It is a matter of preference really! The Indian toilet or the squatting style toilets are still popular in India even as you can see more households across the country installing the western or sitting style toilets. If you are opting for new toilet installations and mulling over your choices, you can consider the advantages and disadvantages of both styles and then make an informed choice for your health. If you have already made up your choice, then get Tapp Me to do your Toilet Installations!
Advantages of Indian toilets over western toilets
- Most doctors recommend the squatting posture as the best position for evacuation. During the squatting position, the organs involved in the bowel function are said to be more aligned with easier evacuation from the colon and the rectum. If you suffer from constipation, a squatting toilet might be a better option for you.
- Saving water is one the crucial issue that we all are facing today, and we would surely be facing water crisis in future. In India, when we use Indian style toilet, we generally use only 1-2 mugs of water to clean the area and we normally don’t require more than that. However, if we use the western style toilet, we use lots of water due to the flush system, leading to wastage of water.
Disadvantages of Indian toilets over western toilets
- The squat posture puts pressure on the knees and feet. People who have arthritis, joint problems, mobility issues or leg pain can have difficulty using squatting toilets. Even if they do due to habit or lack of availability of a western toilet, it can worsen their symptoms. People with joint pain and bone problems can use western style toilets far more easily. The sitting style doesn’t put any extra pressure on their joints.
- It is difficult to squat when you have an injury in the lower part of your body. During leg or hip injuries, using a sitting style toilet can be more comfortable. For instance, if you have sustained a bone fracture in your leg, squatting may be impossible for you.
Which is the best option for you?
If you can install more than one toilet in your house, it is a good idea to get one of each style. This way you can use one over the other in case of health problems and injuries and also as per the preference of each family member.
You can also contact a good plumbing service in case you want to convert one toilet style and install another in its place.