Hey everybody. Today’s post isn’t a tutorial or a chronicle of my home improvement attempts. Instead, it’s a light review about one of the most underrated pieces of equipment that should be standard in every bathroom. I’ll go over some of the benefits of the product and show you my personal take on it. Some of you might have heard it about it before, I’m talking about the squatty potty.
If you already know what this then great for you. I hope you’re using one and are noticing the benefits of having it in your home. If you’ve never seen this thing before and still have no idea what I’m talking about, then you’re about to learn something that will change your life 🙂
What is a Squatty Potty?
To put it bluntly, a squatty potty is a stool that you slide under your toilet and rest your feet on top of every time you go poop. There’s commonly two different toilet heights and the manufacturer has made them accordingly. You can find both the 7 inch stool and the 9 inch stool on amazon. You should measure your toilet before purchasing and buy the one that matches the height of your toilet.
This is Ridiculous. Why Would Anyone Want This?
Well there’s many reasons that you might not have considered, most of them concern colon and prostate health. Now I’m by no means a medical expert but I’ll take a crack at explaining the benefits.
The premise is that human beings have been pooping for millennia in a standard squatting position. Our body is built so that we relieve ourselves best and with the least amount of force when we squat.
Fast forward to modern days with the invention of the toilet. The modern toilet, although a bit more aesthetic is a terrible instrument to relieve the human body. If a person were to sit upright on a toilet and try to poop they would have a terrible time attempting to do so. Have you ever noticed yourself leaning forward or hunching over while you sit on your porcelain throne?
That’s your body’s natural reaction. It’s trying to assume the squatting position that humans have been using throughout the entirety of human existence. It’s all rather scientific and has to do with the way our muscles and intestines are built. This images describes it rather well.
As the image shows when you’re sitting in a 90 degree angle the internal anal sphincter becomes curved and creates a more acute angle. On the other hand when you squat it creates almost a straight line and has gravity working in your favor to allow a nice flow. Your muscles require less force, you take less time, and it even leads to cleaner wipes.
There have been several case studies that show a trend between good colon health and the implementation of the squatting position. Regardless of the validity or specifics of the studies, after using a stool for over 4 years I have to say the difference is extremely noticeable. Whenever I need to use a public restroom I immediately feel the difference and wish that stools were standard in every bathroom.
If you’re more of a visual learner I’ll leave this video here for additional information.
Okay…Can’t I Just Stack Some Books or Something?
Absolutely. The recommended position is to have your knees above your hips while sitting on the toilet. If you want to stack a bunch of books, shoe boxes, or pillows you’re more than welcome to. Just keep in mind that this is something you’ll likely use every day and your guests will likely see it when they come over. If you want to improve the way you poop and also keep a presentable bathroom it’s best to just get something a bit more practical.
The standard squatty potty is light weight, clean, and tucks under your toilet perfectly. There’s even some models out there that are made out of wood and even this fancy adjustable height bamboo stool. If you care a bit more about aesthetics these last two are the way to go. They look great as an addition to your bathroom and will provide you and your guests with an interesting conversation.
When I first found out about the Squatty Potty I wanted to take action immediately and actually made a wooden stool for my bathroom.
I purchased a pine wood board from home depot and gave it the proper shape it needed. I then assembled it together with some nails and gave it a dark colored finish. It’s not the prettiest stool in the world but it’s served me well for the past 4 years.
Wrapping it Up
There’s really no reason to not use a stool when sitting on the toilet. If you hadn’t heard of the stool tool or the concept of squatting while you poop before I hope this was an enlightening post and you have been motivated to take action. If you had heard about it but have never tried it I urge you to stop waiting and give it a shot. Now, that’s enough poop talk for today. As usual if you have any questions or comments please drop me a line below. That’ll be it for today folks. Cheers!