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Gut motility, Stool texture, Fluids, Hydration, Diet, Fibre, Evacuation posture, Squat posture
What is constipation?
Is constipation harmful?
What causes constipation?
How often should you empty your bowel?
What are the signs that may indicate that constipation is due to a serious disease?
What bodily process causes constipation?
How do I know I am constipated?
How many times a week should my bowels move?
What is the best time of day for a bowel movement?
Why is privacy necessary to maintain bowel regularity?
How important is posture for relief of constipation, Haemorrhoids, Anal Fissure?
What part does habit and routine play in maintaining regularity?
Constipation and Straining- What is the connection?
What is gut transit time?
Eating your way out of constipation.
How does drinking warm water first thing on waking help move the bowel and prevent constipation?—the Gastrocolic reflex and the Orthocolic reflex enhancement and manipulation of gut motility.
Is it OK to look at my stools?
Medication induced constipation
What are the signs that may indicate that constipation is due to a serious disease?

The act of defecation should be effortless, not require one to strain, pain free, quick and complete passing of stools.

Research has shown that as many as one in five of us may suffer from constipation, women being three times more likely to suffer than men.

Everyone seems to have their own description of the condition we call Constipation.
The subject itself is taboo and most people will only discuss the problem when it becomes intolerable or is associated with other medical conditions such as an anal fissure. It is a very misunderstood condition and creates feelings of guilt in the sufferer who often does it in silence.
The remedy to this common problem is often very simple and only requires small changes in diet and lifestyle to cure and prevent.
1. The feeling of infrequent urges to open the bowel and a need for laxatives to aid this process
2. Difficulty emptying the rectum and passage of hard, dry stools.
The need for vigorous and often excessive STRAINING.
3. The need to open the bowels regularly.
Frequency is very important to some people who believe that they must open the bowel every day or several times a day. This type of thinking often causes people to resort to un-necessary dosing with laxatives to accomplish the pursuit.
Constipation can be a real curse.
The sensations that accompany constipation can be very distressing and may include a constant feeling of the need to open the bowel, a sensation of bloating or fullness with farting, which can be very annoying and uncomfortable.

The straining required in moving rock hard stools may be the root of other evils such as haemorrhoids (piles), appendicitis, varicose veins, hiatus hernia, anal fissure, Diverticulosis and pelvic floor strain.

Many people do not open their bowels every day. Many people do not need to do so.

The urge to defecate is created by the presence of a bulky stool in the rectum. This means that you need to consume plenty of food containing indigestible material for the faecal bulk to arrive into the colon for bacteria to feed.
Older people may not have a huge appetite and may not consume enough food to create the bulk necessary to generate the rectal contractions leading to the urge to go. Those people who do not eat enough because they are trying to lose weight may experience a similar problem and should not expect to move the bowel regularly because there may not be enough bulk to move!

The defecation reflex is initiated by the presence of food in the stomach. The volume and composition of the food determine the strength of the muscle contractions generated by distention or stretching of the stomach wall and sensing of fat in the duodenum.

The larger the volume of the meal, the stronger is the urge to go. This means that you should ideally empty your bowel after every large meal. It also means that you do not need to empty your bowel more than once a day if you consume only one large meal per day.



Constipation is no laughing matter and is not funny, even though fun is often made about the subject by people who assume they are “normal”.

The constipated person is often suffering in silence and may be quite miserable.
Some people can be excessively obsessed by the condition and are bothered by if and when the next bowel movement may be accomplished. These are the same people who will blame themselves, are often embarrassed and find it difficult to discuss the problem with anyone.

How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.