5 mistakes you're making when using the toilet

How to use the loo correctly.

But according to Readers Digest there are a few things that you could be doing wrong that may be harmful to your health in the long run.

Here are 5.

1. Sitting on the toilet for too long

This can cause the veins in the lower part of your rectum to get irritated which can lead to haemorrhoids.

2. Holding your breath to push the poop out

This is what people do when they're constipated. It is not only harmful as it can lead to haemorrhoids but can also cause anal fissures.

Instead try squatting over the toilet which helps you tract align with your anus better.

3. Ignoring stinky pee

Urine that has a very pungent smell may be a sign of an underlying complication or an infection such as a Urinary Tract Infection.

Pee with a concentrated colour and a strong ammonia smell is a sign that you're dehydrated.

4. Using bleach to clean the toilet

When bleach is mixed with ammonia, it creates a gas called choloramine which can cause wheezing, coughing, nausea or chest pains.

5. You flush with the toilet lid up

Particles can be sprayed as far as 6 feet away from the toilet bowl. To protect your other toiletries, it's advised that you flush with the toilet lid down.

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