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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.

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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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Drinking 3 cups of coffee or tea daily may keep stroke risk at bay

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — There have been several conflicting studies on the health benefits of drinking coffee and tea and their various varieties. But drinking up to three cups of coffee or tea in a day is safe because it reduces irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, according to a new study published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Coffee has previously been believed to worsen abnormal heart rhythms, as doctors generally discourage patients suffering from the condition. However, the results of this particular study say that a daily consumption of upto 300 mg of caffeine may be safe for arrhythmic patients.

This is because the caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and blocks the effect of adenosine. Adenosine is a chemical which causes Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes AFib.

AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes.

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“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” he added.

A meta-analysis of 228,465 participants showed that AFib frequency decreasing by 6 per cent in regular coffee drinkers, and an analysis of 115,993 patients showed a 13 per cent reduced risk.

Another study of 103 post-heart attack patients who received an average of 353 mg of caffeine a day showed improvement in heart rate and no significant arrhythmias — or abnormal heart rhythms, that cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly.

However, in two studies, where patients drank at least 10 cups and nine cups of coffee per day, showed an increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) – a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) beat very quickly.

On the other hand, patients with pre-existing heart conditions who consumed two or more energy drinks — that contains concentrated caffeine — per day reported palpitations within 24 hours.

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