Going to the toilet is something you (hopefully) learn at a very young age, and it certainly doesn’t feel like the most complex of skills. But are those of us using a standard toilet in fact doing it all wrong?
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That’s the theory behind using yoga positions such as the garland pose — essentially squatting — rather than sitting on a toilet seat. Men’s Health tested out a specific device meant to accommodate easier squatting on a conventional toilet, the Squatty Potty, with the promise that it could remove extra fecal material compared to regular toilet use by making it more comfortable to squat rather than sit.
When Men’s Health didn’t notice particular benefits (or drawbacks) to using the Squatty Potty, consulting with an expert in the field suggested that there’s simply not enough data to form a conclusion one way or another. If your movements are regular and healthy, then squatting won’t improve anything, but equally it’s unlikely to make anything worse.
So you can breathe easy. We’re apparently all OK at pooping.
Are You Pooping All Wrong? [Men’s Health]