More specifically, the new counterculture craze of squatting to take a poop. While most of us find the image a bit barbaric and animalistic, the reality is that… we are animals. Our bodies evolved to squat and poop; it’s important to remember that sitting toilets are a relatively new invention.
According to squat aficionados, sitting on the toilet creates improper alignment that results in unnecessary pushing and straining. Squatting, on the other hand, is allegedly a more natural position that opens the anal sphincter and moves our internal plumbing into alignment. This allows for a more effortless, faster and efficient bowel movement.
In fact, according to a 2003 study, squatters spend 79 fewer seconds taking a poop.
To simulate squatting on our current toilets, there are a whole slew of new products. In a Men’s Health article, Eric Spitznagel tried the Squatty Potty. It’s essentially a glorified stepping stool. You can either place your feet on it to elevate your knees and simulate squatting, or – if you’re more adventurous – you can plant your feet on the Squatty Potty and hover over the toilet seat to release your excrement.
Though a doctor of gastroenterology told the author that his Squatty Potty may or may not make much of a difference (more research is clearly needed!), the experiment made Spitznagel a believer. He swears his poops are better, healthier and more effortless.
Of course, you can save yourself the $79 and make your own Squatty Potty out of a stack of books to get the same experience. Maybe you’ll become a believe, too.
After all, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta poo.
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