A stomach doctor has shared how going to the toilet in the expected Western way could actually be detrimental to your health, and could cause constipation and other ailments
When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go – but could a Western toilet seat be the real root of our stomach troubles?
Harvard-trained Gastroenterologist Dr Sethi explained the reasons you may have constipation, and it really could boil down to the type of toilet we use over here. Constipation, according to the NHS, can be caused by many reasons, including not eating enough fibre, not drinking enough fluid, spending long periods of time sitting or lying down, and even a change in diet. However, Dr Sethi believes that it’s the Western toilet seat that “could be” causing bowel movement issues.
Dr Sethi said: “A Western toilet may be the primary reason for your constipation.” He then explained that “Eastern toilet seats encourage a squatting posture, aligning the anus and rectum for easier stool evacuation.”
“Western toilet seats, on the other hand, due to semi-flexed hips and thighs, may require more straining, potentially aggravating constipation, and eventually haemorrhoids and fissures”, Dr Sethi shared, which isn’t music to anybody’s ears.
However, he did say you don’t “have to go wild” and switch your toilet seat, as you can “optimise your posture” when sitting on the throne, “by using a stool to lift your feet up.” In the caption, he shared: “For patients who are older or with joint issues or pain, western toilets are reasonable”, as they’re easier to sit on.
In the comments, someone wrote: “Wow, amazing information!”, and another penned: “I’ve been doing it wrong for 62 years! Wow.” “Wonderful as always”, another TikToker said, and someone else said that they needed to “invest in a stool.”
If you’ve got further concerns about your toilet habits, it could be time to see your GP as there are some red flag symptoms you should never ignore.
Symptoms of bowel cancer may include:
- changes in your poo, such as having softer poo, diarrhoea or constipation that is not usual for you
- needing to poo more or less often than usual for you
- blood in your poo, which may look red or black
- bleeding from your bottom
- often feeling like you need to poo, even if you’ve just been to the toilet
- tummy pain
- a lump in your tummy
- losing weight without trying
- feeling very tired for no reason
The NHS urged people to get checked out by their GP, as it may not be bowel cancer, but it’s important to rule it out.
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