All this talk about eating like our Primal ancestors. Well, what goes in must come out, right? So, let’s talk about poop… again.
I’ve talked about it before from a couple of different angles. One is essentially gut dysbacteriosis which is frequently caused by fructose malabsorption. My daughter has this and suffered constipation as a result of it. Whenever she would eat a lot of fresh fruit or dried fruit she would get constipated for a week which would end in explosive and very painful diarrhea. As long as fructose and fructans are not in her diet, she poops effortlessly every day. Check out the post for a before and after picture of her belly.
And I have explained in brutal detail what types of poops there are and where they come from in my post, Understanding Poop – Constipation, IBS, and Other Digestive Disorders, which also included some strategies for relieving constipation.
But I have yet to talk about how we should poop. I mean, how did Primal man/woman do it? Did she sit on a tree branch and dangle her feet in the air, letting her excrement fall into some receptacle? Did he build a chair with a hole in the middle and stand it up over a hole in the ground? Did they stick their behinds out, like some animals do, and drop pellets?
Or did they squat just like we do today when we go camping? Yep. That’s it. Squatting is our evolutionary ticket to easy pooping. Our bodies have been trained to do it that way and only that way for a million years.
Yet somehow westerners think we can change that evolutionary programming and just start pooping up in a high chair with absolutely no consequences.
I suppose maybe you can if you have inflammation under control, don’t have food allergies, don’t have any carbohydrate malabsorption issues, eat ample healthy bacteria, aren’t stressed out, haven’t accumulated any heavy metals, aren’t magnesium deficient, drink enough water, and don’t take drugs of any kind. Did I miss anything?
Our modern lifestyle really gets in the way of easy bowel movements!
Good digestion not only requires good health but it requires good habits too and one of those habits is squatting. The only problem with this is that our toilets are built like dining table chairs. They are very high. For children they are truly barstools.
I used to use a small step stool to prop up my feet a bit. I even tried putting my feet up on the toilet seat, (rather precarious) but neither felt very natural.
The people at the Squatty Potty changed all this. They understood that they aren’t going to replace a billion toilets in this country so instead they sought to jerry rig them – build a higher floor round the toilet.
A regular stool don’t do the job because when we squat we do not put our feet up against our chests, but rather off to the side. The Squatty Potty is long enough across the toilet to accommodate this stance.When you use it you’ll know instantly how natural it is. It makes going number two a real pleasure. Not only is this posture more comfortable than sitting but it helps to lengthen the colon, eliminating kinks and obstructions.
Of course Squatty Potty wasn’t the first to think of squatting at the toilet. They are just the first to bring the squat to America. People in other countries have lower toilets than we have. Some, like Japanese toilets, are all the way on the ground.
If you or your kids have trouble with constipation or if you want to avoid having trouble with constipation, consider getting yourself one of these. I’ve had mine for several months now and I can tell you it’s everything it’s cracked up to be.
You can purchase them online, starting at $29.95. Or you can try to win one in our contest this week.
Ok, so, being the intelligent Primal folk that you are, this is probably all pretty obvious to you. But to your average, city dweller, this idea may be quite a shock. “Our entire country poops wrong? No way!”
So what I want you to do is head over to the Dr. Oz website and leave a comment on the video review he did of their product. The more reinforcement the idea gets, the likelier it is that people will open their minds to this “strange” idea.
Then, on Friday afternoon, I will choose a winner at random from the commenters and Squatty Potty will send you a free Squatty Potty of your choice.
Drop a comment here to let me know that you commented over there. Otherwise, I won’t know who to choose from. And please, if you already use one, let us know how you like it!