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Now in Bed Bath & Beyond!
We are super excited to announce that Squatty Potty® is available now at BED BATH & BEYOND! With a focus on home products, Bed Bath & Beyond is the first brick and mortar store to carry Squatty Potty® toilet stools nationwide. Stop in and grab a Squatty Potty! Check here to find out if Squatty Potty® toilet stools are available at a location near YOU!
48 hr weekend detox
It’s the beginning of spring and it’s the perfect time to get rid of all of those unhealthy toxins that may be in your body. We love this easy, 48 hour detox from Dr. Oz, the only thing we would change is throw in a Squatty Potty® and some Turtle-Loo for optimal elimination! The following detox cleanse is brought to you by Dr. Oz: The practice of detoxifying the body to rid it of unhealthy toxins has been around for centuries. Hippocrates recommended fasting to improve health, and many religious groups have historically used fasting as a way of purifying the spirit. Today the marketplace is cluttered with detox diets that promise to help you lose weight, boost your energy levels and more. However, many popular detox diets, especially those that involve extreme low-calorie fasting, can rob the body of important nutrients and place the body in starvation mode, which actually slows your metabolism. Other downsides of many detox diets include: dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea and even colon damage. The Body’s Detox System Oftentimes people don’t realize that the body has its own extraordinary internal detoxification system. Here’s a brief look at three critical organs involved: The Liver: Your first line of defense against toxins is your liver, which acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in foods from passing into your blood stream. The Colon: This organ has bacteria that produce both healthy and unhealthy chemicals. You want to keep your colon flowing regularly since its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm. The Kidneys: Like clockwork, the kidneys are constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine. For a detox diet to truly work, you need to maintain these three key organs by nourishing your body with the right nutrients. Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weekend Cleanse is based upon eating certain “detoxifying” foods that will keep these systems running smoothly. The plan couldn’t be simpler to follow so you’re not always focused on what to eat next. You’ll need to prepare and eat the following meals and snacks two days in a row. To get ready for the weekend cleanse, print out the complete cleanse shopping list and make a trip to the supermarket. Breakfast: Quinoa With Prunes Start your morning off with a bowl of quinoa; this healthy whole grain is also a complete protein, and it’s high in phosphorus and fiber. Top it with prunes; they’re high in fiber and sorbitol, a chemical that acts like a laxative. Ingredients: Makes 1 serving 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup water 1 pinch nutme 1 tsp grated ginger 1 tbsp flaxseed oil 1/3 cup chopped prunes 1/4 cup rice milk Directions: In a small pot, stir 1/2 cup quinoa, a pinch of nutmeg and 1 tsp of grated ginger into a cup of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover again and cook another 5 minutes. Before serving, stir in 1 tbsp of flaxseed oil. Snack Items: Detox Drinks Enjoy these healthy pick-me-ups in between meals throughout the day. Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink (Juicer required) This purifying beverage contains kale to cleanse the kidneys; pineapple, which has bromelain to aid digestion; and ginger to help stimulate bile flow in your gall bladder. Ingredients: Makes 4 servings (which you can drink throughout the day) 1/2 cup pineapple 2 large cucumbers 1 bunch kale without stems (4 cups chopped) 1/2 lemon, squeezed 1/4 inch of ginger 1 bunch of mint (1/2 cup) Directions: Chop ingredients so they are able to fit into juicer. Juice ingredients one at a time. Enjoy! Pineapple, Lemon and Pomegranate Blend-Free Detox Drink If you don’t have a juicer to make the first drink, mix up this easy detox concoction with ready-made juices and cut with water. Ingredients: Makes 4 servings (which you can drink throughout the day) 3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice 1 lemon 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice 3 cups water Directions: Combine all ingredients and mix in a cup. Enjoy! Alternate: Veggie Snack Slice and mix together celery, radishes and cucumber, or any assortment of fresh vegetables. Dress with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Put this crunchy cleansing treat in plastic baggies or a portable container so you can take it with you on the run. You can have as much of this snack as you want throughout the day. Ingredients: Celery Radishes Cucumber Green beans Olive oil Lemon juice Salt Pepper Directions: Cut up celery, radishes, cucumber and green beans. For dressing, combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well. You can consume as many of these snacks as you’d like throughout the day. Lunch: Fruit Smoothie In a blender, whip up a nourishing smoothie that contains blueberries, loaded with quercetin, a flavonoid that boosts immunity and is good for your liver; bananas, full of vitamin B6, an essential vitamin for liver detoxification; and ground flaxseed, packed with brain-nourishing omega-3s and fiber for healthy elimination. Ingredients: Makes 1 serving ½ cup almond or hemp milk (plain/unsweetened) 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia ¼ cup frozen blueberries ¼ banana ½ cup ice Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Dinner: Vegetable Broth Soup This purifying broth contains fennel to help bile flow in your gallbladder; garlic to help with liver and gall bladder function; cabbage, excellent for detoxification in both the liver and kidneys; and shitake mushrooms to boost liver enzymes. Serve soup with a side of sauerkraut with sliced apples. Sauerkraut contains probiotics, the good bacteria that protect your GI tract. Make sure to use traditionally fermented sauerkraut to get the greatest health benefits. Apples boost both kidney and liver function. Vegetable Broth Ingredients: Makes 5 servings 2 red onions, roughly chopped 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped 1 fennel bulb, fronds and stalks included, roughly chopped 2 tsp caraway seeds 2 tsp sea salt Freshly ground pepper 1 cup sliced shitake caps 4 large cloves garlic, chopped 1 cabbage, roughly choppe 2 quarts water 2 tbsp paprika 2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped 8 sprigs parsley, chopped stems and leaves 1/2 cup parsley, chopped Directions: Combine all ingredients, except for the chopped parsley, in a pot. Add 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer covered for about 1 hour. Adjust seasoning. Remove whole parsley sprigs and serve topped with some freshly chopped parsley. Serve with a side of traditionally fermented sauerkraut and chopped apples (warm or room temperature). To get the most out of Dr. Oz’s 48-Hour Weeekend Cleanse, be sure to follow these rules: No Eating After 7 p.m. Take an Epsom Salt Bath: This therapeutic bath will help you sweat out toxins and also contains magnesium to relax your muscles as well. Dandelion Root Tea: Before bed, enjoy a cup of dandelion root tea, an excellent way for your liver to excrete toxins from your body. Bonus: More Foods to Boost Your Body’s Detox Systems The Liver Dark berries such as blueberries and blackberries will make it easier for your liver to get rid of certain toxins. Hot peppers have capsaicin, which boosts enzymes responsible for detoxifying the liver. As a rule, the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin. The Colon Whole grains contain phosphorous, a natural laxative, and fiber to help bulk up your stools. Fermented foods like kimchi (Korean spicy pickled cabbage) and sour pickles are packed with probiotics, the good bacteria that help protect your colon. The Kidneys Soy products such as miso, tofu and edamame all act like diuretics, allowing you to urinate more often. Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, bok choy and broccoli increase your kidney’s ability to transport toxins into the urine and help liver cells recover from detox.
Squatting: Finding Balance After Colon Cancer
Squatting: Finding Balance After Colon Cancer Thanks to David Dubin from aliveandkickn.org for bringing us this wonderful article. I’m a big believer in balance. As a 3-time cancer survivor, you have to weigh the time spent on work and pleasure and find the balance. And as someone who only has 18 inches of colon left, it’s always a difficult balance between nutrition and hydration, and the need to be in the bathroom. I try to keep my meals to a few hundred calories at a time, take in enough fiber and nutrients, drink enough water and usually it keeps me from having issues. For exercise, I coach and still play soccer. However, I have my occasional business dinners, coffee addiction, life on the highways for work, and cocktails with friends that sometimes change my habits, usually not for the better. Balance. At the recommendation of a friend, we brought the Squatty Potty into the house. It took a few tries to adjust, including the 10-year old falling in, but it’s been positive. As a house with three boys, the “team” now spends less time reading the magazine and iPads in the bathroom and more time in front of the desktops and Playstations in the den. Balance. With my network of fellow survivors out there, every day I hear about complications after colon surgery. People get dehydrated, have hemorrhoids, and more. Squatty Potty could be a game-changer for them, as it has been for me. I’d recommend it, and hope that one day, there will be a foldable portable version for those of us on the road. Maybe a stand for the magazines and iPads. For me, I’ll give it the AliveAndKickn seal of approval. While I’m no scientist or doctor, this ergonomic foot stool was created for use with toilets, helping create a modified squat to align the colon for more streamlined pooping. Apparently, we were designed to sit at 35 degree angles to eliminate. Squatting enables better positioning which is good news for those with less colon length, hemorrhoids, constipation and an interest in maximizing output with less strain. David Dubin, aliveandkickn.org Three time cancer survivor, David Dublin, uses his passion for soccer to creatively share his story and expand awareness to the importance of regular and early cancer screenings. David, along with his supportive wife, Robin founded AliveAndKickn, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to preventing colon and genetic colon cancer. Check out their website to learn more about his story, host your own AliveAndKickathon and help spread the word, and/or purchase some of their kick a** AliveAndKickn gear!
Learn to poop like a pro!
First, it’s important that you understand some basic human anatomy! Proper toilet posture, gravity and ergonomic design all effect the way you eliminate… don’t worry, you will be pooping like a pro in no time!
Say Good-bye to Bathroom Odors!
We all do it, but… sh*t stinks! Luckily, there’sTurdle-Loo, before-you-potty spray, so you can put a shell on that smell. Turdle-loo is all natural and smells absolutely incredible – made with pure essential oils and naturally occurring enzymes. Who can resist the new scents like, mandarin & sweet bergamot, lilacs & lavender and… oh yes, nag champa (No match required)!?!? Simply spritz toilet water before you potty – Do your business, and keep your secret (trap that smelly odor). Babam! Your honey-boo will will never know. Turtle-Loo potty spray’s are made with 100% pure essential oils or natural fragrance and natural occurring enzymes. Ingredients include: • Artisan Alcohol • Naturally Occurring Enzymes • Purified Water • Sodium Bicarbonate • Essential Oils —- Vanilla & Lemon Verbena —- Juniper, Cedar, Sage, Lime Oak Moss, Vetiver & Geranium —- Lavender & Attar of Lilac —- Mandarin, Bergamot & Black Pepper • -or- Natural Fragrance of Nag Champa Turdle-Loo potty spray’s come in 3 sizes. • 4 fl. oz. with over 200 uses • 2 fl. oz. with over 100 uses • New Pocket Size 15 ML with over 50 uses drop a hint. not a bomb!
5 Complications that come with Sitting on Your Toilet
Whether this is a foreign concept or one you’re familiar with, squatting to eliminate is in your best interest and usingthe Squatty Potty® is the most convenient, safest way to squat. The only natural defecation posture for a human being is squatting. An ample amount of the western population with normal bowel movements have a difficult time emptying their bowels. Simple constipation is a result of habitual bowel elimination while sitting on modern toilets. The sitting angle chokes the rectum via the puborectalis muscle, which creates continence (or a kinked colon), but while we are squatting the puborectalis muscle is relaxed and the rectum is straightened making elimination easier and more effective. 5 Complications that come with sitting on your toilet #1: Constipation Let’s face it: most of us don’t get the fiber AND all the water we need. It’s true. These two things, along with improper toilet posture resulting in an incomplete elimination, are a bad combination that create hard dry stools. These hard dry stools are no fun to push out. It’s called constipation, and we’ve all experienced it. Unfortunately, it’s the norm for too many of us. But that’s just the beginning. Read More #2: Hemorrhoids Getting those hard stools out calls for lots of pushing (that could be avoided). That pressure causes hemorrhoids, which can be very painful. Hemorrhoids are inflamed anal varicose veins that have swollen because of our need to push excessively to get those hard stools to pass. But, as bad as hemorrhoids are, they aren’t the worst of our potential problems. Read More #3: Colon Disease Eliminating completely and often helps maintain good colon health. Many studies point to fecal buildup in the colon as a cause of diseases, including colon cancer. When there is buildup in the colon, our bodies can’t absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat, leaving us without the energy we could enjoy if our colons were healthy. #4: Urinary Difficulty/Infections Urinary flow is usually stronger and easier when women squat to urinate. The bladder is emptied more completely when squatting rather than sitting or “hovering”. Squatting can help reduce episodes of urinary tract infections in both frequency and intensity. Now, that is good news! #5: Pelvic Floor Issues One of the main causes of this condition is straining on the toilet. The “sitting” position causes a great amount of pressure on the anorectal angle of the colon causing the lower part of the colon to drop and protrude into the wall of the vagina. Pelvic floor nerves can be protected by squatting for bowel elimination. Men can also suffer from pelvic floor disorders and can readily benefit from using the Squatty Potty as a part of their everyday routine. Read More here and here Better health, greater comfort, and more energy! All these problems, and more, can be helped with the use of the Squatty Potty®. This innovative, health-giving toilet stool is easy to use and highly effective in positioning the colon for effortless bowel movements. The Squatty Potty is sturdy and convenient. It even slides out of the way under your toilet when not in use.
Squatting For Pelvic Floor Health
Squatting For Pelvic Floor Health Thanks to Barbara Loomis from Alignment Monkey for bringing us this wonderful article. Squatting regularly is important for pelvic floor health, but not all squats are created equal. In a natural squat (natural as in how nature intended) the pelvis is neutral relative to the spine. This means that you would maintain a lumbar (low back) curve during a squat. But because we have been sitting in chairs since first grade through high school or college, and then commuting to and from work in a car, sitting in chairs for meals, sitting on a toilet, and then sitting on a couch in the evening, our bodies are no longer able to get into a natural weight bearing squat without tucking the pelvis under. Many folks who grew up in modern culture no longer possess the required joint range of motions for squatting in alignment because their tight hips and weak gluteal muscles (butt muscles) won’t allow them to do so. Which brings me to the next point. We need a strong booty to create a posterior pull on the sacrum (the triangle shaped bone at the base of the spine), in fact, our pelvic floor health depends on it. A nutated sacrum is when the lower part of the sacrum moves back away from the pubic bone. Kind of like when you nod your head and the top of your head tips forward as the lower part of the head moves back. This is super duper important not only for pelvic floor health, optimal uterine position, proper bathroom mechanics, fetal positioning and spinal health, but also for increasing the diameter of the obstetric conjugate (the shortest pelvic diameter) for the baby to come through during birth. So what’s a girl to do? Pelvic floor health requires regular squatting, but you don’t want to jump in and do a full weight bearing, unsupported squat right away, especially since you haven’t done one since the Jimmy Carter administration! There are many components to preparing your body for a full unsupported squat, too many to go into here. It may take months or even years to work into a full squat. In fact, you may never get into one, and that’s okay. All the minor changes you make along the way add up to a lot as far as your overall cellular health is concerned. So to recap: Chronic hip flexion (chair sitting)=shortened muscles=posterior tilted pelvis=weak glutes=flat butt=weak pelvic floor. Your muscles are shortened because you are telling them to shorten…All. Day. Long. So the number one thing you can do improve pelvic floor health is vary your position and use your body the way it was designed to be used. Here are a few things you can start off with. Sit less. It’s not that chairs are evil, it’s how we sit and the frequency that we sit that’s the problem. Your muscles will remember whatever position you held it in the longest. So, get on the floor instead of sitting on the slouch couch. Once you’re on the floor you‘ll start to vary your hip angles and ranges of motion more than you would while sitting in a chair at 90 degree hip and knee flexion. You’ll also use your butt muscles every time you get up and down off the floor or bolster. Use bolsters to prop your hips up if your pelvis tucks under. How high? As high as you need to to keep your lumbar curve. Get a standing workstation and go back and forth between standing, squatting on a bolster, or sitting on a chair. Visit my Alignment Monkey blog for standing workstation tips, you don’t have to just stand there. The solution isn’t to replace sitting with another frequently held position like standing in place for eight hours. Again, it’s the quality and frequency of movement that’s important. Kick off your heels! Your pelvis can’t be in neutral if you’re wearing positive (elevated) heeled shoes. Even an inch heel will shorten your calf muscles. So, transition slowly to flat shoes to give your muscles time to lengthen. Also, look for shoes with a wide toe box and shoes that are flexible-shoes that lets your feet be feet. Tight feet can also contribute to pelvic floor problems! Again, transition slowly, don’t run out and go for a ten mile hike in your new barefoot shoes, your tissues need to adjust in stages. Walk. Walking is a natural movement, but not all walking is created equal either. See the theme here? It’s how you move. Most people fall in a controlled manner while walking rather than walking in alignment. Falling doesn’t require butt muscles, hence the flat butt. The reason why most folks are falling is because they lack the hip range of motion required (because of the tucked pelvis) to extend the leg back fully and push off correctly. When you walk in alignment by pushing off, the gluteal muscles are able to do their job correctly and work as a team with the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor health is a team (whole body) effort. The health of the pelvic floor isn’t isolated to just the pelvic floor muscles! An additional note about walking, it’s also important to vary your walking terrain. Walking on flat concrete is much different than walking on a trail or across a natural field. Get a Squatty Potty. The squatting platform on the Squatty Potty allows you to get into a modified squat while you’re on the toilet. The platform can be tilted slightly away from you to allow for shortened calf muscles. If you’ve been wearing shoes with positive heels for most of your life (who hasn’t?) this is a really nice feature. You can also attach the platform to slant the other way as your range of motion increases. The Squatty Potty allows your feet to be an ideal distance apart for a squat. When you lean forward with an untucked pelvis (meaning you lean forward from the hips, not the spine, or waist) the top of your femurs will press against your abdomen giving a lift and slight compression to the colon, making bowel movements easier. You can use the Squatty Potty as a stool to raise your feet up while sitting on the toilet or eventually when you have full range of motion in your joints and are strong enough to support yourself in a squat comfortably you can use it as a squatting platform. But of course, listen to your body, don’t worry about getting into the perfect squat while pooping. You don’t want to increase downward pressure on the pelvic floor by jumping ahead too quickly. There’s not a one size fits all squatting stool or platform on the market, but I do feel the Squatty Potty is versatile enough to give you options. The Squatty Potty also comes in two sizes so you can choose one depending on the height of your toilet and how flexible you are. See my video review of the Squatty Potty by clicking HERE. The best thing about making these minor changes (other than not peeing yourself when you sneeze), is that you will be modeling healthy movement patterns to your little ones. Children learn how to move (or not move) by observing their parents and your movement “lessons” will set the foundation for a body that thrives now and later in life. Barbara Loomis is Restorative Exercise™ Specialist and holds dual certifications in abdominal therapy. She is a certified practitioner and educator of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® as well as a certified Chi Nei Tsang (Chinese abdominal therapy) practitioner and Visceral Manipulation™ therapist. She combines abdominal therapy and Restorative Exercise™ for reproductive, pelvic floor and digestive health. Connect with Barbara at www.nurturance.net. Or visit her blog to find other alignment tips: http:alignmentmonkey.nurturance.net
5 Tips for A Healthier Colon
A healthy poo is the sign of a healthy colon • 5 tips to help you with both The colon or large intestine, holds a vital role in your health. It is the final decider in what your body absorbs (good stuff) and rejects (bad stuff). When waste passes through the colon, water and other nutrients are absorbed back into the body and indigestible food matter and wastes are formed and eliminated. A lot has been written lately about proper consistency and the shape of a healthy poo. A healthy colon allows for regular bowel movements that are shaped like a torpedo, soft and easy to pass. A proper poo means that wastes and toxins are effectively being removed. Subsequently, when poop is misshaped, hard or too easy to pass that means either your diet is off or your colon isn’t happy. Given that our motto is “Healthy Colon : Happy Life” here are 5 lifestyle tips that together with regular screenings will adjust your toilet posture. Don’t just sit there! Anatomically humans are designed to squat to eliminate. Until the advent of the modern toilet that’s the way we went. Two-thirds of the world still squats. In countries where squatting is the norm, colon cancer and disease rates are much lower or practically non-existent. Just because you cant squat doesn’t mean you can’t be afforded the health benefits. Devices, such as the Squatty Potty, will help you get the health benefits of squatting and still use the comfortable western toilet that you are used to. The following tips are brought to you by the Cancer Nutrition Centers of America: Exercise Exercise is important is so many ways, it does more than make your muscles healthy and help you lose weight. It is essential for regular bowel movements and one key risk factor for people who are constipated is inactivity. With continual exercise, food moves quicker through the large intestine which means that less water is absorbed from the stool, creating softer eliminations. Intestinal muscles are also naturally stimulated by accelerated breathing and an increased heart rate through exercise. Efficiently contracting intestinal muscles help move stools quickly. Physical activity boosts the immune system, lowers inflammation and reduces insulin levels, which all help with colon health. Just walking 10-15 minutes every day will help the body and digestive system function best. The main key is to get up and move. Certain yoga positions and stretching might also help with constipation. Eliminate Processed Meats, Cut Back on Red Meat and Meats Cooked at High Temperatures Colon cancer has frequently been associated with processed meat consumption. World Cancer Research Fund has stated that: “There is strong evidence that red and processed meats are causes of bowel cancer, and that there is no amount of processed meat that can be confidently shown not to increase risk.” Any meat prepared by curing or salting, smoking, adding chemical preservatives such as nitrates are included as processed meats. This includes bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and some sausages. Red meats, such as beef, have also been linked to colon cancer, and it’s recommended to limit your intake to just over 1 pound a week. Further, no matter what type of meat you consume, pay attention to how it’s cooked. High-heat cooking methods such as frying, broiling or grilling contribute to the creation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chemicals that are linked to cancer, Healthier options for cooking meat include steaming and poaching. Eat Veggies, Especially Cruciferous Veggies Vegetables are superfoods when it comes to protecting against cancer. Not only are they a natural source of fiber (foods that contain dietary fiber are known to decrease colon cancer risk), but many also contain specific cancer-fighting phytonutrients. Veggies in the cruciferous family of vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower and bok choy, appear to be particularly potent cancer fighters because of their sulfur-containing compounds known as glucosinolates. Consumption of cruciferous veggies is linked to a lower risk of many types of cancer, including colon cancer. Further, there’s also evidence that suggests consumption of cruciferous vegetables may help reduce DNA damage to your colorectal cells caused by eating meat cooked at high temperatures. Consume Friendly Bacteria (Probiotics) Research shows that if your digestive system is overrun by bad bacteria, it may increase your risk of colon cancer by generating waste products that harm colon tissues and make them more vulnerable to malignancies. Researchers say it’s possible that adenomas, benign tumors that may serve as a warning sign of colon cancer, could be triggering the production of bad bacteria too. In addition to limiting your consumption of sugar, which feed bad bacteria, you can help optimize your gut bacteria by consuming probiotics. These are available naturally in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, and traditionally made sauerkraut. Make Sure You Have Healthy Vitamin D Levels Many people in the United States are vitamin D deficient, particularly those who live in the colder northern states, where sun exposure is minimal all winter long. Adequate vitamin D has been associated with healthy colon function and supports healthy immune function by helping the colon with its screening in protecting the body. Numerous other lifestyle choices influence your overall colon health. For optimal colon health: Maintain a healthy weight Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day Consider supplements that support healthy colon function, such as glutamine, curcumin and arabinogalactan Limit your consumption of sugar and refined grains Limit alcohol (no more than 2 drinks a day for men, 1 for women) Don’t smoke Consider a natural detox to help your body rid itself of toxins while also giving your body a chance to rest, repair and regroup Many of these strategies will not only keep your colon functioning optimally, but also may lower your risk of getting colon polyps. By leading a healthy lifestyle and getting screened for colon cancer starting at age 50, you’re taking the best steps to protect your colon health.
Your 2 year old knows squatting is better
This post brought to us by Aly Brooks. Aly holds a B.S. degree in Human Development. She blogs at Entirely Eventful Day where she writes about everything from Parenting Advice to Interior Design. She has three children and is married to her best friend. I have kids. I have been on more late-night diaper runs than I care to count. I have wiped more runny noses and bums than I care to remember. Fortunately, my kids are all old enough to use the toilet these days. While, on rare occasion I still hear, “somebody wipe my bum!” coming from the bathroom, I’m pretty much in the clear, thank goodness. But those diaper days are not that far gone. I just recently potty trained my youngest. If you don’t have kids you might not appreciate the exhilaration that accompanies searching for a potty-training child while they hide and poop in their pull-up rather than on their very own disney-themed potty. Oh the effort we moms go to to make that mini toilet seem appealing, just so we can rinse it out afterwords (there’s really no good way). All moms know that when you find your child hiding behind the curtains for privacy, they won’t be standing upright. No. Every mom knows that when you find that discretely defecating child, he or she will most certainly be squatting. I don’t know about you, but I never once saw my 2-year-old pull up a chair, take a seat, and then poop. You know how they do it, without fail; legs spread, deep squat. And while a child running off to a secluded corner to squat while you’re trying to potty train them might just be the most frustrating thing on earth, our precious little ones are really on to something. They just might have something to teach us. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for the modern-day toilet. In fact, I’m a huge fan! But it does have one flaw (two if you count my husband leaving the seat up): you must sit. Ever wonder why your little kiddo chooses to squat rather than to sit while he/she does their business? Instinct. For millennia humans have been squatting to poop. But now with the advent of the toilet (huge fan) we are in a completely different body position. A position that quite frankly, nature hadn’t intended. So what are we to do? Throw out our toilets? Just chuck them out on the front lawn? I would be like that scene in “The Help,” love that show/novel. I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to part with my toilet or my microwave oven. Given a choice between the two, I’d still keep the toilet. “The Human Body Is Designed To Squat To Eliminate” -Dr. Siddoway, MD, FACG Luckily for you and me we don’t have to sacrifice comfort and cleanliness. Thanks to Squatty Potty. What is Squatty Potty you ask? What does it do? It’s a simple device that makes squatting on your toilet, safe, effective and convenient. Also, I’ll tell you the same thing I tell my friends when they see it in my bathroom and inquire: “It will change your life.” You can quote me on that. Oh and I only mention safely because I have actually heard of people standing on their toilet seats to get into the squatting position. Um, don’t do that. You see, it really all comes down to anatomy. There is a muscle in our digestive system that creates a sort of “lasso effect” and keeps us in “continence mode.” While we can seriously thank our lucky stars for this muscle (when we don’t want to poop) it can put a kink in our plans when we do want to poop. As moms, we have to make good use out of every moment of the day. We don’t have time to deal with issues like constipation and hemorrhoids. Yep, I just said the H-word. Using the Squatty Potty makes elimination quicker and easier. It helps avoid things like the H-word. Using the Squatty Potty gets you into the same position as your 2-year-old and you can still get to use your sparkling clean toilet. No hiding behind curtains for you!
The Anatomy of Squatting
The Anatomy of Squatting It is becoming increasingly known that our bodies are designed to squat to eliminate. We are hardly the first to feel strongly about this: doctors, naturopaths, and assorted holistic health professionals have pointed out the hazards of the modern toilet for years. It was during the rise of the western civilizations, when modern day toilets were introduced, that people started having colon and digestive problems. “Constipation is one of the most common GI problems in the United States, affecting an estimated 42 million people, or 15 percent of the population.” Source Constipation is quite common and 3x more likely in women. Occasional constipation is okay, but chronic constipation can lead to major health concerns. If you experience 2 or more of the following symptoms for at least 3 months, you are diagnosed with constipation: >3 bowel movements in a week Abdominal pain or swollen abdomen Hard stools 25% + of the time Straining during a bowel movement 25% + of the time Inability to completely evacuate 25% + of the time Squatting to Eliminate is Healthier Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation. People can control when they defecate, to some extent, by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter. But that muscle can’t maintain continence on its own. The body also relies on a bend in the rectum (where feces is stored), and the anus (where feces comes out). When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN. Some researchers have compared the anatomical predicament created by sitting on a toilet to trying to defecate through a kinked garden hose. It just doesn’t work. In the squatting posture, the puborectalis muscle relaxes allowing the bend to straighten out resulting in easier defecation. Squatting is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research shows that squatting relieves the kink effect. Also, the pressure of thigh muscles against the lower abdomen helps with exertion and elimination. 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.
The Good News About Hemorrhoids
Did you know most hemorrhoids can heal without relapse when the squat posture is adopted for bowel movements? When you have hemorrhoids every chair makes you cringe. Hemorrhoids aren’t something you’re going to discuss at your next social or family get-together. They’re a kind of painful, private thing that we furtively search for relief from without telling the world that we have them. Squatty Potty® customers enthusiastically share information (sometimes a little too much), about how Squatty Potty® toilet stool has changed their lives. One of the more common themes is “Hemmies” (Hemorrhoids) and how shifting their posture from sitting to the squatting posture has worked miracles. The Squatty Potty® toilet stool is recommended by doctors as the #1 way to help you go #2. It helps to reduce the risk of toxic build-up of fecal matter left in your colon; reduces straining and decreases the pressure in the anal and rectal veins; heals or prevents hemorrhoids; and makes it easier for elimination and efficiency to empty the bowel. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids (HEM-uh-roids) are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoids may result from straining during bowel movements or from the increased pressure on these veins during pregnancy, among other causes. Hemorrhoids are common ailments. By age 50, about half of adults have had to deal with the itching, discomfort and bleeding that can signal the presence of hemorrhoids. The veins around your anus tend to stretch under pressure and may bulge or swell. Swollen veins — hemorrhoids — can develop from an increase in pressure in the lower rectum. FACTORS THAT CAUSE PRESSURE: • Straining during bowel movements • Sitting for long periods of time on the toilet • Chronic diarrhea or constipation The Mayo Clinic suggests that hemorrhoid suffers avoid long periods of standing or sitting. Sitting too long, particularly on the toilet, can increase the pressure on the veins in the anus. As you shift from sitting to squatting, here are five hemorrhoid home-remedies that are simple and effective when you need relief. Make Sitz Baths The Norm Prefer to take standing showers when you bathe? Maybe it’s time to rethink that preference. A sitz bath is where you immerse your lower body in water to provide relief. Using warm water is a common treatment for hemorrhoids, because it helps with itching and discomfort. If you suffer from hemorrhoids, making a warm bath a regular replacement for showers is a very good idea. For example, you might want to get into a rotation of one sit-down bath in a tub for every two showers. The warm water immersion encourages circulation and provides relief. Exercise, But Choose Wisely The question isn’t whether or not you should exercise when you have hemorrhoids (you should). Instead, it’s a matter of choosing those exercises wisely. It is best to avoid activities that involve extensive sitting, such as exercise bikes, rowing machines, or riding horses. You’ll also want to take it easy on heavy weight-lifting or anything that might cause you to strain in your lower abdominal area. Such exercises will only cause aggravation and pain to an already troublesome condition. Instead, choose exercises like jogging, walking, or swimming. Focus on stretches and toning exercises that increase flexibility and strength in the affected area. Light yoga is a good option, as are Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises are done by contracting your anal muscle and holding it for about three seconds. Repeat this five times in a row, and do this throughout the day. It’s something you can do, even at work, and no one will know you are doing it. Remember that if the activity you are doing is causing you pain, stop. Don’t Sit Or Stand Too Long The human body is meant to move, and being stationary, even if standing, can exacerbate several health issues, particularly involving circulation. Hemorrhoids are an inflammation of veins, and are definitely affected by behavior that encourages a lack of movement. If you have hemorrhoids, consider getting a standing desk to work at, but have a tall chair nearby. Alternate between standing and sitting throughout the day. A standing desk is surprisingly good at keeping you moving by fidgeting and shifting your weight. You’ll find you are better at moving around and naturally alternating between standing and sitting as your body dictates. Sitting at a desk that doesn’t allow for a standing option tends to lock you into a seated position, which will become uncomfortable depending upon how severe your hemorrhoids are. Sitting does nothing for healthy circulation, either. Drink Plenty Of Water Most hemorrhoid sufferers know the old adage to “eat more fiber”, but many don’t realize how important drinking water is, too. Drinking plenty of water helps in reducing chronic constipation, making bowel movements easier with less straining and damage. On the flip side, reducing alcohol consumption helps in the same manner. Alcohol dehydrates your body, and it is that dehydration which contributes to constipation and, eventually, hemorrhoids. Consume plenty of water every day. Change Your Position On The Toilet We are hardly the first to feel strongly about this: doctors, naturopaths, and assorted holistic health professionals have pointed out the hazards of the modern toilet for years. There is empirical evidence that suggests that elevating your feet during elimination is healthier. The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation. “The Human Body Is Designed To Squat To Eliminate” -Dr. Siddoway, MD, FACG It is difficult to get past the daily annoyance and pain that hemorrhoids bring, but simple lifestyle adjustments and solutions can make the problem a thing of the past.
5 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Relaxing
5 Ways to Make your Bathroom More Relaxing Here at Squatty Potty, we are dedicated to helping you have the best bathroom experience possible. That’s why we are sharing ways to make your bathroom more relaxing. Because, you deserve it. Tip #1 Relaxing Color Palette. If your goal in serenity, select paint colors what inspire the feeling you are trying to achieve. Shades of blues and greens are known to evoke relaxing feelings. Tip #2 Lighting. The right lighting makes everything look and feel better. Crack the shutters and let in the natural light, use lightbulbs that mimic natural light, or if you’re really serious about relaxing; light some candles. Wall sconces also offer a more relaxing (and flattering) light source than traditional overhead lighting. Tip #3 Bring the Outside In. Incorporate things like flowers, rocks, and beautiful landscape photographs into your decor. Nothing is more relaxing than some beautiful fresh-cut blooms. But if fresh flowers feel like too much to maintain, opt for some realistic faux blooms instead. Tip #4 Natural Elements. Wood grain, river rock, and earth tones are oh so relaxing. Combine different textures in similar tones for a beautifully relaxing end product. Tip #5 Keep it Simple. What you leave out of your decor is just as important as what you put in. Be careful not to over-decorate. When accessorizing, be honest with yourself and ask, “Does adding this really add to a relaxing feel or does it actually take away from it?”
Are Stress And Anxiety Causing Your IBS?
Over 60 million Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is hard to nail down; it ends up being a “diagnosis by exclusion”, meaning when doctors can’t find anything else wrong for what’s happening to you, they slap the IBS label on the problem and send you on your way to struggle with diarrhea or constipation. A Difficult Diagnosis If you suffer from IBS, you’re no stranger to hit-and-miss attempts to diagnose and relieve the symptoms or, worse case, being told it’s all in your head. The medical community knows it’s real enough, that’s for sure. They know it has to do with the muscles in your intestines not working correctly. And there are medicines that are used to treat the symptoms. But that leaves an open question: what causes IBS? It might be the wrong amounts of helpful bacteria in the intestine, or incorrect levels of serotonin. Perhaps it’s an abnormality in the colon, or an immune system that’s out of whack. What causes it is only part of the problem. For you, the bigger question is how to control it. What might have triggered your latest episode of IBS? Perhaps your stress and anxiety levels are off the charts. Stress, Anxiety, And IBS 60 percent of IBS sufferers have psychiatric illness, ranging from depression to a constant state of worry. While the connection between stress and IBS hasn’t been fully understood just yet, it is clear that they do go hand-in-hand. And while stress and anxiety might not be the actual physical cause of IBS, it is often an unfortunate trigger. It’s the domino that sets the symptoms in motion, and even if it feels like you have your IBS under control, the reality is you might be only one stressful episode from a flare-up. And here’s the worst part of the stress-IBS connection, a bit of a cruel catch-22: if worry brings on IBS, what do you think IBS sufferers are prone to doing about their IBS? They worry. In other words, worrying about your health can make your health worse. With the connection between stress and IBS, perhaps the best solution would be to permanently move to a tropical island somewhere and spend the rest of your life relaxing in a hammock. Unfortunately, you have real life to live. Get Relief From IBS Our fight-or-flight response might have worked well thousands of years ago, but in our modern life, stress levels are often at a high level for extended periods of time — try weeks, even years. That does a number on your body. You must find ways to bring stress levels down. Put relaxation on the calendar. Set aside time to relax. Your health depends upon it. This is a bit tougher than it sounds, but here’s the idea: set aside time to relax. Shut the computer off. Turn your phone off. Find a good book. Find a good ray of sunshine. Get a massage. Do something that forces you to break the habitual stream of things you do day in and day out because it’s clear those activities, while they might seem harmless, are adding to the stress package. Derail that train, relax, stop worrying, tune out the world, and let your body calm down. It’s on the schedule. It’s timed. You’ll get back to those “important” things soon enough. Focus on lifestyle change. Diet and exercise, the two most common responses to just about every health problem out there, are not fun admonitions to hear. If you’ve suffered from IBS for a while, though, chances are you’re already aware of what foods seem to trigger symptoms. Your doctor can offer suggestions for the best foods, and the foods to avoid. Exercise is always helpful. With stress reduction as your goal, you might think about somethinglike Tai Chi or Yoga. Deep breathing and meditation are an element of these two forms of exercise, and that is definitely going to help bring your stress down as well as give you tools to use at work or the rest of your day. Simplify Your Life You can’t just quit your job. That’s not a viable solution for most people (though it is for some). Yet how much of the stress in your life isn’t even caused by the work you have to do? If you were honest, you’d be able to make a list of things you’re involved in that have you stressed out that you don’t even have to be doing. Start saying no. Remove yourself from groups or activities that have created conflicts or dread that are only adding to your stress load. Think in terms of triage: What do I have to do? What can I stop doing to lighten the load? It might be time to remove yourself from groups at church, school, or work. Maybe your kids don’t have to be involved in so many activities. Stop competing. Competition comes in sneaky ways, and it’s pretty stressful especially if you are a perfectionist. Stop competing with coworkers, family, friends, and yourself. You don’t have to be perfect, the best, the first, the star of the show. You’re allowed to fail. Learning to be content is an art form that pays off in the long run as stress levels drop. This might also be where the idea of a career change can come into play. Why do you have the job you have? Would you be happier at a different, lower-stress lower-prestige job, but feel like you have to have something “respectable” as a career? Are you turning an otherwise great job into a stress-fest because of competition? Be honest with yourself. You might be adding to your own stress load for completely unnecessary reasons that you can shed right now. Accept counseling help. If depression or uncontrollable stress reactions, such as panic, are all too familiar to you, consider getting professional counseling. Trying to fix something you need help with actually adds to the stress load and sets you back even further. Let someone help you. That alone reduces the stress, knowing it’s not on your shoulders to “get happy”, that someone is there to help. Find out more about how the Squatty Potty can help.
Squatty Potty Bathroom Time Printables
Trying to decorate your bathroom walls? Can’t figure out what to do? You’re in luck! We have created these fun, bathroom friendly printables! Just print off your favorite Squatty Potty printable(s) and place in a picture frame. Materials Needed: Picture Frames Printed 8 x 10 high resolution image *Click on thumbnail. Save or drag printable to desktop. (Image opens huge!)
6 Way to Avoid Stomach Cramps While Running
One of the biggest complaints coming from new runners is that their runs almost always result in stomach cramping. There are many reasons this may occur, but if you know those reasons it can be a quick and easy issue to resolve. Pre-Stretch Your Torso Area Before heading out for your run, make sure to do a few side twists, raise your hands over your head and lean from side to side. Whatever you can do to get your mid section stretched and ready for the run. Don’t Eat and Run We’ve all heard that saying but really your body needs time to digest your food and get it fully circulated thru the system before you run, or cramping could occur. There are all sorts of different factors (how much fiber, the size of the meal and mix of macronutrients) that come into play. Aim for meals that are low in fiber, sugar and fat, contain easy to digest proteins. Also it is recommended not to eat a full meal at least 2 hours before running. A good rule of thumb is a light snack, between 50 and 250 calories. Eliminate Waste Running with full bowls will almost certainly result in discomfort and likely, inopportune pitstops. Evacuating your bowls before your run is your best option. Correct bathroom posture will make this task a lot easier and quicker. The Squatty Potty is designed to help you feel lighter, healthier, and rid you of digestion discomfort. Using the Squatty Potty will make your run and your bathroom experience go more smoothly. Dehydration (or Too Much Hydration) Water is a necessity to keep yourself healthy and going during a run. But don’t overload before the run. A full stomach of water can cause cramping and so can not having enough water. Just a few sips before and during your run, enough to keep hydrated, will keep those cramps at bay. Wait until the run is over to fully hydrate… and chug that water. Breath Deeply Shallow, short breaths are common for a new runner. Learning to breathe correctly can reduce cramping immensely. Take deep breaths when you start to experience cramping. Making sure to breath into the stomach (making the stomach push out and expand while inhaling) and exhale all the air before taking your next breath. Yoga is actually great practice for learning how to breathe for running. Start Slow It is recommended to start the first 10 minutes of your run at a slow and steady pace. Don’t start into a sprint or you are likely to experience a cramp. If you do cramp up the same is suggested; slow down or even take a quick rest and then start again slowly and continue your deep breathing while running. We hope these tips will help with that horrible pain that can occur during your run. If you follow these tips, your next run should be smooth sailin’! http://wellnessmama.com/7013/a-proper-way-to-poo-squatty-potty-review/ http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2012/04/why-you-should-squat-to-poop/
This product has changed my life. I was scheduled to have my sigmoid colon removed due to severe damage to my colon from an incurable disease I have. I was in pain and only passed a bowel once every 5 days or so. Since receiving this product, I have gone daily and the colon surgery can be put on hold since the pain has gone away and the doctor said I will possibly need surgery in the future if my disease continues to attack the colon; but today she won’t perform surgery unless there is an imminent need. Thanks! What a difference this has made to this 47 year old woman. I like to travel. It would be fantastic if you could develop a foldable, lightweight product for people who would travel. That would be awesome!
I just wanted to write and let you know how much we love your product! My husband is a gastroenterologist and I bought him a squatty potty as a gift, but mostly just for the humor. Given his career, we often give him “poop” related gifts and gags. The joke was on us! We are both so impressed with the squatty potty. It has made a big difference for both of us and we are still in awe of the simplicity of correcting our body alignment during defecation. He said he will now recommend it to his patients! Thanks!
I am so thrilled with my purchase! My daughter has Crohn’s disease and my husband has hemorrhoid problems and I have colon cancer in my family and when I read about your product and the benefits of squatting, I knew we needed this. I decided to make it a family Christmas gift, and was worried about their reactions. They had heard about squatting, and were actually anxious to try it. We have never talked so much about our personal eliminations before in our house! We gave full reports all day long, each one of us thrilled with the difference in just one day! Thank you!
Dear Squatty Potty, The Squatty Potty is saving me! I have a Rectocele (thinning of the recto-vaginal wall and creation of a pocket) which is an injury many women get during childbirth (mine was an unfortunately fast and furious hospital birth on pitocin.) After thousands of dollars of physical therapy, a proctologist and gynecologist both wanting to do surgery that would have laid me up for weeks, I received my Squatty Potty and it immediately got me into a position which solves my anatomical issue! I have cut down tremendously on my bathroom time and improved my general intestinal health as well! Thank you!
Hello, My housemate purchased a squatty potty just a month ago. It is amazing how that one little (but gigantic) bathroom habit infiltrates your life. Everytime I use a public facility now, I look for something to rest my feet in an elevated position. I am totally sold on the Squatty Potty and wish that there was a portable one (with a case of course, LOL). I would sooooooo go for that option! Thank you for making a middle age woman’s day (everyday). I love my little stool stool. LOL