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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Why eating with your hands is good for health

4 reasons you should start eating with your hands.

Keeps all your vital life energies in balance: According to Ayurvedic
texts, we are all made up of five mainpranasor life energies and these
five elements correspond to each finger on our hand (your thumb
indicates fire, index finger correlates with air, middle finger
indicates sky, ring finger stands for earth and little finger
indicates water). An imbalance of any one of these elements can lead
to diseases. When we eat with our hands we usually join our fingers
and thumb to eat, this is actually amudrathat is a form ofmudra
vigyan, or the study ofmudrasand their healing power on the body.

Therefore when we eat we are putting together all the five elements
and energizing the food we eat so it helps us become healthy and keep
all ourpranasin balance.

Improves digestion: Touch is one of the most strong and often used
sensation in the body. When we touch our food with our hands, the
brain signals our stomach that we are about to eat. This in turn,
readies the stomach to digest the food it will receive, aiding in
better digestion.

Promotes mindful eating:Eating with your hands requires you to pay
attention to what you are eating. You often need to look at the food
and focus on what you are putting into your mouth. Also known as
mindful eating, this practice is much more healthier than eating with
a fork and spoon that can be done mechanically.

Mindful eating has a large number of benefits for your health and one
of the most important benefits is the fact that it improves the
assimilation of nutrients from the food you eat, enhances digestion
and makes you healthier.

Protects your mouth from getting burnt: Your hands also act as a very
effective temperature sensor. When you touch food it is easy for you
to gauge how hot it actually is, and you are less likely to put food
that is too hot into your mouth – effectively preventing you from
scalding your tongue.

Credit: Pavitra Sampath

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