Vegetables , colours and your chakras for a healthier life
Vegetables are an important part of our diet and they are easier to understand when divided into colours. These colours also exemplify the energy they give out when it comes to colour healing but if we stay on the physical side of why they are so healthy it is a good start for beginners. It’s a good idea to eat around five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. One small serving of fruit is about 80 gm which is about the size of a tennis ball. Fruits and vegetables that can be measured by the cup work out to about one cup a serve. It is also good to have different fruit and vegetables every other week or so as they have different essential vitamins and nutrients that your body requires.
The fruits and vegetables we eat are rich in vitamins and minerals, but they are also packed with healthy phytochemicals. These phytochemicals give the plants that we eat their colour hence the importance of a variety of fruit and vegetables as the different colours have different nutrients and antioxidants.
We have always been told to eat our greens, and for good reason, these green leafy vegetables packed full of nutrients. They contain a substance called chlorophyll which has magnesium in it. Magnesium is an important mineral that helps to relax the body and strengthen the bones. These veggies also contain beta-carotene and folate. Vegetables that come from the brassica family, such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale and cabbage are rich in glucoraphanin which is an excellent source of sulforaphane. The colour green relates energetically to our heart chakra. When you are feeling down and need strengthening go for green to strengthen this chakra and one good way to get it is through your food.
Red coloured foods such as tomatoes and watermelon have the antioxidant known as lycopene, this is great for protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Red is the colour of our base chakra to keep us grounded. When we are not grounded we can have lots of great ideas which don’t come to ‘fruition’ (pardon the pun). Bringing red into your food and clothing will help to ground you more. Couple this with some grounding exercises and you will find your head is not spinning out as much with too many worries and overwhelm of ideas and more of your goals are becoming a reality.
White and brown benefits
White and brown fruits and vegetables are rich with antioxidant properties. These includes food such as garlic, which contains allicin, a substance that has antimicrobial properties and prebiotics. This will help with your gut and microbiome and as you know your digestion is one of the most vital parts of your body. Other white and brown vegetables and fruits include potatoes, mushrooms, and bananas which are all rich in potassium. Bananas are also yellow in colour which is your third chakra. This is your emotional centre best described by the nervous stomach you get when something important is about to happen. Surround yourself with yellow fruits and vegetables to assist this chakra.
Purple and blue helping your energy
Fruit and vegetables that are this colour contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. These fruits and vegetables include eggplant, red cabbage, blackcurrants and blueberries. Also, beetroot is rich in betalains, this helps to protect the body from oxidative damage. They also contain nitrates which help to widen blood vessels to allow more blood and oxygen to your muscles and in turn help you to reach your peak physical performance. Purple is the colour of your third eye chakra (or lilac if you want a lighter version). This is your intuitive faculties and blue is the throat chakra where you speak your truth. If speaking your truth is compromised and you hold down your opinions this chakra becomes blocked and you can get throat or thyroid issues more easily.
Yellow and orange for eyes and creativity
These fruits and vegetables are also good for your eye health because they contain carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that can help to filter and protect the eyes from harsh blue light that is emitted from your devices, such as T. V’s laptops and mobile phones. You will find the beta carotene in carrots, pumpkin and kumara, the lutein is found in corn, pumpkin and yellow squash and lastly the zeaxanthin is in corn and orange capsicums. Orange is the colour of your second chakra. Your sexuality and creativity. When this chakra is not working properly it is easy to feel stuck. Oranges are also a great fruit filled with vitamin C that contain this vibration and add a bit of energy to your whole body.
As you can see the process of eating the right foods for your nutrition when coupled with the right colourful vibrations for your energy help to make an all-round health program for your whole being. To read more about how food is important in your spiritual and energy practices go to my article on https://www.wellbeing.com.au/mind-spirit/spirituality/food-sacred-spirituality-affect.html . Also why not check out your local therapists that specialise in these to see how they can help you get more spice, zest and health into your life?