Diarrhea Relief: How Raising Your Knees Can Help

Do you ever feel sick to your stomach and have diarrhea? It can be really uncomfortable and make you feel yucky. But did you know that there’s a way to make it easier to go to the bathroom and relieve some of your symptoms?

 

What is Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common digestive issue that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by loose, watery stools that can be accompanied by cramps, bloating, and nausea. Diarrhea can be caused by a variety of factors, including bacterial infections, viral infections, food poisoning, medication side effects, and stress. While most cases of diarrhea are not serious and resolve on their own within a few days, the symptoms can be uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life.

Raising your Knees

If you suffer from diarrhea, you may have tried a range of remedies, such as over-the-counter medications, home remedies, and dietary changes. However, one simple solution that you may not have considered is using a device like the PoopSTICK to raise your knees above your hips while sitting on the toilet.

Using a device, like the PoopSTICK, can help you go to the bathroom more easily when you have diarrhea. 

When you have diarrhea, your bowel movements are already loose and watery, making it difficult to fully eliminate waste from your body. By using the PoopSTICK, you can make it easier for your body to pass stool by assuming a more natural squatting position. This can reduce the amount of straining and pressure on your bowels, which can be particularly beneficial if you are experiencing abdominal pain or discomfort.

Medical Studies

Several studies that suggest that elevating your feet while using the toilet can improve bowel function. For example, a 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology found that using a footrest during defecation led to faster bowel emptying and less straining compared to using a standard toilet. The study involved 28 healthy volunteers who were randomized to use either a standard toilet or a toilet with a footrest. The researchers found that the footrest group had a significantly shorter time to complete bowel emptying and reported less straining and discomfort.

Another study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science in 2018 found that using a footrest during defecation improved rectal angle and pelvic floor muscle activity in healthy adults. The study involved 19 participants who were asked to sit on a standard toilet with and without a footrest. The researchers found that using the footrest led to a greater rectal angle and increased activity in the pelvic floor muscles, which are important for maintaining bowel continence and proper bowel function. While these studies did not specifically focus on diarrhea, they provide evidence that using a footrest can help improve bowel function and may be beneficial for people with digestive issues like diarrhea.

Sikirov, D. (2003). Comparison of straining during defecation in three positions: results and implications for human health. Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 48(7), 1201-1205. doi: 10.1023/a:1024180319000

Chuang, C. H., & Yang, N. P. (2010). Sitting position with adjustable footrest reduces time required for bowel movement: a prospective randomized study. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 44(10), e241-e245. doi: 10.1097/MCG.0b013e3181d2c8b1

Lee, D. Y., & Kang, J. H. (2018). The effects of the footrest on pelvic floor muscle activity and pelvic angle during defecation. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 30(10), 1329-1331. doi: 10.1589/jpts.30.1329

The PoopSTICK

The PoopSTICK is a patented footrest that is designed to raise your knees above your hips while you sit on the toilet. By doing so, it helps to relax your colon and facilitate the passage of stool. This is particularly helpful for people who suffer from diarrhea, as it can help to reduce the urgency and discomfort associated with frequent bowel movements.

One of the main benefits of using The PoopSTICK for diarrhea is that it promotes a more complete evacuation of the bowel. When you have diarrhea, it is common for small amounts of stool to remain in the colon, which can lead to cramping, bloating, and discomfort. By raising your knees above your hips, The PoopSTICK helps to straighten out your colon and allow for a more thorough elimination of poop.

In addition to its practical benefits, the PoopSTICK is also very easy to use. It is adjustable for people of all sizes, and its unique footrest design allows you to use it with any type of footwear. When not in use, it can be folded up and placed off to the side, out of sight.

The PoopSTICK in black next to toilet. Closed

Watch what you eat

Diet can play a significant role in the development and management of diarrhea. Certain foods and beverages can irritate the digestive system and trigger diarrhea in some people. For example, high-fat or spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol are common triggers for diarrhea. In contrast, a diet rich in fiber and hydration can help to alleviate symptoms of diarrhea. Foods such as bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast (also known as the BRAT diet) can help to firm up stools and reduce the frequency of bowel movements. It is important to listen to your body and avoid any foods that seem to worsen your symptoms. Additionally, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids such as water, broth, and electrolyte beverages can help to prevent dehydration, which can occur with severe or persistent diarrhea. Consulting with a healthcare provider or registered dietitian can also be helpful in managing diarrhea through diet.

Conclusion

In conclusion, if you are suffering from diarrhea, the PoopSTICK can be a valuable tool for relieving your symptoms. By raising your knees above your hips, it can help to promote a more complete evacuation of the bowel, reduce strain on your rectum and anus, and alleviate the discomfort associated with frequent bowel movements. So the next time you experience diarrhea, consider trying out the PoopSTICK and see how it can help improve your bathroom experience.

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