Energy is the basis of all things within the universe, everyone and everything is made of energy. Energy can only be transformed; it cannot be created or destroyed. One way to transform your energy, is to fuel your body, this means nourishing yourself with healthy foods that serve a purpose.
Now, I’m sure some of you may be wondering, What the hell are chakras? And How is food going to help?
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for ‘wheel’ or ‘circle’ because when they’re balanced each chakra spin, allowing energy to flow through out our being.
Chakras are energy centers or spinning wheels of light within the body, starting with the root chakra, located at the base of the spine and traveling up to the crown chakra, located at the top of the head, stopping at the other five chakras along the way.
Did you know that you can fuel your body with foods that have specific vibrational attributes that contribute to different chakras? These foods aid in raising the vibrations and healing the chakras.
When your chakras are flowing freely and operating at their fullest potential, they continually draw energy from the source, helping to recharge and restore the natural positive flow of your chakras, resulting in higher vibrational energy, which in turn creates a better, more positive environment for us in the ‘real world’.
Every single one of us has seven chakras, seven energy centers within our body. Each one of these chakras or energy centers are in charge of different parts of your body and contribute to different areas of your life.
If a chakra is imbalanced or ‘out of whack’ the parts of your body as well as the area of your life it represents will also be imbalanced.
The 4th Chakra, located right in the center, is your Heart Chakra, this chakra is connected to your lungs, arms, hands, and most obviously, your heart. It also aids in your levels of compassion, your relationships and the ability to forgive.
If this chakra becomes blocked, stagnant or imbalanced it can cause troubles with maintaining healthy relationships, or you may also find difficulty in allowing your self to love or be loved.
If you allow this fourth energy center to be blocked for a lengthy period of time it can also manifest itself into physical symptoms such as asthma or other difficulties with breathing, heart problems such as a heart attack, or even cancers like breast or lung.
I do have good news for you though, there are many ways to clear, balance and restore your chakras before these physical symptoms ever develop, one of which is a healthy and colourful diet.
One of the best things about energy healing or energy medicine is that you can address and heal yourself before the issues manifest into physical symptoms.
One of the best ways to figure out what chakra – or in the case of many people multiple chakras – needs healing is to work with an energy healer. This can aid in targeting the energy center(s) that need help, allowing you to do what is needed to keep your energy flowing and your body healthy.
Making mindful and healthy food choices geared towards the health of your chakras is a great way to start healing your spirit and body and along with it, your life.
Eating a healthy and colourful diet will not only heal your chakras but also keep them balanced.
Whether your reasoning is to lose weight, to become healthier or even to just boost your energy levels, naturally bright and colourful foods are always the way to go to balance yourself and live your best possible life.
One thing you’ll notice as we go through the list of foods for each chakra is that the foods tend to correlate with the colours of the chakra itself, this making it easier to remember which foods serve the best healing power to each chakra.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The first chakra, known commonly as the Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and usually represented by the colour red. This chakra is physically in connection to the bones, bladder, elimination system, legs and feet. It aids in your security, and survival. This base chakra is your foundation, having great grounding abilities connecting you to the physical world and its earthly energies.
When the base chakra is unbalanced it can cause you to feel anxious, angry, fearful or frustrated.
Since the root chakra is the grounding chakra, connecting you to the earth, think of adding root vegetables to your diet to aid in your connection to earth.
A great source of proteins to serve this chakra are red beans and lentils, tofu, soy products, and nut butters
When you think vegetables remember the name of this chakra, the Root chakra.
Root vegetables such as beets, parsnips, potatoes, radishes, onions, and rutabagas are great ingredients to add to a meal and balance the base chakra. Try adding a little bit of oil, garlic, pink Himalayan salt and pepper then roast those babies for a deliciously grounding meal.
Beautiful juicy red fruits such as strawberries and raspberries, pomegranates, apples, and watermelon can aid in recharging your root chakra while also being that sweet treat we sometimes need.
Grains such as whole oats, bulgar and buckwheat supply us with complex carbs and are a valuable source of our daily fiber intake.
When shopping always opt for whole grains that include the whole kernel. Also make sure to check the ingredients to make sure that the product includes the whole grain near the top of the ingredient list.
Spices like paprika, chives and peppers can be exactly what you need for a little boost for taste and also to the healing process.
If you’re a fan of teas, whether hot or iced, rooibos and hibiscus teas are a delicious choice for healing that root chakra.
Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)
The Sacral Chakra is the second of the seven, located just below the navel, commonly represented by the colour orange. This chakra represents your emotional balance, sexuality and creativity as well as physically being connected to your reproductive system, sexual organs and circulatory system.
A healthy sacral chakra always aids balance and control in life.
This chakra is the center of the pleasure principal and the foundation for your emotional body, the sacral chakra allows you to feel your emotions, connect with others in an open and friendly way, and to also be confidently in touch with your sensuality and sexuality.
In the sacral chakra we move from the solid grounding of the first chakra to the fluidity of the second, no longer directly connected to the ground, almost as if wading into the ocean, as soon as you can no longer reach the bottom you begin to float. While the root chakra urges to create structure, the sacral pushes to let go into the fluidity of your creative power.
Nuts and seeds are a great protein for this chakra. Nuts have qualities that add strength and flow to our second energy center; great for our creativity. Coconut is a delicious option.
Vegetables that help to heal the sacral chakra include carrots, squashes and peppers. Think orange and delicious!
Sweet orange fruits like mangoes, oranges, tangerines, melons and passion fruit will help to charge your sacral chakra. These fruits, in addition to their beautiful bright colour, have a high water content which will aid in keeping this energy center open, clear and flowing, creating a more creative you.
For a boost to this energy center, add spices like cinnamon, vanilla, turmeric, ginger, or cumin to your meals for an extra dose of healing power.
Clear herbal teas will help to clear and heal this second chakra, adding spices like cinnamon and vanilla are a delicious choice for added flavor.
Add some honey or agave for an extra boost, it will aid in keeping the sacral chakra flowing.
The best thing you can ingest to keep the sacral chakra fluid and moving is water, the best being alkaline.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The Solar plexus, located just between the navel and the sternum, is the third of the seven chakras, usually identified by the colour yellow. This chakra is connected to your stomach, muscular system, adrenal glands, liver and digestive system. As the fire behind your personal power and self-esteem the solar plexus chakra is where your sense of self and authenticity reside. When powering your solar plexus, you should choose foods that will aid in transforming the energy from your first two chakras and send it to the heart chakra.
Fruits and Vegetables
Bright yellow fruits and vegetables such as yellow peppers, corn, yellow squash, lemons, bananas and pineapples aid in clearing and healing your solar plexus.
Whole grains and complex carbs like whole grain cereals, brown rice, flax seeds and sunflower seeds will provide the third chakra with the slow burning power needed to convert energy. Avoid foods that absorb quickly such as sugars processed foods and white flours.
Gut Healing Foods
Digestive friendly foods such as coconut yogurt, kombucha, and sauerkraut will aid in replenishing the good bacteria in your gut, helping digestion and keeping the energy center flowing.
Herbal teas such as chamomile, ginger and peppermint have a calming and soothing effect on your tummy, digestive system, and most of all the solar plexus chakra.
Turmeric and ginger, these two are total badass’ when it comes to healing. Both have been proven to aid in digestion and can be added to almost everything.
Heart Chakra (Anahat)
This fourth chakra, usually identified by its bright green colour is located right in the center of your chest, ruling over your heart and lungs. This is the center of love and compassion, both for self and others. Being the middle chakra, this energy center is all about balance, balance in relationships, life, environment and most of all coming into balance within yourself.
When you think of the heart chakra, the colour green should come to mind, this is all you need to think when it comes to the vegetables that help to balance this chakra.
In Chinese medicine green vegetables maintain the equilibrium meaning it is neither yin nor yang. This is essential for the health of this chakra as it is based on balance.
Leafy nutrient-rich veggies like kale, dandelion greens, spinach, chard, lettuce, bok choy, collard greens and broccoli, will pump your heart chakra full of energy and help to heal it.
Lima beans and mung beans are also great healing foods for this energy point.
Green alkalizing fruits such as green apples, avocado, and limes will aid in a higher consciousness to balance the heart chakra
Basil, cilantro, oregano and thyme will help with charging this chakra.
Green teas will keep your heart chakra healthy and thriving.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The throat chakra is the fifth of the seven and is located in, you guessed it, the center of your throat. This chakra is a connection hub between your heart and third eye chakras, allowing for you to vocalize/express your thoughts and feelings. This is the first of the spiritual chakras and the gateway between the physical and spiritual dimensions where you connect to the true essence of yourself.
This chakra represents responsibility, communication and will-power, and is connected to the throat, respiratory system and thyroid. Having an unbalanced throat chakra can manifest into a sore throat or a cold as a result of being unable to express ourselves.
Speak your truth, it’s the best medicine for this chakra.
Naturally blue foods, though hard to come by are best for healing this chakra. Blueberries (wild are best) and blue raspberries are a great option.
Aside from naturally blue foods, kelp and fruits that grow on trees are also perfect for balancing the throat chakra. These fruits include plums, peaches, apples, pears, figs and apricots.
Hydrating your body with liquids like herbal teas, water (alkaline is best) and fresh pressed fruit juices (no preservatives or added sugars) will help in keeping your throat chakra clear and healthy.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The third eye or brow chakra is the sixth of the seven chakras. This minds eye is where you tap into a wisdom from beyond the physical dimension, it provides great insights that will aid in solving any problems.
This chakra is located in the center of your forehead, just above the brows and connected to the forehead, temples, eyes and pineal gland. This is the first of the seven chakras located on the head instead of the body/torso, meaning the nature of this energy center is a little different than the five before it. This energy center has the power of amazing gifts such as intuition, wisdom, thoughts, perception and in some, psychic gifts and abilities.
The third eye chakra is represented by indigo, a colour that illustrates peace and tranquility. This chakra is all about intuition and the abilities to sense and know.
This is one of the chakras where water is a must. We all at one point have experienced that brain fog where we just can’t seem to soak in information, that’s because we haven’t hydrated ourselves enough. For our mind or minds eye to work we need the clarity that proper hydration brings.
Hydration is key to keep this chakra balanced and flowing.
Try alkaline water to aid in better hydration and removing toxic metal components from the body, this will aid in a healthier body over all but most important your third eye chakra will be open and spinning freely.
Nuts and Seeds
Poppy seeds, activated and/or sprouted almonds, and raw walnuts are all nutrient dense antioxidant foods that will give power to your third eye chakra.
Purple fruits like acai, goji berries, grapes, and blackberries are more foods jam packed full of antioxidants and supply us with a mega dose of much needed nutrients. These foods improve the functions of the third eye chakra.
Foods like mushrooms and harvest grains are the perfect foods to remove heavy metals that are in our bodies due to our daily activities and environment.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The crown chakra is the last of the seven chakras and it is located at the utmost top of the head and represented by a vibrant violet or white. This is an extremely powerful chakra as this is the home of your shining spiritual center and your connection to the source.
This chakra is different than the others because it is more spirit that earth, so to nourish this energy center you need sources other than food. This includes love and a connection to the Divine.
For this chakra, light meals or fasting and detoxifying while engaging in spirit enhancing activities such as yoga and meditation can empower your crown chakra.
Smudging and burning incense using herbs like copal, myrrh, juniper, frankincense and most famously, sage, can aid in awakening your crown chakra to its highest form of spiritual communication, calming the buzzing energy around you to create a deep sense of calm and awakening.
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