What you should know about going to the toilet
Swimmer or sinker? Light, dark or maybe even green? A bowel movement can reveal a lot by its color and texture. You can also go wrong with emptying your bowels. For example, the sitting position: Or did you know that the back and thighs in big business should ideally form an angle of 35 degrees? This article will tell you everything you should know about going to the bathroom.
Guide to bowel movements & Co.
“Gut mit Charme”: This is the entertaining title of the Spiegel bestseller by Giulia Enders. In her book, the young doctor deals with taboo topics such as bowel movements, faeces & Co. in a very entertaining way and gives valuable tips at the same time. Based on the book, we will introduce you to the five biggest mistakes when defecating.
Mistake # 1 when defecating: The wrong sitting position
Our intestinal obstruction apparatus is not built in such a way that the intestine empties completely when sitting on the toilet. He only does this while crouching, as in the great outdoors. In an experiment, scientists compared the toilet use of two groups: one group sat on the toilet as we are used to – and the other group crouched when defecating. While the toilet seaters took around 130 seconds to do their business, the stools were ready after 50 seconds. In addition, their bowels emptied completely, while the toilet seaters did not have this feeling.
The doctors concluded from this that our intestinal system was not made for sitting on the toilet. There is a muscle that encircles the intestine when sitting and standing in such a way that a kink is created that prevents the intestine from emptying completely. It looks something like a garden hose, which lets little or no water through when it is kinked. No wonder, because the crouch was our natural position for defecation for centuries. That is why there are still so many “squat toilets” with holes in the floor in France, the so-called pit toilets.
Ender’s tip is: Slide a stool under your feet and lower your torso if you need to “tall”. That comes very close to squatting. volume_upcontent_copyshare
Mistake # 2 when defecating: Pushing to force a bowel movement
If you press while defecating, you risk suffering from hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are something like “vascular pads” that are used to close the anus. Most people speak of hemorrhoids when they are enlarged, drooping low, or protruding and therefore cause symptoms such as bleeding, itching or stool smear.
Intestinal diseases such as hemorrhoids or constipation are almost only found in societies where there are toilet bowls. Of course, it is often a matter of diet whether you suffer from constipation or not, but also of the sitting position on the toilet. In addition, many people – without noticing it – tense their stomach in everyday life, especially when stressed. This increases the pressure on the intestines that the hemorrhoids want to compensate. Hence they emerge.
The popular rumor that excessively slack tissue leads to hemorrhoid disease is not true. It is the pressure equalization and, above all, the years of pressing that cause these complaints. Incidentally, this can be alleviated with ointments, but a cure can only be guaranteed by surgery
Mistake # 3 when defecating: Fight constipation immediately with medication
The parameter for constipation is not only the frequency of bowel movements, but above all the nature of the faeces. As a rule of thumb, anyone who only has hard “globular excrement” suffers from constipation. The use of laxatives is very obvious. But be careful! This can make the bowel sluggish and provoke even more blockages in the future. These five tips can help you get rid of blockages:
- Eat Fiber! Flea seeds or plums are ideal as they draw water into the intestines and make the feces smoother in the intestine.
- Do you drink much! If you don’t drink much, the intestine removes the necessary fluids from food. The result: an even more difficult bowel movement.
- Never suppress the urge! Always go to the bathroom when you have to, don’t put anything off until later!
- Prebiotics and probiotics help with bowel movements! Living, good bacteria breathe life back into the sluggish intestine.
- Digestive walks are of no use, they are a myth: only extreme sport leads to measurable positive influences on the intestines.
- Otherwise, if you are sitting on the toilet, bend your upper body far forward, up to your thighs, and then back again. You should repeat this as often as possible. If constipation lasts unusually long and none of these tips help, you should see a doctor. Because it may be diabetes or a thyroid problem.
Mistake # 4 when defecating: The wrong toilet paper
Very few people worry about the toilet paper they use. Very rough toilet paper can lead to tiny skin injuries, which in turn lead to bacterial and viral infections. So the softer the toilet paper, the less likely the risk of infection.
Mistake # 5 after defecation: The wrong wiping afterwards
This tip is for women: Always wipe from front to back. This can prevent intestinal bacteria from entering the vagina or urethra and causing infections. Incorrect wiping after a bowel movement is often the cause of a bladder infection.
Bowel movements: What does the color say about my health?
The color of the bowel movements can vary depending on what we ate. But sometimes the changed color of the faeces indicates possible diseases. What you should know:
- Medium brown bowel movements: Feces are usually brown. If it has a healthy medium brown and the consistency is neither too hard nor too soft, then everything is fine.
- Dark brown stool: Very dark stool may indicate bleeding in the upper bowel area.
- Reddish stools: Reddish stools may indicate blood in the stool. A bright red layer on the stool indicates fresh blood. But be careful: beetroot can also cause the chair to take on a red-brown color. In this case, the unusual coloring is not a cause for concern.
- Dark green bowel movements: Have you recently eaten a lot of lettuce or spinach? Then this can be the reason for a greenish bowel movement. However, if you also suffer from severe diarrhea, this can be an indication of a bacterial infection. You can learn more about green bowel movements in the video above.
- White stool: So-called acholic stool can occur when the substances that come from the gallbladder do not get to the digestive pulp. Gallstones or tumors can be responsible for this.
- Very pale stools can also be due to diet and, if they occur for a short time, are usually not cause for concern.
- Yellowish / ocher-colored bowel movements: If the bowel movements are yellowish, this can indicate a fatty stool. This is where undigested fats get into the stool. This can occur with food intolerance and problems with the pancreas.
Important: If the stool takes on an unusual color over a longer period of time, you should definitely consult a doctor to clarify possible diseases.