Did you know that making a roll of toilet paper requires 1.3 KWh of electricity, 37 gallons of water and 1.5 pounds of wood?
Americans use 34 million rolls of toilet paper each day, which uses up 161 million KWh of power, 221,000 trees, 225 million gallons of water and produces 88 million lbs of greenhouse gases.
All for the sake of proper toilet hygiene.
You might find the idea of not having any toilet paper appalling, but many people around the world actually don’t use any toilet paper.
There are many “greener,” cleaner and healthier alternatives to toilet paper available. For Dr. Joseph Mercola, using a bidet is a simple way to increase your toilet hygiene. Wiping yourself with a toilet paper can easily contaminate your fingers – a risk easily eliminated by using a bidet, which is also gentler to the skin, especially for those who have hemorrhoids.
You’ll also need a few sheets of toilet paper for drying after using a bidet, and using an air-drying bidet will eliminate toilet paper use entirely.
Dr. Mercola visited India last year and was surprised to find out that a lot of people use a squat toilet. Many Indians do not have regular, elevated toilets but just have a hole in the floor. Using a toilet like that allows your body to squat – the position that it was designed to be when you’re having a bowel movement.
Using a regular toilet means sitting on the cover, which causes you to lose a lot of the force you need for elimination. Now, Dr. Mercola isn’t telling you to get rid of your toilet and dig a hole in your bathroom floor instead. You can use other devices that you can put around the toilet that will help stimulate the squatting position.
Hemorrhoids are rarely seen in countries where people squat for bodily functions. Results of a study published in the late 1980s showed 18 out of 20 hemorrhoid patients had complete and sustained relief from pain and bleeding with use of a squat toilet.
Here are other safe and effective toilet habits:
- Use the toilet whenever you feel the urge to have a bowel movement. Delaying will only lead to or cause constipation.
- Avoid sitting on the toilet for prolonged periods because this puts more pressure on your rectum. Limit your time on the toilet to three to five minutes per sitting. Whenever necessary, get up, walk around or distract yourself while waiting for the urge to return before returning to the seat. You can also use a small footstool to elevate your legs and relieve pressure while seated on the toilet.
- Only exert gentle pressure and use only your abdominal and pelvic muscles to avoid strain during a bowel movement.