What are Blue, Red and Green energies?

We are all energy

According to physics, our universe and everything in it boils down to energy. We are all products of energy – and that energy is dynamic. Before the period table, the ancient medical systems rationalised life into a set of energies that exist in everything – including us.

Ayurveda shares the same source and philosophy as yoga and both acknowledge three fundamental energies working together to operate all biological functions of your body. The same energies exist in everyone and everything.

This might sound alien but it’s actually a simple 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. They work together to operate all of your – and nature’s – processes. Knowing the basic properties of these three energies is really helpful for your self-care:

  • Blue energy moves things (kinetic / vata energy)
  • Red energy converts things (thermal / pitta energy)
  • Green energy builds and stores things (potential / kapha energy)

Blue energy enables 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 and holds things in place like cells, tissues and bones. Too much Green energy leads weight gain.

Each energy has a particular effect on both your body and mind. These three (biological) energies add up to 100% so, as one energy drops, the others increase. All three work together to keep you ticking over.

When they’re working as they should, you will be in a perfect state of harmony (balance) resulting in a smooth flow of the energy that’s referred to as ‘qi’, ‘prana’, ‘life-force’ etc – it’s the key to wellbeing. This results in all your physical and mental biological functions operating like clockwork.

But any disruption to the natural order of things results in a state of mental and/or physical imbalance. It’s the same for us and our planet – breaking nature’s flow leads to trouble!

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 a blood group that’s specific to us.

One or two of these energies is likely to be naturally dominant and our mix of the three constitute our ‘body type’ (Red, Blue and Green body types are dominant in Red, Blue and Green energies respectively).

It means your natural state of wellbeing relies on a different percentage of each energy than someone else’s. For example, your proportion of the three energies determines if your body is bigger, thinner or more muscular than someone else’s;  each body type has its own specific characteristics.

So, the goal is not to have an equal amount of each energy; just to maintain the specific proportions you were born with. This is your natural balance (best mental and physical state) and it’s different for each of us.

Remember, when these energies are disrupted, they impact your natural state of balance, leading to 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. By doing so you can restore your balance.

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!