Do you want to know a SECRET on how to eat and drink to be healthy! In life, there are many secrets. Some we already know. Many are yet to be known and a lot more still remain unknown. Hence here, I wish to share a little secret on Eat and Drink to be Healthy.
As always, I will have the radio station on, when driving. On this one particular day, while fetching my children from school, I heard through the radio station, “never stand up when you drink or eat. Never, ever stand up, always sit down!” That was the voice of one of the medical experts airing health topic on Eat and Drink to be Healthy.
Well, to sit while eating or drinking is nothing new to me as this has been my parents’ order ever since I was a little girl. As I grew and attended school, I understood that this etiquette has been practised and taught by our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
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“If you know the damages that you are doing to your body by standing while you eat or drink, you would never do it.
Your esophagus, stomach, kidneys… are affected by standing rather than sitting while you eat or drink.
Most of the operations would not be necessary if people would only sit down when they eat or drink”, continued the speaker.
I never thought it could be that serious. To most of us, it might look petty but listening to the medical expert, it is sure a big problem.
Everywhere you go, you will see people standing, walking as they drink or eat. Talking, laughing, eating and drinking while standing are all common scenes.
Well, honestly, I have no doubt in the teachings of our beloved prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). But to share with the world and at the same time satisfy my inner curiosity, I committed myself to doing some homework (research and studies). Going through books and other reading materials, I found a lot of interesting sciences that are in agreement with sitting when eating or drinking.
According to medical experts, sitting when you drink or eat allow the food or water to pass through the abdominal wall slowly. This helps to eliminate the pressure on the stomach.
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However, in the case of standing when eating or drinking , the food or water falls speedily direct to the bottom of the stomach. If this happens frequently, it will result in the loosening of the stomach. In the long run, this process will eventually affect the efficiency of the digestive system.
Besides this, standing makes the muscles tense. The balancing system of the central nervous system will have to be very active in order to control the many muscles to balance oneself. In actual fact, it would be desirable for the nervous system and the muscular system to be at a relaxing level so as to perform their work efficiently. Hence, it would be better for one to be in the sitting position so that the food and water could be better absorbed by the body.
In addition, according to acupuncturist, sphincter – an anatomical structure, functions as a filter, opens up when you sit down. This helps to filter the water that enters your body. Thus, with this filtering process, less pressure is put on the kidney.
However, when standing, sphincter remained close. Therefore it is not possible for the water to go through the filtering process. Hence, more pressure is put on the kidney. Thus in the long run, this could affect the kidney’s health.
Well, these are some facts that science found today which have been practised more than 14oo years ago.
Amazing truths…it’s easy to eat and drink to be healthy. Look out for more to be uncovered and shared in the coming articles. Do follow up with my website to know more secrets.
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Your friend in Health,
Norleila ~ Founder of mygohealthy.com