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  • The Benefits of Squatting   by  Zoebess     16 y     9,869       13 Messages Shown       Blog: The Master Cleanse Express
    As anyone can attest, the Master Cleanse makes you more intimate with your bathroom. I even moved a little table in mine so I could put some catalogs in there to flip through in the time spent letting out the Salt Water Flush and all the inbetween releases that the cleanse facilitates. Often, in the morning, I just linger since the urges to go with the Salt Water Flush hardly give you much time between the wipe and flush. So, I opt to relax and wait it out...ggg.

    I came across this article in my research that reminded me of something I take for granted but which does not come up much and that is the benefits of *squatting*.

    I've done it for forever it seems, a stool was kept in the bathroom specifically for this purpose, and Bragg wrote about it in his book on fasting, and advised that one raise their arms above their heads to aid in elimination.

    I am not a purist and use a "platform" for eliminating but the stool helps tremendously and I can easily recommend it to anyone wishing to improve their bowel function.

    Recently, I upgraded my stool to a "HealthStep" and am greatly impressed with its ease of use and how all the benefits of using one seem to be true for me! (Thanks Totoro for the inspiration to go *modern*...ggg)

    http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/healthstepjpg1.jpg

    http://www.healthstep.com/

    Below is a description of how squatting can benefit anyone's bowel cleansing plan!

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    Constipation & Proper Bowel Functioning

    Constipation is defined as having less than 1 bowel movement per day. One bowel movement per day is considered good; however, the optimum is to have 2 to 3 movements per day. Ideally, you should have a bowel movement after each meal, just like babies do (before they’re exposed to an unhealthy American diet).

    An important concept in bowel health is the “Transit Time” of food. Transit time is the time it takes for food to go in the mouth and then out the body by way of a bowel movement. The goal is to minimize the transit time of food in your system. You want to have food transit time be less than 24 hours.

    The longer food stays in your body (longer transit times), the food will begin to ferment and build up toxic waste. This will stretch and extend your colon (increase its diameter). This also effects the finger-like projections in the intestines called villae. Villae absorb nutrients as they pass through the intestinal tract. Villae can be rendered useless if they are damaged by toxic “build up” on the walls of the intestines resulting in mal-absorption - mal-absorption is the inability to absorb nutrients through the digestive lining. Many people suffer from mal-absorption and don’t even know it.

    Build-up also hinders parastolsis - parastolsis is the muscular-like contractions of the intestines which move food through the digestive system and out of the body. Lack of proper parastolsis will further hinder the transit time of food.
    Another important concept is Auto-intoxification. Auto-intoxification is blood poisoning from your own body’s toxins. Auto-Intoxification can result from constipation. The longer the transit time of food, the longer the food stays in your gut, the more likely it is that auto-intoxification will occur.
    Auto-intoxification means "you make yourself sick" by reabsorbing the toxic water from your bowel back into your bloodstream. If you don't drink enough water (which most people don't) then you run the risk of reabsorbing water from the bowel into the bloodstream. Along with the water go toxins and this can cause toxicity throughout the body. If you only have 1 bowel movement per day then toxic material can be building up in your bowel.

    Auto-intoxification effects (1) the blood system and (2) the lymphatic system which are both essential to the proper functioning of your digestive system. Toxins (from food, the environment, and digestion) - which do not get eliminated from the body by way of a bowel movement - can be absorbed by the blood and lymphatic systems. These toxins will eventually settle in the tissues of the body creating diseases as well as autoimmune problems (such as arthritis, diabetes, colitis, etc).

    Auto-intoxification can also overwhelm your liver and kidneys. A key function of the liver is to cleanse the blood of such toxins before they can spread to the rest of the body. The liver does this by: (1) packaging up toxins and sending them to the kidney for excretion from the body as urine; (2) dumping toxins into bile (a thick digestive fluid secreted by the liver) which is sent to the gall bladder which, in turn, sends it back into the digestive track where it will, hopefully, be excreted from the body in a bowel movement.

    This is why FIBER is so important. As the gall bladder releases toxins into the digestive tract, an adequate amount of fiber is needed to absorb the toxins so they will leave the body by way of a bowel movement. If there is not enough fiber, these toxins will get reabsorbed through the intestinal lining and go back (yet again) to the liver. If this re-absorption occurs (from lack of fiber), the liver can become overburdened and unable to process the amount of toxic flow. An overburdened liver will begin to store the toxins and distribute them throughout the body (usually in fat cells, muscle cells, and the joints) this then creates inflammation and disease.

    Constipation and auto-intoxification causes: headaches, diabetes, arthritis, colon cancer, body odor, varicose veins, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, mal-absorption, PMS, CFS, bad breath, chancre sores, obesity, gas, bloating, heartburn, skin problems, yeast and parasite problems.

    One research study (reported in The “Lancet,” a prestigious medical journal) showed that women who had less than 2 to 3 bowel movements per week were 4 times more likely to develop Breast Cancer than women with 1 or more bowel movements a day.

    What constitutes a “normal” bowel movement?

    Normal stool should be close to a walnut-brown color.
    Stool should have a consistency similar to tooth paste. It should not be hard pellets or chunks (that means you are dehydrated and need to increase your water intake).
    Stools should pass easily and you should never strain.
    Stools should be about the size and length of a good-sized banana.
    Stools should have no gas or strong odor, constipation causes excess gas and odor (since the food stays in the colon too long and begins to ferment and decay).
    Stools should settle in the water, then gently submerge. If it quickly plummets to the bottom then there’s not enough fiber in the diet (note: you need 30 to 40 grams of fiber daily, most Americans only get 15 grams). If it floats then either too much fiber or too much undigested fat (too much fat in your diet).

    Lack of exercise increases constipation. As previously stated, both blood circulation and lymphatic circulation are key to proper digestive functioning and bowel elimination. Lymphatic flow is 4 times more abundant in the digestive process than blood flow; however, unlike the blood system which has a heart to pump circulation, the lymphatic flow has no pumping mechanism. Thus, the ONLY way to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluids, which aids in digestion and proper bowel functioning, is through movement. Exercise stimulates the lymphatic flow which helps to maintain proper parastolsis.

    Certain medications can increase constipation. Anti-depressants, pain medications, antacids (such as Tums) that contain aluminum can create constipation.
    A change in routine, such as traveling, can also cause constipation (recommend taking an herbal laxative with you and staying well hydrated).
    Elimination: Not taking the time you need to properly eliminate or listening to your body’s signals can add to the problem of constipation. Most people are completely out of touch with their body, especially their colon. Take time to relax, deep breath, and eliminate when needed.

    http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/sittingvssquatting.gif

    Poor toilet positioning hinders proper bowel elimination. Squatting is how God intended for us to eliminate. Standard toilet seats have you sitting at a 90-degree angle which “crimps” the two sides of the colon (the most common spots for colon cancer to occur). Buying a “life-step” for your toilet positions your knees higher than your hips and maximizes your body’s ability to eliminate toxic bowels. Note: or just using a stack of phone books for your feet to rest on works just as well.
    Diet: The American diet is the main cause of constipation. America has a lover affair with crap - coffee, refined sugar and starches, sodas, aspirin, alcohol, and processed foods – all disrupt the natural balance of the digestive tract and colon and help to create constipation.

    For every cup of coffee you drink, it requires 2 glasses of water to re-hydrate your body. And that’s on top of the 8 glasses of water you’re supposed to be drinking per day. Note: The goal is to drink ½ your body weight in ounces (of water) per day.

    You should not drink a lot of fluid with your meals. Doing so will dilute the body’s digestive enzymes and hinder proper digestion. It is best to minimize fluid intake during meals.

    Add essential fatty acids to your diet (flax seed oil, borage oil, fish oils). These help in lubricating the colon and with constipation.

    Proper chewing is essential to proper food digestion and nutrient absorption. Most people eat much too fast and don’t chew their food properly. You should be chewing each bite at least 30 times. Carbohydrates are meant to be partially digested in your mouth by the enzymes in your saliva. But you must properly chew food in order to start this digestive process. If not, undigested starch will add to the problem of gas, bloating, and constipation.

    To summarize, if stool stays in the system too long it will lead to auto-intoxification (blood poisoning through what is called a “leaky gut”). This is the beginning of the disease process. Disease begins in the colon.

    Guidelines for proper bowel functioning and food digestion
    Drink lots of water (goal is to drink ½ your body weight in ounces per day)
    Change your diet slowly, supplement diet with 30-40 grams fiber per day
    Lower refined sugar and processed foods intake
    Take digestive enzymes (supplements) with meals
    Take essential fatty acids (lubricates & smoothes elimination)
    Exercise 3 times a week (walking is good)
    Reduce medications, if possible
    Create the time/space to properly eliminate
    Position yourself correctly with the toilet “life step”
    Have annual colon-hydrotherapy for cleansing toxins from the colon.

    The 5 organs of elimination are:
    lungs
    colon
    skin
    kidneys
    liver

    http://healthrewardsyou.com/goodelimination.htm

    http://www.marketlaunchers.com/urso4.html

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    Toilets in many other countries are basically holes in the floor! They are healthier for it, but using one demands strong thighs! Here are a couple of examples!

    http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/toiletsign.jpg

    http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/squatting3.jpg

    http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/squatting2.jpg

    http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/squatting.jpg



    Be happy, be well,
    Zoe






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    • A whole new meaning to "You're going the wrong way!"   by  Germanflower     16 y     2,011
      Saw one of those in Quebec one time...I thought they couldn't afford a real toilet, LOL. Well, if that's the skivvy, then so be it I think I'll just rip my toilet out of the floor and there ya go! Heck, so when mom said, "don't sit down!" it was for a much better reason. Just kidding around. This lax tea is giving me gas and cramps! Poop is such a universal thing but people would rather talk of death than poop. People are more afraid of poop I guess!
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      • Re: A whole new meaning to "You're going the wrong way!"   by  Zoebess     16 y     1,787
        Whoa...just flashed to taking care of my mother-in-law before she passed and I remember emptying her bedpan and THINKING, this is her last poo this lifetime!

        (momentarily sad...I miss her)

        You are right...before I began looking, I thought the poor people were those who had to go squat somewhere. Now I realize our Western Culture has caused us to lose some connection to the correct way to evacuate our bowels and instead has us crimped up, sort of like toes in high heels...ggg.

        It is a nice notion to get one of those hole in the floor potties, but sheesh, can you imagine the people coming in and staring it down deciding whether to hover or hold it in...gggg

        http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/squatter.jpg

        Glad you enjoyed my sharing! I hope your cleanse is progressing well!

        best wishes,
        Zoe
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        • squatting toilet   by  Jlvs2run     14 y     2,569
          Do you have a idea of where to obtain one of these?

          I'd like to install one in my home, but haven't been able to find one.
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          • Re: squatting toilet   by  Zoebess     14 y     2,885     1 of 1 (100%)
            Hi John,

            If you live in the states it may be difficult
            to find and it seems that a recessed standard
            toilet is often suggested. Here is one page
            which can demonstrate the difficulty~~

            http://www.cromwell-intl.com/toilet/install.html

            http://www.toilet-related-ailments.com/squatting-platform.html

            http://www.tradekey.com/ks-squat-toilet/

            I use a HealthStep and it works fine. It
            is also optional as I am sure guests do
            wonder what the heck that thing is snugged
            against the base of my toilet. Sometimes I
            get teased but I do not care. Even if you
            are unable to find and install an actual
            squatty, I sure can recommend, "assuming
            the position"~!

            I came across this conversion which would
            work for people wanting to squat or not
            and so when I come into my own home again,
            I would probably do something like this~~

            http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/Zoebess/conversion.jpg

            best wishes,
            Zoe

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            • Re: squatting toilet   by  Jlvs2run     14 y     2,549
              Hi Zoe,

              Thanks for your response and the links.

              I've been posting around the net and the squatting toilets are hard to find. There are also some concerns with code restrictions, installation, and what to do when selling a house. Based on all these things a proper squatting toilet appears an ordeal to obtain in the republic of the U.S.

              In lieu of this, I've found a $1 deep plastic pan lined with TP in the right spot works quite well, and then emptied in the regular toilet. This is a little trouble but not much, and certainly much easier than trying to jump through all of the regulatory hoops and restrictions.

              Another alternative is building up cinder blocks or a wood frame around the regular toilet. This way people can use a toilet any way that they wish, and there is no change required when selling a house. I'll be trying the cinder blocks in the next couple of days.

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    • This is my world   by  dreaming ofhawaii     16 y     1,729
      Well, after living in Japan for 3 years and six months more five years ago, this is a subject that is "close to home". We call them "squat a monsters". And I use to have nightmares about them. Seriously, when you are on the road and you stop at a 7-11 and all they have is a stinky "squat a monster", it makes you want to cringe. And by the way, even the Japanese "miss the whole". My daughter was three when we first lived in and she would not go into them. We would have to drive around to find a Western toilet. Thank God for the Handicapped!!!! Now she is a pro at using them and even prefers them. But it is funny, all of my Japanese friends have regular toilets in their houses and so do the hotels I have stayed at. The Western World is even invading the Eastern way of going to the bathroom. Japanese bathrooms also only have cold water in the faucets. But two things they do have in their Western toilets are heated toilet seats (which I love) and built in warm water bidets (which are heaven). When I move back to the states, I already told my husband, I am going to buy and bring one of their Western toilets with me. A warm toilet on a cold morning is awesome. (Of course, the Japanese don't heat their entire houses, just one room. And the bathrooms are freezing, but that's another story.) Aloha
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      • Re: This is my world   by  Zoebess     16 y     1,695
        Haa Haa Haaaa ha~~~I can imagine the dilemma of getting my own daughter to pee in a hole in the floor, especially if it is funked out by someone before.

        Yes, an eye-opener to realize our toilets are only politically correct and much less anatomically correct. Not that I want to run out and get a monsta-squatter, but I sure do enjoy my HealthStep since I used a stool and even was kidded for that. I have my own bathroom and so when my big box arrived with my HealthStep, I never even showed it to anyone. I've not come out of the bathroom yet...ggg...and will face those questions when they arise.

        When my *boat* comes in, I also want a bidet as a part of my life. I have used them on more than a few occasions and was in heaven. Its one of my favorite Master Cleanse fantasies or wishes...to have one to use when during a cleanse such as this it can really soothe a bum, sore from wiping.

        http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/bidet.jpg

        Have you arrived back in the states yet???

        Hope things are well for you!

        blessings,
        Zoe
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        • Re: This is my world   by  peanut74     16 y     1,824
          I have a stupid question but what is a bidet? What are the advantages of using one?

          Thanks for helping some of us get out of our little worlds,
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          • Re: This is my world   by  Zoebess     16 y     1,844
            A bidet is a specialized toilet bowl which has a device which enables your to "rinse" your bum or genitals. You can then dry yourself but it is more hygenic than wiping. It is also very useful in sitz bathing. I am planning to write an article on sitz bathing and detoxing pretty soon.

            http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/bidet1.jpg

            Most often, you will find a bidet sitting side by side a regular toilet.
            If you find one and are curious, just be sure to adjust the water beforehand so you do not "burn" your special parts...thats a big yeow from the bathroom and everyone who's ever done it before themselves, usually, only once, will chuckle....

            be happy, be well,
            Zoe

            ps. you're welcome...ggg
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    • hey, cool! +comments   by  SqueakyClean     16 y     1,975
      Great post!

      Ahh... the squatty potty!! I used plenty of those in Asia. Also, a few in Russia.
      Hey, I am not picky, I have been in "bathrooms" in china that were just a hut with 4 walls and a big trench down the middle, with a bunch of people all in there side by side. When you gotta go, you gotta go!!!! haha I have also been glad to see a dirty nasty service station bathroom here in the states! Not ideal but I just NEED to go!

      In Singapore, in the public toilets they usually have a row of regular western thrones, and at the end one (or maybe 2) squatty potties. Sometimes there will be a line of people waiting for the regular toilets, so I can just jump the line to go into the squatty potty. It's no big deal!

      Actually, you can squat ON your regular toilet - you put your feet on the seat.
      You could install one in your home, like maybe in the master bedroom, instead of the hall or wherever guests go.
      The thing is, the squatty is good for normal use, when you go quickly. But sometimes like when you need to linger (upset stomach or diarrhea) then you are glad for a seat!

      I found out that Indonesians don't like using toilet paper. They like to hose themselves off. They feel gross and dirty if they have to use paper, and in fact many of them will NOT poop unless they can wash off their bum afterwards! That is not healthy, in my opinion, to hold it in just because they would have to use toilet paper. Sometimes you won't find any paper in their bathrooms because most people don't use it. But I don't want to get my undies wet!
      But anyway, I thought that was interesting.
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      • Re: hey, cool! +comments   by  Zoebess     16 y     2,006
        LOL...I had not heard of them called "squatty potty" before~~ :)
        thats great...ggg. I have seen, in my research on *squatting*
        some pretty amazing contraptions including a platform get up for
        the western toilet. I used to use a stool but then Totoro bought
        a HealthStep and when mine arrived, I snuck it into the bathroom
        and felt a moment of naughty glee when I got into the take-off
        position and test-drove my new super-pooper~!

        As far as hosing off...when my BIG boat comes in, I will certainly
        take a bidet off my wish list and install it into my bathroom
        which would be so cool for the sitz bathing that MH brags about
        and which is another one of my passions although I sit on the
        edge of the tub for that luxury...ggg

        http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/sweetseat.jpg

        Thanks for sharing your squatting adventures...ggg

        blessings,
        Zoe

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