When it comes to dining etiquettes, not everyone prefers to eat without a fork, spoon and a knife. However, Ayurveda believes that eating with your hands can deliver surprising health benefits. The practice isn’t just good for your digestion but also helps absorb the essential nutrients.
Your hand contains constellations and fingers have sensory receptors. This planetary mapping satisfies your physiological needs. So, when you connect with the food is when the enzymes dwell inside you and the mouth.
Benefits Of Eating With Your Hands
1. It Impacts Your Chakras.
The act of eating with your hands stimulates a healthy motion. Touching the food helps activate your sexual, throat and root chakras. This benefits you in the best possible manner.
2. It Develops A Connection With Food.
Eating with your hands develops an unsaid connection that may not arise when eating with forks and knives. The nerve endings in your hands help feel the texture of the food and its temperature. Thus, you eat mindfully.
3. It’s Easier.
Imagine having flatbreads and daal (legumes) with a knife and fork. It’s easier to simply use your hands. What other dining etiquettes can teach you this?
4. Stimulates Digestion.
The human body has a gut flora that also resides in other places like fingers and the mouth. Eating with hands can protect this friendly flora from being exposed to any harmful bacteria. In turn, it helps stimulate better digestion.
5. You Know The Food Is Hot.
Eating with hands vs. eating with cutlery helps you sense how hot or cold the food is. This way you’re able to protect your tongue and those sensitive tissues from burning.
6. You Manage Portions Well.
Eating with your hands helps pay attention to each morsel that goes into your mouth. You’re aware of the quantity as well as what you’re eating. Eating mindfully especially when you have control over your portions helps with a lot of other things too.
7. It Prevents Diabetes.
How? While eating with your hands, you eat slower and with full attention. Eating in a hurry with cutlery has shown a significant rise in the blood sugar levels. This contributes to the development of type-2 diabetes.
8. It Activates A Motion In Your Fingers.
It is rightly said, eating with hands is in itself an exercise that enhances the circulation and maintains a healthy movement.
9. You Lose Weight.
It’s understood – when you’re eating mindfully, are aware of the portions and also digest better, it’s sure to help maintain an ideal weight. Not just that, eating with hands promotes a sense of satisfaction to which you eat less as compared to mindless eating.
10. Because Hands Are Good Enough To Eat Food.
Our hands are there to multitask. We can pick things, touch, feel, clasp big or small stuff, hold water… Are you getting the point? We better leave the spoons for gravy or soups. And then once and for all, you’re stuck to just one thing – eating food. That’s one of the best dining etiquettes.
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