Heal your chakras the fun way with food!
Sometimes it’s hard to remember what you can do to heal and balance your chakras. You may not remember the right mantras, or have time to meditate. Ideally, you do these things every day. But let’s be realistic. For most of us, life gets in the way and it’s all too easy to neglect chakra care!
Our seven chakras are the powerful focal points of our body’s constant circulation of energy, and this energy is not only directed outwards towards the world we inhabit and the people we interact with, but is also drawn in from our surroundings and immediate environment.
These energies drive us towards almost all that we do. They are required in order to live healthy, happy lives in which our dreams can be fulfilled. Our voices can be heard and our road towards enlightenment can be walked without difficulty or strife.
It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that those things which we choose to put into our bodies can make a significant difference in regards to how well our chakras operate. They impact how freely and healthily the energies circulate around our material form.
A healthy chakra is an open chakra.
A chakra is wheel or vortex of energy which rotates and pulses. They accept positive energies from outside, and projecting them both within and outwards.
Food and drink are our sources of physical energy; we all know this to be the case. However, it is possible to use them as a source of positive, healing energy as well. Certain foods or drinks can greatly benefit our chakras. Or conversely, prohibit them from working properly by blocking or closing them. When we understand that food impacts the flow of energy in our bodies, we can begin to use our meals or diets in a new way. We can focus the positive energies of food on particular chakras which require some work or help.
Each of the 7 chakras corresponds to a particular part of the body, and to certain mental and emotional states.
When chakras are blocked, through environmental toxins, negative thinking or emotional trends, the physical, emotional and mental aspects that are associated with a blocked chakra, will suffer.
For example, the heart chakra associates with the lungs, the circulatory system and the heart. Emotionally, this chakra governs your relationships and your ability to fully give and receive love. A blocked heart chakra can manifest in relationship troubles and feelings of loneliness and if left untreated, can eventually lead to asthma, heart attacks and even breast cancer.
Thankfully, nature has provided us with a relatively simple technique to select foods that relate to particular chakras. Certain foods contain special energies or frequencies that can assist in opening or healing your body’s energy centers.
Because each of our chakras has an energy that is both literally and symbolically represented by a color, it is very often the case that foods which have the same color can work harmoniously with that chakra. For example, green colored foods such as fresh leafy vegetables and certain green fruits are a great way of healing and opening your fourth heart chakra.
These foods vibrate at a consistent and similar frequency to that of your heart vortex. The positive energies taken from digesting these foods will make their way into this energy center of your body, giving it a boost and allowing it to work as it should.
Nourishing Foods for the Chakras
Avoid beige foods in favor of a colorful rainbow, for optimal chakra care.
Beige foods would be grains (bread, pasta, baked goods).
The first or root chakra is located at the base of your spine. It acts as your foundation, your roots and a connection to the physical world. This chakra is all about grounding you to the earth and making you feel safe and secure. Any root vegetable that is red in color is a great choice. Some include beets, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, garlic, ginger, turnips and parsnips. These are warming, comforting foods, particularly when they are oven roasted with olive oil, salt and rosemary (try drizzling with a veggie stock, too, for extra flavor). Try them roasted with salt and olive oil for an easy grounding meal that is also delicious! Protein and red fruits like strawberries, apples or pomegranates can help to strengthen your roots.
The second chakra is just below your navel. This chakra governs sexuality, pleasure, worthiness of pleasure, and emotions. The element associated with the sacral chakra is water, so pure water is the best thing you can drink, to clear and heal this chakra. Clear liquids like teas and broths are healing too, so be sure to keep your body hydrated if your second chakra is imbalanced. The color associated with the sacral chakra is orange. Orange foods, especially carrots, oranges, mangoes, melons and orange juice, can be healing. Eggs are a great sacral chakra food. Many supermarket eggs are quite old, and the yolks are a sickly yellow – but a fresh egg has a bright orange yolk so whenever you can, seek out freshly laid eggs!
Hint: fresh, whole, organic foods have the best healing properties!
Solar Plexus Chakra
The third, or solar plexus, chakra transforms energy into action.
Think “fire” – your inner fire, self-esteem and personal power. It’s also the seat of your “gut instinct.” It is now known that the digestive system has its own intelligence, and caring for it is best done with a diet rich in colorful veggies. Draw in the sun’s energy by eating yellow foods: yellow peppers, bananas, ginger, yellow squashes, pineapple, yellow tomatoes, corn and peaches. A great daily cleansing drink is water with a few squirts of lemon.
The fourth chakra is the heart chakra. It governs your relationships and ability to unconditionally give and receive love. Its color is green, so any leafy or cruciferous vegetable is a powerful healing food. Try kale, spinach, chard, broccoli, lettuce (avoid iceberg lettuce though, as it is nutritionally poor), collard greens, bok choy and asparagus. A great fruit choice is kiwi.
These foods also vibrate at a consistent and similar frequency to that of your heart vortex. Positive energies taken from digesting these foods will make their way into this energy center of your body. It will give it a boost and allow it to work as it should.
Located at the throat, this chakra governs the thyroid glands and self-expression, creativity, honesty and communication. You can eat blueberries, grapes , Italian plums and blackberries to heal this chakra.
Brow and Crown Chakras
The brow and crown chakras are less concerned with the material (physical) world than they are the spiritual world. So physical nourishment is not as essential. Their energy is less dense and more ethereal, but you can still use food to heal them. Eat light meals, and purple foods like black grapes, purple cabbage and eggplant.
The key to successful nourishing with food is balance and variety.
If you were to focus your culinary efforts on just one chakra you would neglect the others. For example, going heavy on the sweet potatoes and red foods with nothing else, makes for an imbalanced diet.
Try for a rainbow of color on your plate with every meal, for the best healing!
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