Dr. Robert Young N=MSc., DSc., Ph.D, ND
Naturopathic Physician at the pH Miracle Ti Sana Medical Spa, Arlate, Italy
Many people from around the world use to perform their physiological needs in a natural way, meaning in the common squatting position for thousands of years for healthy bowel elimination.
Constipation, hemorrhoids, intestinal cancer or Crohn`s disease were unfamiliar to these people. However, modern technology introduced a new way of emptying the large intestine – the sitting toilet bowl.
Unfortunately, latest studies have shown evidence that this position is associated with a number of inflammatory or acidic health issues.
1. Modern toilets are a risk for dis-ease
According to a study published in an Israeli magazine called “Journal of Medical Sciences” , the squatting position while emptying your intestines is the principal contributing cause of the following dis-eases:
“The frequency of intestinal diseases (hemorrhoids, constipation, appendix inflammation, polyps, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome) is similar in South African white males and in the populations of rich Western countries. In the rural areas with traditional lifestyle, these diseases are very rare or almost unfamiliar”.
2. Modern toilets contribute towards the development of hemorrhoids
Generally, hemorrhoids occur due to an inflamed vein (the hemorrhoidal vein) located in the lower part of the colon and the anus. But also, they commonly appear as a result of straining during defecation particularly in people who have a harder stool from ingesting highly acidic food that does not digest or liquify. The sitting position leads to a weaker and slower defecation. This kind of position also requires greater straining. On the other hand, emptying the large intestine while squatting is much faster and simpler and you almost don’t need any excessive pushing or straining.
3. Sitting on the toilet will cause intestinal inflammation
Furthermore, this position allows tightening of the Tuborectalis muscle which prevents total elimination. The content that remains in the large intestine can be a good foundation for fermentation and putrefaction leading to inflammation and even cancerous condition. Crohn’s syndrome belongs to the group of IBD- inflammatory dis-ease always cause by excess acidity in the bowels.
4. The development of urinary tract outfections
The aquatting position is also recommended for emptying the bladder as well. For example, women urinate much easier when in squatting position. In the sitting position, on the other hand, the bladder is never completely emptied so it allows for the holding of urine and leaves a space for acidic urine to breakdown bladder cells causing the development of bacteria and yeast and their associated exotoxins and mycotoxins.
5. Connection to heart attack
There is a real connection between heart attack and stroke incidence and defecation in sitting position. Namely, many heart attacks and deaths happen precisely in the bathroom. Israeli doctor, Berko Sikirov spent more than 20 years in analyzing the consequences of excessive pushing and straining during defecation in a sitting position and its correlation to heart attacks and stroke.
6. Menstrual problems and toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
Performing of physiological needs in a squatting position involves a complete pressure of the pelvis. This allows the urinary bladder to empty easily, but also the contents from the uterus during the menstrual cycle. Sitting position on the other hand, lacks of natural “pressing”, and a part of the menstrual liquid remains inside the uterus. A longer blood retention can lead to development of a great amount of cellular breakdown giving rise to bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, and their associated exotoxins or acids which can result with a toxic shock (TSS).
7. Japanese people still “squat”
It is commonly known that Japan is a technological giant. However, they still use squat toilets which represent an essential part of every bathroom, particularly in the elder population. Apart from health and hygienic benefits which the squatting position offers, Japanese people simply love it because it “saves them time”.
8. The Squat chair
To practice intestinal emptying and urinating in a squatting position, bring your body into a position similar to squatting in the following way: put a special squat chair under your legs during sitting on your toilet bowl.
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