Chef Pete Evans has an opinion on how you should poo
LADIES and gentleman, I bring you today's hot topic: Is there a correct way to go to the toilet?
As parents who have endured the hell that is toilet training, I'm sure a lot of you would say "yes" ... it involves good aim and, in the case of poos, a bum on the seat.
However according to controversial TV chef "Paleo Pete" Evans, a lot of us could be doing it better - and he seems to be onto something.
Pete recently shared a picture of a stool designed to revolutionise the way you release your ... err, stools.
It's designed to help you squat over the toilet, rather than cramp your rectum's style by sitting - and Pete and his family have been using a similar thing for years.
Stoked to see these Aussie designed squatting stools for the toilet in the market for just $49. We have been using these at home for the last few years and love it. Great to see Professor Kerryn Phelps also encouraging people to squat in her latest book on gut health!! To order go to Www.kneesupstool.com
Apparently Queen Elizabeth 1's godson Sir John Harrington got it all wrong when he invented the flushing toilet back in 1596 - and countries like India, Japan and Thailand have had it right all along.
As the product's website reads, "When you pop a squat, the anorectal angle is in perfect alignment. This means you'll get cool stools, which are eliminated smoothly and quickly from the colon."
"In fact, although ever since we were kids we've been trained to sit firmly on the seat, this action alone completely prevents our body's natural flow."
Giulia Enders, author of Charming Bowels, told The Guardian, squatting is not only faster, it's a lot more natural for our bodies.
"1.2 billion people around the world who squat have almost no incidence of diverticulosis and fewer problems with piles. We in the west, on the other hand, squeeze our gut tissue until it comes out of our bottoms."
A lot of the comments on Pete's Insta post seem to agree.
"I have a cheaper version after my son suffered years of bowel trouble," one wrote. "Feel funny now when I use a toilet that's not mine and doesn't have a squat stool. Ps my friend loved it when she used my toilet and has now purchased one for herself. Every household should have one!"
"My husband first bought a little step for me back when I was pregnant with our eldest," shared another. "We still use it!"
I have to admit that this whole thing actually has intrigued. A lot of doctors will recommend that pregnant women and people with bowel problems opt for the squat method - and there are certainly proven benefits to this style of expulsion - however, at the end of the day, if you're not having issues, it's not of impending significance.
Try it if you like ... or don't.
As is our (new) motto: Your stools, your business.