I’ve been using the Squatty Potty for years – here’s why I’ll never be without it again

There are certain things that everyone does. Everyone eats. Everyone is sleeping. And everyone…well… go. In the bathroom, of course. Although it’s not something many people discuss in polite company, it’s a universal experience. And just like I would recommend a good restaurant or a quality mattress, I’m here to suggest a wonderful little item that will help you spend more time spending time. ahhh and less ughhhh: THE Squatty Potty Toilet Stool.

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The updated Squatty Potty measures 7 inches tall and features a slight slope for perfect lifting when you need a little extra help answering nature’s call.

$25 at Amazon

THE Pot squat was invented to help relieve a common problem: constipation. About 16 in 100 American adults fight against constipationand the problem only gets worse with age – that number rises to 33 in 100 by the time we’re 60 or older. Judy Edwards was one of those people, until her doctor recommended that she put her feet up to help reduce tension. This is what inspired Judy’s husband, Bobby, and son, Bill, to build a curved stool around the base of the toilet so that Judy could easily raise her legs while using the bathroom. The “gadget” was so successful that the family took the concept to Shark tank – and the best-selling Squatty Potty was born.

This surprisingly simple accessory uses science to get the job done. The Squatty Potty is officially known as the “defecation postural modification device” (let’s say five times faster) and it is intended to position us so that we can relieve our bowels the way our bodies are supposed to do. After all, for thousands of years, cavemen spent time squatting – sitting on the toilet is a recent concept. The Squatty Potty promises to “unfold your colon” by elevating your knees above your hips, relaxing certain muscles in the intestines and making it easier to move without pushing or straining.

While most people might feel uncomfortable talking about it — and look, I get it — I have no qualms about sharing anything that might help Yahoo readers live more comfortably. Here is my testimony: I use the Pot squat since its first discovery almost ten years ago. My friends, it really works.

While I’m not a scientist, I’ve certainly tested the anti-stool stool for several years, and I notice a difference when I use it or not – like, say, in public restrooms, where Squatty potties don’t aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. Even when I travel, I miss it, and “departure time” always tends to take more time (or more, uh, effort). At home, I have a standard Squatty potty in the master bathroom and a sleeker, more velvety black version (see below for more) in the downstairs guest bathroom use – and have received many rave reviews.

But I’m not the only one who believes in the power of Squatty Potty: Time reports that, in a study of more than 100 users, “90% of people who used a Squatty Potty had less effort and 71% had…

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