A New Year’s Resolution: Squat!

In these last days of 2012, time has come to think of a few things to do better in 2013. Here are two ideas.

Eating better comes first. To make it simple, avoid products with fats or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), both being strongly associated with type 2 diabetes and/or plenty of other diseases (heart attacks, cancer, strokes, lasting infections, etc.) No need to focus on specific food: simply avoid processed food containing fats and HFCS (which is indeed a lot of food you might consume) and replace them with more veggies and fruits. No one disputes the benefits of doing so.

The second is a little unusual. We all heard about colon cancer and other colon-related diseases. Definitely not a subject we commonly talk about, but that should not be overlooked regardless. Some have suggested that consuming too little fiber is the culprit of those diseases. Others are suggesting that how we eliminate wastes is the problem: being seated does not allow the body to effectively eliminate wastes as squatting, the natural posture for doing so, allows to and that is the main cause of all those colon-related diseases.

Fortunately there’s a clever alternative to squatting that allows using the so useful restroom amenities: raising your feet by a few inches, bringing your knees closer to your chest. This mimics the natural squatting posture by improving wastes elimination, yet using the comfort of your restroom. Useful tools are available online but anything that raises your feet will work. The closer you are to a natural posture, the more efficient you are at eliminating wastes and, some say, avoiding diseases.

Here are a few tips to know beforehand:

  • If you are not used to squatting, or have stiff knees, start by raising your feet by just 2-4 inches. Those with more flexibility can aim to 7-9 inches.
  • You might have to undress more (e.g. remove your pants and underwear) to allow your feet to be far apart enough. That just depends what’s more comfortable for you.
  • A padded toilet seat will better accommodate your pelvic bones than a hard seat that is designed to support your cheeks and thighs.
  • It does feel odd at first, so give yourself a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, to get used to it. Start by raising your feet just a few inches (2-4) if it’s too uncomfortable initially.
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