East Meets West: Can Squatty Potty Fix America’s Toilet Issues?

by Sarah FitnessComments: 110

Editor’s Note: During my travels through Asia in the late 1980’s, one of the most difficult adjustments was the extreme difference in toilet habits between Eastern and Western culture. You can imagine my shock and surprise when I first entered a public facility in Japan only to be greeted by the squatty potty, aka toilet pictured to the right!

Believe it or not, these Asian style toilets are really quite easy to use (except on a moving train) and actually facilitate Nature’s Call much better than Western versions – provided you are steady on your feet and have a decent set of quads!

Now, the wisdom of Asian toilets has finally made it to America in the form of squatty potty stools of all shapes and sizes.  In today’s post, Fitness Editor Paula Jager CSCS opines in hilarious fashion on her newest toy – for the bathroom!

By Fitness Editor Paula Jager, CSCS

I don’t know about you all but nothing kicks my morning off better than answering Nature’s Call.  It just sets the stage for the whole day–especially when you’re able to drop a solid brick or two.  Hey, we all do it; some easier than others, some more than others.  It’s not talked about a lot and there’s usually not a lot of thought going into it but it happens.

While some things are done in solitude in a marriage, and this is definitely one of them in my book that doesn’t mean you don’t discuss it with each other.  Up until I was about 35 years old, it was a 3x a week event if I was lucky.  I never thought much about it and to me it was “normal”. My husband on the other hand has always been Mr. 2-3 Times a Day.  He thought I was abnormal.  When I got into fitness on a serious note and perhaps I may also have been paying better attention to diet that’s when things started moving–daily.  I felt much better and became Ms. Every Morning.

Let’s fast forward about 17 years and he and I are both the same way.  Things had been going pretty smooth for the most part for both of us but every once in a while there was a tad of struggle or a feeling that it didn’t all come out. Why is it that some people struggle more than others?

A healthy diet, metabolism and digestive process would certainly come into play here along with proper hydration but could there be something else?  Could we be doing something “wrong?”  I’d often wondered about this and a few months ago I came across a very interesting post on Facebook about a “Squatty Potty”.  When I first checked them out I was amazed, watched the video shaking my head “uh, huh, uh huh” and immediately ordered one.

I was so excited; I couldn’t wait for it to arrive.  I told my husband about it and he replied “are you nuts, people have been going to the bathroom for 1000’s of years” why do we need a Squatty Potty, especially me?”  “And how much did it cost?” I tried to explain to him that “thousands of years ago” or even a couple of hundred years ago people squatted when they went to the bathroom.  Plain and simple, very instinctual they squatted down booty to ankles and out it came.  To their credit their diet was most likely much better since there were less processed, refined and fast foods.  But that’s a whole other story.  When the modern toilet was designed in the throes of the industrial revolution in the mid 1800’s it was designed to sit on like a throne rather than the way the natives did it.  Many doctors at the time worried about this causing health problems because it went against nature.

That design placed the body in an unnatural position.  Let’s review the mechanics of going to the bathroom.  People control their defecation to some degree by contracting or releasing the anal sphincter.  The muscle however cannot maintain continence on its own.  The body relies on a bend between the rectum–where feces builds up–and the anus–where it comes out.  When we’re standing or sitting, the extent of this bend called the anorectal angle is about 90 degrees, which puts upward pressure on the rectum.  This keeps the feces inside and creates the need for straining to evacuate.  Attempting to defecate in the improper position (i.e. modern toilet) is like trying to defecate through a kinked garden hose. It just doesn’t work.  The squatting posture straightens out the bend and elimination becomes much easier and complete.

Squatty PottyWhy Squatty Potty Gets the Job Done Better

Research shows the following advantages of the squatty potty posture:

  • non invasive treatment for hemorrhoids;  most will heal without relapse when this posture is adopted for bowel movements.
  • Making elimination faster, easier and more complete will help to prevent colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Protects the nerves of the pelvic floor from becoming stretched and damaged (FLAT TUMMY anyone?)
  • Seals the ileocecal valve preventing leakage into the small intestine.
  • Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the colon to maintain continence.
  • Prevents hernias, diverticulitis and pelvic organ prolapse by using the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining.
  • For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus and helps prepare one for a more natural delivery.

Well, that all sounded good to me.  I was thrilled when my new squatty potty arrived; and wow, you could actually feel the difference immediately.  You could feel it going straight down–plop!  I hopped off the squatty potty and my day was good to go–woo hoo!  I was convinced from the start but the true test was with Mr. 2-3 Times a Day.  About 3 days later I get home from work and the first thing my husband says to me it ‘wow, PJ–that Squatty Potty works”.  I thought you didn’t need it dear, I replied.  “Well, it just makes it better”.  How so dear?  “It all comes out”.

And this past weekend hubby spent 3 nights away from home with his college roommates for the USF game and a golfing weekend.  When he got home after a hug and kiss he mentioned how much he missed his Squatty Potty–that it “just wasn’t the same” and he needed to “clean things out”.  TMI?  Well, I’m just making a point.

The Squatty Potty slides right under your toilet and comes in white plastic, white wood and bamboo styles.  It also comes in 3 different heights 5”, 7” and 9” depending upon the height of your toilet.  We got the 9” Squatty Classic in white wood.  But I’ll be adding the bamboo for my downstairs bath soon.

There are a few other versions out there for simple purchase or you could purchase an actual squat toilet like Sarah pictured above like they have in Asia.

Either way, take your health up a notch by improving elimination and getting your butt off the toilet.

More Information

Relieving Baby Constipation Naturally

Chiropractic for Constipation

Five Strategies to Combat Constipation

About the Author


Paula Jager CSCS and Level 1 CrossFit and CF Nutrition Certified is the owner of CrossFit Jaguar.

Her exercise and nutrition programs yield life changing results



Comments (110)

  • gautam

    similar and less expensive stool is available in India as well.

    July 2nd, 2015 1:42 am Reply
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  • Sandy Galetovic via Facebook

    I’ll bet this guy will never be seen again lol

    May 17th, 2014 6:55 pm Reply
  • Debbie Thorvaldsen via Facebook

    I have used squatting toilets in Japan. they really are better than our toilets.

    May 17th, 2014 6:48 pm Reply
  • Linnie Pierce via Facebook

    O MG! If it works I want one.

    May 17th, 2014 6:21 pm Reply
  • Vanessa Ingole via Facebook

    A tall, plastic step stool serves the same purpose…..and it’s cheaper! 😉

    May 17th, 2014 4:00 pm Reply
    • Jonathan

      Propping up your feet with a footstool is “wishful squatting.” It’s a far cry from the natural position. In cultures that haven’t been contaminated by western toilets, even the elderly can squat as well as their grandchildren. It’s unfortunate that the squatty potty is creating confusion about what it means to squat.

      May 20th, 2014 12:03 pm Reply
  • Lee Ebbs via Facebook

    And women in Germany want their husbands to squat to pee and most of the German men comply (no joke).

    May 17th, 2014 1:39 pm Reply
  • Desiree Heck via Facebook

    You could not have posted this at a better time.

    May 17th, 2014 12:23 pm Reply
  • Patricia Austin via Facebook

    So thankful to have found this method. I’ve been doing this for over a year now and NEVER have problems anymore!!

    May 17th, 2014 12:21 pm Reply
  • Yvette Solomon via Facebook

    Howard Stern swears by it!!

    May 17th, 2014 11:22 am Reply
  • Sarah Hagen via Facebook

    I don’t normally have issues while on the toliet…even with regular poops…the squatty potty is awesome. this is for everyone…not just people with issues.

    May 17th, 2014 11:19 am Reply
  • Linda Martino DuBois via Facebook

    The look on the mans face is gross!! It’s a great product!

    May 17th, 2014 10:55 am Reply
  • Jordan AndSamantha Railsback via Facebook

    This is a terrible idea for women. In the age of prolapse and awful tucked tummy posture, using this stool puts you at risk of blowing out your organs.

    May 17th, 2014 10:40 am Reply
  • Wendi

    I have two Squatty Pottys in my house (one at each toilet) and I take one with me when I travel because I don’t want to go without it! {Get it? :-)}

    On a side note, I don’t think the picture with the man is an accurate depiction of someone using a Squatty Potty, because he’s obviously straining and, along with clean food, one does not strain oneself when using a Squatty Potty. :-)

    May 17th, 2014 10:03 am Reply
  • Peggy Summy via Facebook

    Until America starts eating REAL food, it doesn’t matter how you sit on the toilet.

    May 17th, 2014 9:50 am Reply
  • Aneta Okon via Facebook

    I lost 10 pounds in less than 2 months:-)

    May 17th, 2014 9:23 am Reply
  • Em Singh via Facebook

    Too expensive, I just use my kid’s bathroom stool to prop my feet on. It wraps around the toilet. But yea, it does work :)

    May 17th, 2014 9:05 am Reply
  • Angela Renee via Facebook

    I understand the concept. But that picture is hilarious! Lmao!

    May 17th, 2014 8:55 am Reply

    I have read and hear about squatty potty for years now. Can anybody PLEASE tell me where I can buy one in South Africa?

    December 9th, 2013 4:07 pm Reply
  • Trudy Scott Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist

    Thanks! great article – I just ordered two! this is the best version of a toilet squatting device I’ve seen

    Seeing your photo brings back memories of traveling in France, Spain and Turkey in my 20s and squatting in the Drakensberg mountains of S Africa while on backpacking trips – it really does help to squat!

    October 4th, 2013 4:18 pm Reply
  • Katie

    Kaufman, of Kaufman’s department stores in Pittsburgh, had a regular toilet buried in the tile floor so it would be lower and he could squat when he commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design Falling Water. He like to squat – felt it was healthier and more natural. He had the toilets installed at regular height in the guest bathrooms!

    October 3rd, 2013 11:00 am Reply
  • Erin

    I bought one. Hubby thought I was nuts! But he uses it and admitted he notices the difference when he travels and goes without one. 😉

    October 3rd, 2013 10:18 am Reply
  • Boot

    Squatting seems like a good idea, but it seems to me “sqatting” yet now placing almost 100% of your weight on your butt, and having said butt almost forced through a restrictive toilet seat “horsehoe” by your body weight may create new problems for the anus or rectum. The old way, a good bit of your weight is still on your feet and undersides of thighs, but not with this new seat. Has anyone measured that potential damage?

    July 6th, 2013 7:50 pm Reply
    • Ayshea

      With the Squatty Potty it’s not just to elevate your legs while you sit on the toilet. The ideas is to also lean forward slightly, transferring your weight on your feet and supporting yourself with your feet and legs, rather than sitting with all your weight on your bum.

      May 5th, 2014 9:33 pm Reply
      • Jonathan

        When you use the phrase “the idea is . . .” you’re precisely showing why the squatty potty is unnatural. It’s based on somebody’s idea and not on the natural squatting instinct instilled into every human being by Mother Nature. The western toilet was also based on somebody’s fallacious “idea”. Every child knows its bogus and no amount of rationalization can change that.

        May 5th, 2014 10:45 pm Reply
  • Urmi

    Is there a way I can buy a hybrid or a western squatting toilet in the USA, google search shows the images.

    January 31st, 2013 4:17 pm Reply
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  • Jonathan

    Sitting with your feet propped up on a footstool like the Squatty Potty is not genuine squatting. On a 1 to 10 scale where 10 is a real squat, the footstool method is about a 3. That’s impressive for those who have struggled with western toilets all their lives. But for those who are familiar with squatting it’s quite ineffective and uncomfortable. We have to return to true squatting, starting with our children. Learn more about this subject at http://www.naturesplatform.com/faq.html

    December 29th, 2012 6:54 pm Reply
  • Kamila

    Brings back memories from our beach vacation in Bulgaria in 1980. I use a regular kid’s step stool and it works too. The benefits are truly significant. My post baby hemorrhoids are better!

    November 15th, 2012 1:21 pm Reply
  • Lorien

    I grew up with an outhouse that had both a seat and a squat option and I didn’t realize why I always picked the squat until we honeymooned in Turkey. The squat toilets were so comfy and so easy to use (even the ones on the train!). I lost about 10lbs in the month that we were there, even though I ate like a queen. Now that I’m thinking about it, I wonder if the toilets contributed to that…

    There is also this product, which is primarily marketed at toilet training kids, but might help adults who want to get their squat on: http://www.littlelooster.com/

    November 2nd, 2012 11:10 pm Reply
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  • Natalia

    I have a child with hemorrhoids; I just told him/her about this and s/he will be doing this from now on. First time I heard this might be a solution and I’m so glad. I just REALLY hope it works for him/her.

    I loved Paula’s writing. Thanks for this!

    October 15th, 2012 5:17 pm Reply
  • Danielle @ Analytical Mom

    Ha! Reminds me of travels in Japan! I also started using a step stool to help with a hemorrhoid after childbirth (I think it was mentioned on Earth Clinic). If you’re a little bit coordinated, flexible, and petite, you can also just scoot back and put your feet up on the rim… it’s so worth it.

    October 11th, 2012 7:13 pm Reply
  • maggie

    apparently that bend has not been made straight since surgury in mid july, this is going to be a very painful retraining exsperiance.

    October 11th, 2012 5:24 pm Reply
  • Cecilia Faith Leming via Facebook

    Love ours, we have a plastic one in every bathroom! A lot easier to keep clean since we have little boys with aim issues. 😉

    October 11th, 2012 11:10 am Reply
  • El Temeroso via Facebook

    God, the immigrants in Winnipeg do that squatting up here on our toilets at work. Not only do they make a mess, but they end up ripping the toilets out of the ground or sliding off and spraining an ankle!

    October 11th, 2012 12:42 am Reply
    • Natalia

      Your work needs to get a stool then, eh? With an attractive “Poop Stool” logo.

      October 15th, 2012 5:15 pm Reply
  • tereza crump

    The easiest time I ever had going to the bathroom was while I was missioning in Peru and all we had was squatting toilets… definitely getting me one! I miss the good old times. ha!!!

    October 10th, 2012 11:30 pm Reply
  • deena

    my family has been using what we call a poop stool for probably 15+ years now. i have lost count of how many people have laughed at me/us but once they try it they stop laughing! my grandpa is a woodworker and makes sure we are all well supplied with poop stools. i recently received a second one for our basement bathroom and didn’t even have to ask for it. he rocks!

    October 10th, 2012 10:52 pm Reply
  • Laura Anderson via Facebook

    another alternative and cheep is I use 2 plastic planter pots up side dwn for ahout 1 50 each, works great

    October 10th, 2012 7:37 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    Wow, the east always seem to be way ahead in preventive medicine then the west. Wonder why? I’ve always had to wonder why its so difficult “to go completely”.

    October 10th, 2012 6:14 pm Reply
  • Anna Drozdova via Facebook

    can get quite splashy though

    October 10th, 2012 5:23 pm Reply
  • Anna Drozdova via Facebook

    we used to have those in Soviet Union times in public toilets

    October 10th, 2012 5:23 pm Reply
  • Yvonne

    That is such an interesting article and it made me think back to how my ASD son was tolieting when doing poops, he would put his feet on the toliet set and squat, it was something we kept discouraging getting him to sit on the toliet yet according to the article it was good for him.

    October 10th, 2012 4:49 pm Reply
  • Wendi Wilkins via Facebook

    I LOVE MY SQUATTY POTTY!!!!! Just sayin’. :^)

    October 10th, 2012 4:38 pm Reply
  • Megan

    d the eastern one i would go in my shoe. thats what happens in the woods unless i hold a tree or lean back agaist a tree or find a fallin tree.lol

    October 10th, 2012 2:58 pm Reply
    • Linda

      Oh Megan! Yes i have dribbled on my shoe a time or two in the mountains and you have to be careful which way the wind is blowing! :)

      October 10th, 2012 3:07 pm Reply
  • Gidget Blunt via Facebook

    My husband is working on building one.

    October 10th, 2012 2:57 pm Reply
  • Blanca Villanueva Perez via Facebook

    We’re gonna get one. =)

    October 10th, 2012 2:52 pm Reply
  • Suzanne

    I’ll pass, thanks anyway.

    October 10th, 2012 2:52 pm Reply
  • Cathy Nealon Murray via Facebook

    I learned about this in Nutrition class a few semesters ago.

    October 10th, 2012 1:55 pm Reply
  • Sarah Nelson Miller via Facebook

    I love my Squatty Potty.

    October 10th, 2012 1:55 pm Reply
  • Linda

    I have read about these for several years now ….always wanted to try one. I also have done the up turned laundry basket and also overturned waste basket….they do seem to work. My one hold back from actually getting the squatty potty is my family. Now I live alone….but lot’s use my bathroom….and I can just hear them now….
    Because i eat quite differently than most of them….this will just be one more thing to make fun of me about.
    We hike in the Rocky Mts a lot ….and well if you have to go , you squat and go! And it does work! And you do have to have strong legs hee hee…..I just don’t want to explain this new addition to my family. :(

    October 10th, 2012 1:26 pm Reply
    • Natalia

      I bet you could find a taller child’s stool. Not many would question that, and if they do, it’s for your child guests or relatives, right? Or how about a lidded box of the right height that stores extra toilet paper?

      October 15th, 2012 5:13 pm Reply
  • Meredith Johnson via Facebook

    The “poop stool” was on Two and a Half men a few years ago. Good to know it really works!

    October 10th, 2012 1:22 pm Reply
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    October 10th, 2012 1:21 pm Reply
  • Austin N Leah Block via Facebook

    heddy we did the same thing!

    October 10th, 2012 1:15 pm Reply
  • Heddy’s Healthy Home via Facebook

    I had read about this elimination technique months ago. I was super intrigued, so we started leaving our daughter’s potty- stool in front of the potty when we needed to go. Now, I wish every bathroom I use, was equipped with something like this. Because I really miss it when I am away from home. Thank you for posting :)

    October 10th, 2012 1:05 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    Great post! We have a squatty potty and love it!

    October 10th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
  • Rafael Aspiazu via Facebook

    I use an old beverage box. I will never go back.

    October 10th, 2012 12:35 pm Reply
    • Linda

      Rafael I wouldn’t know how to explain this in my little bathroom?

      October 10th, 2012 3:10 pm Reply
  • Kateri Scott via Facebook

    oh yeah, chamber potting always produced bettee results for me

    October 10th, 2012 12:30 pm Reply
    • Linda

      Yep the old chamber pot worked the same …..yes sir!

      October 10th, 2012 3:09 pm Reply
  • Maggie Goodman Russell via Facebook

    your rocken My world today

    October 10th, 2012 12:29 pm Reply
  • Antonia Louise Longo via Facebook

    Cheapest non plastic option?

    October 10th, 2012 12:20 pm Reply
  • Becky Sher via Facebook

    When I took my family to visit Hong Kong in 2008, my then 8-year old refused to use one of those toilets you posted on your website. Yes, some of the really old public facilities have not been updated yet even though the government have surplus in their budget.

    October 10th, 2012 12:13 pm Reply
  • Gabriela Guthier

    I am getting one of these! LOL. My six year old daughter puts her feet up on the rim so she can get the same effect and I was trying to figure out how to make it safer for her.

    October 10th, 2012 11:57 am Reply
  • Tennille Kendall Hansen via Facebook

    a stool is always by our toilet since we have small children. I use it and have gotten rather used to having it around. I don’t like toy “go” without it.

    October 10th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
    • Natalia

      This is us too. It’s not really quite high enough, but doesn’t attract curiosity either! 😉

      October 15th, 2012 5:09 pm Reply
  • Beth

    This brings back memories from my travels in Japan and India!

    Paula, is this the bamboo one you mentioned?

    October 10th, 2012 11:48 am Reply
    • Beth

      I think they should call it the stool stool.

      October 10th, 2012 11:51 am Reply
      • Paula

        Yes, isn’t it pretty? It would go well with my bamboo etage

        October 11th, 2012 9:55 am Reply
      • Natalia

        Yes! Great name! Maybe that could be a secondary line of theirs. Let them know ASAP and you can get credit! 😉

        October 15th, 2012 5:08 pm Reply
  • Togakushi Himalaya No Uta via Facebook

    hahaha!sounds interesting! and even japanese ppl doesnt know how much differences between using western one and original one. getting very less original on in Japans house I think.

    October 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
  • Jane

    As an alternative to a purchase, or to just try it out before buying, I’ve flipped a laundry basket upside down to rest my feet on while going. It seems to create the same effect & works quite well for me!

    October 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
  • Real Granola via Facebook

    Adding this to my wishlist and it’s a must for women with prolapse issues. Check out the work of Christine Kent for info on this issue.

    October 10th, 2012 11:45 am Reply
  • Luci Dutton via Facebook

    thanks for posting!

    October 10th, 2012 11:40 am Reply
  • Mandi McBride Jensen via Facebook

    We use a “stool stool” in our house and it has made a huge difference! The squatty potty is on my wish list.

    October 10th, 2012 11:34 am Reply
  • Diana Weeks via Facebook

    I always thought this made more sense, since I travelled to Japan and saw these toilets (after my horror had faded).. my mothers Dr. also recommended using a stool for ur feet (cheaper alternative).

    October 10th, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • Christopher Ford via Facebook

    That’s how we were created to do it.

    October 10th, 2012 11:30 am Reply
  • Nicole

    This is totally going to change my life! My entire family suffers from hemorrhoids, so I’m definitely going to share this with them!

    October 10th, 2012 11:29 am Reply
  • Laura Blair via Facebook

    both of my kids stand on the toilet seat and squat to poop. i never told them to do that, they just do. i’ll have to get this when they get too big for standing on the toilet.

    October 10th, 2012 11:28 am Reply
  • Tina Zanetti via Facebook

    I read this in a book of Chinese Medicine. It makes sense!! However for those with toliet issues, looking into the underlying cause is important.

    October 10th, 2012 11:20 am Reply
  • Louise Baker via Facebook

    After watching their video on YouTube, I started squatting on the seat to go as well. It takes awhile to get used to — seems weird to have to take your pants right off just to go to the toilet! And initially there were some aiming issues to sort out. But I have to say everything sure works better now. I think there was a lot of “stuff” getting left behind because it was blocked before; I’m way more productive since I adopted the squat.

    October 10th, 2012 11:18 am Reply
  • Natasha Boss via Facebook

    I just use a regular stool, but it makes a world of difference. I’ve had issues ever since my first pregnancy, and this pregnancy has been a lot better between my diet and using a stool at in the bathroom.

    October 10th, 2012 11:18 am Reply
  • Howard C. Gray via Facebook

    Works for me!

    October 10th, 2012 11:16 am Reply
  • Carol Tonne via Facebook

    thanks for this post Sarah, i’ve been wanting to know where to get one of these. Is it really called squatty potty? lol Going to your website to find out. :)

    October 10th, 2012 11:16 am Reply
  • Sarah Reddick via Facebook

    I have this on my wish list! I really want one!!!

    October 10th, 2012 11:16 am Reply
  • Renee N.

    I didn’t learn much about the benefits of traditional toilets until I returned from Japan last year. I spent 3 years in Japan, not thinking about seeking out their health food/traditional lifestyles until the last 6 months there. For the first couple of years, I would get so upset if there was only a traditional toilet (for example, at a lot of train stations) and I really had to go! It was so hard for my muscles to do the squat. Haha. If only I had known!

    October 10th, 2012 11:15 am Reply
    • Kevin C.

      I heard about this in passing a few years back, but I never paid it much attention. I wish I had now that I am finding out that it is truly the best and only real method for proper body waste disposal.

      This is probably TMI, but I have had internal hemorrhoids for the past 10 years that have slowly gotten worse every year, along with quite a bit of bleeding 90% of the time I use the restroom. The doctors I saw told me that surgery was the only thing they could do for me, but I don’t have the money or the desire to be cut open and stitched back together anywhere on my body unless I am dying.

      I would like to try squatting on the toilet seat, but I a afraid as a grown man I would break the toilet and water and shards of porcelain would go everywhere. :( What am I to do if I can’t get this squat pot? I am in New Zealand at the moment.

      October 13th, 2012 12:37 am Reply
      • tereza crump

        Just use some boxes or stools under your feet. They need to be high enough that your knees are higher than your pelvis… they need to be about your chest, like they would be if you were squatting. Just sit on the toilet and use a box under each feet to make your knee be up high and the rest is the rest.

        watch this… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WQaqeC_wME&feature=relmfu

        October 13th, 2012 11:45 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Positioning of the colon is key … even if everything else is perfect if you aren’t using gravity and angles correctly, it is going to cause problems and potentially damage to the intestinal tract as well. This is what the Asians have figured out so well with their toilets versus the western ones.

    October 10th, 2012 11:13 am Reply
  • Rose Thompson Wolfe via Facebook

    Yeah, while we were on GAPS my stools were so soft I had issues going. I resorted to actually squatting on the seat. This is a better option LOL

    October 10th, 2012 11:10 am Reply
  • Sandra Nicht via Facebook

    Ayurveda would then look at lifestyle as well as whether that excellent diet was appropriate for the person’s nature and current state – we look at stage of life, sleeping habits, type of work, amount of stress, and daily/seasonal routines. what may seem healthy (and even be healthy) for one may simply be less appropriate! ie one should eat mostly raw and/or veggie while another needs warm, cooked, and include animal products! squatty potty would fall under the lifestyle and daily routine parts…

    October 10th, 2012 11:10 am Reply
  • Jessica Cobb via Facebook

    Gillian suggested something similar on an episode of You Are What You Eat. Makes sense!

    October 10th, 2012 11:08 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Yes, some folks have major issues even with excellent diet though .. this east meets west, best of both worlds approach is quite novel.

    October 10th, 2012 11:07 am Reply
  • Sandra Nicht via Facebook

    that and a better diet!

    October 10th, 2012 11:05 am Reply
  • watchmom3

    Sarah, I had heard this a few years ago from some friends that work in surgery. I think it is a great idea! Also, I know this is off topic, but I just watched a video about a New York attorney, Patricia Finn, and she is being harassed because she is a vaccine rights attorney, and trying to defend parents and children who do not choose to vaccinate. Just want everyone to know that she could use some support, in whatever way possible. Thanks!

    October 10th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
  • Beth

    In 2007 my family and I went to China for 9 months….that was quite an adjustment learning to use these potties. We didn’t have to the whole time, as we were in an Expatriate Compound most of the time…but several times we were forced to…really different!

    October 10th, 2012 10:54 am Reply
  • Carly

    Hahahah! Made me laugh. :) Makes COMPLETE sense tho! I need one! :)

    October 10th, 2012 1:14 am Reply
  • SRH

    I’ve read that you can get the same effect by sitting on a normal toilet , holding your knees and bending over your lap.

    October 10th, 2012 12:29 am Reply
  • Lovelyn

    I lived in Korea for six years and got to be quite fond of the squatting toilets when I was there. I had no idea that you could buy them for your homes here. I won’t be going that far though. I will be checking out the squatty potty. I think it’s a great idea.

    October 9th, 2012 10:14 pm Reply
  • momawake

    Wow! That brings back memories of my trip to Singapore in 1984. I was in a park with some friends and needed to go. I was totally unprepared for what I saw. I had no clue what to do. :)
    On the other hand, the house I was staying in had a western style toilet that often had foot prints on the seat because the Asian visitors had no clue how to use it.

    October 9th, 2012 4:55 pm Reply
    • chompy

      Uhhh, I guess they chose to purposefully use it like a squat toilet for the sake of hygienism, not because they had no clue how to use it.

      August 1st, 2013 10:59 pm Reply
  • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    I had to dig this photo of a Japanese toilet out of my stack of old photo albums buried in the closet. I can assure you that when I took this photo in 1988 I never dreamed I would be posting it on the web for tons of folks to see!!

    October 9th, 2012 4:29 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    As true as the video is, it is still impossible to watch without bursting out into laughter.

    October 9th, 2012 4:25 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      LOL :)

      October 9th, 2012 4:28 pm Reply

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