spend more than 15 minutes in the toilet

Because of the fast pace of our modern lifestyle, many of us take advantage of their passage to the bathroom to read, play on their phone or even watch a video. But those habits that prolong the time spent on toilets have a detrimental effect on our health, and can lead to the appearance of some problems such as constipation and hemorrhoids.
According to a study by the World Toilet Organization, the average time to spend on the toilet bowl is between 2 and 3 minutes for women and no more than 2 minutes for men. But sometimes, this period may be extended at length if the person has a habit of flipping through a magazine, read the newspaper or surf the phone, which may have adverse health consequences.
According to Dr. Gregory Thorkelson, psychiatrist, gastroenterologist, hepatologist and nutrition specialist at the University of Pittsburgh, the time spent in the Toilet should not exceed 10 to 15 minutes, including time for cleaning and washing hands.
In fact, the urge to go to the bathroom is felt after a multitude of contractions of the colon, called peristalsis, which aim to direct the faeces to the rectum so as to evacuate the waste.
Wheresas, taking the time to read or play on the phone, there is a slowdown and a weakening of the intestinal contractions, which causes the so-called "reverse peristalsis" and that the stool back in the colon . Moreover, it is this same process that explains the disappearance of the urge to go to the toilet when you slow to respond to its manifestation.
What are the consequences of this habit?
The constipation
As we have said, the fact of sitting too long on the toilet because the rise of stool through the colon, prompting the latter to extract a certain amount of fluids, causing their excessive fermentation.
In turn, these two phenomena lead to the appearance of bloating, flatulence and constipation. Thus, by not focusing to releasing the waste quickly, the next passage to the bathroom will  certainly be more difficult and painful.
Hemorrhoids
Another consequence of a prolonged stay in the toilet: hemorrhoids. Indeed, for constipation, you need more time to allow your bowels to empty, and you tend to push for speed up the process. But this pressure you apply changes the elasticity of the anal canal and promotes the appearance of hemorrhoids.
Moreover, when the mood is not really to go and you just sit waiting for the stool arrive, you fatigue the muscles that support the rectum, causing a slip down everything channel, thereby causing the output of hemorrhoids.
To avoid all these inconveniences and preserve your health, we recommend:
  • Wait until you want to go to the bathroom
  • Focusing on releasing the stool and not to slow down
  • Use of Turkish toilets that facilitate bowel movement, or alternatively, use a succession of foot-twenty centimeters up to your knees and exert a little pressure on the abdomen
  • Drinking plenty of water to facilitate transit
  • Adopt a diet rich with fiber that improves intestinal transit

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