If you feel physical or energetic tension—pain, even—around your heart in the days, weeks, or months following an intense breakup, it's not just in your head.
Breakups can have a direct impact on what's known as your heart chakra, which is one of seven energetic centers located within the body. The heart chakra is deeply tied to our relationships, both with ourselves and with others—it's where we find our true self, our self-love, and our ability to truly love others. When an important bond with another person is severed, it can disrupt the heart chakra and lead to perceptible changes in the energy and health of the body.
How chakras can affect our emotional and physical health.
The cells in our bodies emit energy in different ways with different frequencies depending on where they are located within the body. There are seven different major energy centers—otherwise known as chakras—throughout the body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, through which this energy can flow in and out in a constant stream. Our chakras are essentially the link between our energetic and physical bodies, and they constitute the universal life force energy that connects us environmentally and spiritually.
It's believed that each chakra vibrates or spins at a particular frequency that affects specific biological processes and organ systems in our body. The circulation of energy in each of our chakras influences our physical as well as our mental well-being by way of stimulation or inhibition. For example, the heart chakra energy is believed to influence the physical health of the heart, the lungs, the thymus gland, immune system, and our cardiac plexus.
In order to have optimal health, it's important to maintain a constant flow of energy from our chakras, as our bodies use this energy on a cellular level to maintain homeostasis of all our organ systems.
Where the heart chakra is and what hurts it.
Our heart chakra is the fourth chakra and the most powerful energy center in our body. Located in the chest, the heart chakra is connected to our cardiovascular and circulatory health but also to our emotional ability to give and receive love and compassion.
Associated with the color green, the heart chakra is considered the bridge between our thoughts and spirituality. It is all about balance, with yourself, your relationships, and the environment around you. In Chinese spiritual philosophy, it is considered neither yin nor yang, so keeping an open and equilibrium center is essential to the health and vibrancy of this chakra.
When the heart chakra is balanced, the energy flows from the higher chakras to the emotional body through the heart. In order for emotions to flow freely, the heart chakra must be in balance with the other chakras in the body. When the heart chakra is balanced and open, you experience flow, love, happiness, tolerance, empathy, optimism, generosity, kindness, nurture, forgiveness, and expansion. Conversely, when the heart chakra is blocked, unaligned, or not spinning, there is less compassion, less peace, and more uncontrollable emotions such as sadness, grief, fear, stress, anger, greed, loneliness, self-judgment, anxiety, restlessness, paranoia, and overall unhappiness.
These emotions and blocks in the heart chakra can manifest itself physically into heart conditions such chest pain, poor circulation, high or low blood pressure, hypertension, heart palpitations, adrenal fatigue, lung and respiratory issues, infection, and overall weakened immune system. These issues can even lead to addiction, depression, extreme burnout, and even susceptibility to severe disease.
When we go through breakups, our heart chakras can be affected in many ways. Depending on how "tough" the breakup is, the energy in our heart chakras may stop flowing or close, may spin in the wrong direction, or may fall out of alignment with the other chakras in our body. As a result, we can experience any combination of the negative circumstances above. And we have all been there—we have all experienced heartache and effects of an imbalanced or closed heart chakra.
How to fix your heart chakra with food.
Luckily, food is energy, food is prana, and we become what we eat. For thousands of years, people have used food as a healer, as medicine, and as a way to connect the healing properties of the food we eat to the areas of our bodies in need of physical and energetic support.
Different kinds of foods and food groups are believed to directly affect the health of our chakras, as well as offer healing when our chakras are imbalanced or closed. Since the color of the fourth chakra is green, the foods considered best to eat for our energy of our heart center are green foods, plants, and herbs. Green vegetables and fruit in particular carry the energy of biophotons, which have been shown to potentially have healing effects.
Benefits of these heart chakra healing foods include:
- High in essential fatty acids
- Vitamin B's and vitamin C
- Naturally occurring nitrate
- Calcium, magnesium, selenium, and other essential minerals
- Offer oxygenating effects
- Cleansing of the blood
- Promote circulation
- Excellent for overall physical heart health
By including foods that resonate in vibration and color with the heart chakra during or after a breakup, you can empower yourself to feel more energetic, more aligned, and more at peace. When you coordinate what you eat with the heart chakra when it feels out of balance, you can holistically and energetically support both your emotional and physical bodies, raise your vibrations, and maybe even help heal that broken heart.
Try to reach for these groups of foods:
- Green vegetables: All leafy greens, spinach, seakale beet, chard, artichokes, asparagus, broccolini, celery, cucumbers, green capsicums (peppers), leeks, lettuce, winter melon, bitter melon, okra, watercress, green beans, broccoli, zucchinis, snow peas, green peas, kale, rocket, Asian greens, escarole, romaine, lima beans, mung beans, Bok choy, choy sum, dandelion, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, fennel, pepitas, pistachio nuts, capers, green lentils, all forms of sprouts
- Green fruits: avocado, limes, honeydew melons, kiwi fruit, green grapes, green apples, green pears, olives
- Green superfoods: spirulina, seaweed, chlorella, chlorophyll, wheatgrass, barley greens, aloe vera, matcha, green tea
- Green herbs: parsley, coriander/cilantro, shallots, basil, green pesto, sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint, tarragon, scallions, peppermint, marjoram, Sweet Annie, lady’s mantle, Angelica, hops, nettle, Tulsi
- Oils: extra-virgin olive oil—cold-pressed, hemp oil, avocado oil
These foods are also highly alkalizing, oxygenating, and cleansing for our bodies, which also creates a better environment for nutrient absorption at a cellular level. As these foods nourish our physical bodies, we become more aware and more connected to our heart chakra, which optimizes healing and love.
Whether you're in the middle of a breakup—or even when you're happily flying solo or partnered up—it's ideal to enjoy whole organic food that has been grown locally with love, made with love, and served with love. Food that has been tended to with love has even more love energy and is ideal for nurturing an imbalanced heart chakra.
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