When it comes to bathroom habits, what you do can have a significant impact on your well-being. Let’s explore the potential drawbacks of squatting over the toilet, especially in public restrooms, and consider some healthier alternatives.
1 Increased Risk of UTIs.
Squatting over the toilet might not be as beneficial as it seems. Your pelvic floor muscles are around 40% tense when squatting, which can prevent your bladder from fully relaxing. This residual tension may leave behind urine, providing a breeding ground for bacteria that could lead to painful urinary tract infections.
2 Frequent Urge to Go.
Squatting can also lead to an annoying sensation of always needing to pee. Activities like sneezing, jumping, laughing, or coughing can accidentally trigger the release of urine left in your bladder. This constant urge can be quite uncomfortable and disruptive to your daily life. 😫
3 Weakening Your Bladder.
Consistently squatting over the toilet may inadvertently train your pelvic muscles to remain in a state of tension, making your bladder weaker over time. This could lead to problems with bladder control and overall urinary health.
4 Opt for a Full Squat.
If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of public restrooms, consider adopting a full squat position. This method involves sitting lower on the toilet, going even deeper than the typical half squat, and can actually be better for your pelvic and bladder muscles, allowing them to relax more effectively. 🧘♂️
We want to hear from you! Do you squat when using public restrooms, or do you have other precautions in mind for maintaining your health and hygiene?
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