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10 ways you never knew you were using the toilet wrong

You gotta look before you flush, ease up when you wipe, and, yes, there is a right way to hang toilet paper.

…and push too hard
…and push too hard
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Straining and holding your breath to get stubborn stool out not only ups the pressure on the veins down there, boosting your risk of haemorrhoids, but may also lead to anal fissures. These tiny tears in the tissue that lines your butt hole can occur when you force out large and hard, constipated poo. To help keep stool soft for an easier exit, up your fibre intake, drink plenty of fluids, and stay active (regular physical activity increases muscle activity in your intestines). And to perhaps ease the need to strain, try squatting for a few seconds: that position naturally aligns the intestinal tract in a way that may help move things along with less effort.

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