health Everything You've Been Too Afraid To Ask About Squatty Potties  

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Do you ever just think, I’d really like to know more about that funky Squatty Potty thing? Well, you’re in luck. I’m here to tell you all about the Squatty Potty. Yes, everything you’re too shy, too weirded-out, or too afraid to ask about the Squatty Potty will be answered here.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Squatty Potty, it’s an invention used to elevate your feet while you’re on the toilet. The claim is that it creates the optimal angle for doing your business, which leads to lifelong colon health. This may sound like another goofy “As Seen on TV” product, but there is scientific evidence that backs up the claims. In fact, there’s so much evidence that Squatty Potty even won an investment while on ABC's Shark Tank.

While Shark Tank features many cool inventions, not every product makes it. For the judges to invest in something, the contestants must not only present an interesting invention, but they must also present a market for said product. The intense pressure put on the contestants can often result in a breakdown. But the Squatty Potty team kept their cool and walked away with a cool $350,000 investment. Now, they are one of Shark Tank’s true success stories.

Want to know more about how the Squatty Potty is revolutionizing the bathroom? Below is everything anyone would ever want to know about this nifty little product.

It All Started By Trying To Alleviate Mrs. Edwards's Lifelong Colon Issues


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So, how does one invent the Squatty Potty? Robert Edwards, the creator, explained it was all about his dear mother:

“My mother has suffered from lifelong colon issues and has spent years trying to find a way to alleviate them. A colon hydro-therapist suggested putting her feet up and so she started gathering boxes and stacking phone books in front of the toilet to serve as squatting platforms. The results were immediate, but the method was inconvenient and was always in the way. So, I designed a footstool that fits snugly underneath the toilet when not in use, and is the correct height and slant for use with the westernized toilet.”

The footstool had to be the perfect height. This sent Edwards on a mission consulting with many doctors, nurses, natural health specialists, and alignment specialists to figure out the perfect stool height.

In 2011, Robert Edwards and his parents launched Squatty Potty.

It's Not Just Mrs. Edwards - Constipation Is A Common Medical Issue


Mrs. Edwards is not alone in her colon issues. Constipation, which is defined as bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass, is a very common issue. Every single year in the United States, there are about 2.5 million visits to the doctor due to constipation. On top of that, there are millions of dollars spent on laxatives to relieve constipation.

The Squatty Potty aims solve the issue of constipation through alignment. Could these 2.5 million doctors visits really be eliminated through squatting alone? Squatty Potty thinks so!

The Sceince Behind Squatty Potty Comes Down To Angles


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So how can a footstool change the way you poop? What it all comes down to is the angle of your body. When you sit on a toilet, your colon area folds into an anorectal angle. What does this look like? Well, it’s kind of like an “L” on its side, meaning your feces is pushed through that sharp turn. However, when you squat, you are no longer putting your body at this angle. It becomes a straight line, meaning you don’t have to strain your body in trying to push through that L-angle.

Essentially, sitting on a toilet kinks your body but the Squatty Potty corrects this kink.

There Are Also Claims That The Squatty Potty Reduces Strain


There’s also claims that the Squatty Potty reduces the strain you put on your lower half while pooping. However, if you don’t have issues with straining, the Squatty Potty won’t necessarily be beneficial to you in this way. But, hey, there’s still the issue of the anorectal angle, which doctors agree the Squatty Potty does, in fact, correct. So even if you’re not someone who strains themselves in the bathroom, you may still see a change in the way you poop simply by correcting your angle.