Yes, I said “pooping experience” and I have not lost the plot, I promise!
With our Urban Retreat Collective launch on October 1st, and our first event being tailored around Digestive Health, it was pure synchronicity that the founder of The Happy Squatter got in touch with me to check out their product.
I have been reading about the best way to help the body release waste for a while as the last part of digestion—letting go—is as important as the initial stage of deciding what to put in our mouth.
Bowel movements are not the highest on most people’s list of topics they like to discuss, but it’s an important one and we should talk about it, not to be gross, but to educate. Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to poo!
Getting to know your poo and knowing how to go to the bathroom can provide very telling signs about your internal health. Remember your digestive system has some key functions to keep you alive and healthy. It absorbs nutrients, supports the immune system and releases toxins from the body.
The position of our body, when going to the bathroom, can affect the ease with which we eliminate, and doing it wrong may increase our risk of bowel and pelvic problems, can cause constipation, haemorrhoids (very painful) and other, even more severe, internal issues.
If you have ever been to Asia, you may have seen the design of their toilets being ground holes with sides to step on to facilitate, yes you guessed it, squatting! However, in the West, we are sitting down—at the wrong angle—and doing it all wrong.
Don’t get me wrong, sitting is way more comfortable than squatting from a standing position and can you imagine the logistics required if we all decided to change out toilets to Asian style? So, this is where aids like The Happy Squatter tool come in handy. By placing the stool under our feet and changing the angle of our legs we are moving from a position where we end up straining to one that just facilitates the waste’s way out. Straining has some unwanted effects, including a temporary disruption in cardiac flow.
So how does using The Happy Squatter aid digestion through elimination and why is squatting so important exactly?
When we sit on a Western toilet, we place our knees at a 90-degree angle to our abdomen. This angle hinders elimination by pinching off the anal canal. Squatting allows the knees to get closer to our torso, and this position allows the relaxation of our rectum, so we can poo better!
An important part of eliminating correctly is that we want to make sure that we are eliminating EVERYTHING! When we strain or don’t poop correctly, we might deal with faecal stagnation and the accumulation of toxins in our intestines. Our waste is full of bacteria, a lot of the bad guys, so we need them out.
The Happy Squatter to make squatting easier
A simple footstool that allows us to get into a more natural squat position without renovating our bathroom and converting to a hole in the ground!
The Happy Squatter is inexpensive and practical. Its shape allows the stool to be stored around the toilet so it is not in the way and feels like an extension of the toilet itself.
It is lightweight and easy to keep clean, which is key for anything you have in the bathroom right?
There’s compelling evidence suggesting that Western toilet is at least in part responsible not only for constipation and hemorrhoids, but also more severe health problems like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), appendicitis, and even heart attacks—caused by the disruption of blood flow and straining. The Happy Squatter solution, to me, is a no brainer!
Urban Retreat Collective Event on October 1
Join us on October 1st for our awesome Digestive Health Event where we will discuss all the ins and outs of a healthy digestive system (yes, poo too). We will practice yoga, relax our entire body with sound healing, and eat amazing food. And not only will we provide you with an amazing goodie bag on the day, but ONE of the lucky participants will walk away with The Happy Squatter Stool and special discounts will be offered to participants to get their own online too!
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