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How to poop properly – and why you may have been doing it wrong all along 

What do the Happy Pear brothers and author Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have in common? They are all fans of the Squatty Potty, which claims to help you to eliminate faster and more completely by putting your body into a natural squatting position

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Happy Pear brothers David and Stephen Flynn

Happy Pear brothers David and Stephen Flynn

According to the HSE, constipation is a common condition

According to the HSE, constipation is a common condition

The Squatty Potty

The Squatty Potty

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s book Eat Better Forever

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s book Eat Better Forever

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Happy Pear brothers David and Stephen Flynn

It may be a topic that few of us are comfortable discussing, but according to the HSE, constipation is a very common condition, affecting people of all ages. Defined as opening the bowels less than three times a week, needing to strain to open your bowels on more than a quarter of occasions or passing a hard or pellet-like stool on more than a quarter of occasions, for many it is a short-lived inconvenience.

For others, though, chronic constipation can cause significant pain and discomfort and lead to complications such as faecal impaction (where dry, hard stools collect in your rectum) or faecal incontinence (where you leak liquid stools). Constipation can occur in babies, children and adults, and affects twice as many women as men, with older people five times more likely than younger adults to have constipation. Approximately 40pc of pregnant women experience constipation during their pregnancy.


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