When we sit down to eat cross-legged (Sukhasana), it is good for our health. Know why sitting on the floor, and eating is healthy.
You must have always wondered why our grandparents always asked us to eat food sitting cross-legged. It is because when we sit on the floor and eat, it has many health benefits. Read on to know its advantages.
When you sit on the floor, you usually sit cross-legged in Sukhasana or a half Padmasana 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.
While eating a meal on the floor, you will naturally have to bend forward from your hips instead of just your chest and sit back up to starting position to swallow. This constant back and forth movement cause the muscle of your abdomen to be active, increases secretion of stomach acids, make it easier to digest food.
You can lose weight
When you sit on the floor, your brain automatically calms down and is better equipped to focus on the food you eat, helps you finish, leaving a sense of satisfaction. And you have to get up and move more muscles to go for the second serving. It curbs craving or binge eating.
Good posture helps prevent injuries, but it also reduces the chances of excessive strain on muscles and joints. When you sit on the floor, your awareness of posture improves within few days, making your back straight, lengthening your spine and pushes back your shoulders in which common aches and pains that come with bad posture vanish.
Floor seating helps circulation as the blood flows naturally through the heart to digestive organs. It affords you a healthy heart with strong muscles to help it cope with the pressure of daily life.