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Poop like a caveman

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 29, 2013 at 2:31 AM

I've often heard or read about the benefits of squatting during a bowel movement, but I've never done it. I know that it is how most of the world goes number two and what our ancient ancestors probably did, but my westernized sitting toilet just isn't suited to the position.

I've considered hacking my toilet to accommodate both sitting and standing. The only ideas that came to mind were putting boxes on either side of the toilet so one could put their feet on them and squat over the bowl. But, that just wasn't practical.

Then finally I found an incredibly simple solution. When I sit on the toilet I put a footstool a few inches in front of the toilet. The footstool is only 8 inches tall, but it elevates my feet high enough that I'm simulating the squatting position while sitting squarely on the toilet seat. When I'm done, I can put the footstool out of the way so the toilet can be used normally by others.

I've only been doing this for a short while, but I've had an easier time with bowel movements. It's like my body is designed to work this way.

Do you do something similar?

/edit to add: I forgot to mention that one of the other benefits to using the footstool to raise my feet is the fact that my legs no longer go numb from sitting on the toilet seat. I used to finish my business on the toilet and then wait in pain for 2-4 minutes while my legs got blood flowing in them again. Not anymore.

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on May 02, 2013
at 12:10 AM

I'm not sure, i wouldn't say China are less medically advanced, but good point Dainel! What i suggested is not scientific evidence, i'm careful not to state things as fact as i'm not a scientific paper cruncher if i'm honest. I personally have had good results myself & it feels very natural to me.

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on April 30, 2013
at 05:10 AM

Does it not seem that the countries with higher rates of colon cancer are likely the countries with the more comprehensive pre and post mortar screening?

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on April 30, 2013
at 12:07 AM

+title ........

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on April 29, 2013
at 11:37 PM

The solution to pooping like a caveman is to go wherever you happen to be, in your car, on a train, on a plane, just let it go. You should never feel constrained. If you are eating a meal in a restaurant and decide you would like to poop, then go right in your chair. It is human nature to go wherever you happen to be. At the grocery store and feel the urge? Don't even bother picking an aisle, just go, crap on the floor.

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on April 29, 2013
at 07:20 PM

Yeah that squatty potty stool is essentially what I'm doing. Maybe I'll cut out a section of the platform like the squatty potty. Hmmm.

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on April 29, 2013
at 04:09 PM

+1 for the squatty potty. Going without it just feels wrong now

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F40448d3eb00eb159334ee7bfb2b693a

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on April 30, 2013
at 02:42 AM

Iv noticed ever since eating paleo and squatting while pooping I rareley have to wipe and if i do its just one or two small wipes. Ive spent litterally over an hour wiping before this, probably because i ate a lot of proccesed foods my body could not digest

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C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

on April 29, 2013
at 05:01 PM

I used to just put both feet in the seat, i did this for about a year with great success. I now own one of these babies http://www.toilet-related-ailments.com/new-squatting-platform.html ..They are excellent! very sturdy & folds flat. I considered putting a small stool in front of the toilet before buying a platform, but from what i read although its better than sitting it's not the optimal position. I cannot sit down anymore it just feels wrong, squatting is deffo the way forward!! Check this out, http://www.aneki.com/colon_cancer_countries.html

Now i just had a quick google bash & read this ""Countries with the highest incidence rates include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and parts of Europe. The countries with the lowest risk include China, India, and parts of Africa and South America""

This further convinces me that squatting is good. =o)

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

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on April 30, 2013
at 05:10 AM

Does it not seem that the countries with higher rates of colon cancer are likely the countries with the more comprehensive pre and post mortar screening?

C4deaa6bb01626b4569e8992890381ab

(930)

on May 02, 2013
at 12:10 AM

I'm not sure, i wouldn't say China are less medically advanced, but good point Dainel! What i suggested is not scientific evidence, i'm careful not to state things as fact as i'm not a scientific paper cruncher if i'm honest. I personally have had good results myself & it feels very natural to me.

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C5d5cfab77a26fa17a56f2c62b99b879

on April 29, 2013
at 04:45 PM

I just put both feet on the seat and wait for free fall. It works too.

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10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

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on April 29, 2013
at 02:41 PM

Check out squatty potty. It's essentially a footstool that wraps around your toilet so that you can get better leverage to squat.

http://www.squattypotty.com/

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

(435)

on April 29, 2013
at 04:09 PM

+1 for the squatty potty. Going without it just feels wrong now

815175bf72cf644fec014b8964c2884f

(20)

on April 29, 2013
at 07:20 PM

Yeah that squatty potty stool is essentially what I'm doing. Maybe I'll cut out a section of the platform like the squatty potty. Hmmm.

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59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on April 29, 2013
at 11:31 PM

I like to bend over and spray it in the great outdoors, it is good fertilizer.

If you see a tree that looks like it needs a little help just drop trou and give the tree a little of your love.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on April 29, 2013
at 11:37 PM

The solution to pooping like a caveman is to go wherever you happen to be, in your car, on a train, on a plane, just let it go. You should never feel constrained. If you are eating a meal in a restaurant and decide you would like to poop, then go right in your chair. It is human nature to go wherever you happen to be. At the grocery store and feel the urge? Don't even bother picking an aisle, just go, crap on the floor.

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