The Edwards family of St. George, Utah have invented the Squatty Potty, a step stool that they say will improve your “toilet posture” on the john. According to their informational video, scientists have determined that people are supposed to squat not sit. They report, “Squatting to poop is healthier and helps with constipation, hemorrhoids and other digestive issues.” The Squatty Potty comes in three styles and is available to purchase at their site.
The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation.