+
upworthy
Health

Doctor shows the bizarre toilet position that can help with constipation

It's weird, but it works.

constipation, constipation remedies, best position for pooping, health
@sadovskaya_doctor/TikTok, Canva

It just might be crazy enough to work

Around 4 million people in the United States suffer from frequent constipation (according to John Hopkins) resulting in 2.5 million doctor visits per year. In fact, constipation is the number one most common gastrointestinal complaint.

Constipation can actually be a complex issue to navigate because it can have a variety of causes, both big and small—a lack of fluids of fiber, reactions to medications, stress, abuse of laxatives. Even a sudden change in environment can trigger it. Ever suddenly have trouble going to the bathroom when you're traveling? You’re not alone.

Our position on the toilet can also greatly affect whether or not we have a healthy bowel movement. And while you may have never attempted this unconventional configuration, one doctor swears it’s number one for number twos.

Daria Sadovskaya, 29, a nephrologist based in Singapore, often shares lesser-known health tips and common hygiene mistakes on TikTok.

Previously, Sadovskaya went viral after sharing why you should never use a loofah, keep a razor in the bathroom, or keep your hair down while using the toilet. (yes, really)

Now, the kidney expert has revealed a position guaranteed to “help you to poop fast.”

In the video, which has already been viewed 26 million times, Sadovskaya sits on the toilet doing a move that looks like it belongs in a yoga class—her left leg crossed over her lap, her foot on her right thigh.

Then she looks to the left, twisting her whole upper body in that direction. Kind of seems like even if this position doesn’t work, at least you’d get a good stretch out of it.

@sadovskaya_doctor What to do if you’re constipated and can’t poop? Try this position, it will help you to poop fast. #healthypooping #poopfast #constipationhelp ♬ original sound - Jazzzz

It might look bizarre, but Sadovskaya assures it’s an effective remedy against light constipation. “This hack works like a kind of self-massage, helping the stool to come out faster and easier,” she told NeedToKnow.co.uk, also suggesting regular exercise, plenty of fiber and water and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

What’s more, Sadovskaya warned that an incorrect toilet position could lead to bigger problems, and should be taken seriously.

“Constipation is an issue itself but it [using the wrong position] can also lead to hemorrhoids, anal fissures, urinary problems, even increases the risks of colorectal cancer. In addition to all of the above, it can cause nutritional deficiencies, bowel dysfunction and even psychological issues,” she said.

In addition to going mega viral, Sadovskaya’s video received thousands of comments from viewers saying the trick worked–though it’s hard to say whether they were being sincere or saying it in jest.

“I’m pooping rn and it worked bless ur soul,” someone wrote.

“I’m on the toilet rn and it’s lowkey working LMAOOO,” another said.

As weird as it might seem, it’s not like this is the first time unique pooping positions have found their way to legitimacy. Once upon a time, squatting seemed like something totally foreign (at least to Western societies). Now, millions own a Squatty Potty.

And sure, there’s plenty of pseudoscience out there, so we should all use a healthy dose of discernment when it comes to medical advice—especially in today’s digital age. But it’s also true that odd remedies do exist. So there’s no harm in trying, at least in this case. Who knows? Maybe your body will thank you for it.

And if you’re still on the fence, your could also try these more traditional options from Health.com:

  • Going to the bathroom at the same time each day
  • Going to the bathroom as soon as you need to, and never holding in a bowel movement
  • Trying to poop about 15-45 minutes after breakfast or lunch
  • Drinking coffee
  • Exercising regularly
  • Taking magnesium supplements
  • Taking over-the-counter (OTC) stool softeners or stimulant laxatives, if necessary

True

After over a thousand years of peaceful relations, European semi-superpowers Sweden and Switzerland may finally address a lingering issue between the two nations. But the problem isn’t either country’s fault. The point is that the rest of the world can’t tell them apart. They simply don’t know their kroppkakor (Swedish potato dumpling) from their birchermüesli (a Swiss breakfast dish).

This confusion on the European continent has played out in countless ways.

Swedish people who move to the United States often complain of being introduced as Swiss. The New York Stock Exchange has fallen victim to the confusion, and a French hockey team once greeted their Swiss opponents, SC Bern, by playing the Swedish National Anthem and raising the Swedish flag.

Skämtar du med mig? (“Are you kidding me?” in Swedish)

Keep ReadingShow less
All images by Rebecca Cohen, used with permission.

Here’s a thought.

Self proclaimed feminist killjoy Rebecca Cohen is a cartoonist based in Berkeley, California.

Here’s what she has to say about her role as an artist taken from her Patreon page.

Keep ReadingShow less
Family

'This isn't how it's supposed to be': Family with ‘good jobs’ lives paycheck-to-paycheck

“Go to college, get a degree, work to support your family. Here we are. Did that. Now what?”

A mom in Pennsylvania is having a hard time getting by even though she has a good job.

There’s a specific trait that exists deep in the American collective psyche that suggests that one’s financial well-being is somehow a reflection of their moral compass. Many people assume that if someone struggles to get by, they don’t work hard enough or make poor choices.

But that knee-jerk reaction couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are countless reasons why hard-working people struggle, especially these days with historically high inflation. Just about everything costs an arm and a leg.

For many, the sharp increase and costs forced them to go from being comfortable to getting by paycheck to paycheck. In addition to the financial stress, many feel stigmatized because of their struggles.

Keep ReadingShow less
Family

Heartwarming comics break down complex parenting issues with ease

Lunarbaboon comics tackle huge, important subjects with an effective, lighthearted touch that you can't help but smile at.

All images by Christopher Grady/Lunarbaboon, used with permission

Writing comics helped a father struggling with anxiety and depression.

Christopher Grady, a father and teacher from Toronto, was struggling with anxiety and depression. That's when he started drawing.

He describes his early cartoons and illustrations as a journal where he'd chronicle everyday moments from his life as a husband, elementary school teacher, and father to two kids.

"I needed a positive place to focus all my thoughts and found that when I was making comics I felt a little bit better," he says.

He began putting a few of his comics online, not expecting much of a response. But he quickly learned that people were connecting with his work in a deep way.

Keep ReadingShow less
Democracy

Australia is banning entry to anyone found guilty of domestic violence anywhere in the world

"Australia has no tolerance for perpetrators of violence against women and children." 👏👏👏


Australia is sending a strong message to domestic abusers worldwide: You're not welcome here.

Australia has recently broadened a migration law to bar any person who has been convicted of domestic violence anywhere in the world from getting a visa to enter the country. American R&B singer Chris Brown and boxing star Floyd Mayweather had been banned from the country in the past, following their domestic violence convictions. Now the ban applies to all foreign visitors or residents who have been found guilty of violence against women or children.

Even convicted domestic abusers who already have visas and are living in Australia can be kicked out under the new rule. The government is using the rule, which took effect on February 28, 2019 to send a message to domestic violence perpetrators.

Keep ReadingShow less

The Preussen Munster square off against the Würzburger Kickers

As a soccer match between German teams Preussen Munster and Würzburger Kickers went into its final minutes, a defender from the Kickers, 23-year-old Leroy Kwadwo, stopped to point out a problem in the stands.

A Munster fan was making monkey noises at Kwadwo, a black player of Ghanaian descent. It was a clearly racist heckling—an issue that has publicly plagued the international sport in various venues, even as recently as last week. But this time, the response from the crowd far outshined the racist in the stands.

Keep ReadingShow less