potty assist in providing a platform that aids in achieving the squatting position without the instability that comes from squatting solo.

In the end, digestive health isn’t just about proper pooping technique. A healthy colon requires a healthy diet of fruits, grains, and vegetable. While squatting can help, there is no real substitute for exercise, weight management, and diet. In both matters, balance is key.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • mepperly profile image

      Shelly Epperly 

      3 years ago from Vancouver,WA

      And now I am figuring out how to explain my arm in a sling LOL. Just kidding of course

    • tammyswallow profile image

      Tammy 

      3 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! Who knew. This is very interesting.

    • SolveMyMaze profile image

      SolveMyMaze 

      3 years ago

      Interesting hub. Haemorrhoids is something people don't normally want to talk about, despite it being a pretty wide spread problem. As you pointed out, it's not just about technique but also for other issues such as diet which isn't just related to haemorrhoids but a wide array of digestive disorders.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)