7 Chakras & Healthy Food
Your chakras are seven spiritual energy centres that run along the length of your spine. When they are in balance and in harmony with one another, they allow you to feel energised, healthy and whole. However, when they are off-kilter, it can lead you to feel lethargic, tired or out of touch with those around you and with yourself.
Focusing on maintaining the natural balance of the chakras can be achieved through meditation, awareness and paying close attention to what you eat. But, if these chakras are “spiritual” centres, how can something as physical as food affect them?
It’s all about energy
In physics, we learn that everything is made up of energy: you, your friends, your pets, your car, your chakras and...food. This energy can’t be created nor destroyed, merely transformed. So, with this in mind let us consider how food contributes to the functioning and harmonising of your chakras.
When you eat and digest food, that food is transformed into energy that your body needs to work. Your chakras, though non-material, can also be influenced by the food you consume. Each chakra vibrates at a certain frequency and the food that you eat also has its own energy frequency that matches those of specific chakras. Therefore, by deliberately considering which chakra needs particular attention you can create a meal that not only feeds you but your chakras!
Now you know how what you eat can aid in the optimal performance of your chakras which food groups affect what chakra?
The root chakra is located at the base of your spine and is associated with grounding yourself to the earth and your physical existence. Its colour is red, therefore eating red colour foods such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, red apples, tomatoes, red peppers or watermelon will complement this chakra.
Also, root vegetables like carrots, yams, garlic, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets or onions that have been grounded or anchored to the earth can be used to strengthen your root chakra.
For those meat lovers among you, choose meat that is high in protein. Pork, fish, chicken or beef are the ideal choices to go for if you wish to enhance your root chakra.
If you love spice, then when it comes to your root chakra use paprika, chives or pepper.
Whenever you feel somewhat disconnected from your physical life, then it’s time to add some red in your diet to give this chakra the boost that you feel it needs.
The sacral chakra is connected with water, so if you need to give this chakra a little pick-me-up ensure you have some water-based foods in your diet.
Drinking pure water or herbal tea (with a little honey added in) will do wonders in healing this chakra. For fruits, choose those which are orange in colour (as this is the colour of the sacral chakra) such as oranges, mandarins, mangoes or melons. Fruit with high water content is ideal for this chakra (as it is closely associated with water and the “flow” of your life).
WIth vegetables, also choose those that are orange like carrots, pumpkins or squash. If you want to add some additional flavour to your meal reach for cumin, ginger, turmeric, sesame seeds, sweet paprika, cinnamon or vanilla.
Solar Plexus Chakra
If you feel your self-esteem ebbing or you are losing your sense of authenticity, then its time to give your Solar Plexus Chakra some love and care. Having yellow fruit and vegetables will add in some energy that this chakra needs so make sure you have bananas, lemons, corn, pineapples, mangoes, pears, grapefruit, yellow string beans or yellow split peas as part of your daily diet regimen.
When it comes to quenching your thirst have chamomille or herbal tea. Also, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit or any other juice from a yellow fruit will help restore your Solar Plexus chakra.
For that extra zing in your meals adding ginger, peppermint, spearmint, fennel, or cumin will benefit this chakra.
The Heart chakra is the connecting bridge between the lower three chakras (Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus) and the higher three chakras (Throat, Third Eye and Crown). It is focused on love. Love for yourself and for others. When you feel that this chakra is lacking energy then it’s time to add some green into your diet.
Green, leafy vegetables will bring healing to your Heart chakra, so add spinach, bok choy, lettuce, kale or broccoli to your meals. If you have a hankering for some fruit, then grab a green apple, some limes, avocadoes or green grapes to add some energy into this chakra.
Adding basil or thyme into your meal will not only make the meal more flavoursome but it will also aid in bringing harmony to your Heart chakra. You can grab a cup of green tea or if you need a drink or make yourself a spirulina smoothie!
Being connected to communication the Throat chakra is all about expressing yourself authentically. If you struggle with speaking up for yourself or speaking the truth, it could be an indication that your Throat chakra needs some focus.
With blue as the associated colour with this chakra, it pays to have blue-coloured fruits such as blueberries in your diet. Fruit that is grown on trees can also enhance your Throat chakra so eat apples, peaches, plums or apricots. For vegetables, you should eat dolce or nori. Also, use salt or lemongrass as the spice option when cooking.
Water, fruit juices or herbal teas are the ideal drinks to restore and heal your Throat
Third Eye Chakra
Your Third Eye chakra is your psychic and intuitive centre. When you find that your intuition isn’t humming as it should or if you just want to sharpen up your sensitivity to the spirit realm then look at consuming purple-coloured (the Third Eye chakra glows violet/purple) foods.
Goji berries, purple grapes, blackberries, eggplant, purple kale, or purple carrots will help to restore calmness into this chakra. If you love nuts, then grab raw walnuts for the benefit of your Third eye chakra.
Because your pineal gland (which is where your Third Eye chakra is located) is affected by heavy metals, you can detoxify this area by having mushrooms or harvest grains as a component of your daily food intake.
When you are thirsty grab yourself some grape juice. Red wines can also benefit this chakra.
If you feel that your meal needs a bit more “oomph” to it add lavender, poppy seeds or mugwort.
By having foods dedicated to your Third Eye chakra will help awaken and restore your Third Eye senses and psychic/spiritual development.
This is the final chakra in your seven chakra system and is the portal through which you connect with the divine source and experience oneness with the universe. If you feel that you are disconnected from the divine, then look to add white coloured fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Light meals containing mushrooms, coconut, lychee, garlic, ginger or onion will help in restoring the energy into this chakra. One can also focus more on the spiritual aspect of this chakra by abstaining from food through fasting.
The main emphasis of this chakra is the spiritual connection with the divine more than the food you eat. To focus on this more ethereal aspect you can use purified, or salt, water absorbed through the skin and essential oils.
Burning incense of smudge sticks can also help restore any imbalances with your Crown chakra.
A rainbow of colours
To ensure your chakral system is functioning at its ultimate level, make sure that your daily food intake is a rainbow of colours which complements each individual chakra:
● Red (Heart Chakra)
● Orange (Sacral Chakra)
● Yellow (Solar Plexus Chakra)
● Green (Heart Chakra)
● Blue (Throat Chakra)
● Indigo/Violet (Third Eye Chakra)
When you have a variety of healthy foods in your diet you will be giving your body what it requires to perform and maintain its vitality and physical as well as mental energy. Also, the energy of the food you consume will transform and supply vibrational energy to the respective chakra centres.
Now, that is holistic eating!