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  • Your Baby Is Pooping Well. Are You? This Bathroom Accessory May Help

    Avoid constipation with the help of this simple bathroom accessory.
    by Kate Borbon .
Your Baby Is Pooping Well. Are You? This Bathroom Accessory May Help
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  • If we are not eating right (and we will hazard a guess here that this is true for most of us), we might experience and of these two issues with our bowel movements: diarrhea or constipation. We know the key is to eat a healthy-balanced meal with a lot of fiber, but perhaps this, er, bathroom accessory might work for you.

    The bathroom stool, which is a type of a “defecation postural modification device” (DPMD), may help your bowel movements, according to a new study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

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    Scientists say that toilet stools can help make bowel movements easier, reducing symptoms like constipation and incomplete emptiness.
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    Back in 2015, a bathroom stool called the Squatty Potty gained traction after being featured on the American TV programs Shark Tank and The Dr. Oz Show, as well as for its advertisement video, which featured a unicorn using the product to defecate more easily (we could not make this up). Following the popularity of the Squatty Potty, researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study to find whether DPMDs really are helpful in making pooping easier.

    To gather results, the researchers recruited over 50 participants and evaluated their bowel movements for four weeks. For the first two weeks, the participants did not use any DPMDs. A significant number reported they experienced straining, incomplete emptying (a condition in which you feel like you need to pass stool even though your bowels are actually empty), and even blood on the toilet paper. For the next two weeks, the participants were provided with a Squatty Potty, then were asked to record their bowel movements again. After the duration of the study ended, 90% said that using the Squatty Potty helped reduce straining, while 71% said that they experienced faster bowel movements. Furthermore, two-thirds of the study group stated they intended to continue using the Squatty Potty in the future.

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    According to the researchers, the reason behind the effectiveness of the bathroom stool is the way it positions the body for defecation. When we sit on the toilet during bowel movements, our rectum becomes bent, making it difficult for stool to pass. However, with the help of the bathroom stool, our bodies assume a squatting position, which straightens the bend in the rectum and makes it easier for stool to pass.

    Dr. Peter Stanich, assistant professor of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine and co-author of the study, says in a video on the institution’s official website, “The most natural position for bowel movement is squatting. It elevates your knees and puts your hips into a different angle...The straighter that is, the easier bowel movement should be.”

    Stanich states that using DPMDs like the bathroom stool can be a more “natural” way of coping with common bowel movement issues. “I think all of us are looking for ways to avoid more medications or to do things in a more natural way.”

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    However, Stanich also says it will be helpful to consult a doctor regarding these problems. “I would encourage everyone with bowel problems, constipation or diarrhea, to make sure they discuss it with their doctor. Not only can your doctor likely help you feel better, but it may head off more serious [diseases] down the road.”

    If you or anyone in your family are showing symptoms like constipation, bloating, diarrhea, and incomplete emptiness, you may consider getting a bathroom stool as an investment. It's available on Lazada or Shopee. Before buying anything, remember that it's best to schedule an appointment with your doctor first.

    [h/t]: People

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