One Day Without Metamucil

My day normally starts with one coffee, and then just before nature calls I mix a large teaspoon of Metamucil into a 20 oz glass of water. Then I chase that with another full 20 oz glass. Then it’s off to the races. I’m as regular as a swiss watch. Wham-bamalam-boom and it all comes out in one 5-10 second shot.

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Today I was distracted and neglected to perform my morning routine. The result? I’ve had to go three times today. All little dribs and drabs. No wham-bamalam-boom. The problem? The more time spent on the bowl pushing, and the more time spent wiping, puts me at a greater risk to get another hemorrhoid. I won’t be forgetting my routine tomorrow morning, or anytime soon for that matter.

If I were alone on a desert island and could only have one hemorrhoid product – it would be Metamucil. I don’t work for them, I’m not compensated by them, I’m just happy as hell that a simple drink every morning has kept me hemorrhoid free for nearly 5 years.

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Squat, Dont Sit When You Poop

Our parents potty trained us when we were young, but they made a fundamental error.  When we sit to poop, it causes all kinds of problems, and prevents nature from truly calling.

The only natural defecation posture for a human being is squatting. The alignment of the recto-anal angle associated with squatting permits smooth bowel elimination. – Dr. B.A. Sikirov (Link)

What? I’m supposed to squat when I poop? Who is Dr. Sikirov and why should I listen to him?

Dr. Dov Sikirov is published in several medical journals with topics such as “Straining During Defecation” and “Primary Constipation.” [1], [2] Some sites refer to a study he did on patients with hemorrhoids, but I cannot find a link to that study. Anyways, after my 4th hemorrhoid, I started to squat instead of sit when I poop. I can only tell you that I have not had a hemorrhoid recur in 4 years, since 2011. Prior to that, from about 2005-2011, I had 4 hemorrhoids within a 6 year period.

How Am I supposed to Squat when I Poop? My Toilet Is designed to Sit!

It won’t work for everyone, especially if you have bad knees, but what I do is lift the toilet seat, stand 1 leg at a time carefully, then squat down. This needs to be done with great caution – and depending on your weight, your ability to squat, and the condition of your toilet – this could be a bad idea. IF YOU TRY THIS AT HOME, DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK. You are probably reading this page because you want to feel better. If you fall off the toilet it is not going to help your hemorrhoid very much.

A safer method is to use something that you can place your feet upon, thereby simulating a squatting position. Of course such a product is available, it is called the Squatty Potty.

The most popular Squatty Potty is 7″ tall and costs $25. Click here to check it out. There is a 9″ tall version that costs the same. If it were me, I’d go for the 9″ because I am flexible and a good squatter. If you cannot do a squat, you might consider the 7-incher. For those who like things a bit more swanky, there is the bamboo adjustable Squatty Potty for $70. Click here to check it out. Here’s a pic:

The Bamboo Adjustable Squatty Potty - Squat when you poop, don't sit
The Bamboo Adjustable Squatty Potty

Cameron Diaz on Water and Poop

Cameron Diaz Talks about Water and Poop on the Dr. Oz Show

Cameron Diaz was recently on the Dr. Oz show promoting her book “The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body.” She’s got one of the fundamental laws of poop figured out. Drink Water.

” … it completely wakes up my digestive tract … hydrates everything that’s inside of it, and just helps you push it right on out”

Good Stuff! This is exactly what I do in the morning, with a small twist. I break that liter in half. I first drink 1 big glass of water, about 1/2 liter, with my metamucil stirred in. Then I chase it with a 2cd big glass. Works like a charm.

Watch the video of Cameron Diaz talking about Water and Poop RIGHT HERE.

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Cameron Diaz talks about drinking enough water to have good poop
Cameron Diaz – The Body Book

What Causes Hemorrhoids?

It is important to understand what causes your hemorrhoids if you wish to cure and prevent them.

After my 4th and final hemorrhoid in 2011, I decided to get serious about prevention. I was forced to find out what were the root causes of my hemorrhoids. When I was young, I was always moving. In my 20’s I had jobs that were mostly active. Once I hit 30, however, I started working at a desk, sitting more and moving less. First I got fat, then I got hemorrhoids.

Sitting too long, particularly on the toilet, can increase the pressure on the veins in the anus. – Mayo Clinic

Constipation causes hemorrhoids. Diarrhea causes hemorrhoids. Straining to make a bowel movement causes hemorrhoids.

My diet is the Standard American Diet. This low-fiber pig-out is pretty much a recipe for hemorrhoids.  I have never been very good at overhauling my diet. I try to include more fruits and vegetables, but it is a slow change for me, and it is honestly more for the sake of reducing cholesterol.

As far as causes of hemorrhoids are concerned, I am not worried about my diet anymore. I have found that one big glass of metamucil, every day, works perfectly for me. Some days I eat very good, some days not so good. I ate an entire box of girl scout cookies last night! But I drink that glass of metamucil EVERY DAY – and every day I leave a big BM that takes about 20 seconds from squat to wipe. Notice that I don’t use the word “take a dump” – going #2 should be passive, not active. Active straining to poop causes hemorrhoids. Letting it go when it is ready, prevents them.

Studies have shown that over-the-counter fiber supplements, such as Metamucil and Citrucel, improve overall symptoms and bleeding from hemorrhoids. – Mayo Clinic

Coffee and Soda. Honestly, looking back, I am not sure how I survived such a long time without having a single glass of water. I would wake up to coffee, and then alternate between regular and diet soda all day long, not drinking a single drop of water. It seems like common sense to me now, but at one point it did not occur to me, so I will say it for your sake. WATER MOVES POOP. Conversely, lack of water leads to constipation, and constipation causes hemorrhoids. I still drink coffee in the morning, and although I don’t drink soda anymore, I do drink iced tea. But I drink a massive amount of water throughout the day.

Drink six to eight glasses of water and other liquids (not alcohol) each day to help keep stools soft. – Mayo Clinic