Advice: How to Have the Best Poop Ever



Friends, nothing is sacred on Be Well Philly—not even bathroom habits. So following up on our much-acclaimed post about what your poop says about your health, I give you this: very good advice on how to poop more effectively.

It comes by way of a post this week on LifeHacker, which recounts an ancient samurai trick (no joke) for purging one’s innards in a very yoga-like fashion.

The samurai would sit squarely on the seat, cross his leg so that his right ankle rested on his left knee (his left foot remained on the ground), place a hand on each knee, then straighten his back. Supposedly this aligns the bowels to help one from having to strain.

Rumor has it, it actually works, too. So go ahead, try it, and report back. Because nothing you say will make us blush at this point.

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  • Mr. Hanky

    You too can shit like a samurai!

    This is nothing but awesome for a guy who is obsessed with having the best dump possible every single time. Trying different postures, foot configurations, and pre-deuce rituals. (My personal favorite is “The Thinker” in which you assume the position of the titular sculpture and let the good times roll) How relieving it is to know that there are other shitologists out there who are seeking out the best way to pinch-a-loaf while maintaining good health. Just reading this sends my Sigmoid colon into a flutter with dookie-butter. Keep staining Philly! (on second hand don’t…its not good for you)

    I’m off to get ancient feudal Japan on my toliet.

    Bonus: Do you stand to wipe? Or do you remain seated? (Always a good debate…)

    Happy BMing!!