While this debate is always going to come down to personal taste, there is medical evidence to suggest that we’ve been doing it wrong all of these years in the Western world and squatting is actually much better for your health.
Of course when we think of squat toilets, we tend to immediately think of a hole in the ground. But that’s not the case. You can buy and install a squat toilet in your home that comes with a standard flushing system and works the same as a standard toilet except for one crucial things; the position you take to use it.
Why Are Squat Toilets Better for Our Health?
When we are seated (or standing), a crease forms in the rectum. This crease is what keeps us continent. It basically prevents waste from just dropping out of your body. By choosing to use the toilet in this position, we are fighting against this natural mechanism.
This leads to us having to strain which can cause haemorrhoids, anal fissures and a whole host of others problems. It can also cause us to lose our continence as we consistently work the valve at the wrong angle to the point where the muscles slacken.
Not only does sitting lead to the possibility of the above health conditions, it also means that all of the waste in the colon isn’t fully eliminated. This left over waste remains in your body releasing a whole host of toxins which can lead to health problems in their own right.
Using a squat toilet means that the crease is naturally pulled out of your rectum as nature intended. This leaves your insides free to do their job without damaging the valve and without the need to strain. It also means that everything in your colon will be eliminated.
When is A Squat Toilet Not the Right Choice?
Like everything, there are exceptions and in some cases, a squat toilet might not be the right choice for you.
If you or a member of your family has mobility or walking issues, then a squat toilet may be off the table and a standard sitting toilet might be the best choice for you.
Also if you suffer from back, hip or knee pain, it might be best to avoid the squat toilet. If you are in any doubt and you want to give a squat toilet a go, consult your doctor who will be able to advise you further on whether or not squatting is a good idea.
A squat toilet isn’t always the right choice for very young children as their balance can be a bit shaky and it can lead to accidents. This can also be a consideration for the elderly if they have balance issues.
If you don’t have a lot of strength in your thighs, then this could be uncomfortable at first, but if you’re willing to get through the discomfort, then not only will your colon thank you for it, but your thighs will too.
Ultimately the decision between sitting and squatting comes down to personal taste. If you’ve never tried squatting before, don’t let the image you have in your mind of that dirty hole in the floor put you off. Give it a go, you might love it.
At the same time, if the thought of it really does fill you with horror, then don’t let anyone bully you into doing something you are uncomfortable trying.