In the past, everyone was used to "squatting" when going to the toilet, but now everyone is "sitting", so should I squat when going to the toilet? Is it better to sit? Let's discuss this issue now.
1. Squatting: In theory, squatting is easier to defecate
Physiologically speaking, when a person is squatting, the pressure on the abdomen is greater than when sitting, which can reduce abdominal strain and help defecation. The human body has a U-shaped puborectalis muscle, which starts from one side of the pubic bone, goes around the back of the rectum, and connects to the other side of the pubic bone to form a loop, which just pulls the rectal hook and makes the rectum form a pointed forward angle , This is the anal right angle. "In a general sitting posture, the right anal angle is about 80°~90°, while in a squatting position, the right anal angle can reach 100°~110°. In theory, the greater the anal right angle, the straighter the rectum and the smoother the bowel movement. "When a person is squatting, the body curve is restored to the most original state, the legs are separated, the anus will naturally separate, and the anal stent muscles will expand. This is actually more convenient for defecation.
So, if you feel that squatting is easier to defecate, it is by no means a personal illusion. For some people with constipation and difficulty in defecation, we will also recommend that they choose more "squatting positions" to improve their defecation.
2. Sitting: sitting reduces the pressure on the legs, saves effort, but is more time-consuming
Sitting and pulling was only popularized in the West in the 19th century. Sitting to reduce the pressure on the legs and knee joints is relatively comfortable, but. Compared with the squatting posture, the sitting posture does not have the effect of gravity such as the abdomen downwards, the emptying time is longer, the abdomen exerts more force, and is more time-consuming.
Reminder: Stool: "Step on the stool" is actually useless
Some people recommend using a sitting posture to defecate and add a small bench to reduce the angle between the thigh and the torso, and simulate the same effect as the squatting posture, which is powerful and not tired. However, medical experts pointed out that this has a very limited increase in abdominal pressure, and reduction in bowel pressure is also limited, and there is no need to be so troublesome.
Tip 1: It is better to sit for special people
Although the squatting posture is theoretically helpful for defecation, for some elderly people, especially those with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, when the squatting posture is used, the legs and knees are subject to greater force and leg numbness and dizziness are likely to occur. , Slips and even fractures and other accidents, so these people are not recommended to use squatting toilets.
Tip 2: Shorten the time regardless of squatting
What needs to be reminded is that the defecation time should not be too long, it is best to control it within 5 minutes. Many people are accustomed to listening to music and reading books when going to the toilet, which invisibly prolongs the time to go to the toilet, which can easily cause poor blood stasis in the anus and increase the risk of hemorrhoids. Causes hemorrhoids, varicose external hemorrhoids, internal hemorrhoids prolapse, hemorrhoids prolapse, mucosal prolapse and other diseases, which bring harm to health. In addition, reading books and newspapers during defecation will cause the brain to be distracted, and it will not be able to effectively capture and respond to bowel movement signals, which will also cause constipation in the long run.