Rich Travis, Staff Writer
Here at Thyroid Nation, we are not afraid to tackle any and all subject matter, especially when it comes to your health, even topics as taboo as poo poo (your poop!). You may already know, constipation is a common symptom of hypothyroidism. It is our hope that we can offer some real relief to many of you in this area today.
We were recently introduced to a new product that may be just what our bowels ordered. All kidding aside, we think this idea is a good one, reinforced with plenty of information and solid science behind it. No, it is not a supplement, a cream, or even an enema.
Its name is…. SQUATTY POTTY!
You have to admit, it’s a good name, one that gets me behaving like a 3rd grader every time I say it. Squatty Potty… giggle.
The idea begins with flushing out everything you think you know about using the toilet. Do you really know how to poop correctly? A medical study direct from the web pages of Squatty Potty concludes that the greater the hip ﬂexion achieved by squatting, the straighter the rectoanal canal will be, and accordingly, less strain will be required for defecation.
I could go in to more detail, but I would rather not. Allow the pure simplicity behind Squatty Potty to take you back to the days before we enjoyed indoor plumbing. When humans had to go number #2, they dug a small hole and squatted over it. Our ancestors didn’t sit and relax on a porcelain throne while reading about practical applications for starting a fire or how to throw rocks correctly. They squatted down, close to the ground, knees high, butt low — effectively achieving the perfect flex angle and making swift business of doing their business.
So maybe it’s time we give cavemen a little credit. They had it right from the beginning, it seems –My wife has us all on the Paleo diet for her autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s. I guess if I can eat like one, I can Squatty Potty like one! Sounds good to me. Who’s in?
Check out this How To Poop video:
About the Author
Rich Travis is a staff writer for ThyroidNation.com. Living with his wife and 2 children, he has a front row seat to the devastation thyroid disease can cause and offers an in-depth, up close and personal view of his experience. His wife of 17 years suffers from Hypothyroidism and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2012. Seeking help, compassion and cures for those that suffer please follow him on Twitter, Tumblr and read more of his articles here.
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