A recent 2010 Japanese study on the Influence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans, taken together with earlier findings, suggest that the greater the hip flexion achieved by squatting the straighter the recto-anal canal will be, and accordingly, less strain will be required for defecation.
A 2003 Israeli study by doctor Dov Sikirov discovered it took ‘squatters’ an average of 51 seconds for a bowel movement while ‘sitters’ took an average of 130 seconds.
Infants instinctively squat
Infants instinctively squat to poop, as does the majority of the world's population. Studies* confirm that the most effective posture for urination and defecation is the squat position. Squatting is as basic to good health as drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. Given this knowledge, is it worth letting infants squat over a potty longer? With assistance young children can use the step of the Lillipad to gain access to the lowered toilet seat which they can squat on. The step is also useful for children accessing the hand basin.
“Thank you. It arrived today and have already caught my 4 year old squatting on it! He was very excited and it looked completely natural for him.” Sara, NZ
People who squat will tell you that they urinate and defecate more effectively squatting, and use less toilet paper than they do in the sitting position. Like me, these people need no more persuading to squat than their own personal experience. For example–
“I am so happy for what you guys are doing. Squatting is the natural way to excrete, and the sit toilet is the reason why there are so many gastrointestinal ailments in this world. I have lived in China where they have very comfortable squat toilets. I know the difference between sitting and squatting. I'm so glad you guys are encouraging the Western world to finally come out of the dark ages and revert back to the more civilized natural way to excrete! Keep up the good work!!!” — J. Liu, USA
“I had been bleeding with every single BM for six months. The first time I squatted, no blood, and no blood since then. It is amazing. This is how they use the toilet in developing countries, and it is how our bodies are made to defecate. It is so much easier on our bodies to do it this way.” Anonymous.
“It’s working out real well. No more bothersome hemorroids!" - E.S, (California)
“It is my feeling squatting of this kind helps in rehabilitation of knee conditions...at times (it has helped my knees after bilateral arthroscopic surgery).” Witold Falkowski, MD. Orthopedic and trauma surgeon (retired) Hemel Hempstead G.H.
“I am now happily squatting and enjoying the already obvious benefits — along with my wife and two kids, who are now former skeptics.” Bruce, (Germany)
“Been using the Lillipad for couple weeks now, and all i can say is....EUREKA !!!” Carlos, (Australia)
Read more reviews under Lillipad above and please feel free to send any other anecdotal or scientific evidence for the benefits of the squat position and we will post them to be shared on this website.
Be proactive in avoiding colon cancer
The effective removal of excrement from the colon is vital, failure to do so can cause constipation which increases the risk of colon cancer.
In the squat position the large intestine aligns correctly. The thighs supporting the abdomen prevent hernias and massage the intestine into action. The muscular contractions that push food along the digestive tract are hindered by the sitting position, yet assisted by squatting. The squat position eliminates the need for excessive straining alleviating hemorrhoids.
Optimum birthing position
During birth the squatting position gives a greater increase of pressure in the pelvic cavity with minimal muscular effort. The birth canal will open 20—30% more in a squat than in any other position. Squatting will prevent hemorrhoids which often plague pregnant women. Squatting each day on the Lillipad will help prepare the body for this excellent birthing position.
Beneficial spinal stretch
Squatting is a difficult position to adopt straight away, be patient and give yourself a couple of weeks to get used to squatting. The muscles we use to defecate are exercised by getting down into, and up out of, the squat position. Not only will your balance improve, you will also give your spine a beneficial stretch.
2010 Japanese study on the Influence of Body Position on Defecation in Humans.
Dr. Dov Sikirov, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 48, No.7 (July 2003)
Sikirov, B.A. Israel Journal of Medical Sciences, 1987: 23
Alexander Kira. The Bathroom. New York: Penguin, 1976
Janet Balaskas. New Active Birth. London: Thorsons, 1991
Joseph Heller and William Henkin. Body Wise. New York: J.P. Tarcher Inc./St Martin's Press, 1986
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth, 1969
Jacobs, E.J. and White, E. Epidemiology, 1998 July, 9 (4)