Health Benefits of Squat Toilet
- 10 Months ago
Squat toilets, also referred to as Indian toilets, have many health benefits. Let's face it, squat toilets have been used for many centuries in India, Arab countries, Japan, Korea, etc. whereas the 'western' toilet was invented more recently. Some physicians believe that a few of the modern lifestyle diseases are related to our 'sitting' position on the toilet bowl!
Here's a list of how our traditional toilets may help -
- Hygiene aspect is on top of the list. Since there is no contact of thighs/ buttocks to the surface of the toilet, chances of infection are much reduced.
- Squat position helps to build the pressure required for evacuation much more easily.
- Bowel movement is faster and easier when we squat.
- Alternate therapists say that squatting puts pressure on the nerve endings in the toes which signal the brain for better elimination.
- Squat posture helps to protect the nerves that control prostate, uterus and bladder.
- Squatting relaxes and opens the rectal muscles to facilitate complete evacuation of bowels.
- Pregnant women can reduce pressure on the uterus if they use the squat position and it is believed that daily squatting is conducive to normal delivery. Even birthing processes have the option of squat position in some centers.
- Squatting reduces the risk of piles and appendicitis.
- Researchers say that squat toilets might be as important as dietary fiber in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
- Yoga posture 'malasana' is a squat position which is believed to strengthen the ankles, lower legs and the back.
- Squat position keeps the knee joints flexible.
It might be a good idea to use the Indian style toilet whenever there's an opportunity. Of course, it's equally important to keep it clean and pour water after every use, both at home and in public places!