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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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World Bank to provide Rs 16 billion to 21 municipalities





GALKOT- The World Bank is to invest tens of millions of rupees for the infrastructure development of Baglung Municipality.

Mayor of Baglung Municipality Janak Raj Poudel said that the WB is investing approximately Rs 16 billion in 21 municipalities throughout the country, including Baglung Municipality, through the Urban Administrative Capacity and Infrastructure Improvement Project II.

The Project organized a meeting some days back with mayors, deputy mayors, the chief administrative officers and engineers of the municipalities concerned and informed them about the local levels selected for the funding and the works to be carried out under the project.

According to mayor Poudel, four municipalities in Gandaki Province have been selected for the implementation of the project. These include Baglung Municipality in Baglung district, Vyas Municipality and Shukla Gandaki municipality in Tanahu district and Putalibazaar Municipality in Syangja district.

Poudel said each municipality will get between approximately Rs 700 million to Rs 800 million after the Project allocates the budget by preparing the indices.

The road taken as the ‘Ring Road’ of Baglung Municipality was constructed under the first phase of this Project. Mayor Poudel said that the municipality will spend the fund received from the Project in the ‘pride’ projects of the municipality.

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