So you might be wondering why I have a picture of a woman relaxing in a pool as the feature picture for this review of the Squatty Potty. Well the two actually have a lot in common because how she feels in that picture is how you might feel after using the Squatty Potty. Seriously. It's. That. Good.
This post isn't sponsored or affiliated in anyway to Squatty Potty. I bought it myself online after listening to a podcast with Bill Edwards, co-creator, talk about how he started out and why he sells cr*p loads (pardon the pun) of them every week.
Now I had previously heard about the benefits of squatting way back when I lived in China in my early 20's and saw, and experienced, squat toilets everywhere, but it wasn't until this year when I read Gut by Giulia Enders that I started to pay more attention to the benefits of squatting.
When I came across the Squatty Potty video I was convinced to start using the technique. Watch it and see if it brightens your day, just a little :)
As explained in the video and in the Squatty Potty brochure I received with it:
Squatty Potty is recommended by doctors as the #1 way to help you go #2. It helps to reduce the risk of toxic build-up of faecal matter left in your colon; reduces straining and decreases pressure in the anal and rectal veins; heals or prevents haemorrhoids; and makes for easier elimination and efficiency to empty the bowel.
It does this by putting your body in a position to relax the muscle that keeps us in 'continence mode' and opens the colon to allow release and free flowing elimination.
The website and the brochure refer to a number of studies that show that squatting is the 'healthy, natural way to eliminate' but I thought that the best way to check the theory was to actually try it myself. So I did.
Because we don't have a lot of space I bought the 7 inch Squatty Slim Natural (pictured below) for $129.95 AUD (+ postage), but they do have a base style - the Squatty Potty Ecco at $54.95. If you buy more than one because you have a number of toilets in your house or workplace, of if you share the costs with friends or family, you'll get a discounted price depending on how many you buy.
We've had it in our house for a few weeks now and it took a little getting used to. It does come with a warning that it may not be good for people with back issues and I did find that it put some strain on my back being in a new position, but it has gotten better the more I have used it.
So does it work? Yes it does. It really does put the body into the right position to just go. No straining or pushing and it shortens the time spent in the toilet dramatically. On a number of occasions I haven't been sure if I actually needed to go, but when I put the Squatty Potty in position and sat down, my body made up my mind for me!
You don't have to use it every time you sit down though as it is designed to push up close to the toilet and they come in two different heights (plus an adjustable style) so that you can match it to the height of your toilet and the comfort factor you want.
I'm loving my Squatty Potty and I can see that it would benefit many people, especially those with constipation issues like straining or feeling like you've had an incomplete bowel movement.
You don't have to rush out and buy one though to get the benefits, you can just use a low stool, books, or something else to prop your feet up off the floor. If you have any concerns about the safety of it, particularly if you have digestive, mobility or back issues, then check in with your health practitioner to see whether it is something you should try.
If you've used one let me know what you think in the comments below.
And in the spirit of the Squatty Potty logo that I see everyday when I look down at the stool, happy colon : happy life :)