You might not like to talk about it, but our bums, booty, buttocks, or tushies if you will say a lot about your health.
Our butts have three muscles parts which make up the whole organ: the gluteus medius which is attached to the hip’s side, the gluteus minimus is smallest muscle and the gluteus maximus which is the largest.
In fact, the gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the human body and makes up the entire shape of your rear end. Who knew?
But enough about the anatomical nature of your bum, this article discuss the few health related issues and topics concerned with our rear.
Here are 10 health facts and tips concerning your butt
1. Vital to Strength and Posture
Standing, walking, running, getting up, climbing ,etc – many movements involving our legs, thighs, and hips make use of our butt muscles.
Other parts of the body must compensate whenever our glutes lack the necessary strength to execute these basic movements. That’s what the butt muscles are for.
If your rear doesn’t have the necessary strength to support your legs then it causes extra and unnecessary stress into other areas of the body, leading to poor posture or muscle imbalance.
2. Shape matters
In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers learned that “people with…central (abdominal) obesity had the highest risk for death overall from cardiovascular disease compared with people without central obesity, regardless of the BMI.”
Which means, people with more fat stored in their waist, as opposed to the hips or butt, may have a higher risk for developing cancer.
3. Laxatives might be bad for you.
If you’re having bowel problems it can tempting to go buy some laxatives to help you out. According to researchers, laxatives carry a risk of dependence meaning – the functionality of your colon can diminish after you stop using laxatives.
If you have problems being successful in the toilent – try drinking more water, get more fiber in your diet or exercise more.
4. Sugar alcohol is terrible for your butt
Many people love the “sugar-free” alternative to snacks like cookies or sodas. Unfortunately everything has a drawback.
Most “sugar-free” products on the label are made up of sugar alcohols – mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, and others which can’t be absorbed by the body. These indigestible sugars then reach the colon where bacteria within the digestive tract will dissolve them for you. This then leads to potentially-severe gas problems; watery bowels, diarrhea, etc.
5. The shape of your poop can indicate any health issues
Don’t get freaked out – but yes the shape of your poop can determine if you have problems down there or not.
Stool that has an ultra-thin shape may mean there’s an obstruction in the colon or rectum – thus making your feces to “thin out” when exiting. If this happens infrequently then you probably have a problem with constipation. However, if they continue to occur over the period of a month then it’s time to call a doctor.
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6. Texting while in the toilet is problematic…and disgusting
Along with the potential filth that might soil your hands while texting – using your phone while pooping may cause problems with your posture. As you type away on your phone, pressure is placed onto the lower part of the rectum. Veins located around the anus might swell, multiply, and produce hemorrhoids if you do this often.
7. One gentle wipe is all you need
On the topic of toilets, skin on the body can get irritated if you scratch it too much. The same can be said with the skin on your butt.
If you’re a little too strong when you’re wiping with tissue paper, then you can cause small tears on the surface of your butt skin. The result: an itchy butt. Likewise, don’t use scented or flushable wipes because they contain chemicals that can irritate the skin.
8. Frequent passing of gas is (usually) not a bad thing.
Yes, we’re talking about farts. Of course the smell might be nasty, but regularly farting shouldn’t be something to worry about. Foods that are high in fiber such as beans, fruits, grains, veggies are fermented by bacteria within the colon, forming gas.
Having a diet that’s high in fiber usually means you’ll be farting a lot everyday – and that’s nothing to be concerned over. We can’t account for the smell though.
9. Colonoscopies are important
Checking the insides of your butt is a very serious topic because these examinations are crucial for detecting colorectal or colon cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, anyone above the age of 50 should undergo the procedure. It’s just one of the things adults need to check up on once they get older.
10. Butt Surgery is more common than you think
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), every half hour a bum is being sculpted by cosmetic surgeons.
Apparently butt augmentation is a common practice with really bizarre procedures to get a nice looking rear – such as fat being taken from other parts of the body and implanted into the rear end.
Other procedures include butt lifts, butt implants and…anal bleaching. Yep some people like coloring the hairs on their butt white. Don’t ask us why.
ASPS states: “buttock augmentation surgery is right for someone who does not like the shape of their buttock or is looking to balance their body.”
That’s fair considering the amount of women out there who want a nice booty. But we’re looking at you Nicki Minaj and Kim K!
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