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Bowel Function 101: How to Poop Correctly

Believe it or not, many of us don't know how to poop correctly.

Yes, it's hard to think that something as natural as pooping (hey, it happens!) could be so hard to do right. But here we are.

And let's face it: constipation is no fun. Not to mention, it's not good for your innards, either.

GBU to the rescue!

As with all items on our blog, the following is supposed to be educational in nature, not medical advice. Always reach out to your doctor about your specific health care needs.

[Editor's note: This article was reviewed and updated on 9/6/22]

Proper pooping technique:

  • When it comes to proper pooping, it all begins with your posture.
  • You don't want to sit on the toilet with your feet flat because this doesn't let the pelvic floor muscles easily relax, which is what's needed for an easy bowel movement.
  • Instead, you want to raise your knees up, but in a passive way, not by pressing onto your tippy toes.
  • To achieve this lift, you can rest you feet on a stool, yoga blocks, some old books, or yes, that contraption you've probably giggled at when you first heard about it: a Squatty Potty. 
  • Don't slouch! Sit up nice and tall so your lower back is straight. Then, you can you lean forward to get a relaxing poop on.

Follow these tips, and there's a good chance you'll be pooping happily in no time.



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