Recently I have become fascinated by our digestive tract. And I know it’s a funny thing to become fascinated with but the more I learn the more I realize that the health of our gut affects everything. And can something like squatting vs sitting really affect your health?
So I want to take you with me as I learn more and more about the gut and how to optimize the health of your gut to help you feel better, more energized, let go of fat (without food restriction) and be happier.
You see your digestive system is the center of your health and it’s responsible for absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste. This is vital for life and it’s central to the quality of your energy, sleep, longevity and vitality. 70% of our immune cells live in our gut!
When our digestive system is off balance, we end up with weakened immune and nervous systems. So today I want to talk about squatting vs sitting.
A quick walk through the GI anatomy…
After food passes through the stomach, food enters the small intestine. Your small intestine is a 20-25 foot tube that is coiled up in your abdomen. The small intestine is centered directly behind your belly button. This is where you absorb the majority of your nutrients.
Food then moves into the large intestine, the colon. Housed here are trillions of bacteria. There are good bacteria and bad bacteria and of course we need to favour and cultivate the good guys. When the stomach and small intestine are unable to digest certain foods we eat, gut microbes are there to offer help, ensuring we get the nutrients we need. Our body’s constantly changing world of bacteria and microorganisms is called our microbiome. There are some really interesting studies coming out about the microbiome which I will write about in another blog post.
In this post I want to talk about something I read this week not in relation to your gut bacteria, or what you are eating or drinking but the position of your body while you go to the toilet.
So when the colon becomes full of stool, or feces, it empties its contents into the rectum to begin the process of elimination.
The rectum connects the colon to the anus. It is the rectum’s job to receive stool from the colon, to let the person know that there is stool to be evacuated, and to hold the stool until evacuation happens.
Squatting VS Sitting
As I have travelled extensively I have used both squat toilets and the usual sitting toilets we have most commonly here in Australia and to be honest I totally prefer our style of toilet here at home. In saying that if you have trouble passing your stool or suffer from constipation, hemorrhoids or other digestive issues you may find that squatting can help. It turns out that sitting the way we do on a toilet seat actually hinders elimination by pinching your anal canal and squatting changes this position and allows for the straightening and relaxing of your rectum.
Studies have been carried out on the differences between squatting and sitting and participants recorded a faster, easier bowel movement.
But that doesn’t mean you have to install a squat toilet in your house to try this out. Adding a food stool under your toilet actually puts your body in a really similar position to squatting while still being able to sit on the toilet. Something easy to try if you are struggling with your bowel movements.
Here is a kinda strange video with unicorns that explains it further 🙂
In saying that if you are experiencing frequent constipation or another digestive issue then looking into your diet and lifestyle and how these may be able to improve your symptoms is totally recommended. Click HERE if you want to book in for a health breakthrough session where we can chat through some of your specific symptoms and what you might be able to do to help them as you don’t have to suffer with these symptoms any longer.
There are things you can do!
To your health
P.S. If you are struggling to lose weight or meet the health goals you want despite doing all “the right things” click below on my new free quiz to find out whats holding you back and what you can do about it. It may not be what you think 🙂