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Dr Zoe Williams shares how ‘squatty potty’ can help with constipation this Christmas


Dr Zoe explained that constipation can be a common issue during the festive period. She advised a couple of solutions that could tackle it, including a technique called “squatty potty”.

The doctor, advising against common health problems linked to the festive season, suggested a “squatty potty” for those battling constipation on ITV’s This Morning.

Dr Zoe explained: “It’s a little stool that goes around the bottom of the toilet. You put your feet on it when you go for a poo.

“Because actually, the position we sit in when we poo, with our anatomy, is not really conducive.

“So, elevating your feet a few inches can really help you evacuate your bowels.”

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Apart from changing the position you sit in when trying to empty your bowels, she also suggested prevention tips against constipation.

The doctor said: “People often think they are more active at the weekend and holidays.

“But we know that most people get most of their activity through a normal daily living, going into the office.”

Her advice is to change this and stay active even during the festive season.


When it comes to tackling constipation, Dr Zoe recommends following three Fs:

  • Fluid
  • Fibre 
  • Fitness.

The doctor added: “Lots of fluid helps things pass through.

“Only 10 per cent of us get the 30 grams of fibre per day we need.” And fibre is important for healthy bowel movements.

In fact, changing your diet and daily routine, which can be typical for the festive period, is one of the causes of constipation listed by the NHS.

Being constipated can describe anything from not having emptied your bowels at least three times during the last week to being in pain when you have a poo.

If problems like this persist after you’ve tried some lifestyle changes, you can also speak to a pharmacist, the NHS recommends.

They might be able to suggest medicines like laxatives that can provide relief within three days.

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