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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.

Source: healthsite.com

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Govt, transport entrepreneurs strike eight-point agreement

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KATHMANDU — The government and agitating transport entrepreneurs have stroked an eight-point agreement on Friday.

The government has also agreed to amend provisions of the new Criminal Code as demanded by the transport entrepreneurs.

With the agreement, the agitating transport entrepreneurs have called off their protest programs after the government agreed to address their demands.

Tanker transport entrepreneurs had been staging protest since Tuesday against provisions in the penal code, including 10-year imprisonment for accidents and life imprisonment for causing death.

Following the agreement, the ongoing fuel supply crisis is now expected to end.

The entire country has been facing short of fuel due to the disruption of fuel supply after tanker drivers went on a strike to press for their demands.

Earlier today, after nation wide fuel shortage, the Nepal Oil Corporation has decided to start rationing of fuel citing depleting stock due to inadequate supply of petroleum products.

According to the NOC, a two-wheeler will be allowed to purchase 5 liters of petrol and light four-wheeler vehicle will be allowed to purchase 15 liters of petrol.

Likwise, the state oil monopoly has urged the petrol pumps to sell maximum 50 liters diesel to short-route vehicles and maximum 100 liters to long-route vehicles.

The NOC has also urged the fuel stations to prioritise ambulances, school buses and government vehicles while selling the fuel.

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