I found myself in an awkward situation while at a friend’s house a few weeks ago. I was just about to head into the bathroom when my friend said something to me that took me by surprise.
“Don’t forget to use the Squatty Potty!” my friend said cheerfully.
“What in God’s name does that mean?” I thought to myself as I walked in his bathroom ready to encounter a weird toilet reminiscent of ancient Mesopotamia.
You couldn’t miss it. Tucked away neatly underneath the toilet is this platform thing. Upon further investigation, I learned that this stool was to be used to help my colon “allow for a complete elimination without any straining”.
So there I was, skeptical and with my pants around my ankles. The perfect recipe for doing something you’ll regret later.
So I tried it.
And boy was it awesome.
What Is The Squatty Potty?
Designed by the Edwards family in 2011, the Squatty Potty stool is a small device designed to elevate your feet in order to put you in the natural squatty position right over your own toilet.
Why you ask?
According to the company’s Facebook page, “squatting to eliminate is proven to straighten out your anorectal angle to prevent blockage of fecal mater in your colon and allow for faster, more complete elimination.”
Using their product during elimination will help un-kink your body by taking it from a continent mode to an elimination mode. Apparently putting yourself in this jack-knife looking position will speed up the elimination process. It also can help reduce the risk of toxic build up of fecal matter left in your colon too!
In other words, it makes pooping fun again.
Using the Squatty Potty for elimination will reportedly reduce straining and decreases the pressure. The reduction of straining will help to heal and prevent hemorrhoids as well as reduce the risk of bowel herniation and other damage to the lower digestive tract.
Its also designed with a forward slant to ergonomically align the body for a comfortable and complete elimination and will discretely tuck under your toilet bowl when not in use.
That being said, the Squatty Potty is certainly not safe from those who like to sprinkle when they tinkle.
Furthermore, children love the Squatty Potty! It is an excellent toilet training aid. It provides them with a place to support their feet which helps to remove the fear of falling. They also don’t have a need to hold onto the dirty toilet seat for balance.
Why Use A Squatty Potty?
According to Squatty Potty, “The human body relies on a bend in the colon (where your poop lives) and the anus (where your poop says hi) to keep everything stored until it’s time to do your business.”
“Your Puborectalis Muscle helps keep your poop in place by kinking your colon when you’re sitting or standing. This is helpful for when you’re sitting and don’t want to poop, but unhelpful for when you’re sitting and do want to poop. If only there were a way to tell your body when to unkink that hose.”
“Your colon’s sweet spot comes with the squat. This is the only position where the Puborectalis Muscle fully relaxes, which straightens the kink and allows for a complete elimination without any straining. Bombs away.”
Enter the Squatty Potty.
The Squatty Potty provides a safe, sturdy platform to elevate your feet, mimicking a natural squat posture almost perfectly. That being said, Squatty Potty is sturdy, comfortable, convenient and affordable.
Does The Squatty Potty Really Work?
Squatty Potty is not a joke. The company is medically endorsed by multiple doctors, including Roger Siddoway, MD, FACG, and the science behind squatting is certified and backed by medical journals and clinical studies worldwide. In fact, a relaxed, natural squatting position is widely considered the “optimal elimination posture”.
Squatty Potty is proven to improve colon health and will improve symptoms of hemorrhoids, constipation, and bloating.
According to the company, you’ll even enjoy a “more complete elimination and your bathroom visits will be much, much shorter”.
The Squatty Potty may feel awkward at first, but the body should adapt quickly and become second nature. For most customers, the impact is immediate while for some the body needs about a week to adjust, relax, and get things moving along.
Squatty Potty Sizes
A subtle slope from back to front raises the user’s heels, giving them just the right angle of squat. Featuring a soft textured grip that keeps your feet in place, users can now squat with confidence!
Most standard toilets are between 14 and 16 inches high when measured from the floor to the top lip of the toilet bowl, not including the seat – a perfect fit for the 7 inch stool from Squatty Potty. If you own anything taller than that, and you’ll want to consider one of their 9 inch models.
Squatty Potty Retailers
Big box retailers like Target, Home Depot, and Bed Bath & Beyond all reportedly sell the Squatty Potty, but I’ve never seen one on display anywhere.
If you’d like to purchase the Squatty Potty, click here to read more about the product on their website.
Travel Squatty Potty
If you enjoy the benefits of squatting no matter where the road takes you, then make sure you check out the Porta-Squatty as well.
Built for those who travel or simply prefer to keep it tucked away when not being used, the Porta-Squatty is the perfect bathroom companion. And when you are not using it, the Porta-Squatty easily folds up and fits into a discreet carrying bag about the size of a book!
It couldn’t be easier. Just unfold and … go.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article! As always, if you’d like to share your questions or experiences with the Squatty Potty, feel free to drop us a line on our Facebook, Instagram, or email. – Chaxton.com Staff