The ancestors of the human race defecate while squatting. Now, hundreds of thousands of years later, it is common to spend long minutes sitting on the toilet checking social media or playing an online game.
According to experts, entertaining at the wrong time increases the time in the bathroom and has health consequences because we force the muscles of the anal area too much. The main negative effect is hemorrhoids (swelling and inflammation of the veins in the rectum, which can be a reason for corrective surgery).
In the past, when you would take a newspaper or magazine to the bathroom, you would finish reading at some point. Now, with Instagram and Youtube, it’s infinite,” says colorectal specialist Thaís Takahashi.
Among the positions that can harm rectal health and, therefore, trips to the bathroom are:
Take your cell phone to the bathroom and spend more than five minutes sitting still;
– exert a lot of force for evacuation;
Holding on to the urge to go to the bathroom for a long time;
– Bodybuilding performance with high loads.
In addition to these behavioral factors, pregnancy and having a very narrow or loose bowel are also risk factors for developing problems in the area.
In addition to avoiding the risky behaviors listed above, one strategy to aid in evacuation is to “poo poop.” According to colorectal physician Thais Takahashi, the fulcrum for lower extremity raises works because it aligns the rectal muscles.
The pose mimics perfect posture (similar to the ancestral habit of squatting) and requires less effort. “To send a signal that we have something to get rid of, the rectum makes a slight curve when it passes through the anal muscle and when we lift our leg, it works to facilitate that elimination,” explains Taice.
There is a biological difference between men and women even at this stage.
In front of the woman is the vagina and in the man is the prostate, which ends up as a barrier to help the stool pass out.
As for women, especially those who have undergone vaginal delivery, this exit is more difficult because the vaginal wall is more loose.
Food has an effect
Evacuation is closely related to having a well-formed bolus, says Sergio Alexander Barrichello Jr., a gastroenterologist and bariatric endoscopist. The evacuation movements are mainly due to the presence of this already digested bolus, which is transformed into a fecal bolus in the large intestine.
“If it consists of red meat and foods that putrefy a lot, it will create a lot of gas and often the intestines will not work properly. With fiber, vegetables, fruits, and enough fluids, the food cake turns into a stool cake that is easy to leave,” says the doctor.
He notes that inefficient digestion can affect evacuation.
Every organism is unique and may have difficulty digesting certain types of nutrients. This causes constipation, diarrhea, or significant fermentation (gas).
For example, a diet high in meat can usually lead to less bowel regulation because it takes longer for the body to digest this type of food.
“If there is no additional problem, vegans may have a more efficient evacuation from a diet rich in animal foods, especially meats and ultra-processed foods,” says the doctor.
Morning is the best period
According to the doctor, we were physiologically prepared for the morning bowel movement, since the intestines spent the whole night at rest.
“When we stand up after waking up, we have an automatic reaction and after breakfast too. With the end of the routine, people dampen the reflexes, which cease to exist, and the will no longer comes in the morning, ”says colorectal pathologist Thaís Takahashi.
That is, to make the task easier, the ideal is to create a routine to take advantage of these natural movements and start the day with a free path.
And physical activity also helps. Thaís Takahashi explains that the diaphragm, when we breathe hard, exerts pressure that ends up indirectly affecting the functioning of the intestines.
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