Don’t turn your toilet into just another problem. Leading gastroenterologists say that you should never sit on the throne for more than 10 minutes, or 15 most.
In order to understand why camping out is a bad idea, you need to know the basics of human digestion.
You can’t force peristalsis. The best you can do is set up conditions that remind your body to pass that waste right along, all the way toward the exit.
Your mind needs cues to know that it’s time to “take out the trash,” so to speak.
It might not even realize it’s there to let loose in the first place. That can lead to difficult bowel movements, or even constipation.
When it’s hard to “go,” you might start pushing. When you start pushing, it’s only a matter of time before you stretch out the delicate blood vessels around your rectum and anus.
They’re not worth finishing that article in an old copy of “Entertainment Weekly.” Maybe it’s time to remove the magazine rack from your bathroom. Hey, you could always check Twitter instead.