The Solar Plexus Chakra controls digestion which is the source of nutrition for the body. The liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and intestines work together to take the flames of the Solar Plexus Chakra and use them to burn and digest food as a source for human energy that can lead to consciousness. Good food provides the basic material that is broken down and turned into specifically human bio-energy.
As you are learning in the ASCEND lessons, it is not just food that provides energy, it is the process of digestion and the total annihilation of the food that causes the human body to take the digested substance and turn it into a new substance that can be assimilated into the biological energy of the human body.
Enzymes produced in the pancreas need enzymes from the outside world to combine to create human proteins that nourish the body. Living amino acids and enzymes are the key to good digestion which provides the energy needed to spiritually develop or ascend.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is also related to your family, relatives, and cultural habits. Most eating habits arise in the family and are often kept for life. Nutrition and healthy digestion usually comes from our family's culture. Too often, nutrition is unconsciously absorbed through our environment and little is understood about what to eat and why. Enzymes are seldom thought about in the American diet and enzyme depleted food causes poor digestion which in turn causes low energy and digestion problems. These unconscious habits turn to illness, which then can distract and hinder the efforts of spiritual development.
The energy from the lower part of the body blocks the Heart Chakra from activating fully because the lack of proper ego development, indulgence in lower desires, poor exercise habits and bad food and water may deplete the flames of spiritual consciousness. The energy of the lower chakras often cannot make it to the beginning place of spiritual development, the Heart Chakra.
The Solar Plexus is like a second heart that is fed by habits of the lower body. Everything we take in from the outer world must be transformed by the lower chakras and made as an offering to the heart. This is why it is so important that the spiritual aspirant work to cleanse and harmonize the lower chakras if he/she wants to see progress in spiritual development.