Do you know sitting on the toilet seat for 15 minutes or more can give you hemorrhoids (piles or “kooko”)? Worse if you are the type who spends time in the toilet browsing the phone or reading.
The Toilet is NOT a makeup studio.
And it is NOT your family house.
Stop making conference calls.
Take a dump and Go!
What we call “hemorrhoids” in medical circles is just a fancy term for some veins in and around your anus. When you get constipated, strain to get out your poo or sit for too long on a toilet seat, these veins get engorged with blood. Over time, these engorged veins can bleed.
And when those veins bleed, you start to notice that sometimes after you poo and you look into the toilet bowl, you may notice some bright red blood staining the toilet or you may notice some blood staining the tissue paper you use to wipe.
That’s classical of hemorrhoids.
So basically, while it may be tempting to sit in the toilet seat and just check emails, laugh at Instagram jokes and retweet twitter trending gists, Please be aware that this is NOT a healthy practice for you at all. Especially if you are someone who is prone to hemorrhoids.
So how long should you sit on a toilet seat? ONLY as long as you have the urge to poo and once the poo is out- Leave the toilet. Usually this is 2 minutes. If poo doesn’t come in 2 minutes, stand up and find something else to do. Except you are hiding from people you owe money.
Toilet is NOT a library – Don’t go and read.
Toilet is NOT a makeup studio – Don’t sit there adjusting eyelashes.
Toilet is NOT a spa – Don’t sit to “relax”.
And toilet is NOT a village square – Don’t sit there making conference phone calls trying to sort out all family fights.
So many people in the reply segment tend to do a lot of thinking and meditating on the toilet seat. Alright let’s all unlearn that bad habit. Find a new happy place in your house. Try to create a new private place. Somewhere as sacred as the toilet seat for you. You can do it.
To be frank with you, the toilet is an absolutely unsafe and an unhygienic place for you. This is being serious right now. Don’t spend more than 2 minutes there. Shit and gerrout. You are not in Disneyland- don’t see it as a “happy place”. It is NOT. It’s the Germs Headquarters!
Anyway I agree it may be a little hard if this is a habit you have done for a long time- but you can change it. I hope you learnt something today. Feel free to post your questions, contributions and thoughts on this.
Credit: Dr Olufunmilayo
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