Don’t sit in the toilet for too long

People have a habit to read newspapers and use phone in the toilet there by spending a long time. But experts say it shouldn’t take you this long. In fact, more than 5-7 minutes of sitting is already too much as it is unhealthy. Normal poop should just take a few minutes, without the need to strain or push, but also without the urgency to hold it in

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  • As per reports, A man in south-east China had to rush to the hospital at midnight after noticing a mysterious ball-sized lump fallen out of his anus. Man’s rectum fell out of its place after he played phone games while on the toilet for 30 minutes. Doctors said the lump, which was still attached to his rear, was his rectum and it had lost its attachment to his body, according to reports from China. They also said the condition, called rectal prolapse, could be caused by the fact that the man had sat on the toilet for more than 30 minutes.
  • You can learn a lot from your poop, including the time you spend on the toilet. Know how long should you sit on the toilet bowl to poop? And what happens when you sit for too long.

Dr Gautam Bhansali, consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital said, “People sit in toilet and read newspapers and use mobile phones. They feel they didn’t pass the stool and they extend the time. This can cause piles, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), constipation and so on. The 60% of patients who visit me suffer from constipation. When they are evaluated they say that they sit for too long in the toilet and read newspapers or use mobile phones.”

Mumbai-based general physician Dr Aparna Date explained, “People sitting for a longer time tend to block the toilet causing inconvenience to others.  Then, it becomes a habit to sit for a longer time. Since, it is unhygienic it can invite a lot of diseases and infections and can be harmful for health. Some people cannot pass stools without smoking and they end up smoking in the toilet which is injurious to health.”

Abhish Khanna (name changed), a 40-year-old from Mumbai said, “I have a habit of using mobile in the toilet and I spend around half hour. I have constipation. Now, due to constant straining while passing stools, I am suffering from piles for which, I am undergoing treatment.”

“One should not spend more than 5-7 minutes in toilet. Also, don’t strain too much,” advised Dr Bhansali.

Dr Date recommended lifestyle modifications like consuming fibrous foods, avoid junk food and drinking a lot of water.