It’s something you probably do every day, even twice a day (or more). And science is here to tell you, you’re doing it WRONG.
Some people find it hilarious, others, entirely distasteful. For most of us, it’s just not really something we think or talk about all that often, we just, (perhaps with a little help from our old mate Metamucil) do it.
If you’ve been lucky enough to travel to Japan, Sri Lanka, Egypt or Greece you have probably been over come with worry (and a lack of faith in your quad muscles) at the thought of a squat toilet. But apparently we are the odd ones out, with over 2/3 of the global population squatting on the daily, and according to German scientists, it is the best way to ‘go’. Literally.
Apparently, when we sit on a toilet we put a kink in the hose, so to speak. In her book Charming Bowels, Giulia Enders, a microbiologist whose speciality is all things faecal, explains that by sitting and not squatting, we fail to “open the hatch completely,” thereby making everything a lot more difficult to push out.