Squatting toilet, also referred to as Indian toilet, Turkish toilet or French toilet. Squat toilets are sometimes called “eastern-style toilets” because they are common in countries to the East of Europe, including Japan, China, India and the Middle East. Conversely, sitting toilets are often referred to as “western-style toilet”. Many western people, especially who comes from America and western and northern Europe are not used to using squatting toilet. And western toilet, or sitting toilet are becoming the synonymous with progress and modernity. Because it seems less possible to splash urine on clothes and shoes. But is squatting toilet really not hygiene and backward?
As much of the population in the world are using squatting toilet, squatting toilet still has it advantages.
Squatting toilet is more sanitary
Some people believe western sitting toilet is more hygiene, but there are still some opposition opinions. They regard squatting type more sanitary. That’s because they are easier to clean and there is not skin contact with the surface of the toilet seat. Therefore, squatting toilet are more common for public toilet in some countries and areas.
Sounds make sense, right? It is really hard to distinguish which type is more hygiene between squatting toilet and sitting toilet. But there one fact, a more hygiene toilet is usually the one in well condition.
Squatting is Better for Health
There are more and more researches indicates that western sitting toilet are not matching human physiology. And researches suggesting that squatting toilet are more beneficial for preventing hemorrhoid.
Squatting toilet securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine. It could relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence. As a result, it is a highly effective and non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids.
Using which type of toilet is in fact a matter of culture. But now, more and more people choose western sitting toilet for family use even in eastern countries. Indeed, sitting toilet is more comfortable and luxury, but the healthy problem is also important we shall never miss!