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Toilet stools, a tool to prevent hemorrhoids and constipation

There is great evidence regarding the effect of our position on the toilet while defecating. The modern toilet has forced us to change the natural position we used to evacuate our intestines, it is important to mention that babies instinctively evacuate in crouches, like many mammals. In the squat position, the knees are much closer to the abdomen, this position changes the spatial relationships of the intestinal organs and the pelvic muscles, facilitating defecation. When sitting defecating, an extra effort is required, which produces various adverse effects such as the development of hemorrhoids and constipation

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Scientific evidence suggests that many bowel and pelvic problems may be related to improper posture when defecating. In the squatting position, your body is located in such a way that it promotes complete intestinal elimination when squatting straightens and relaxes the rectum.

Dr. Jonathan Isbit specialist in gastroenterology, explains that nature has deliberately created obstacles for evacuation that can only be overcome in the squatting position. In any other position, the colon is by default in “continence mode”. For this reason, defecating while sitting prevents the colon from moving and leaves the rectum clogged by the puborectal muscle. These obstacles make defecation incomplete and difficult.

The chronically incomplete evacuation, combined with a decrease in the consumption of liquids, causes the waste to adhere to the wall of the colon, which constitutes a risk factor for developing colon cancer, appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, among others.

Hemorrhoids and constipation are quite common problems. However, there is an underreporting of these, since many people are ashamed to tell their doctor. Fortunately, these problems can be solved with similar strategies, since they share the same causal factors, including the typical western diet, lack of exercise, chronic dehydration and an inadequate position when defecating.

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Prevent Hemorrhoids and Constipation

Surveys indicate that in Western countries, half of the population over 40 years of age suffers from hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are varicose veins that are located in the wall of the rectum and anus. Can be internal or external and often cause pain and bleeding.

Hemorrhoids are caused by an increase in pressure, generated by the associated effort to defecate in a sitting position. Hemorrhoids are common in people with chronic digestive disorders, mainly constipation. It is also seen in the elderly and during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, the extra pressure that the fetus puts on your uterus can cause hemorrhoids. Childbirth can increase the problem, but fortunately, most hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy disappear after delivery.

Dr. Berko Sikirov, an Israeli doctor who studied the effects of the squatting evacuation, conducted a clinical trial in which it was evidenced that hemorrhoids diminish or even disappear when patients changed their position when defecating. Sikirov concluded that hemorrhoids are the result of injuries due to excessive exertion when sitting defecating.

To prevent hemorrhoids, you must also stay hydrated, control your emotional stress, and exercise a lot.

Constipation and hemorrhoids are two sides of the same coin, the risk of hemorrhoids increases considerably if you suffer from recurrent episodes of constipation. Regular bowel movements are extremely important for your health, because, without them, toxins accumulate and recirculate in the bloodstream. If the evacuation is not regular and complete, the wastes dry out and harden in the walls of your colon. Maintaining a proper position when defecating contributes enormously to eliminating constipation.

The scientific benefits of squat defecation have generated efforts to design devices such as toilet stools that help us defecate in a more natural position to prevent hemorrhoids and constipation. These devices allow your body to maintain a proper position when defecating.  Preventing the appearance of hemorrhoids and constipation.

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