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Why you should sit on the floor while eating

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KATHMANDU — Our ancestors sit on the floor while having the meals. And, some of us still sit crossed-legged on the floor to consume meals and in this posture we constantly keep bending down and then move upward until we complete eating.

While the majority of us have grasped the table and chair as a place to eat, there are those of us who want to sit before the TV and/or sit on the bed and eat.

While this might be very comfortable, it might not necessarily be the best thing for your health.

Our ancestors definitely had a plan when they made sure we sit on the floor, cross legged and ate our food. What’s more, this custom of sitting on the floor while eating is immensely beneficial to health.

And this tradition of sitting on the floor while eating is immensely beneficial to health. Here are some reasons going back to your roots is the best for your health.

Improves digestion

When you sit on the floor, you generally sit with crossed-legs — an asan known as sukhasan or a half padmasn which are poses that help in digestion.

Apart from that when you eat from a plate set on the floor, you will need to naturally bend forward slightly and go back to your starting position to swallow.

This steady forward and backward movement causes the muscles of your abdomen to be activated and also leads to increased secretion of stomach acids – making it much easier for you to digest food.

Helps you lose weight
Sitting on the floor and eating has significant weight loss benefits too. When you sit in this position, your mind consequently quiets down and is better prepared to concentrating on the nourishment you eat.

Makes you more flexible

When you sit in padmasan, the muscles in your lower back, pelvis, around your stomach and those of the upper and lower mid-region stretch — reducing pain and discomfort.

This, in turn helps your digestive system relax and stay in a normal position.

Aids in mindful eating

When you sit on the floor and eat as a family it helps in careful eating. Not just does it help you concentrate on your food, but it also helps you settle on better choices when you eat.

Improves your posture

When you sit on the floor your posture is automatically corrected, making your back straight, lengthening your spine and pushes back your shoulders – beating all the common aches and pains that come with bad posture.
Help you live longer

Sounds a bit unbelievable right? Well, it’s true, sitting on the floor and eating can actually help you live longer.

A study published in the Journal European Journal of Preventive Cardiology{2} found that people who sat on the floor in padmasan and were able to get up without any support were more likely to live longer.

Strengthens the heart by improving circulation

Have you ever noticed that when you eat, you tend to feel warmer and in some cases even sweat? Well, that is because when we eat our stomach needs all the energy it can use to digest food.


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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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