Scientific reasons behind sitting on floor while eating

Published: Monday April 01, 2019 13:41

This tradition is not just about sitting on floor and eating, it is regarding sitting in the “Sukhasan” position and then eating. Sukhasan is the position we normally use for Yoga asanas. When you sit on the floor, you usually sit cross legged – In sukhasana or a half padmasana  (half lotus), which are poses that instantly bring a sense of calm and help in digestion, it is believed to automatically trigger the signals to your brain to prepare the stomach for digestion.

Here are the benefits you can earn for yourself:

Acts as yoga pose – When you sit down on the floor in a cross-legged posture you are knowingly or unknowingly performing a type of yoga asana called such asana or padmasana. These asanas are proven to be very beneficial for health. It applies pressure to your lower body which helps you relax your mind and body. It releases muscle tension and keeps blood pressure at bay.

Enhances digestion – When you bend ahead to take a bite while eating and return back to natural posture, abdominal muscles secretes digestive juices. Theses juices help in proper digestion of the food and keep you away from many tummy troubles.

Makes you stronger and flexible – While sitting in a cross-legged posture, most of the weight is on the lower body. This strengthens the knees, ankles and hips. Sitting straight also strengthens back and treats lower back pain. Bending ahead while you take a bite, makes your upper body flexible.

Surpass blood circulation – When you sit in a cross-legged position, it becomes easier for the heart to pump blood and circulate it to other parts of the body.

Help you lose weight – Nerve responsible for transmitting signals from stomach to brain that whether the stomach is full or not is called vagus nerve and while eating in a cross-legged position, you eat slower and feel full soon which can really help you lose weight.

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