6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD EAT WITH YOUR HANDS! BENEFITS OF EATING WITH HANDS
Eating with hands, without using any cutlery, has got some benefits, which you are going to find out about in the following text.
This habit is a tradition originating from India which, unfortunately, has been rejected by the Western culture as being unhygienic, disgusting and primitive that tends to use cutlery instead. However, it has been considered to have health benefits that have been explained in the Ayurveda, too.
Eating with hands is far healthier than using cutlery, because it makes you feel full, sooner and thus prevent you from overeating. It, also, enables food to be absorbed more easily because it is eaten by hands. In the following text you will find out more about this.
Increases energy levels
The Ayurveda claims that human body is composed of five elements – air, water, fire, earth and space.
Index finger: Air
Middle finger: Heaven
Ring finger: Earth
Little finger: Water
Any imbalance in this aspect can change the immune system and cause diseases. According to Ayurveda, each finger is related to so one element, and during eating all of the fingers are joined together so all elements are connected in harmony, which increases the energy of the body.
The body receives signals from the brain at the moment the food is touched, so the stomach produces the required digestive juices and enzymes. This happens before the food is put into the mouth and improves the digestion.
Protects your mouth from getting burnt
The hand can feel how hot the food is, so you can never take food that is too hot. In the case when you use spoon or fork to eat, you don’t have an idea how hot the food is, so you can easily burn your tongue.
Promotes mindful eating and help with weight loss
Eating with hands makes you feel more conscious about the amount of food you eat, so you can’t overeat. Instead, when you use cutlery you can easily overeat because you don’t have any feeling of the amount of food you take in.
Protects your body from harmful bacteria
There are some healthy bacteria on the hands that can help to maintain the natural bacterial flora in the body. However, you should always wash your hands before eating as to prevent to get some disease.
Makes eating fun
This is more fun, improves the taste of the food, and increases the enjoyment in it.