Con­sti­pa­tion

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Us­ing a foot­stool in the bath­room can lead to health­ier bowel move­ments, say sci­en­tists at The Ohio State Univer­sity Wexner Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Colum­bus. In their study, peo­ple who sat on a toi­let and used a 7"- to 9"-tall foot­stool to lift their feet re­duced the strain of bowel move­ments by 21 per­cent and slashed their bath­room time by 24 per­cent. Why that’s im­por­tant: Spend­ing too much time on the toi­let can weaken mus­cles in the in­tes­tine, wors­en­ing con­sti­pa­tion. The au­thors say the po­si­tion mim­ics a squat, which aligns the body at an an­gle con­ducive to bowel move­ments.

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