I’ve been eyeing up the Squatty Potty from a distance for years now. It was intriguing, mysterious, and highly praised, and yet I couldn’t bring myself to go “that far”.
And then one day Brock over at My Paleo Life changed that for me.
Brock was giving away a Squatty Potty, and yours truly won! Several days later it showed up at my front door. I unpacked it immediately and set it up in the bathroom.
My roommates had very concerned looks on their faces. I didn’t ask whether they questioned my sanity or if they worried they’d have to use it, too.
After assuring them that Squatty Potty use is entirely optional, they relaxed a bit. Then they asked me…
It’s easy – just pop a squat! Just kidding.
Actually, I’m not.
As the name implies, the Squatty Potty is designed to get you into a squatting position for healthy elimination.
Start with your Squatty Potty stored under your toilet. Take a seat as you normally would. While sitting, pull the Squatty Potty out to a comfortable distance and place your feet on the foot rests. The more you simulate a natural squat position, the better.
Don’t forget your turquoise pooping moccasins. Those are essential.
If you’re feeling really confident, go ahead and put weight on your feet like a regular squat, keeping your bum in contact with the seat. This provides the most natural replication of our ancestor’s pre-toilet elimination position.
Squats do wonderful things for your butt, so I say it’s a great thing to have more of them in your life.
Those concerned looks came back on my roommates’ faces after I explained all of this. Then they asked…
Because it’s the healthy elimination position!
No, really. Even science says so.
This handy dandy diagram illustrates the mechanics. As is demonstrated, the puborectalis muscle is really our friend. It’s what keeps us out of diapers. We just have to return the favor by squatting instead of sitting in the bathroom.
This colorful 2 minute video sums it up best:
There are some products that revolutionize the world, and then there’s the Squatty Potty. It actually does the opposite – it brings us back in touch with our ancestral elimination position for healthier and more efficient bowel movements.
I’m really happy to have received this Squatty Potty. I wouldn't have taken the plunge (sorry, my only bad pun, I swear) on my own, and it definitely has improved my bathroom time.
My poops just feel better! That’s right, it’s a more enjoyable experience. Everything comes out quickly, like it’s supposed to.
A secondary benefit is that these more efficient poops mean I spend less time in a stinky bathroom, which is definitely a plus when going #2. (No, it unfortunately doesn't turn into roses with the use of a Squatty Potty.)
I’ve never had any serious gut issues like IBS, hemorrhoids, or serious constipation, so I can’t speak to its effects on those. However, quite a few people attest to the Squatty Potty’s positive effects on these afflictions.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments if you have any experience with the Squatty Potty, similar stools, or even outdoor squatting! Let's get some healthy conversation going.
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