Protein and mTOR

Proteins are large biological molecules, or macromolecules, consisting of one or more chains of amino acid residues.

Many proteins are enzymes that catalyze biochemical reactions and are vital to metabolism. Proteins also have structural or mechanical functions, such as actin and myosin in muscle and the proteins in the cytoskeleton, which form a system of scaffolding that maintains cell shape. Other proteins are important in cell signaling, immune responses, cell adhesion, and the cell cycle.

Proteins are also necessary in animals’ diets, since animals cannot synthesize all the amino acids they need and must obtain essential amino acids from food. Through the process of digestion, animals break down ingested protein into free amino acids that are then used in metabolism.
The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, L-tryptophan, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, and valine. Additionally, cysteine (or sulphur-containing amino acids), tyrosine (or aromatic amino acids), and arginine are required by infants and growing children. Also, the amino acids arginine, cysteine, glycine, glutamine, proline, serine and tyrosine are considered conditionally essential, meaning they are not normally required in the diet, but must be supplied to specific populations that do not synthesize them in adequate amounts.

Just as insulin serves as a sort of default sugar sensor and leptin serves as the body’s fat sensor, scientists have recently discovered that the mTOR pathway serves as the body’s protein sensor, monitoring the availability of protein, or amino acids, particularly leucine and methionine, for growth and reproduction. It is also impacted by insulin levels in the body. When protein levels are detected that are higher than basic maintenance requirements, the excess up-regulates the activity of the mTOR pathway, stimulating cellular proliferation and adverse mitochondrial effects, affecting the potential longevity of the individual. Increased insulin also has this effect. What is activated is our reproductive and cell-proliferating capacity.

Recent studies have shown that limiting dietary amino acids, especially methionine, inhibits mTOR signalling, which decreases mitochondrial damage and protein translation, resulting in slowed aging and improved health. Cellular proliferation occurs under three circumstances: reproduction, growth and cancer. The American Association of Cancer Research has stated that modified caloric restriction may offer a protective effect against the development of epithelial cancers.

If the amount of protein consumed stays below the threshold that stimulates cell proliferation, then ancient mechanisms kick in, which evolved to help the body outlive an apparent famine, by shutting down cell proliferation and up regulating repair and regeneration. In this case the body’s energy is conserved through maintaining our own cellular repair instead of producing new cells. This is dependent on ingesting just enough protein to meet the demands of our own repair, regeneration, and maintenance needs, which extend our longevity, optimize our health, and possibly reverse aging, without up-regulating mTOR or stimulating excessive insulin levels.

horizontal-162952_1280The amount of protein needed to avoid upregulating mTOR is estimated to be roughly 0.8 grams per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of ideal body weight. Click the previous link to access an ideal body weight calculator. The ideal body weight is based on age, height and sex. This calculator is designed for adults 18 or older.

For girls from 2 to 20 years of age use This Chart.

For boys from 2 to 20 years of age use This Chart.

Following are some examples of the daily protein requirement based on different ideal body weights:

100 pound ideal body weight (45 kg) x .8 g= 36 g

125 pound ideal body weight (57 kg) x .8 g = 46 g

150 pound ideal body weight (68 kg) x .8 g= 54 g

175 pound ideal body weight (80 kg) x .8 g= 64 g

These amounts are sufficient for the vast majority of adults, while athletes would require a bit more, somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 to 80 grams per day.

The following foods are sources of incomplete protein but do contribute to the amino acid pool and affect the mTOR pathway:
Nuts (1/4 cup): 5 g
Peanuts (1/4 cup): 9.5 g
Peanut butter (2 tbs): 8 g
Almonds (1/4 cup): 7.5 g
Sunflower seeds (1/4 cup): 6.5 g
Oatmeal (1 cup): 6 g
Black beans (1/4 cup): 4.5 g
Pinto beans (1/4 cup): 3.5 g
Chickpeas (1/4 cup): 4 g
Quinoa (1/2 cup): 4.5 g
Lentils (1/2 cup): 9 g
Tempeh (1/2 cup): 20 g
Brown rice (1/2 cup): 2.5 g
Broccoli (1/2 cup): 2.5-3 g
Spinach (1/2 cup): 2.5 g
Coconut milk (1 cup): 6 g

Cites:

Primal Body, Primal Mind
Nora T. Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT

Wikipedia

Ideal Weight Calculator

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Virus Busters, the Tale of 6 Herbal Superheroes

germDuring these times of laboratory engineered and antibiotic resistant superbugs, it’s good to have on hand an arsenal of superhero virus busting herbal allies. From many years of research, experimentation and collaboration with other herbal researchers, I have come up with a list of 6 must have herbal superstars. Let me introduce you to:

Isatis Leaf & Root (Isatis Indigotica): Isatis has been used for over 1000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to support reduction of heat, cool the blood and throat, and support the immune system. Known as daqingye in Chinese and as dyer’s woad in English, it was once primarily used as a source of indigo dye. It has been shown to exhibit antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Isatis might be able to fight bacteria and viruses that can cause infections. It is particularily effective in infections involving the nose, throat, sinuses and upper respiratory tract. It is often used to combat colds and the flu. It also seems to be able to reduce fever and swelling. There is some interest in using isatis for cancer, especially prostate, because it contains chemicals that might keep cancer cells from multiplying.

Wild Indigo Root (Baprisia tinctoria): Wild indigo is traditionally used for its antimicrobial action on focused infections, particularly of the ear, nose and throat. It has been used in serious conditions such as malaria, typhoid and scarlet fever. Wild Indigo is believed to help liquefy phlegm and support its drainage. It also stimulates lymph and inter-tissue fluid circulation, which supports proper function of the immune system. It is also effective in treating gastrointestinal disorders such as stomach pains, indigestion, gas and bloating.

Osha Root (Ligusticum porteri): A traditional Native American herb used to support the body during periods of upper respiratory stress and congestion, Osha displays a strong affinity for the respiratory system supporting the elimination of mucous. For these reasons it is a staple in many herbal cough remedies. It also has antiviral and antimicrobial properties and supports proper functioning of the immune system. The Native Americans burned the root as an incense to ward off negative energies that could harm the physical or emotional body.

Lomatium Root (Lomatium dissectum): The root of the Lomatium plant has been used extensively by the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest and Northern Nevada where it grows. It is used primarily for pathogenic upper respiratory conditions due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Lomatium is also commonly found in formulas designed to support the immune system during chronic viral infection outbreaks.

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum): The parts of the plant used are the tops and leaves. Studies show this herb helps treat minor viral and bacterial infections by stimulating white blood cells to destroy disease-causing microorganisms more effectively. Herbalists currently use boneset to treat viral infections, such as colds and flu. One study shows boneset is anti-inflammatory, lending some support to its traditional use in treating arthritis. It reduces fever, bone aching fever, thus the name boneset. It also encourages sweating by dilating the blood vessels—thereby breaking the fever. It relaxes the joints and eases the terrible pain which often accompanies the flu. It helps clear up mucous build-up in the lungs. It gently empties any toxins which may be stored in the colon. One Native American named Joe Pye became so renowned for using boneset to cure typhoid during colonial times that the herb was nicknamed “Joe Pye weed.”

Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata ): Andrographis is a plant that is native to South Asian countries such as India and Sri Lanka. The leaf and underground stem are used to make medicine. Andrographis is frequently used for preventing and treating the common cold and flu. Some people claim andrographis stopped the 1919 flu epidemic in India. Andrographis is used for sore throat, coughs, swollen tonsils, bronchitis, pneumonia and allergies. Andrographis is also used as an astringent, bacteria killing agent, painkiller and fever reducer. Andrographis might stimulate the immune system by improving the blood cell count.

I recommend the herbs chosen are in a liquid extract form when possible. Liquid extracts are generally the most potent, full spectrum and pollutant free form of herbal medicines.

Blend together in a 1 or 2oz dropper bottle, as an equal 6 part herbal formula.

This combination is a formidable defense against contracting common viruses. The formula also helps shorten the duration of the virus. This combination also aides in the prevention of secondary infections, such as sinus and ear, as well.

To stop from catching a virus use 1 to 2 droppers full every 1 or 2 hours at the first signs of any onset symptoms. If you become ill anyway, use the same method for kicking the invasion out of your body quickly and with as little pain as possible.

Isatis can be difficult to find in liquid form by itself, but is easily gotten combined with Andrographis in a classic Chinese Medicine combination called Chuan Xin Lian. The best brand for purity for this formula is Plum Flower. Taking this formula in the form of tea pills or tablets is fine, although Far East Summit provides a liquid version called Isatis Formula.

The other 4 herbs can be purchased in extract form at many natural foods markets, or can be ordered online from companies such as Herb Pharm.

Stay healthy, be prepared.

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Fur Ball & Constipation Prevention for Cats

cat-111793_640 You know the story, hacking, tossing little cigar shaped fur pools and straining in the kitty box. Not fun for you or kitty. All this can become worse as she ages.

There is a simple and healthy way to prevent, and all but eliminate this syndrome. I have found that a nutritious combination of virgin coconut oil and psyllium husk powder mixed into some wet cat food daily does the trick.

Of course eliminating grains and most dry food from the diet is an enormous benefit to the overall health of your cat.

Here are 3 reasons to consider going grain free:

1) Cats naturally ate a primarily carnivore diet. Their teeth, digestive system, and natural prey all point to a primarily grain-free diet. Also,

2) Cats can have allergies just like humans. Gluten is a common allergen not only for humans, but also for cats. For that reason, grain or gluten-free pet food is becoming more common.

3) Grains fed to cats can make them gain weight and lead to obesity as they become less active.

Dry foods are constipating to cats as they absorb needed water from their digestive tracks and tend to bind them.

Another helpful ritual to control fur balls is regular brushing to remove excess under coat that can be ingested. It’s also an awesome way to bond with your cat.

Many people use common petroleum/mineral oil based pastes to control the problem, but the ingredients in these are a tremendous problem in themselves. Mineral oil is manufactured from crude oil, it’s a mixture of liquid hydrocarbons separated from petroleum. When administered orally, a cat may aspirate (breathe in) the oil. Mineral oil binds the fat soluble vitamins A, D and E and carries them un-absorbed out of the body. Furthermore, the hydrocarbons are known carcinogens to mammals.

Fish oils can also prove problematic. They can be too rich for some cats systems and actually cause vomiting. Also fish oils can be tainted with a variety of pollutants, such as PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls), mercury (and other heavy metals) and radiation.

Virgin coconut oil (preferably organic) is a safe and healthy oil to give your cat. Virgin coconut oil is rich in the essential fatty acids, the “good fats” that are recommend and is cholesterol – and trans-fat-free.

One of the “good fats”, which makes up about 50% of coconut oil, is lauric acid. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid. It’s now being shown to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial, health-protecting properties. It serves as a good intestinal lubricant to ease constipation as well. It’s also wonderful for your cat’s skin and fur. It will help give her fur a lustrous shine. It also tastes yummy to cats.

Psyllium husk powder is just a good all around soluble fiber that promotes healthy digestion. It helps bind the fur in the intestine and move it out.

I have used this recipe on my own cats with substantial success. They used to vomit every few days, and after adding this to their diets, it has all but stopped. The recipe as is follows:

  • Heat a little clean water
  • Add about ¼ tsp coconut oil to the water
  • Mix in the wet cat food
  • Mix in about ¼ tsp psyllium powder

Here’s to kitty’s health!

GMO Myths and Truths

corn-61771_150Genetically Modified (GM) crops have recently been getting more and more press due to the concerns that many people have about how safe they are for human or animal consumption.

Many of the claims, made by the GM Crop Industry and its supporters, are not true. These crops can be toxic, allergenic or less nutritious than their natural counterparts, aren’t adequately regulated to ensure safety, don’t increase crop yield, and don’t reduce pesticide use but increase it.
These GM crops also create serious problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and increased disease susceptibility in crops.

The most common crops that contain Genetically Modified Organisms are soy, corn and wheat, although the GM industry is rapidly creating other GM crops, such as GM alfalfa, a recent addition to this list. Corn, soy and alfalfa are commonly used as feed for livestock, including cattle, dairy cows, pigs, chickens, farm raised fish, as well as horses.

logoThere have been a number of different studies that have demonstrated the harmful physiological effects of GM ‘foods’. One study showed that GM DNA finds its way into human gut bacteria, with potentially harmful effects. Other studies have  shown that Roundup (glyphosate), which is used on these GM crops, has an adverse effect on these same gut bacteria, leading to various health problems. An additional study found that GM corn and roundup caused tumors and organ damage in the lab animals.

If an individual eats a diet to achieve and maintain optimal health, they will be eating significant amounts grains and/or beans and as a result should drastically reduce their intake of health destroying crops by eating only GMO Free or Organically Grown grains and beans. The problem for those eating animal products is that, as stated above, the meat, eggs and fish that they eat will contain GM DNA , unless they are consuming certified organically raised meats, eggs and wild caught seafood. Meats and eggs from animals that are verified as being raised on organic pastures, would also be free of GM DNA.

The best solution is to avoid all animal products completely.

There is currently a strong movement by some concerned groups to require food producers to list GMO ingredients on the product labels. Other groups object to this because they feel that having them in the ingredient list serves to legitimize the GM substances, when these substances should clearly be banned completely from food products, due to their harmful effects.

For those interested in achieving and maintaining optimal health, the best approach here is to assiduously avoid GM containing foods.

For more info on this please watch the following outstanding documentary:
The Future of Food (Intro)

The Farm Wars website also has more information.

The video Origins & Aims of GMO covers the genesis and creators of GM foods.

Cites:

The Organic & Non-GMO Report

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What About Vegetarianism ?

Vegetarianism started becoming popular in the U.S. at the end of the 1960’s, with the birth of the Hippie Movement.

Most of these vegetarians based their reasons for eating a vegetarian diet on what they considered to be moral, spiritual, natural, and healthful principles.

“The idea that humans must consume animal flesh and excretions as part of a balanced diet is a monstrous myth that is quietly murdering billions of humans, animals and the environment. Heart Disease, Cancer, Stroke, Diabetes and the other 15 leading causes of human death have now been repeatedly verified and concluded through scientific meta-studies to be caused by the consumption of animal products. Furthermore, switching to a plant-based diet has proven to reverse almost all of them!

“The following documentary proves beyond any reasonable doubt that humans are NOT natural omnivores or carnivores, in fact every organ in our bodies is that of a frugivore/herbivore, and our choice to believe otherwise is slowly killing all of our friends, human and animal.:

Below is the traditional food pyramid:

The entire top three levels of the traditional pyramid (meat, dairy, refined fats/sugars) are not, by any means, necessary or conducive to good health.

There is not a single vitamin, mineral, nutrient, phyto-nutrient, amino-acid, fatty-acid, protein-chain, omega, or any other such elusive vital ingredient to health, not a single thing found in meat or dairy products that cannot be found, in greater abundance and more optimally, in the plant kingdom. For instance there are more omegas in seaweed than in fish, over twice as much protein in spinach than steak, and four times more calcium in sesame seeds than in milk.

The graphic below shows the vegetarian food pyramid:

Meat and dairy products are highly acidic, fattening, cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging, lymph-clotting, mucus-forming, constipating, difficult to digest, and full of worms, parasites, bacteria, metabolic waste, hormones, and chemicals. Eggs are actually unfertilized avian menstrual cycles, otherwise known as chicken periods. Milk is the puss and hormone-filled mammary excretions of a female cow and meant to nourish her young. None of these animal bits and pieces are beneficial or necessary for human consumption.

There is not a single chronic disease or deficiency exclusive to vegans. However, heart disease, cancer, tumors, cysts, MS, diabetes, and many other major health problems have all been cured by switching to a 100% vegan diet. Some of the strongest animals in nature like gorillas, elephants, moose, rhinos, hippos, and giraffes are all vegetarians. The idea that you need to eat another animal’s flesh to be strong is a ridiculous superstition.

Our human anatomy is undeniably designed to subsist on plant foods and not on animal flesh; literally every aspect of our bodies proves we are herbivore/frugivores and not carnivore/omnivores.

To begin with, humans and other natural vegetarians have 4x longer, convoluted intestinal tracts perfect for slow digesting fruits and starches, whereas omnivore/carnivores have 4x shorter intestines to quickly push out the acidic, putrefying animal flesh they eat.

Humans have alkaline saliva ptyalin to pre-digest grains, alkaline urine, and weak stomach acid whereas all omnivore/carnivores have acidic saliva, acidic urine, and 10-1000x stronger hydrochloric stomach acid essential for digesting meat.

All natural flesh-eaters also secrete the enzyme “uricase” necessary to metabolize the uric acid in meat, but uricase is not produced by our human bodies.

Humans have lateral jaw movement and flat molars for grinding grains and vegetables whereas natural flesh eaters have no lateral jaw movement and scores of huge fangs for biting and ripping. Humans have short, weak fingernails whereas carnivores and omnivores have long, strong, sharp claws for cutting through skin and flesh. Humans must take in Vitamin C from our food whereas all carnivores and most omnivore’s bodies produce their own Vitamin C. Natural omnivores and carnivores also have a microbial tolerance far higher than humans. For example the botulinum toxin which is deadly to humans but is easily and safely digested by natural flesh-eaters.

Humans eating a high fat diet become obese, lazy, and diseased whereas natural flesh eaters stay trim, energetic and absolutely thrive on their high fat diet. Human vision is easily able to differentiate various colors making it simple to discern ripe from unripe plant foods, whereas the color vision of most omnivore/carnivores is far less discerning. Humans sleep only 6-12 hours a day like most herbivore/frugivores, whereas most omnivore/carnivores sleep 18-20 hours a day. Humans sweat from pores all over our bodies whereas all carnivores and most omnivores release perspiration from their tongues. Humans have single births and two mammary glands whereas most all omnivores and carnivores birth litters of several babies have have rows upon rows of mammary glands.

“In using comparative anatomy to determine what man was ‘meant’ to eat, we should look at the species most similar to man, namely the anthropoid apes – chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans. Of all animals, man’s digestive organs and teeth most closely resemble these apes. In captivity, some of these animals will eat meat if forced to rather than starve to death. But in the wild, all eat a vegetarian diet. Another strong clue that man is naturally a vegetarian is the fact that vegetarians in general are much healthier than omnivores. The American Dietetic Association has acknowledged that vegetarians are less at risk for a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease, some types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, and adult-onset diabetes … Eating a healthy diet goes far beyond cutting back a bit on red meat. In a recent study of 6,500 Chinese, Dr. T. Collin Campbell of Cornell found that even though the Chinese overall eat only a fraction of the animal protein Americans do, those who ate the least animal protein nonetheless had lower risk of disease than the average Chinese. Dr. Campbell concludes, ‘We’re basically a vegetarian species and should be eating a wide variety of plant foods and minimizing our intake of animal foods.'” -Glen Kime, president, Vegetarian Society of Washington, D.C.

All omnivores and carnivores eat their meat raw, tearing through fur/skin, and lapping up the nutrient-rich blood with their tongues. A true omnivore like a bear will take a fish out of the water and swallow it whole, uncooked, scales, bones, fins, head and everything. When a lion kills an herbivore for food, it tears right into the stomach area to eat the raw stomach, liver, intestines, and other organs that are filled with blood and nutrients. They will NOT eat cooked meat. For most humans, the smell and taste of raw bloody meat is putrid, so in order to consume it they must first clean, cook, season and marinate the flesh in various vegetarian herbs and spices to make it palatable.

“The final point I would like to make on how we as humans were not meant to eat meat is this. All omnivorous and carnivorous animals eat their meat raw. When a lion kills an herbivore for food, it tears right into the stomach area to eat the organs that are filled with blood (nutrients). While eating the stomach, liver, intestine, etc., the lion laps the blood in the process of eating the dead animals flesh. Even bears that are omnivores eat salmon raw. However, eating raw or bloody meat disgusts us as humans. Therefore, we must cook it and season it to buffer the taste of flesh. If a deer is burned in a forest fire, a carnivorous animal will NOT eat its flesh. Even circus lions have to be feed raw meat so that they will not starve to death. If humans were truly meant to eat meat, then we would eat all of our meat raw and bloody. The thought of eating such meat makes one’s stomach turn. This is my point on how we as humans are conditioned to believe that animal flesh is good for us and that we were meant to consume it for survival and health purposes. If we are true carnivores or omnivores, cooking our meat and seasoning it with salt, ketchup, or tabasco sauce would disguise and we as humans would refuse to eat our meat in this form.” -Dr. Akilah El (1)

Cites:

(1) Stop Eating Your Friends! (Go Vegan) – Eric Dubay

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Portrait-of-Man,-Sadhu-(Mendicant),-Wearing-Permanent-Iron-Collar---Nicholas-BrosRecently there’s been an increasing amount of information coming out about oil pulling. This is actually an ancient health practice that has its origin in Ayurvedic Medicine, a system of traditional medicine native to India.

Oil pulling is essentially using a food grade oil as a mouthwash to pull bacteria and other harmful substances from the mouth, with a particular emphasis on swishing the oil between the teeth, in order to draw bacteria out from the gum line.

Sesame oil was the oil traditionally used for this practice, but many people find that Coconut Oil is more palatable, while also containing Lauric Acid, which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects.

Here’s how you oil pull:

The best time to do this practice is in the morning before eating.

Place about 2 teaspoons of oil in your mouth.

Solid coconut oil will become liquid when it warms up in your mouth.

Also, coconut oil is a bit thicker than sesame oil, but will thin out as it mixes with your saliva.

Swish the oil between your teeth for 10 to 20 minutes, while avoiding swallowing it.

The oil pulls bacteria and viruses, which shouldn’t be ingested.

Spit the oil out and thoroughly rinse your mouth with clean water.

How long and how often to oil pull should depend on whether you’re trying to maintain or improve your dental and oral health.

Just Say Yes To Coconut Oil !!!

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Just Say No To Fluoride!!!

fluoride-toothpasteHave you ever taken a look at the ‘Warnings’ statement on the back of your toothpaste tube?

Warnings “Keep out of reach of children under 6 yrs. of age. If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

There could be only one reason that ‘contact a Poison Control Center’ is included in this warning.
The ‘Active Ingredient’, Sodium fluoride’ is a powerful poison, even though it is usually less than 1% of the ingredients in the toothpaste.

By the middle of the 1930’s European scientists had already linked fluoride to central nervous system disorders and arthritis-like musculoskeletal diseases.

This research was not only ignored in the U.S., but there was a concerted effort to convince the dental industry and the public that fluoride was actually a benefit to dental health and that this highly poisonous substance was not harmful.
Fluoride is THE main active ingredient in some Rat Poisons
Fluoride is THE main active ingredient in Sarin Nerve gas
Fluoride is THE main active ingredient in Prozac
Fluoride destroys the brain (accumulates in the pineal gland),the bones, the organs and causes cancer.
Fluoride increases hip fractures
Fluoride increases infertility
Fluoride does NOT reduce tooth decay
Fluoride is NOT approved by the FDA.

Right now over 150 million people in the U.S. are being poisoned by the addition of Fluoride to their drinking water.
To find out more about the history of this deliberate poisoning read The Fluoride Deception by Christopher Bryson.
Keep in mind there is a lot of deliberate dis-information out there on this subject. When in doubt follow the money.

The following links will also give you more info on this crucially important issue:
Fluoride Action Network
Post by Dr. Mercola
Post by Gary Null
The Fluoride Deception-Book from Amazon

The following video is an interview with Christopher Bryson about the Fluoride Deception:

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Just Say No To Fluoride

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SQUATTING FOR HEALTH

Have you ever been camping in a place where there’s no restroom facilities?
And you didn’t bring along a port-a-potty?
And your only option was to squat somewhere private?
Once you got over the awkwardness of this different position, did you notice that your movement took less effort?

Well, the reason it took less effort was because the only natural defecation posture for a human being is squatting.
The alignment of the anorectal angle associated with squatting permits smooth bowel elimination. This prevents excessive straining with the potential for resultant damage to the recto-anal region and, possibly, to the colon and other organs.

Here’s 5 Problems with Sitting on a Toilet:
#1: Constipation
#2: Hemorrhoids
#3: Colon Disease
#4: Urinary Difficulty/Infections
#5: Pelvic Floor Issues

When we’re standing or sitting, the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. This makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN.

Optimal elimination is achieved in the natural squat position when the puborectalis muscle relaxes, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten, resulting in easier defecation.

The best solution for optimal elimination is to use the Squatty Potty® toilet foot stool.
The Squatty Potty® toilet stool is recommended by doctors as the #1 way to help you go #2. It helps to reduce the risk of toxic build-up of fecal matter left in your colon; reduces straining and decreases the pressure in the anal and rectal veins; heals or prevents hemorrhoids; and makes it easier for elimination and efficiency to empty the bowel.

Click the link or the graphic below to find out more about this solution for more optimal health:

Click here to visit www.squattypotty.com

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