Our beautiful Indian culture says “eating food with our hands feeds not only the body, but also the mind and the spirit”. Let us see the benefits and importance of eating with our hands.

5 FINGERS – 5 ELEMENTS: According to Ayurveda, we are made up of five elements (Panchabhootas): Fire, Air, Sky,
Earth, and Water. Thumb indicates fire, Index finger indicates air, Middle finger indicates sky, Ring finger
indicates 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 put together all the five elements
and energizes the food we eat and helps us become healthy and keep all our elements in balance.

IMPROVES DIGESTION: Touch is one of the most strong body sensation. Each finger aids in the transformation of food,
before it passes to stomach. Gathering the fingertips as they touch the food stimulates the five elements and
invites Agni (Fire) to bring forth the digestive juices. Brain sends signals to our stomach that we are going to eat and
stomach gets ready to digest the food by secreting the digestive enzymes needed for digestion and helps in better

EXPERIENCE PLEASURE WHILE EATING: By eating with hands, we become more conscious of the tastes, textures, and smells of the foods and it adds to the pleasure of eating. The more mindful we are, we need less amount of food to satisfy
our hunger and taste buds.

AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS: When we eat, it normally takes 20 minutes for our brain to feel, “I am full”. When we eat with
our hands and eat slowly and mindfully, it gives the stomach a chance to tell the brain we have had enough before we

Note: It is very healthy and hygienic if we wash our hands clean before and after eating.5 fingers - 5 elements

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