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The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra, also called Vishuddha, is the fifth energy centre and is the voice of our bodies. Located at the centre of the neck at the level of the throat, it is the portal to communicate and express our thoughts, emotions, and feelings of the other chakras through sound in a way that is authentic and true.

The Throat chakra provides us with the tools to speak our voice, to choose at every moment, and to move in the direction of our authenticity. When we don’t act authentically, we’re throwing away the gifts of the Throat chakra. A good example of this is when someone says “yes”, but means “no”.

THE THROAT CHAKRA GIVES US THE POWER TO SPEAK OUR TRUE, AND TO MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES FOR OUR HIGHEST GOOD.

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SIGNS OF AN OPEN AND BALANCED THROAT CHAKRA

The energy of this centre is flowing freely when you…

  • Flow in harmony and speak your truth from a place of enlightenment and love instead of resentment or hate.
  • Use loving and thoughtful words to communicate with others, even in difficult situations where arguments arise.
  • Your words are congruent with your actions.
  • Have the ability to read between the lines of what other people are trying to say.

SIGNS OF AN UNBALANCED THROAT CHAKRA

You might have some imbalances in the Throat chakra if you…

  • Struggle to express your thoughts, feelings, ideas, needs or emotions.
  • Find difficult to listen to others because you are busy expressing your own thoughts and ideas.
  • Tend to overeat even when you’re not hungry.
  • Find very difficult to speak your truth for fear such as fear of judgement or ridicule.
  • Have or had bulimia or anorexia.
  • Your voice becomes raspy when attempting to express yourself.

PHYSIOLOGY OF THE THROAT CHAKRA

The Throat chakra embodies body functions such as talking, hearing, swallowing, chewing, smelling, tasting and breathing.

We experience food through this energy centre by smelling, tasting, chewing and swallowing so it’s no surprise the Throat chakra is essential for our connection with food. It determines and chooses the food we feed our bodies.

ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE THROAT CHAKRA:

• Cheeks
• Chin
• Ears
• Larynx
• Lips
• Mouth
• Neck

• Nose
• Pharynx
• Thyroid gland
• Throat
• Tongue
• Upper oesophagus

FOODS FOR COMMUNICATION AND TRUTH

Foods that balance the Throat chakra are usually foods that combine the elements of the lower chakras: Root chakra symbolizes the earth, Sacral chakra, water; Solar plexus chakra, fire; and Heart chakra, air.

SEA PLANTS (Water – Earth)

Plants that represent the earth element but they can also live in the water are great sources for nourishing the Throat chakra. 

Symbolically, these plants strengthen the connection between the Root (Earth), and Sacral (Water) chakras, and therefore, the Throat chakra can serve as an anchor to the lower chakras.

Sea plants are rich in minerals from the sea, such as iodine. 

Iodine is an essential nutrient that helps to maintain a healthy thyroid gland.

Our thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroid hormones, which help control growth, repair damaged cells and support a healthy metabolism. (1)

One of the symptoms of an iodine deficiency is swelling in the neck.

These sea plants include: nori, agar, dulsehijiki, and arame.

SOUPS, SAUCES AND JUICES (Earth-Water)

Soups are the perfect combination of the earth-based food and the element of water. Similar to sea plants, they also support the Root and Sacral chakras.

Check out this recipe for nourishing the Root, Sacral and Throat chakras.

Sauces represent the connection between earth and water. Unlike soups of juices, sauces are served along with mains or puddings, providing extra flavour to the dishes.

Juices are excellent to connect the Throat chakra with all the lower chakras. Nowadays, we can make all kind of juices such as green juices, for the Heart chakra; red fruit juices, for the Root chakra, and orange or carrot juices, for the Sacral chakra. However, if we have juices regularly, they could cause an excess of energy in the Throat chakra, and eventually, an unbalance in the Solar Plexus chakra due to the increased amount of simple sugars.

HIGH-WATER FRUITS

The fifth chakra is sensitive to certain fruits since it is the house of our senses.

High-water fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, and grapes provide the Throat chakra with enough moisture to open it and make it receptive to and comfortable to speak the truth. Other sour fruits like lemons, limes and kiwi activate the Throat chakra to drive away untruths.

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BLUE-COLOURED FOODS

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Are there natural sky blue-coloured foods our there?! The answer is nope.

But since the Throat chakra is already feeding itself with the energies coming from the lower chakras, it doesn’t need to resonate with this colour.

RECIPES FOR THE THROAT CHAKRA

Resource: Chakra foods for Optimum health by Deanna M. Minich, Ph.D., C.N. | (1) Healthline

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.