What you do in the restroom can have a huge influence on your well-being. Let’s look at the disadvantages of crouching over the toilet, particularly in public facilities, and evaluate some healthier alternatives.
1. Enhanced risk of UTIs.
Squatting over the toilet may not be as advantageous as it appears. When squatting, your pelvic floor muscles are roughly 40% stiff, which might prevent your bladder from fully relaxing. This residual tension may cause urine to be left behind, creating a breeding habitat for bacteria that can lead to severe urinary tract infections.
2. Frequent Desire to Leave.
Squatting might also cause the uncomfortable sensation of always wanting to pee. Activities such as sneezing, leaping, laughing, or coughing might inadvertently cause the flow of pee from your bladder. This continual desire may be rather unpleasant and disturbing to your daily life.
3. Weakening of the Bladder.
Squatting over the toilet on a regular basis may unwittingly instruct your pelvic muscles to remain tense, weakening your bladder over time. This may cause issues with bladder control and general urinary health.
4. Select a Full Squat.
If you’re concerned about the cleanliness of public facilities, consider squatting completely. This approach entails sitting lower on the toilet, going deeper than the conventional half squat, and can be beneficial to your pelvic and bladder muscles by helping them to relax more efficiently.
We’d love to hear from you! Do you squat in public bathrooms, or do you take extra steps to ensure your health and hygiene?