What are Blue, Red and Green energies?

We are all energy

Ayurveda and Yoga acknowledge three fundamental energies working together to operate your body. The same energies exist in everyone and everything.

This might sound confusing but it’s actually a simpler way of looking at what’s happening in your body (and around you) to keep yourself well.

We’ve called these three energies ‘Blue’, ‘Red’ and ‘Green’ to make them easier to understand! Knowing their basic properties takes you a long way:

  • Blue energy moves things
  • Red energy changes things
  • Green energy build things

Blue energy allows things like nerve signals to move through your body and food through your gut. Too much Blue energy can make you agitated or cause bloating.

Red energy is responsible for your body’s metabolism; as an example, too much can give you the sweats or the runs.

Green energy builds things like cells, tissues and bones. Too much Green energy can make you gain weight.

Each energy also has a particular effect on your mind just like it does on your body.

The three (biological) energies combined, add up to 100% so, as one energy drops, the others increase. All three work together to keep you ticking over.

We are all different

Now here’s what makes us all different. We’re all born with different amounts of each energy; just like we are born with DNA that’s specific to us.

So your natural wellbeing state will rely on a different percentage of each energy from what someone else has. This determines if your body is bigger, thinner or more muscular than them, for example.

We don’t need to aim to have an equal amount of each energy; we just need to keep to the proportions we were born with to stay in our best mental or physical state. This is our natural balance and is different for each of us.

When these energies are disrupted, they impact our natural state of balance and cause illness (dis-ease).

So, if one or more energies become too high or low, you can tackle that by eating a specific food that’s either low or high in that energy.

Superfied makes wellbeing easier

Superfied has done the hard work for you – it finds out what your natural level of each energy is (that determines your body type) and recommends the foods that will help to stay well.

And it works out which energies might be too high or low on a given day and takes that into account too.

Each time, Superfied flags foods that will support your wellbeing with green thumbs and those that won’t with red thumbs. As things change with you, so do your food recommendations.

The natural foods recommended for you are all in your Superfied food list. You can also search for energy-balancing foods using the search bar.

Learn more about the Blue, Red and Green energies in the ‘Know your Body Type’ guide

So, use these energies to health yourself – it’s your secret weapon to being Superfied!

What is Ayurveda?

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the original self-care system designed to maximise quality and longevity of life by managing mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Food is the central pillar of Ayurveda, supported by exercise and mindfulness.

It’s thousands of years old (possibly well over 5000 years), originated in India and comes from the same source of knowledge as yoga. It shares the same foundations and you can think of it as yoga with food.

The translation of Ayurveda is ‘knowledge of life’ (‘ayur’ means ‘life’ or ‘vital power’ and ‘ved’ means ‘knowledge’). Well before the periodic table, the brain and human DNA were mapped, Ayurveda had established the key biological relationships that we use for healthcare today.

Ayurveda is about maximising quality and longevity of life

Ayurveda works on the idea that, with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals, you can look after yourself and prevent serious illness from arising. Animals naturally self-care but we’ve lost the knack and since we are a more complicated beast a textbook is useful!

Ayurveda is a big part of the primary healthcare system in India and used by millions of people every day to stay well. Its status as a health care system is also recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). As with yoga until recently, Ayurveda is relatively unknown outside of south-east Asia and research into its benefits has been limited due to funding. This is now changing as the need for self-care (preventative health) becomes more important in modern societies.

Sound familiar?

Here are five things Ayurveda confirmed thousands of years ago:

1. Stress pushes our mind and body out of its natural balance (creating ‘dis-ease’)

2. All disease starts in the gut

3. Good digestion is critical to good health

4. Every food is a superfood and is medicinal

5. One size doesn’t fit all – we are all built differently (versions of core ‘body types’)

Find out about body types

Ayurveda and Superfied

Since Ayurveda is thousands of years old and very deep and philosophical, we aim to streamline the basics, make them accessible and integrate them with modern know-how. The best of old and new for simple, effective self-care that everyone can follow. No fads, no fuss, no straitjacket – just fun!

Take your first step to being Superfied

 

What are body types?

Keep an open mind…

Ok, so you might be pretty sceptical about body types if you’ve not come across the idea before. Well, the principle is not any different to personality types or blood types. We’re all people but we’re all different – and there are some common building blocks that make us that way.

Body types first became documented over 5000 years ago in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Traditional medicine systems since then have all used body types in their application, including Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Persian-Arabic and Tibetan. 

Today’s doctors take the Hippocratic Oath but may not be aware that Hippocrates based his approach on ‘four humours’. Beyond his famous quote “let food be your medicine”, lies the principle that not any food can be used for any cure. One person’s cure may be another person’s cause!

One size doesn’t fit all

That’s one reason why we don’t all like the same foods or benefit from the same diet. We’re now in the age of the gut biome, epigenetics and heading towards personalised drugs. The ‘one-size fits all’ approach to wellbeing is starting to look out of date now.

Body types allow semi-personalised wellbeing. For totally personalised wellbeing, progressive healthcare practitioners are a good go-to. For day-to-day self-care, body types are a good foundation. Easier to master yourself and stay well. 

Superfied uses body types as a foundation for wellbeing and then layers additional factors on top. We match you to one of 10 body types as a first step to personalisation. They are all based on three primary ‘types’ which correlate to multiple holistic (whole-person) health approaches.

Superfied Body Types Translated
SuperfiedBlueRedGreen
Ayurvedic DoshaVataPittaKapha
SomatypeEctomorph                 Mesomorph          Endomorph                          
Kretschmer Const.AsthenicAthleticEndomorph                          
Greek ConstitutionHypersthenicSthenicHypoasthenic / Asthenic
Body Types and Elements

Ancient medical systems all work on the principle that basic elements combine to create energy. Whilst different systems have different names and interpretations of biological energy, they all draw on a handful of elements that are the building blocks for everything. 

Our modern periodic table currently consists of 118 elements (five blocks). In the old days, they were rationalised into five elements. If you’re going to look after yourself, it’s easier to get your head around five than 118.

Putting some energy into the equation

All the original medical systems work on the basis of disruptions of ‘biological energy’ causing illness (dis-ease). It feels modern medicine is starting to head that way too – it could be back to the future in terms of energy harmonisation to stay well.

To modern ears it might sounds like nonsense but martial arts work on the principle of energy manipulation and modern physics also suggests that everything in the universe is energy. The biological impact of these energies in modern parlance can help connect old and new.

Blue Energy >> electrical energy (e.g. for driving functions like nerve signals)
Red Energy >> thermal energy (e.g. for driving functions like enzyme production)
Green Energy >> potential energy (e.g. for maintaining muscle and tissues)

Body types are just a way of expressing when a particular combination of elements (and the resulting energy) is more dominant in our physical and mental makeup (our genotype and phenotype respectively). Different systems have different ways of approaching this and different labels for each.

Superfied Energies Translated
SuperfiedBlueRedGreen
Ayurvedic DoshaVataPittaKapha
UnaniHawaKhunBalgam
Homeopathic MiasmsSycosisSyphilisPsora
Sound ok for self-care?

Well, hopefully that helps you get a bit more familiar with body types, where they come from and how they can be used to health yourself. 

Hopefully you can also see that old thinking and new thinking is actually more aligned than you may have expected. After all, modern medicine and healthcare is a series of progressive steps from way back and we haven’t evolved that much since then! Both have their place in today’s world. 

The advantage of knowing your body type it that it can help you get a bit more personal with your self-care. Being self-sufficient and staying well is in your hands!

Read more about body types in this Superfied guide

Find out your body type with the Superfied assessment

 

Can eating be treating?

If you buy into the idea that food is a foundation for good health, then it’s probably not a stretch to think of food as medicine – your first line of defence against ‘disease’.

So, do all foods have medicinal benefits or just the ‘superfoods’? Well, every food is a superfood. Every tree, every leaf, every flower has a medicinal benefit. It’s a case of knowing what that benefit is and matching it to your needs. That’s a science that the ancients mastered and we’ve lost touch with a lot of it – but not all of it.

We can eat our way back to better health

The ground-up root that is turmeric, for example, is a staple of Asian cooking and has been used for thousands of years in the East as both a medicine and ingredient, verified by modern medicine. It’s not just turmeric; the same is true for foods like garlic, onions, beetroot, honey…the list goes on; foods we all know and have been eaten for thousands, if not tens of thousands, of years and are embedded in cultures across the world. Today they’ve become ingredients in familiar tasting meals but to our ancestors, they were more likely to be medicines in a bowl.

EVERY FOOD IS A SUPERFOOD. EVERY TREE, EVERY LEAF, EVERY FLOWER HAS A MEDICINAL BENEFIT

The medical benefits of most staple foods are known and accessible so there’s no reason why we can’t start eating our way to perfect health. “Well I eat lots of healthy food and I’m not in perfect health so what’s that’s about?” Well, not all foods are good for all folk. That’s because we’re all different so we need the right foods, not just any foods – eating whole foods is great but doesn’t mean you’ll be perfectly balanced because of that.

Food medicine

Getting balanced depends on your specific biological makeup and needs. One person’s (food) medicine is another person’s poison. That’s why eating a salad doesn’t work for everyone or, for example, why some people love raw onions and others can’t stand them. It’s also why some people have allergic reactions to certain foods; your body doesn’t want a particular food because it doesn’t need it or can’t cope with it and it tells you pretty quickly.

As time goes by, your body’s needs change and so should your diet. That’s not only true month-to-month throughout the year but year-on-year through your life. Get it right, and your body will continue to pass its MOT, otherwise, you’ll be spending more time in the garage!

To find out more, read our ‘Rethink your wellbeing’ guide

Banking on miracle pills?

We’ve become a pill popping culture. Headache? Pop a pill. Backache? Pop a pill. Got a cold? Pop a pill… in many cases it’s the same one! In the UK alone, in 2017, the NHS reported that it handed out more than 1.1 billion prescriptions (yes, that’s right, a billion) for a population of just over 60 million!! That’s up 37% in ten years. The US spends more money on healthcare (twice the spend on drugs per person) than any other developed nation in the world and yet has the lowest life expectancy among any of them. And despite all the medical advances, the World Health Organisation has warned that chronic illnesses are actually on the rise. Ok, it’s not as simple as that but you get picture. Food for thought.

We live in a pill-popping culture

Let’s be honest, there’s a certain ease about popping a pill. “My doc said it was ok; my chemist said it was ok; hell, the manufacturer said it was ok – and they were on telly so they must know what they’re on about. Anyway, it worked so shove off, leave me alone and go tell someone who gives a cares..blah, blah, blah”.

THE US SPENDS MORE MONEY ON HEALTHCARE PER HEAD THAN ANY DEVELOPED NATION AND YET HAS THE LOWEST LIFE EXPECTANCY

Well think about this. It costs over $1.5 billion and takes up to 12 years4 for big pharma to bring a new drug to market – and it’s almost impossible to know every side effect of a new drug since there are millions of permutations (which is why it takes so long and cost so much). The body is a complex beast when you’re trying to orchestrate things at a cellular level. The famous blue pill that’s given many men a new lease of life was actually a side effect in the treatment of hypertension! So, do the maths – unless you’re a charity, you’d want to make that money back, right? A win-win??

Knock-on effects

Do you know anyone who’s had major health scare and come out of hospital – well check their prescriptions list – so many pills! A couple of drugs for the problem, another two or three to counter their side effects, then another couple for the knock-on effects. Yep, they’re alive but a change in attitude now could be a good insurance policy against that kind of routine for the rest of your life.

To find out more, read our ‘Rethink your wellbeing’ guide

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