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The Dangers of the Porcelain Throne and a Squatty Potty Review

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(This giveaway is now closed. The winner was announced here. However, read my review below, if you are curious as to why I recommend this bathroom tool!)

Well, here we are.

We’re on a food blog and now we’re talking about poo.

I really never expected to write a post about pooping, but it’s a natural part of life, and well, we get poo from eating food, so it looks like it goes hand-in-hand with my blog.

Now, I am not a scientist. Nor, am I a doctor. But, I can tell you without hesitation that we absolutely love our Squatty Potty and we have no idea how we lived so long without one.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a Squatty Potty at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a review or giveaway, nor did I receive any monetary compensation for this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links and/or ads. I am part of their affiliate program and when you make a purchase through any of these links, I earn a small commission on each sale, which allows me to cover a portion of the cost of this site. This has no effect on your sale price and is simply a cost of doing business for the company you are purchasing from. All funds received help with the continued maintenance of this website and free content. You can view it like leaving a tip. Thank you! Read our full terms and conditions here.

What is the Squatty Potty?

In the simplest terms, the Squatty Potty is a tool designed to help us poo more efficiently and help us avoid disease and other colon-related problems.

A couple months ago, Squatty Potty sent me one of their units to try out. We got the Squatty Classic, which matches our decor nicely – you don’t even notice it’s there!

I was so skeptical. I have only ever used a regular porcelain sitting toilet, save for those camping trips when I was a kid. My initial thoughts when I first came across the Squatty Potty were:

  • Why?
  • Is it going to be hard to use?
  • Will this really help?
  • What will my husband think?

Well, on that last one, turns out hubby was more excited about it than I was, and was totally willing to give it a go. Also, once I started my healing journey back in August, I realized that this was probably a tool that would really help me. As I work on healing my gut, it only makes sense to give my bowels the help they need to properly eliminate.

The package arrived and by then we were both excited to give it a try. We unwrapped it and placed it around the porcelain throne … then, we waited for the “spirit” to move us. The kind folks at Squatty Potty told me that it sometimes can take a couple weeks to fully get used to the new set up and not to worry if it felt really weird at first. They said to just hang with it and we would get used to it.

Let me tell you.

From the very first time we used it, we loved it, and honestly can’t imagine not ever having one. At some point, all of our  bathrooms will be outfitted with the Squatty Potty, and I am going to encourage my family and friends to invest in them as well. Plus, it will be a fun conversation starter when we have guests! ;)

The first time I used it, I expected it to feel awkward and perhaps a little uncomfortable. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the position didn’t feel awkward at all. It felt natural and very comfortable. As a matter of fact, it feels really strange to use a toilet that doesn’t have one.

So, Why Does Squatting Matter?

Turns out, we’ve been pooping wrong this whole time. Well, at least since the time that the modern-day toilet was created. Before that, squatting was a lot more common place. Plus, if you take a look at other parts of the world, squatting is still more common than regular toilets. In places like Europe, the Middle East, and the Orient, you will commonly find squatting toilets. So, it’s not as strange of a concept as we Americans might think. Also, if you notice, when given the opportunity, children naturally squat when eliminating.  It is hard-wired in us, we just override that hard wiring with common day “conveniences”, like the porcelain throne.

Sitting creates a lot of problems when it comes to elimination  Our bodies are actually designed to be in the squatting position during a bowel movement. According to the Squatty Potty website:

When we’re sitting this bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. This creates the need to STRAIN in order to eliminate. Compare sitting on the toilet to a kinked garden hose, it just doesn’t work properly. In a squatting posture the bend straightens out and defecation becomes easier. 

Assuming the squat position is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research has shown that in some people, the kink is completely gone while squatting. 

According to the Israel Journal of Medicine:

Because of the anorectal angle being in a kinked position while sitting you are forced to strain in order to move the bowels, which is the main cause of hemorrhoids. While squatting the angle straightens out allowing the fecal matter to eliminate quickly and easily without straining.

And, it isn’t just the creators of the Squatty Potty who are saying this. Doctors, naturopaths, and other holistic health professionals also agree with this fact, and will say that there are hazards that go along with the modern toilet. So, while it might seem like a strange concept to some, you can rest assured that it really is the best way to go.

William S. Haubrich MD, author of Bockus Gastroenterology, says:

The ideal posture for defecation is the squatting position. In this way the capacity of the abdominal cavity is greatly diminished and intra-abdominal pressure increased thus encouraging expulsion.

The benefits of squatting include:

  • Alleviation or elimination of constipation problems
  • Prevention and elimination of hemorrhoids
  • Potential prevention of colon cancer and other colon diseases
  • Strengthening of the pelvic floor
  • More effective and complete bowel movements
  • Eliminates the need to push or strain
  • Helps with colitis (according to the Stanford University Pelvic Floor Clinic, “squatting is not only recommended for patients with colon issues, it is required“.)
  • Helps prevent appendicitis

This is a great video on why squatting is important and more effective than the modern toilet. It quickly sums up the importance of squatting and the health problems that it can help.

 

This simple solution has literally changed our lives. We can’t imagine not having one, and hubby and I both agree that things seem to move faster, are cleaner, and more comfortable when using a Squatty Potty. We are completely sold on the product and the science behind it.

If you are interested in more science than I have provided you in this post (I know, I really kept it simple), check out the Medical Case Studies section of the Squatty Potty website.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Ready to Give it a Try?

The kind folks over at Squatty Potty are generously giving one lucky reader a Squatty Potty unit of their choice. The winner will get to choose from one of the following: the Squatty Classic, the Squatty Tao Bamboo, or the Squatty Ecco.

 

Use the  Rafflectoper widget below to enter. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will run from 12:01am, Thursday, October 18th, through 12:01am, Thursday, November 1st. The winner will be selected within 24 hours and announced on this blog post (I will also email the winner directly). The winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize, or another winner will be selected at random.

If you just can’t wait, you can order your very own Squatty Potty through this link. Trust me, you will not be disappointed  and I truly believe that they are worth every penny!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a Squatty Potty at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a review or giveaway, nor did I receive any monetary compensation for this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links and/or ads. I am part of their affiliate program and when you make a purchase through any of these links, I earn a small commission on each sale, which allows me to cover a portion of the cost of this site. This has no effect on your sale price and is simply a cost of doing business for the company you are purchasing from. All funds received help with the continued maintenance of this website and free content. You can view it like leaving a tip. Thank you! Read our full terms and conditions here.

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Discussion

17 comments

  1. I keep hearing about this, and I’m very interested to check it out. At first I just thought this was another gimmick, but more often than not I’m hearing positive things! I’m glad you were able to try!

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    Tiffany S.
    Posted 10/18/12

  2. I love this idea and think it makes perfect sense. Thank you for giving us an education.
    Paula

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    Paula
    Posted 10/18/12

  3. I have been coveting one of these for many months. Thanks so much for posting all this wonderful information about them and for the giveaway!

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    Sue
    Posted 10/20/12

  4. My husband has been wanting 2 try 1 of these. He had come up w/ the same idea, but not 1st! My kids would love it! It’s amazing how far removed from evolution we are as a society…I hope I win.

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    Holistic Nj Mom
    Posted 10/22/12

  5. This would be excellent to help w/ evacuation! I’d love 2 try it! I hope I can balance myself on it-Lol! Thank u 4 spreading awareness & offering this giveaway!

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    Nancy G
    Posted 10/22/12

  6. This is interesting

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    Diane S
    Posted 10/29/12

  7. This would change my life…my only real health issue is a “slow” system. I believe that “Squattiness” is the answer! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Stephanie Young
    Posted 10/30/12

  8. I have all kinds of bowel problems and recently had to have pelvic floor repair. It was a horrendous surgery to recoup from. I am now unable to go back to work. I could sure use one of these squatty potties. Thanks for the giveaway contest. Good luck everyone.

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    Kathy Fields
    Posted 10/30/12

  9. I am really wanting to get one of these (or two….one for each bathroom). I can’t seem to get the rafflecopter thingie to work, so I guess winning one isn’t in the cards for me!!! Thanks for the review!!!

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    Jamie English
    Posted 10/30/12

    • Jamie – I think there was a glitch with the Rafflecopter widget this afternoon. Please try again! I would hate to see you miss out on an opportunity to enter. Let me know if you run into any other problems!

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      Jessica
      Posted 10/30/12

  10. My husband has been wanting one of these for months. After reading your review and watching that very well-done video on the squatty potty website, I have decided to place my order. One question, which height do you have? Thanks for the review. I’m convinced!

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    anne labelle
    Posted 11/01/12

    • Hi Anne – I have the tallest one, which I believe is 9 inches. We have the tall toilets, but they say that the higher ones are better for when you are an experienced squatter. :) Have fun!!!

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      Jessica
      Posted 11/01/12

  11. This is as natural as walking,I’ve seen this in a homestead book in the70’s the same idea but put to use in out house there was a hole in the floor no seat with to rasied foot platforms on each side of hole rasiong your heels. remember many moons ago they din’t have even out houses.You know like the bear did in woods. Very good site!!! keep up good work!! also doctor told me to put stool in front of throne and do same thing ,but this is nicer!!

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    Pastor Jeff Lilly
    Posted 04/03/13

    • Thanks Pastor Jeff! :)

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      Jessica
      Posted 04/03/13

  12. I would love to win this. I have been using my trash can to put my feet on top of. I think, if I could buy one, I would like the 9 inch. This is the height of my trash can. It really makes a difference for me to raise my feet up of the ground. I wish they had a fold up one you could pack and bring on vacation. Anyway, I would be happy to have the real thing in any size. Yes, I would love to win one, otherwise I will keep using my trash can. That works tool. :-)

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    Cathi
    Posted 04/03/13

  13. Tell me where I can purchase and how much this costs?

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    Frances Rayner
    Posted 04/16/13

    • Hi Frances – You can visit the site through any of the links in this post. The cost will vary, depending on the style you like.

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      Jessica
      Posted 04/16/13

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