Sitting on the floor is an ancient Indian tradition and has its roots in yoga and Ayurveda. Here are some health benefits of sitting on the floor to eat.
1. Aids Digestion
When you sit and eat on the floor, you usually sit cross legged, in an asana known as sukhasana or a half padmasna. These yogic poses are well-known in aiding digestion (it is believed that when one sits in this pose while preparing to eat, there is an automatic signal for your brain to prepare for digestion). Apart from that when you eat from a plate placed on the floor, you will have to naturally bend forward slightly and go back to your starting position to swallow. This constant back and forth movement is said to cause the muscles of your abdomen to get activated and leads to increased secretion of stomach acids, making it easier to digest food.
2. Helps In Weight Loss
When you sit down and eat, your brain calms down and is better equipped to focus on the food you eat. Moreover this position helps you feel full faster. One of the main reasons people
3. Reduces Pain And Discomfort
When you squat or sit in padmasana, the muscles in your lower back, pelvis, around your stomach and those of the upper and lower abdomen stretch, thus reducing pain and discomfort. This, in turn helps your digestive system relax and stay in a normal position. Moreover, the regular stretching of these muscles makes you more flexible and healthy.
4. Improves Posture
Good posture not only helps prevent injuries but also reduces the chances of excessive strain on certain
5. Makes You Live For Longer
A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that people who sat on the floor in padmasana and were able to get up without any support were more likely to live longer. This is because being able to get up from that position takes a considerable amount of flexibility and lower body strength. The study found that those who were not able to get up without support were at the risk of being 6.5 times more likely to die in the next 6 years.
6. Keeps Your Knees And Hip Joint Healthy
By sitting on the floor, we strengthen the lumbar region of the body, reducing back pain and discomfort. The hips open, making our pelvis and legs more flexible. Core
7. Relaxes The Mind And Calms The Nerves
Sukhasana and padmasana poses calm the mind and relaxes frazzled nerves. In Ayurveda, eating with a calm mind helps aid in better digestion.
8. Strengthens The Heart By Improving Circulation
When your feet are below your heart (as in a position when sitting on a chair), the blood circulation is being directed to your feet, as opposed to when you sit cross-legged on the floor where your heart receives the benefit of better circulation.