Food for the Chakras
Chakras are spinning “wheels of light” or energy centers in the body that start at the root chakra at the base of the spine, and travel up to the crown chakra at the top of your head, stopping at five other points along the way. When your chakras are open and operating at their fullest, they draw fresh energy in from the unified field that replenishes and nourishes your personal energy field and keeps you healthy. Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. They are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions.
The 7 chakras of the human body govern the circulation of energy and the related physical as well mental wellness within the entire system. You need to consume different kinds of food groups to feed your specific chakras. This can help in restoration of the original functions of these chakras and in turn cure any associated ailments. Now that you are aware of the importance of chakra balancing foods, make sure to add them to your diet. Chakras have been depicted as a funnel of sorts with smaller funnels within the funnel. They are also often referred to as looking like lotus flowers.
The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. If we were able to see the chakras as many(psychics, in fact, do) we would observe a wheel of energy continuously revolving or rotating. Clairvoyants perceive chakras as colorful wheels or flowers with a hub in the center. The chakras begin at the base of the spine and finish at the top of the head. Though fixed in the central spinal column they are located on both the front and back of the body, and work through it. Each chakra vibrates or rotates at a different speed. The root or first chakra rotates at the slowest speed, the crown or seventh chakra at the highest speed. Each chakra is stimulated by its own and complimentary color, and a range of gemstones for specific uses. The chakra colors are of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the wheels vary with individual development, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress.
If the chakras are not balanced, or if the energies are blocked, the basic life force will be slowed down. The individual may feel listless, tired, out of sorts, or depressed. Not only will physical bodily functions be affected so diseases may manifest, but the thought processes and the mind may also be affected. A negative attitude, fear, doubt, etc. may preoccupy the individual.A constant balance between the chakras promotes health and a sense of well being.
If the chakras are opened to much, a person could literally short circuit themselves with too much universal energy going through the body. If the chakras are closed, this does not allow for the universal energy to flow through them properly which may also lead to dis-ease. Most of us react to unpleasant experiences by blocking our feeling and stopping a great deal of our natural energy flow.
This affects the maturation and development of the chakras. Whenever a person blocks whatever experience he is having, he in turn blocks his chakras, which eventually become disfigured. When the chakras are functioning normally, each will be open, spinning clockwise to metabolize the particular energies needed from the universal energy field. Any imbalances that exist within any chakra may have profound effects upon either our physical or emotional bodies.
First / Root Chakra – Muladhara in Sanskrit. The root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone in back, and the pubic bone in front. This center holds the basic needs for survival, security and safety. The root chakra is powerfully related to our contact with the Earth Mother, providing us with the ability to be grounded into the earth plane. This is also the center of manifestation. When you are trying to make things happen in the material world, business or material possessions, the energy to succeed will come from the first chakra. If this chakra is blocked an individual may feel fearful, anxious, insecure and frustrated. Problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, and knee troubles can occur. Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs. The colors used for this chakra are red, brown and black.The gemstones are Garnet, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, and Black Tourmaline.
The root chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings.
A man¹s sexual organs are located primarily in his first chakra, so male sexual energy is usually experienced primarily as physical. A women’s sexual organs are located primarily in her second chakra, so female sexual energy is usually experienced primarily as emotional. Both chakras are associated with sexual energy.
Second /Sacral Chakra – Swadhisthana. The second chakra is often referred to as the belly or sacral chakra. It is located two inches below the navel and is rooted into the spine. This center holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, and emotions. It governs peoples sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way. It¹s influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed in the family during childhood. Proper balance in this chakra means the ability to flow with emotions freely and to feel and reach out to others sexually or not. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex or may lack energy. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms. Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine. The main color used with this chakra is orange. The gemstones are Carnelian Agate, Orange Calcite and Tigers Eye.Orange is a very high energy color. Its creativity juices are extremely intoxicating and sweet tasting. Wearing orange is fun and can make you feel quite playful. Artists love dabbling with orange hues. Orange screams with sexual energy too, not surprising since orange is associated with the sacral chakra. Because of its highly-charged intensity some people cannot comfortably wear this color. Adorning yourself with an orange accent piece can add a hint of playfulness.A well-functioning sacral chakra helps maintain a healthy yin-yang balance. Although the sacral chakras is primarily considered the sexual energy center, it is also the center where individual creativity resides.
Third /Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura. The third chakra is referred to as the solar plexus chakra. It is located two inches below the breastbone in the center behind the stomach. The third chakra is the center of personal power, the place of ego , of passions, impulses, anger and strength. It is also the center for astral travel and astral influences, receptivity of spirit guides and for psychic development. When the Third Chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, worry about what others think, feel that others are controlling your life, and may be depressed.The solar plexus chakra defines our self-esteem. The personality (EGO) that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra. Physical problems may include digestive difficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies. When balanced you may feel cheerful, outgoing, have self-respect, expressive, enjoy taking on new challenges, and have a strong sense of personal power. The body parts for this chakra include the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and small intestine. The main color for this chakra is yellow. The gemstones are Citrine, Topaz, and Yellow Calcite.The solar plexus chakra defines our self-esteem. The personality (EGO) that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra.In opening your third chakra, you may reach deep into your own sense of self and find your balance or boundary point. This point is the use of personal power as a weaver of inner and outer power. You have the power to create and accomplish, rather than the power over something or someone. In other words, you have the ability to manifest in the physical world.
Fourth /Heart Chakra – Anahata. The fourth chakra is referred to as the heart chakra. It is located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This is the center for love, compassion and spirituality. This center directs one¹s ability to love themselves and others, to give and to receive love. This is also the chakra connecting body and mind with spirit. Almost everyone today has a hard, hurt, or broken heart, and it is no accident that heart disease is the number one killer in America today. Deep heart hurts can result in aura obstructions called heart scars. When these scars are released, they raise a lot of old pain, but free the heart for healing and new growth. When this chakra is out of balance you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love. Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficult in breathing. When this chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture others and see the good in everyone. Body parts for the fourth chakra include heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back. The main colors used are pink and green. The gemstones are Rose Quartz, Kunzite, and Watermelon tourmaline.
Fifth/Throat Chakra – Vishuddha. The fifth chakra is referred to as the throat chakra. It is located in the V of the collarbone at the lower neck and is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought , speech, and writing. The possibility for change, transformation and healing are located here. The throat is where anger is stored and finally let go of. When this chakra is out of balance you may want to hold back, feel timid, be quiet, feel weak, or can¹t express your thoughts. Physical illnesses or ailments include, hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations, and back pain. When this chakra is balanced you may feel balanced, centered, musically or artistically inspired, and may be a good speaker. Body parts for the fifth chakra are throat, neck, teeth, ears, and thyroid gland. The main color used is light blue. The gemstones are Aquamarine and Azurite. The throat chakra is our voice center. It is through our spoken word that we express ourselves to others. The healthfulness of this chakra is signified by how openly and honestly a person expresses himself or herself. A challenge to the throat chakra is for us to express ourselves in the most truthful manner. Falsehoods and half-truths energetically pollute the throat chakra. This behavior violates both our bodies and spirits. Repressing our anger or displeasure by ignoring our feelings through evasive sweet talk, or silence, will manifest into throat imbalances such as strep throat, laryngitis, speech impediments, and so on.
Sixt / Third Eye Chakra – Ajna. The sixth chakra is referred to as the third eye or brow chakra. It is located above the physical eyes on the center of the forehead. This is the center for psychic ability, higher intuition, the energies of spirit and light. It also assists in the purification of negative tendencies and in the elimination of selfish attitudes. Through the power of the sixth chakra, you can receive guidance, channel, and tune into your Higher Self. When this chakra is not balanced you may feel non-assertive, afraid of success, or go the opposite way and be egotistical. Physical symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, blindness, and eyestrain. When this chakra is balanced and open you are your own master with no fear of death, are not attached to material things, may experience telepathy, astral travel, and past lives. Sixth chakra body parts include the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine system. The main colors are purple and dark blue. The gemstones are Amethyst, Sodalite, and Lapis Lazuli.
Seventh / Crown Chakra – Sahasrara. The seventh chakra is referred to as the crown chakra. It is located just behind the top of the skull. It is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought and energy. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom, and brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. This is also the center of conection with the Goddess (God), the place where life animates the physical body. The silver cord that connects the aura bodies extends from the crown. The soul comes into the body through the crown at birth and leaves from the crown at death. When this chakra is unbalanced there may be a constant sense of frustration, no spark of joy, and destructive feelings. Illnesses may include migraine headaches and depression. Balanced energy in this chakra may include the ability to open up to the Divine and total access to the unconscious and subconscious. The main colors for the crown are white and purple. The gemstones are Clear Quartz Crystal, Oregon Opal, and Amethyst.
Chakras are our energy centers. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Chakras are associated with a spectrum of vibration, from the denser vibration of the body to the finer vibration of the spirit, it would seem that the frequency carried by individual foods could impact our energy. We might find that we need multiple different vibrations to balance the various parts of us, perhaps we need some grounding in the root, some expansion in the heart, and a bit of opening in our sense of connection with others and divinity.They are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions. There are seven major chakras. The aura is often referred to as the eighth chakra. The first chakra (root) actually hangs outside of your body.It is located between your thighs, about halfway between your knees and your physical body. The seven chakra (crown) is located on the top of your head. The remaining chakras, (sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, and third eye, are aligned in sequence along your spine, neck, and skull. Individually, your chakras look similar to funnels with petal-like openings. Chakras are invisible to the human eye, but they can be perceived intuitively by trained energy workers.Eating is personal. Not every food is for every body at all times. It is refreshing to see that personalized nutrition, or matching our genes to our food choices, is now at the frontier of western medicine. As an adjunct to the genes which map closely to our physical body, it would seem that we also need to eat for our subtle body and all the parts of us we don’t see outright, but have their energetic imprint in our physical manifestations. Our subtle energy is constantly sculpting in every moment which calls into question the validity of following a plain, prescriptive diet for a lifetime. If we are a dynamic being, shouldn’t our eating be as fluid and flexible? Subtle energy moves faster than matter and sets the template of the physical body. What if we were to consciously redefine our physical body by assessing our subtle energy needs? One of the ways we might venture to do this is through one of our internal subtle energy gauges – our chakras, or the portals in our being that align to the seven major endocrine glands. “Chakra” is an ancient Sanskrit term that means “wheel”. Essentially, these gateways are moving spirals of energy exchange. But they are more than that literal meaning – they can also be interpreted symbolically, aligning to the seven aspects of the self:
- The root chakra, which is associated with the adrenal glands, corresponds to instinct and survival;
- The sacral chakra (ovaries and testes) to emotions and creativity;
- The solar plexus chakra (pancreas) to empowerment and transformation;
- The heart chakra (heart and thymus) to love and gratitude;
- The throat chakra (thyroid) to truth and authenticity;
- The third eye chakra (pituitary) to wisdom and intuition;
- The crown chakra (pineal gland) to interconnection and spirituality
Chakras are our energy centers. Chakras (Sanskrit for “wheels”) are subtle centers in the energetic system of a living organism that take in and give out energy. Health is determined by the flow of energy from the 7 chakras into the metabolic network of the body. Blocked chakras, due to emotional, mental, and/or spiritual issues, can restrict energy flow and lead to illness. These openings allow our life energy to flow into and out of our aura. The seven major chakras are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions. The first chakra (root) actually hangs outside of your body. It is located between your thighs, about halfway between your knees and your physical body. The seventh chakra (crown) is located on the top of your head. The remaining chakras, (sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, and third eye), are aligned in sequence along your spine, neck, and skull. Chakras are invisible to the human eye, but they can be perceived intuitively by trained energyworkers.
Chakras are energy centers with a living pulse. Energy is not static, energy is in constant flux. Chakras not only open and close, they will also expand and retract. When a chakra expands the boundaries separating it from its neighboring chakra/s can become blurred. As the chakras move and interact with one another the colorful imagery might remind you of peering through a kaleidoscope.
It is not unusual for the sacral and root chakras to intermingle and display a brilliant blood-orange color. The heart and throat chakras may merge and display beautiful blue-green shades when you are singing from the heart.
When a stressed chakra is shutting down, a healthier chakra will often expand to compensate for the lowering of the whole energy system. The chakras are typically team players. Still, it is not healthy for any one player in a team to pull more than his share of the weight for prolonged periods. Expansion for the sake of picking up the slack will eventually put strain on the relationship. Ultimately, the whole team will suffer. And in the case of your chakras, when the chakras are not functioning together optimally as a healthy team illness and disease manifests.Foods—especially foods that share colors with the chakras—carry vibrations that can activate or balance your chakras. Explore this gallery to find out which health conditions are associated with which chakra, and learn how to choose foods to bring your chakras into balance.
Because Everything in the Universe is Energy or vibration of the Energy, the Human Body is expression of that Energy in the Mater or better in the material world. This Energy, Cosmic Energy is entering the Human Body threw energy vortex or chakras. Each Chakra or energy vortex in our body is connected with specific organs or endocrine gland which is of major importance for normal or harmonious function of the whole body as a unite. Each chakra rules over a different part of your body and different areas of your life, so if a chakra is out of whack, the body parts and life arenas it rules will also become imbalanced. For example, the heart chakra is connected to the lungs, the circulatory system, and your heart, and rules relationships and your ability to give and receive love. If your heart chakra is distorted, you may have trouble maintaining healthy relationships and find it difficult to allow love into your life. If the fourth chakra remains imbalanced for long enough, you could develop physical symptoms like breathing problems or asthma, or even suffer a heart attack or breast cancer. For better understanding of this connection we should see the below map.
Root Chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings.The root chakra is related to the anus and the adrenal glands. When poorly grounded, your spatial understanding is impaired. You may stumble around physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Grounding enhances your ability to function effectively on a day-to-day basis.When the root chakra is blocked an individual may feel fearful, anxious, insecure and frustrated. Problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, and knee troubles can occur. Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs.
Responsible for body systems that provide physical structure, allowing for meaningful contact with the Earth: joints, bones, muscle, legs, and feet. Oversees the “boundaries” of the body through an internal and external defense system represented by the immune system and skin.
Root Chakra Healing Foods: Protein (especially animal protein), root vegetables, edible and medicinal mushrooms, red-colored foods (apples, pomegranates, etc)
Sacral Chakra affects the sexual organs. The functions associated with this center are emotion, vitality, fertility, reproduction, and sexual energy in general. Likewise, any problems in these functions can be identified and resolved through this chakra. The physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the sacral chakra removes any blockages that may hamper these functions.A well-functioning sacral chakra helps maintain a healthy yin-yang balance. Although the sacral chakras is primarily considered the sexual energy center, it is also the center where individual creativity resides.
Responsible for the liquid functions of the body: kidneys, bladder, large intestine. Oversees the “creativity” of the body through the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries, as well as cell division and growth.
Sacral Chakra Healing Foods: Fats and oils, fish (especially wild-caught salmon), tropical fruits, seeds, nuts, orange-colored foods (oranges, tangerines,
Solar Plexus Chakra is related to the digestive organs. It is associated with action, assertion, empowerment, and ego mastery. It is the area where chi or life force is stored. Malfunctions in the navel chakra may leave you feeling tired, powerless, and withdrawn.The solar plexus is the driving force to act and to complete the conceptual ization, the visualization that we have in our lives. It is where we find the human talent of commitment.Responsible for the transformative functions of the body, including the digestive organs: esophagus, stomach, pancreas, small intestines, liver, and gallbladder. Oversees the “energy exchange” of the body through the generation of ATP, the body’s physical currency of energy, which is supplied by cell structures known as mitochondria (often referred to as “powerhouses of the cell”).
Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Foods: Carbohydrates (complex), fiber, whole grains, legumes, yellow-colored foods (yellow sweet peppers, yellow lentils, corn, etc.)
Heart Chakra is considered to be the love center of our human energy system. Among others, love, heartbreak, grief, pain, and fear, are all emotions that are felt intensely within this energy vortex.The heart stands at the center of all energies and unifies our being as a whole. It is the point around which all the energies turn. A discord or imbalance in the heart chakra will adversely effect all the other centers. A clearing of the heart chakra will improve the interaction of all the other centers. It is important to maintain a balance to all the energy centers so a healthy level of awareness is manifested in our everyday lives.When the heart chakra is out of balance you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love. Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficult in breathing. When the heart chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture others and see the good in everyone. Body parts for the fourth chakra include heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back.
Responsible for the circulatory functions of the body, including the heart, lungs, lymphatic system, and blood vessels. Oversees the “nurturing” functions of the body through the breasts, shoulders, arms, and hands.
Heart Chakra Healing Foods: Vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and leafy greens), sprouts, raw foods, foods rich in chlorophyll, plant compounds like phytoestrogens and phytosterols, any green-colored foods.
Throat Chakra is associated with the vocal cords and the thyroid gland. It is the chakra of communication, telepathy, and creative expression. Unexpressed emotions tend to constrict this energy center. Your inner truth is your sense of what is correct-your innate tendencies and inclinations. In every situation, we should be humble, open, and receptive, suspending all previous judgments in order to grasp the inner truth of the matter. If we rely on the truth of our inner voice to guide us, our actions will be in accord with the times.The throat chakra is our voice center. It is through our spoken word that we express ourselves to others. The healthfulness of this chakra is signified by how openly and honestly a person expresses himself or herself. A challenge to the throat chakra is for us to express ourselves in the most truthful manner. Falsehoods and half-truths energetically pollute the throat chakra. This behavior violates both our bodies and spirits. Repressing our anger or displeasure by ignoring our feelings through evasive sweet talk, or silence, will manifest into throat imbalances such as strep throat, laryngitis, speech impediments, and so on.
Responsible for the sensory apparatus of the body, including the lips, tongue, nose, mouth, and ears, as well as the vehicles of voice and breath like the larynx, pharynx, and throat. Also oversees the “integration” functions of the body through its command of metabolism through the thyroid gland, and through the coordination of the multitude of functions (e.g. chewing, swallowing, breathing, smelling, etc.) occurring in the throat area.
Throat Chakra Healing Foods: Seaplants, fruits, juices, soups, sauces, (which bring together different elements like water and earth), and foods from different ethnic groups (The throat chakra encourages variety of foods.)
Third Eye Chakra or sixth chakra is that of the brow, third eye, or place of “shamanic seeing.” Located between and slightly above the eyebrows, it is indigo in color. This energy center is closely associated with imagination, inner vision, and psychic abilities. It is related to the pituitary gland. It functions as a link between the inner world and the outer world. Malfunctions of the brow chakra commonly manifest as headaches and eye tension. Resonating this chakra remedies any problems in function and opens the door to a reality separate from the ordinary world.The third eye chakra is also called “brow chakra.” Our mental calculations and thinking processes are functions of the third eye chakra. We are able to evaluate our past experiences and life patterns and put them into perspective through the wisdom of the third chakra’s actions. Our ability to separate reality from fantasy or delusion is connected to the healthfulness of this chakra. It is through a receptive brow chakra that auric hues and other visual images are intuited clairvoyantly.
Responsible for hormone function and secretion, sleep/wake cycles, and dreaming. Oversees the “perception” functions of the body through the brain, eyes, and neurotransmitters.
Third Eye Chakra Healing Foods: Caffeine, tea, chocolate, spices, wine, purple-red foods (purple potatoes, red onions, blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, etc.)
Crown Chakra or the seventhbis located at the top of the head. The Hopi call this energy center kopavi, meaning “the open door” through which higher spiritual knowledge is received. The crown chakra is associated with the pineal gland, the color violet, full enlightenment, and union with the cosmos.When functioning optimally, the crown chakra allows inner communications with our spiritual nature to take place. The opening in the crown chakra (located in the same area as the soft spot on a baby’s head) serves as an entryway wherein the Universal Life Force can enter our bodies and be dispersed downward into the lower six chakras housed below it. This chakra is often depicted as a lotus flower with its petals open to represent spiritual awakening. The crown chakra could also be considered the bottomless well from which intuitive knowledge is drawn.
Responsible for infusing the body with life force, allowing the entire individual to function as a divine creature, intelligent and connected to Spirit. Oversees the “electrical” functions of the body through the central nervous system.
Crown Chakra Healing Foods: Since the crown chakra is more “spirit” than “matter,” it is not nourished with physical foods in the same way that they feed other chakras, but the crown chakra thrives on the sustenance that comes from sunlight, air, and love.
Each individual sector or portion of the fingertip is connected energetically with specific organs and organ systems such as the respiratory system. When the data of the 10 individual BIO-grams are collated and interpolated, an image of the entire full body energy field is created. An example of the full body energy field from both a healthy and unhealthy/emotionally unbalanced individual are shown below. The gaps, reduced emissions and out of balance Chakras for the unhealthy individual are quite obvious.
The physical realm can affect our chakras and our chakras can affect our physical reality: They are meant to work in harmony together. As a result, food can directly affect how your chakras work and likewise, the cravings you get and the meals you prefer to eat can also reflect the health of your chakra system. You may have heard the phrases “eat the rainbow” and “the darker the food the better it is for you,” and there’s certainly some truth to them because of how they relate to the chakras. When you are thinking about your chakra system you probably aren’t considering the types of foods that you consume. Because our chakras are energy vortexes and invisible to most of us one might well imagine that chakras would thrive on energy, prayer, or other such spiritual stuff… you know, those things that we can’t see with the human eye. However, the chakras cannot sustain our human body without our help. It is important to feed and nourish the flesh in order to help support and fuel our energy body. Whenever one or more of your chakras is misaligned you might do well to review your diet choices to see if you are not eating or possibly overeating the foods that fuel that particular chakra.
Root Chakra -Muladhara.
The root chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings.
Location: Base of Spine
This chakra is located at the base of your spine and acts as your foundation, your roots, your connection to the physical world. When your first chakra is imbalanced, you may not feel safe in your body or be stressed. Since this chakra is all about grounding you to the earth, root vegetables are a good choice. Beets, rutabagas, garlic, ginger, turnips, potatoes, and parsnips are just a few of the many options for root veggies. Try them roasted with salt and olive oil for an easy grounding meal that is also delicious! Protein, especially red meat, is also grounding, and red food like apples or pomegranates corresponds with the color of this chakra and can help to recharge your roots.
Food: Root vegetables, protein-rich foods, hot and peppery spices.
Grounding / Anchoring
Root vegetables: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, etc.
Protein-rich foods: eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy products, peanut butter
Spices: horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper.The Base or Root Chakra is associated with the color red. This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. Focusing one’s attention on the color of a cherry popsicle or a juicy red apple can help bring our energetic body down to earth and in alignment with our physical body when we find ourselves energetically fleeting or in other words… spacing off.
Sacral Chakra – Swadhisthana
Supporting the Sexual/Creativity Center
Location: Lower Abdomen
Just below your navel sits your second chakra, which governs sexuality and emotions. The second chakra’s element is water, so pure water is the best thing you can ingest to clear and heal this chakra. Liquids in general are a good bet, especially transparent liquids like teas and broths, so be sure to keep hydrated if your second chakra is imbalanced. The color of this chakra is orange, so orange foods, especially carrots, oranges, and orange juice, can be healing. Luscious, juicy fruits can also help to charge this chakra, so have some melon, mango, or strawberries for a sacral chakra boost.
Sweet fruits: melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut, etc.
Honey & Nuts: almonds, walnuts, etc.
Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds
Boosting Self-Esteem and Encouraging Self-Love
Granola and Grains: pastas, breads, cereal, rices, flax seed, sunflower seeds, etc.
Dairy: milk, cheeses, yogurt
Spices: ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel
Color: Green or Pink
Healing Emotional Hurts / Protection
Leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, etc.
Air vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, etc.
Liquids: green teas
Spices: basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley
Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
Color: Sky Blue
The fifth chakra is located in the center of your throat, and is the home of your voice, the center of your communication, and the keeper of your authenticity. Speaking and living your truth is healing for this chakra, as are blue foods, particularly blueberries, which encourage expression. Fruits work to balance this chakra, especially fruit that grows on trees like apples, pears, peaches, apricots, and plums, as they are said to be true to themselves, falling off the tree when they are ripe and ready and requiring little to no work in order to be enjoyed.
Speaking One’s Truth / Honoring Truthfulness
Liquids in general: water, fruit juices, herbal teas
Tart or tangy fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, kiwi
Other tree growing fruits: apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, etc.
Spices: salt, lemon grass
Awakening Third Eye Senses / Psychic Development
Dark bluish colored fruits: blueberries, red grapes, blackberries, raspberries, etc.
Liquids: red wines and grape juice
Spices: lavender, poppy seed, mugwort
Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
Location: Top of Head
Color: White or Violet
Opening and Clearing the Spiritual Communication Center
Air: fasting / detoxing
Incense and Smudging Herbs: sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper
*Incense and smudging herbs are not to be eaten but are ritually inhaled through the nostrils or can be smoked through a ceremony pipe for purification purposes.
The Root Chakra (Sanskrit: Muladhara Chakra): This chakra resides at the base of the spine and can be associated with security, family, and feeling grounded. Our primal instincts and our more Earthly thoughts and actions are tied to the root chakra. If you’re feeling a disconnect from reality or very fatigued, that could mean your root chakra is imbalanced. Any type of stress related to survival, including financial, professional, and housing stressors could indicate that you need to realign your root chakra.
The colour associated with the root chakra is red, so any high vibrational foods with a naturally strong red pigment or grounding properties can help recharge your chakra. Foods such as tomatoes, strawberries, beets, red apples, pomegranates, raspberries, and even protein can heal your root chakra!
The Sacral Chakra (Sanskrit: Svhadhisthana Chakra): The sacral chakra resides just below the naval and is associated with creativity, sexuality, commitment, passion, and sensitivity. When the sacral chakra is balanced we feel sexual, creative, and comfortable being expressive. If you’re feeling like you have low libido, a creative block, or are having reproductive issues or lower back problems, these could all be signs that your sacral chakra is imbalanced.
The colour associated with the sacral chakra is orange, so any high vibe foods that have a deep or bright orange colour or are fairly heavy or dense are great for your sacral. This includes foods like mandarins, mangoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin, yams, seeds, nuts, and oils!
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Sanskrit: Manipura Chakra): The solar plexus is right above your naval and reflects your sense of Self, personal power, and self esteem. When your solar plexus is balanced, you will have strong self worth and self confidence and a greater understanding of who you are. If your solar plexus is imbalanced, you may be self conscious and moody, experiencing self judgement and fearing rejection and flaws in your physical appearance. You just feel a little less like ‘yourself.’
The colour associated with the solar plexus chakra is yellow; high vibe foods that have a yellow colour and lighter protein options can help strengthen your solar plexus. Try eating some bananas, corn on the cob, fresh pineapple, yellow peppers, lentils, yellow squash, and grains like oats!
The Heart Chakra (Sanskrit: Anahata Chakra): The heart chakra is located in the centre of the chest and is all about love, gratitude, joy, compassion, and connectivity. When your heart chakra is balanced, you feel love in all aspects of life and express it freely without being overbearing. If your heart chakra is underactive, you may be feeling angry, jealous, and bitter, and if it’s overactive, you may be giving too much of yourself, feeling co-dependent, too accepting or tolerating, or experiencing difficulty implementing boundaries in your relationships.
The colour associated with the heart chakra is green; high vibrational foods that are deep green colours or are simply lighter weight foods like vegetables are great for the heart chakra. This includes broccoli, kale, chard, and other leafy greens.
The Throat Chakra (Sanskrit: Vishuddha Chakra): The throat chakra is located in the centre of the throat and is associated with your ability to speak your truth and express your feelings vocally. If you’re experiencing a block, it may be difficult to communicate with others. If your throat chakra is imbalanced you may find it difficult to express yourself in all forms of communication, or likewise experience difficulty stopping communication or listening to others. A strong throat chakra means you can communicate with ease, you’re honest and truthful, and you have great listening skills.
The colour related to the throat chakra is light blue, so any high vibe foods with a light blue colour or super light foods are great for the throat. Blueberries, figs, kelp, and pretty much all fruit in general work wonders on the throat chakra.
The Third Eye Chakra (Sanskrit: Ajna Chakra): The third eye is located in the centre of your forehead right above the brow line. Your third eye represents your intuition; your ability to see the truth, to see through illusions, and to think critically. A strong third eye indicates that you’re wise, insightful, focused, intuitive, and a seeker of the truth. If you have an overactive third eye, you may feel lightheaded and frequently daydream. If you have an underactive third eye, you may have difficulty looking inwards, self-reflecting, and seeing things for what they truly are.
The colour related to the third eye is dark blue, so high vibe foods with a darker pigment like a deep blue or purple are great to recharge the third eye, as are extremely light foods. To strengthen your third eye, try consuming plums, purple grapes, eggplant, purple kale, purple carrots, or simply tea and other light, all-natural, plant-based beverages.
The Crown Chakra (Sanskrit: Sahasrara Chakra): The crown chakra resides at the centre of the crown of your head and is related to inner guidance, connection to Source, and enlightenment. If you have a balanced crown chakra, you will be able to fully live in the present moment, understand universal truths, and trust your inner Self. If your crown chakra is imbalanced, you may lack self-awareness, have difficulty meditating, or hold fears and beliefs that don’t align with the true essence of your being.
The colours associated with the crown chakra are dark purple, violet, and white. It is said that once enlightenment is obtained, one can live off only the elements. As a result, fasting can be a wonderful way to recharge your crown chakra. Spending time in nature, being in direct sunlight, and drinking water can all benefit the crown chakra. Extremely light foods such as mushrooms, garlic, ginger, onion, lychee, coconut, and other tropical fruits can also be used to strengthen the crown.
It’s important to note that all of the foods mentioned here are 100% plant-based. Like anything else, all foods hold a vibration. For example, pesticides, animal products, and processed foods hold lower vibrations, whereas plants have higher vibrations. The chakras also increase in frequency as you ascend from the root to the crown. So, the foods associated with each chakra also increase in frequency as you go up the spine.
It’s still important to eat plant-based foods higher in protein to balance the lower chakras, but it’s extremely important to eat light, fruit and vegetable dense meals to balance your upper chakras as well. Ancient Hindu and Yogic texts explain that once the Kundalini energy is awakened, she wraps around the root chakra and continues up the spine, increasing awareness as every chakra is pierced until she reaches the crown chakra, at which point enlightenment (at least in this dimension) is reached.
Avoiding certain foods can help us do this, particularly meat and dairy. Since fear is of a low vibration, I believe that every time you eat a bite out of an animal product that came from a creature who lived in fear, your vibration lowers. As a result, you may experience lower vibrational energies including fear, which can affect the root chakra and others. This is a common belief among Yogis, as it is thought that the energetic imprint left on the meat from an animal can be transferred when consumed.
Once you’ve awakened this awareness, cravings can start to indicate which chakras you need to work on. For example, I frequently crave sweet potatoes, carrots, peanuts, and turmeric, all of which are related to the sacral chakra. I choose to give in to these cravings, giving my body (both physical and energetic) what I believe it wants, but every time I do I try to reflect on why my body wants them. Your body will speak to you; all you have to do is listen.
If you get cravings that clearly aid your body (such as specific fruits, vegetables, or nuts), I encourage you to listen to your body, eat those foods, and ask yourself: Why am I craving these foods and do I perhaps need to work on the associated chakra? Self reflection can be a beautiful tool to figure out how your energetic, emotional, and physical bodies are doing, and can provide you with the keys to healing yourself.
Healing and energizing Root Chakras Food:
• Any Red or dark brown colored food or drink.
• Any foods that have an earthy taste or a ‘grounding’ quality.
• Root vegetables: carrots, potatoes, turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, etc.
• Protein-rich foods: eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy products, almond or peanut butter.
• Herbs & Spices: Burdock, Cloves/clover, Dandelion, Rosemary, horseradish,hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper.
• Any Orange colored foods.
• Any foods related to water or with a high water content, and those that benefit the reproductive system or that nourishe the sexual/creativity center.
• Fats and oils, Fish (especially wild salmon).
• Nuts & Seeds: almonds, walnuts, pastachios, cashews, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, etc,.
• Sweet & Tropical fruits: melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, tangerines, coconut, etc., Honey is also beneficial.
• Herbs & Spices: Coriander, Calendula, Fennel, Gardenia, Licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds
• Any Yellow or Gold colored foods.
• Any foods that benefits the liver and aids digestion, and those that boosts energy or self esteem.
• Foods rich in complex carbohydrates (fiber, whole grains, legumes, etc)
• Granola and Grains: pasta, breads, cereal, rice, oats, rice, flax or hemp seed, millet, spelt, sunflower seeds, etc.
• Herbs & Spices: Anise, Celery, Cinnamon, Lily of the Valley, Marshmallow, Mints, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, turmeric, cumin, fennel
• Dairy products: milk, yogurt, cheese
• Any Green colored herb, spice or food.
• Any foods that benefits the heart and blood, or any warming or comforting foods that one particularly enjoys or loves. • Leafy vegetables: spinach, kale, dandelion greens, chard, etc.
• Raw foods and foods rich in chlorophyll; plant compounds like phytoestrogens and phytosterois.
• Herbs & Spices: Cayenne, Hawthorn berries, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Rose, basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley
• Airy vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, etc., Green Tea is also beneficial.
• Any Blue colored foods.
• Any foods that benefit the lungs or that soothes the throat or voice.
• Variety of foods; Ethnic or exotic foods.
• Herbs & Spices: Coltsfoot, Peppermint, Red clover blossoms, Sage, salt, lemon grass
• Tart or tangy fruits/tree growing fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, kiwi / apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, etc.
• Liquids in general: water, fruit juices, herbal teas (especially chamomile and red clover); sea plants, foods with high water content, soups and sauces.
• Any Indigo or dark bluish colored foods.
• Any herb, spice or food that benefit the mind, nervous system, and eyes/vision, and those that strongly enhance or awaken the senses.
• Herbs & Spices: Eyebright, Juniper, Mugwort, Poppy, Rosemary,lavender, poppy seed, mugwort
• Caffeine; Chocolate
• Herbs/Spices: eyebright, juniper, Mugwort, poppy, rosemary, lavender, poppy seed, mugwort
• Liquids: red wines and grape juice, and herbal teas: Mint, Star anise, eyebright, gotu kola, lavender
• Any violet, purple or white colored foods.
• Any foods that are considered holistically healing or sacred, or those that have spiritual cleansing or energizing benefit.
• Herbs & Spices: Gotu Kola, Lavender, Lotus
• Spirit or Prana; sunlight, air and Love
• Fasting / Detoxing
• Incense and Smudging Herbs: sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper (only to be consumed in raw, natural form in small quantities, otherwise used for ritual, ceremony or cleansing purposes espcially during a fast).
Various foods, drinks, herbs and spices correspond to each chakra. This is based on the color frequency that each chakra represents, as well as the element which it relates to and its associated qualities and energies.Eating foods that correspond to each chakra will assist with clearing, cleansing, activating and rejuvinating these energy centers. Choosing to include more of these types of food and liquids into your diet on a regular and long-term basis will keep the chakra system in balance and benefit overal mind-body and spirit health.
You are (how you feel) about what you eat. Your body will often tell you what it needs and your intuition can be an excellent guide to achieving ultimate health and well-being. Each energetic chakra center corresponds to a specific areas of life, and each center represents the way we relate to food on a deeper level. When energy work is needed, or being done in a specific chakra center, our eating patterns–and the subconscious motivations behind them– may reflect and relate to the theme and motivation behind that specific chakra.
The Root Chakra
Located at the base of your spine, it controls your physical vitality and survival instincts. The root chakra is said to facilitate movement within your body and dysfunction of this point can cause sciatica, lower back pain, depression, immune disorders and even rectal tumors.
Have more of proteins, root vegetables, minerals and above all, red-colored foods to feed your root chakra. Some examples are:
- Red meat
- Hot paprika
In this centre, food represents security. Deep fear-based issues, particularly related to safety and physical survival take root here. There may be worries over food scarcity or concern over having enough to eat. This can create issues with over-eating often in a subconscious attempt to feel more secure in some way. Craving certain ‘comfort foods’ can provide a sense of feel safe and nurtured.
If there is healing work being done in this centre, then it is fine to feed your body foods that feel good and comforting while energy is being released. Including lots of fiber in your diet will also help you feel fuller, safe and become more grounded.
If you are feeling run down, fatigued, burnt out, lazy or lethargic, red foods such as tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and beets will help to boost your energy levels and body temperature.
The Sacral Chakra
Located below the navel and representing your creativity, sexuality and self-esteem, the sacral chakra dysfunction will present itself in the form of issues like sciatica, gynecological and libido problems or urinary complications. Include the following sweet fruits, nuts and spices in your diet to feed your sacral chakra:
- Sesame seeds
In this centre, food represents pleasure. One may find themselves eating for the simple pleasure of it instead of based on hunger or need. Food is not just about nutrition, but it is about the entire experience involving all of the senses–the smell, taste, texture, feel, flavor–the delight of eating and savoring the essence of the food. Food can be a sensual experiencing. There may also be a love/hate relationship with food. IBS or certain food intolerances can often occur when one needs to find a balance between the foods they enjoy and the foods the body is not resonating with.
If there is healing work being done in this centre, it may be beneficial to drink various liquids often throughout the day such as herbal teas, fresh juices, water, etc). Chewing sugar-free gum can provide a pleasurable sensation and as a healthier alternative whenever an undesirable food craving or urge to over-eat occurs.
If you are low on confidence, doubting yourself or feeling unworthy of love, get yourself some oranges and do it fast! Things like mandarins, mangoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin and yams will all make a big impact on your feelings.
The Solar Chakra
Located above your navel, it is the prime controlling point of your emotional life. Consume foods such as grains, spices, dairy products as well as any yellow fruits and vegetable to feed this chakra. A few examples are:
- Yellow bell pepper
- Flax seed
- Sunflower seeds
In this centre, food represents power. Issues here are related to control or power. There are tendancies to be rigid or strict with diet or eating habits or controlling what one eats. Even feelings of resentment to having to submit to dietary restrictions can surface. Those working with the lower chakra may dislike the limiting feeling of restricting food intake because it may represent a loss of power or control. The solar plexus chakra corresponds to one’s feeling of self-empowerment.
If there is healing work being done in this centre, it is okay to drop the diet and instead focus on choosing easily digestible foods such as soups or anything that is soft and easy on your solar plexus region and related organs (liver, stomach, pancreas). Choosing foods that are easier to digest may be more beneficial, rather than restricting the quantity. This is kinder than dieting and allows the body to balance weight better.
If you are feeling depressed, sad or emotional, hook yourself up with some bananas, sweet corn on the cob, some fresh pineapple or some yellow peppers and watch how your mood changes. Yellow is a natural mood enhancer, so skip the Prozac or the bottle of red and make yourself something bright!
The Heart Chakra
Located in the heart, it is where your soul resides, controlling your emotions of tolerance, empathy and forgiveness. A dysfunction can lead to problems such as asthma, lung or breast cancer, heart problems, pneumonia and shoulder problems.
Some of the most helpful heart chakra foods include:
In this centre, food represents love. Foods that are enjoyable release endorphins and provide a rush similar to the feeling of falling in love. Romantic or ‘aphrodisiac’ type foods such as oysters, red wine and chocolate may be stimulating. One may care less about the food itself, and more about the way the food makes them feel. Putting restrictions on one’s food intake or restrictive dieting can feel, in a way, heartbreaking.
If there is healing work being done in this centre, it might be good to focus on enjoying your surroundings when eating, and the people that you are eating with. It’s best to avoid eating alone (which can lead to over-eating) and actively engage with people and food together. Having conversation over a meal (perhaps with a glass of wine and some chocolate) can be a wonderful experience.
Feeling low on vital energy? Are you stressed? Overworked? Experiencing adrenal fatigue, acidity or toxicity? Then green is the color for you! Throw your favorite organic greens in to a juicer or make a gigantic salad and feel what happens to your feelings of stress. Likely they will melt away due to the live enzymes, oxygen and chlorophyll.
The Throat Chakra
Located near the thyroid gland in the throat, it controls your powers of expression, communication and judgment and can cause problems like a sore throat, swollen glands, mouth ulcers, voice problems and laryngitis if it dysfunctions. Consume the following food groups to keep the essential functions of the throat chakra intact:
- Seaweed and nori
In this centre, food represents joy. This energy inspires the enjoyment of a wide variety of foods and this becomes a strength with eating. Exotic or unusual foods, and foods with interesting spices and flavors can be appealing. There is a general openess with food. Becoming more focused on the preperation or the ingredients involved in foods may also occur.
If there is healing work being done in this centre, it may benefit to focus on trying new and unusual foods to satisfy any craving, instead of over-eating or eating foods that seem boring or feel unexciting. Although food should not result in guilt, and food selection should be based on the joy it will bring instead of wasting energy (calories) on food that does not bring joy.
Experiencing anxiety? Enjoy a bowl of blueberries or blackberries. Blue and black foods help to tonify the kidneys and help to elicit honest communication.
The Brow Chakra
Located in the center of the brain, the ‘third eye’ manages your spiritual direction and wisdom. It has ailments like blindness, strokes, seizures and brain tumors as its most critical dysfunctions. You can have more of dark bluish colored fruits, liquids and fluids to feed your brow chakra, including the likes of:
- Red grapes
- Grape juice
- Red wine
- Poppy seed
In this centre, food represents energy. Issues here may result in having very specific food needs. Lots of fat and protein is common, and sometimes a sudden dislike of fruits or vegetables. There is much depth and intuition that corresponds to the third-eye chakra energy and each bite of food needs to be calorie dense, and the body knows this and will react accordingly.
If there is healing work being done in this centre, one may feel pressured to eat healthier, but should understand the need to honor the body. Feeding the brain lots of healthy fats (organic, whole fats, fish oils, avocados, yogurts, etc), and proteins, organic meat and eggs, and also nuts, is an excellent way to honor the body. It’s important and beneficial to feel good about one’s food choices.
These foods will help to calm your energy and bring you peace if you are feeling frustrated, angry or unable to forgive. Foods like eggplant, purple kale, concord grapes, purple carrots etc., will help to bring you peace and calm! Whip up a fresh smoothie with your favorite purple foods!
The Crown Chakra
The message of the crown chakra is purification and releasing the physical body from debris so that there is a better connection between body and soul. It is located at the crown of the head and balancing the inner and outer personality, it is considered as our direct link to God and can have depression, muscular problems and complications of the skeletal system as the major signs of its dysfunctions. Owing to its correlation with the universe and God, no particular food for crown chakra is advised. However, steps and techniques like fasting, detoxing and herbal incense are suggested for the purpose of feeding your crown chakra.In this centre, food represents spirit. Food almost seems optional at this level. When there is a lot going on in this chakra, it may result in erratic eating patterns, even periods of forgetting to eat at times. Issues can result in one ignoring their body or losing track of time. One may not take the time to eat healthy, may be stuck in a fasting/binging cycle, or when they do eat, food might be eaten rapidly or in larger bites with less chewing, or without much awareness, or may make unhealthy food choices.
If there is healing work being done in this centre, Patience is necessary to savor or enjoy the meal, instead of rushing or skipping meals. The best thing to do is to eat at regular intervals and to keep this schedule. Also, it’s important to remain hydrated throughout the day, so carrying water with you wherever you go can help.
Things like mushrooms, garlic, ginger, onion, lychee, coconut and other tropical fruits help to give you strength and power. If you are feeling defeated or down on yourself then enjoy some white foods and experience a surge in your own inner strength.
Base Chakra: Food as Security . For folks who have energy work going on in the base chakra (all the way down at the very base of your spine) food represents safety and security. When food issues go awry, deep fears of safety and panic may arise. There may be worries about food scarcity and needing to know when and what your next meal will be. If you over eat it may be an attempt to feel secure and reassured that all is well. You may crave comfort foods such as casseroles and home cooking and baked goods. If you have lots of energy work going on in this chakra, it is perfectly reasonable to feed your body foods that comfort it while this energy is being released. One way to provide comfort and a deep contentment to base chakra eaters is to include lots and lots and lots of fiber, so that you feel full, satiated, safe and grounded for longer.
Sacral Chakra: Food as a Pleasure. For peeps who are doing sacral chakra work (just below the belly button on your lower abdomen) food isn’t just about the nutrition, food is about the entire experience… the smell, the feel, the texture, the flavor, the delight in chewing it. Food is sensual. You may find you are eating because you want the feel of food in your mouth, not because you are hungry. You may also find a love/hate relationship with food… often my sacral chakra patients have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or lactose intolerance or celiac disease and need to find a balance between the foods they love and the foods their body hates. One great trick for sacral chakra eaters is to enjoy drinking (coffees, teas, water, fresh squeezed juices…) or chewing gum throughout the day to experience that sensual pleasure of having sensations in the mouth without necessarily reaching for food.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Food as a Power . For folks who are moving energy in the solar plexus area (just above the navel) food is an issue of control or power. These peeps are the ones most likely to try to strictly control what they eat and submit to horrible restrictive diets that they absolutely hate!!!! None of the three lower chakra types enjoy dieting — these peeps crave food and sustenance and just don’t feel optimal on diets — but for solar plexus work, diets are the most offensive because restricting food intake feels like a loss of power or a loss of control… two things a solar plexus eater hates. One great idea for solar plexus eaters is to drop the diets and instead focus on choosing easily digestible foods like soups and pureed foods that are easy on your solar plexus organs (liver, pancreas, stomach) so focusing on choosing digestible foods that are easy on the body, instead of restricting quantity, tends to be kinder than dieting and allows your body to balance weight better.
Heart Chakra: Food as a Love. Heart chakra workers enjoy food that releases endorphins and provides a rush, similar to falling in love. Any of my long-term readers who know how often I blog about eating chocolate will recognize… yep, I’m a heart chakra eater. Romantic foods like oysters, red wine, chocolate… it’s not so much that heart chakra peeps care about food, they care about the way the food makes them feel. (By the way, for other heart chakra chocolate lovers out there — they just released yet another medical study that gives a huge thumbs up to chocolate… this latest one shows that people who consume chocolate have lower Body Mass Indexes (BMI) on average then non-chocoholics) Dieting feels atrocious for heart chakra eaters and restricting food is equivalent to being dumped by a lover. One great trick for heart chakra eaters is to focus on enjoying the people you are eating with more than the food — if possible, avoid eating alone (this leads to over-eating) and instead really focus on making eye contact with the people you are enjoying a meal with, the conversation, have a lovely glass of wine and a small piece of chocolate cake instead of three plates full of food you do not love.
Throat Chakra: Food as a Joy . Throat chakra people just love love love to enjoy a wide variety of foods and this is one of their wonderful strengths with eating. My son is a throat chakra guy and he is amazing at trying foods most children wouldn’t even think of… exotic foods, spicy foods, unusual vegetables that kids traditionally hate. He is open to trying it all and gets so excited as he watches me prepare an interesting meal from scratch. Because they are so open to food, dieting feels like a huge loss and may even bring deep sorrow.It is good for throat chakra eaters is to focus on trying new and unusual foods to satisfy their cravings, instead of over-eating a large quantity of boring foods. Another great way to look at food for throat chakra peeps is to focus on a Joy Diet! Throat chakra eaters can feel guilty because food brings them joy — but I say this is a strength! Food brings joy! So choose your food selection based on how much joy it brings you and do not waste your time (or calories) on food that does not bring joy. Read more about this here.
Third Eye Chakra: Food as an Energy. People with lots of activity in their third eye have a very specific food need — lots of fat and lots of protein. They may tend to dislike fruits and dislike veggies, and in today’s veggie loving society this can make them feel like they are making bad food choices. The thing is, these people have so much depth and intuition in their third eye (middle of the forehead) that each bite needs to be calorie dense and their body knows this. Instead of feeling pressured to eat more fruits and veggies, third eye peeps need to know that they are honoring their bodies by feeding their brain lots of healthy fats (organic whole fat dairy/butter/yogurt or coconut, avocado, fish oil…) and protein (organic meats, organic eggs, organic nuts and nut butters.) My daughter is a third eye kinda gal, and I can honestly say that she never eats any fruits… veggies she can tolerate in small amounts. But mostly, she craves protein and dairy and she is the healthiest person I know. Never sick. Glowing skin. Gorgeous hair. Beautiful radiant soul. People who are third eye eaters need to feel good about their food choices…
Crown Chakra: Food as an Option. If you have a lot of energy going through the crown chakra, I bet this sounds familiar: forgetting to eat, not making the time to eat, feeling dizzy because you skipped lunch, reaching for a quick snack and then getting right back to work, forgetting to hydrate. Crown chakra peeps find it easy to ignore their bodies needs or lose track of time. While they are usually not so bothered by going on a diet, the danger here is that they often don’t take the time to eat healthily so that when they do eat, they are ravenous and do not make smart food choices.The best things crown chakra eaters can do is to schedule in their eating so that they eat at regular intervals, stay hydrated, and make great food choices… instead of not eating all day long and then binging in a drive through on the way home. Another great tip for my crown chakra peeps is to carry water with them at all times, so that even if they are not taking the time to properly eat, they stay well hydrated.
Chakra, the effervescent Sanskrit term that implies the ‘spinning wheel of energy’ tells you all about the powerful centers of spiritual energy in your body. Seven in all, each of these chakras are located at one of the major endocrine glands and are associated with a different body part.
For our body to function properly, each of these 7 chakras needs to work in perfect alignment, in their natural balance. However, it is our dietary intake that determines how well-aligned our chakras remain. When we deprive ourselves of a food group that feeds a particular chakra, it goes into a misalignment and leads to a spate of illnesses and health complications. Similarly, having a particular food group in excess will also push the specific chakra out of its original balance.
|Physical Location||base of spine|
|Purposes||kinesthetic feelings, movement|
|Spiritual Lesson||material world lessons|
|Physical Dysfunctions||lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||survival, self esteem, social order, security, family|
|Information Stored Inside Root Chakra||familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure or pain, touch|
|Area of Body Governed||spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum, immune system|
|Crystals / Gemstones||hematite, black tourmaline, onyx|
|Flower Essences||corn, clematis, rosemary|
|Foods That Nourish Your Root Chakra||carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy products, peanut butter, horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper|
|Physical Location||lower abdomen to the navel|
|Spiritual Lesson||creativity, manifestation. honoring relationships, learning to “let go”|
|Physical Dysfunctions||low back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problems|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control, creativity, morality|
|Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra||duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)|
|Area of Body Governed||sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine|
|Crystals / Gemstones||garnet, moonstone, orange tourmaline|
|Flower Essences||Indian paintbrush, lady’s slipper, hibiscus|
|Foods That Nourish the Sacral Chakra||melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut, almonds, walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika,|
|Physical Location||solar plexus|
|Purposes||mental understanding of emotional life|
|Spiritual Lesson||acceptance of your place in the life stream. (self-love)|
|Physical Dysfunctions||stomach ulcers, intestinal tumors, diabetes, pancreatitis, indigestion, anorexia/bulimia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, colon diseases|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||self esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness|
|Information Stored Inside Solar Plexus Chakra||personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing|
|Area of Body Governed||upper abdomen, umbilicus to rib cage, liver, gallbladder, middle spine, spleen, kidney, adrenals, small intestines, stomach|
|Crystals / Gemstones||yellow jasper , golden topaz, yellow tourmaline|
|Flower Essences||chamomile, golden yarrow, peppermint|
|Foods That Nourish the Solar Plexus Chakra||pastas, breads, cereal, rices, flax seed, sunflower seeds, milk, cheeses, yogurt. ginger, peppermint, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel|
|Color||green or pink|
|Physical Location||center of chest|
|Spiritual Lesson||forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, compassion|
|Physical Dysfunctions||heart conditions, asthma, lung and breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||love, compassion, confidence, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, generosity|
|Information Stored Inside Heart Chakra||connections or “heart strings” to those whom we love|
|Area of Body Governed||heart, circulatory system, blood, lungs, rib cage, diaphragm, thymus, breasts, esophagus, shoulders, arms, hands|
|Crystals / Gemstones||malachite, emerald, rose quartz|
|Flower Essences||holly, poppy, California wild rose|
|pastas, breads, cereal, rices, flax seed, sunflower seeds, milk, cheeses, yogurt, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, and fennel.|
|Flower Essences||holly, poppy, California wild rose|
|Physical Location||throat, neck region|
|Purposes||learning to take responsibility for one’s own needs|
|Spiritual Lesson||confession, surrender personal will over to divine will, faith, truthfulness over deceit and dishonesty|
|Physical Dysfunctions||laryngitis, voice problems, gum or tooth issues, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder)|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||personal expression, creativity, addiction, criticism, faith, decision making (choices), will, lack of authority|
|Information Stored Inside Throat Chakra||self-knowledge, truth, attitudes, hearing, taste, smell|
|Area of Body Governed||throat, thyroid, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gums, esophagus, parathyroid, hyperthalemus|
|Crystals / Gemstones||chrysocola, lapis, blue opal|
|Flower Essences||cosmos, trumpet vine, larch|
|Physical Location||center of the forehead|
|Purposes||action of ideas, insight, mind development|
|Spiritual Lesson||understanding, reality check point, detachment, open mind|
|Physical Dysfunctions||brain tumors, strokes, blindness, deafness, seizures, learning disabilities, spinal dysfunctions, panic, depression|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||fear of truth, discipline, judgement, evaluation, emotional intelligence, concept of reality, confusion|
|Information Stored Inside the Brow Chakra||seeing clear picture (symbolic or literal), wisdom, intuition, mental facilities, intellect|
|Area of Body Governed||brain, neurological system, eyes, ears, nose, pituitary, pineal glands|
|Crystals / Gemstones||purple fluorite, sugalite, lapis|
|Flower Essences||wild oat, queen anne’s lace, madia|
|Foods that Nourish the Brow Chakra||blueberries, red grapes, black berries, raspberries, red wines and grape juice, lavender, poppy seed, mugwort|
|Color||violet / white|
|Physical Location||top of head|
|Purposes||intuitive knowing, connection to one’s spirituality, integration of the whole|
|Spiritual Lesson||spirituality, living in the NOW|
|Physical Dysfunctions||mystical depression, diseases of the muscular system, skeletal system and the skin, chronic exhaustion not associated with physical ailments, sensitivity to light, sound, environment|
|Mental / Emotional Issues||discovery of the divine, lack of purpose, loss of meaning or identity, trust, selflessness, humanitarianism, ability to see the bigger picture in the life stream, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics|
|Information Stored Inside Sacral Chakra||duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)|
|Area of Body Governed||top center of the head, midline above the ears|
|Crystals / Gemstones||amber, diamond, moldavite|
|Flower Essences||lotus, angelica, star tulip|