Ayurveda has always recommended that we should have our food while sitting on the floor. Ever wondered why? What secret did our ancestors know that we seem to have forgotten over the years? Let’s find out.
1. Aids Digestion
Sitting on the floor cross-legged (sukhasana) promotes digestion, so it is beneficial when you eat on the floor. Also, the constant back and forth movement while eating on the floor activates your abdomen muscles, making it easier to digest the food.
2. Improves Circulation
Proper blood circulation is crucial for a good digestion. Sitting on the floor and eating is the best way to stimulate the circulation of the rakta dhatu. In fact, sitting on the table and eating causes the blood to flow in the opposite direction.
3. Increases Flexibility and Strength
Sitting on the floor is good for your body as it increases flexibility by stretching your knees, hips, spine, chest, and ankles. It prevents you from slouching and improves posture unlike when sitting on a chair which induces back pain and makes the back and hips stiff and weak.
4. Promotes Weight Loss
The vagus nerve, which signals the brain when your stomach is full, works properly when you sit on the floor to eat. As a result, you don’t end up overeating and this keeps your weight in check.
5. Healthy Joints
Sitting on the floor cross-legged stretches your hips, legs, and pelvis, keeping them healthy. This also strengthens your core muscles and the ankles while lubricating the joints.
So, start eating your meals while sitting on the floor to see the positive changes in your body. To know more about healthy eating habits, speak to a Jiva doctor today, dial 0129-4040404 or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in Jiva Health App.