After reading the title of this blog, you might be thinking, what do chakras have to do with food? Believe it or not, the short answer is … a lot! How you eat can significantly affect your chakras and vibrational energy. Food can unblock and balance chakras to create a healthier energy flow throughout the body – a good thing to keep in mind as we approach the food-focused holiday of Thanksgiving! Eating for chakra balance can alleviate digestive issues, anxiety, and even more specific issues like shoulder pain.
But before we dive into the details, what even are chakras? Chakras are circular energy points located along your spine. There are seven main chakra points from the base of the spine to the top of your head. When open, these energy points help us feel relaxed, confident, and intuitive. But, when chakras are blocked, you’re more likely to feel a little down in the dumps!
There are also lots of spiritual benefits to having balanced chakras. You may experience more creativity, inner peace, and gratitude.
Each chakra point has a different set of foods that can balance energy. Let’s move our way through the rainbow of foods and examine the best ways to use nutrition to unblock your chakras.
Red is the color of the root chakra, so look for fresh and delicious red produce. Red berries, beets, and peppers are excellent for keeping the root chakra balanced. Root vegetables like onions and ginger help keep you grounded.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is responsible for connection, fear, and security. This chakra links us to the earth through our feet and legs, which is why blockages here can result in leg and foot pain. Imbalances can also cause digestive problems and feelings of loneliness.
Orange foods are the remedy for an imbalanced sacral chakra. Oranges, pumpkin, carrots, bell peppers, and salmon support the sacral chakra and are key for alleviating any imbalances. It’s also important to remember that water represents the sacral chakra, so drinking plenty of water and consuming foods with a high water content is beneficial as well.
The sacral chakra is located just under the belly button, and it supports flowing creativity and sensuality. A balanced sacral chakra improves intimate connection, healthy emotions, and confidence. If you’re experiencing a lack of passion, you may have an unbalance in this chakra.
My Winter Pumpkin Soup is the perfect go-to when you want to unblock your sacral chakra. It’s savory, comforting, and filled with fresh herbs and veggies.
Look for yellow foods like bananas, squash, ginger, and pineapple to help you feel energetic and powerful by balancing your solar plexus chakra. Healthy carbs like oats and legumes also serve as energy-promoting sources because of their fiber content.
When balanced, the solar plexus chakra empowers you to feel like you can accomplish anything – because you CAN. It is right in the core of your body, between the belly button and upper chest. If you’re experiencing a lack of purpose and willpower, you may need to nourish this chakra!
Ginger is one of my favorite foods associated with the solar plexus chakra. Try my recipe for Creamy Carrot Ginger Coconut Soup with Turmeric to regain your power.
Surprisingly, the heart chakra isn’t associated with the color red! Green foods aid an unbalanced heart chakra. Turn to foods like fresh romaine lettuce, green onions, broccoli, green tea, and avocado to nourish the heart chakra. Eating your green produce raw is also said to be beneficial for this chakra.
The heart chakra is located near the heart, of course! A balanced heart chakra supports acceptance, love, and compassion. If you’ve noticed it’s harder to be compassionate with yourself or others, or you are lacking joy, you may be suffering from an imbalance here.
Green juice is just what you need if your heart chakra feels off balance. The green juice that I make to optimize my digestion is so good, and I have a version of it every day! Give it a try, and observe how your energy shifts.
Blue is the color of the throat chakra. Incorporating blueberries, figs, and kelp will aid any imbalances here. Because this chakra is located in your throat, consume foods and beverages that would soothe a sore throat. Warm tea with honey, miso soups, and lemon water can all do wonders for this chakra.
Are you having a hard time expressing yourself? A blockage in this chakra might be to blame! It is responsible for our communication and creativity. If you’ve had difficulty communicating effectively with a friend, partner, or even with yourself, try incorporating some of these foods for support.
Boost your blue food intake with these Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Dessert Muffins!
Plums and purple produce like cabbage will support your third eye and aid your intuition. If you’re a fellow yogi, you probably recognize this chakra from your practice. The third eye is located between the eyebrows. If you feel like you lack purpose, that might be because your third eye chakra is unbalanced. Your third eye in balance can give you killer intuition that will confidently lead you in the right direction.
I have a fantastic recipe for Easy Collard Wraps filled with purple cabbage and hummus to help you align your third eye chakra. Try it out and see how you feel!
The crown chakra calls for fasting or detoxing rather than feeding your body with certain foods. Fasting gives me more energy and resets my hunger hormones, and I prefer to eat my meals roughly between noon and 6 pm. For more information on fasting, check out my article on how I intuitively fast.
The crown chakra or Sahasrara chakra is responsible for spirituality. If you’re having difficulty connecting spiritually or feeling disconnected from yourself, you may have a crown chakra imbalance.
Navigating each chakra and ensuring they’re all balanced can be daunting, especially if all this information is new to you. For more information on balancing your chakras through nutrition, I invite you to schedule a one-on-one session with me.