Energy, is what the universe is made of, everything from this earth we call home to our own bodies, is made of energy.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates directly to ‘wheel’ and refers to the spinning energy running through our bodies, from the top of our head to the base of our spine. It is believed that one’s Chakra can determine their emotional, physical and mental well-being. This system first originated from The Aryans, who passed down through each generation verbally. There is also evidence from Vedas, the oldest text from India dating back to 500BC, recording the practice of Chakra.
To be physically and mentally healthy, it is said that our 7 Chakras have to be balanced, all spinning just at the right moment, not too fast, and not too slow. Whether or not we are conscious about it, we control the balance of our Chakras, and should try to avoid excessive or under-active energy in only one part of our bodies. There are numerous ways of improving the balance of our Chakras, and fuelling our bodies with the right kind of food is no exception.
What Are The 7 Chakras?
Starting from the top, located above our heads, the Crown Chakra, is the highest-level energy we will feel that can connect us to the rest of the universe’s energy.
The second Chakra is the Sacral Chakra, just below the naval, responsible for our relationships with the ones surrounding us.
The third, Solar Plexus Chakra, located above the naval, gives us the fuel and motivation to keep going.
The fifth, named Throat Chakra, located at the throat, represents how our inner voice is communicated and expressed through creativity.
The next Chakra, located at the center of the chest, Heart Chakra, gives us the ability to feel love, compassion and self-acceptance.
The next one, located at our forehead, the Third Eye Chakra, helps us with our spiritualization and forgiveness.
And last but not least, the Chakra located at the bottom of our spines, the Root Chakra, a representation of our basic survival and stability in our everyday lives.
So how do you know your Chakra is off-balanced? Read more on how to use a Crystal Pendulum.
Food For Chakras # 1 – The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Element : Earth
Planet : Mars
Sense : Smell
The Root Chakra provides us with the basic want to survive. This is the foundation of our Chakras, only when this is fulfilled, then we are able to satisfy the other Chakras. When this Chakra is underachieved, we would feel fatigue, and disconected from reality.
Foods that would fuel our Root Chakra have red pigments in them as this Chakra is associated with the colour red. For example, carrots, radishes, and beets, 3 of the most common grown root crops that can even be planted in our very own backyards! Red colored food helps to fuel this Chakra as they are rich in Betalains which not only help to prevent brain fog, but also to boost our energy levels.
These foods normally contains vitamin C which helps regenerate our connective tissues in our bones and skins & aid in the process of iron absorption and help us develop a strong and healthy immune system.
Root Chakra – Food for Chakras: Bell peppers, Carrots and Chili
Food for Chakras # 2 – The Sacral Chakra (Swadhishtana)
Element : Water
Planet : Mercury
Sense : Taste
Our Sacral Chakra explores our relationship with others, such as our sexuality and emotions. Having an unbalanced Sacral Chakra, we would show signs of reproductive and lower back issues as well as creative blocks. On the other hand, if we have an excessive amount, we would be manipulative, controlling and lustful.
Some foods that can help balance this are fruits. The colour orange represents the Sacral Chakra and therefore many types of orange food are associated with the Chakra. For example, fruits such as orange, papaya and melon. These fruits are naturally low in fat and have no cholesterol; they also contain potassium and vitamin C, which is under consumed among many.
Sacral Chakra – Food For Chakras: Fruit Salad topped with cinnamon spice and sesame seeds.
Food for Chakras #3 – Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
Element : Fire
Planet : Jupiter
Sense : Sight
Being located at the center of our bodies, the Solar Plexus Chakra is responsible for where our physical energy and emotions are distributed. Having a balanced 3rd Chakra would allow us to have the motivation and will power for self-improvement. However, too much of this would result in a self-absorbed individual, wanting to have control on everything in life, and having too little would result in poor self worth, one would question their likability all the time.
The color associated with this Chakra is yellow; some yellow foods that help balance our Solar Plexus Chakra include banana, corn, cheese and yellow pepper. Other than these, there are also pasta, bread, cereal and rice. They are carbohydrates, which provides us with our main source of energy needed in a day. They aid in digestion and also help maintain a controlled level of cholesterol.
Solar Plexus Chakra – Food For Chakras: Corn, Banana and Yellow Bell Peppers
Food For Chakras # 4 – Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Planet : Venus
Sense : Touch
Following our hearts, this is what the Heart Chakra represents. Loving ones self as well as others depend on the balance of this Chakra. When it is balanced, we would experience compassion and love even through tough times. When this Chakra is overactive, wrong choices can be made, and we would blame it on love. On the other hand, if this Chakra is under-active, it would be difficult for one to open up to another person and as for our physical health we would experience circulatory problems.
Represented by the colour green, vegetables are the best type of food to fuel this Chakra. Greens such as spinach, kale, cabbage, broccoli and celery will keep this chakra spinning and balanced. Being low in fat and calories, it would aid in reducing the chances of heart problems and cancer. Vegetables are also high in potassium, which can reduce risks of developing kidney stones and lower blood pressures.
Heart Chakra – Food for Chakras: Mixed vegetable juice/ smoothie
Food For Chakras # 5 – Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Element : Ether
Planet : Saturn
Sense : Hearing
Expressing our truth, listening to others, accepting criticism, is all part of the Throat Chakra. A balanced throat Chakra allows for self-expression through communication, projecting our inner voice. An imbalanced Throat Chakra can result in hurtful and judgemental speech towards others or it can also cause a lack of creativity expression.
The colour blue represents the Throat Chakra, and some foods that can help balance this are blueberries and grapefruits. There are anti-inflammatory properties in blueberries, along with being high in fibre and having antioxidants that aid in the prevention of cell damage. Grapefruits are high in Vitamins A, B and C, which builds up our immune system to fight against viruses. Other than these two fruits, there are also apples, pears, lemons and kiwi that are beneficial to the cycle of the Throat Chakra. All these fruits are recommended to to taken as a juice or smoothie as liquid in general is useful to the balance of our fifth Chakra.
Throat Chakra – Food For Chakras : Smoothie made with frozen blueberries, coconut water and avocado
Food For Chakras # 6 – Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Element : Light
Planet : Sun
Sense : Sixth sense
Responsible for connecting us with our spiritualization, the Third Eye Chakra is one of the harder ones to be balanced. Many of us are in tune with our 5 senses but not with our intuition and ‘third eye’ visions. When balance is achieved, we would have just the right amount of wisdom without being over analytical and the right amount of knowingness without being overly intellectual.
The color indigo is the color that represents the Third Eye Chakra. Red wine and grape juices are two types of drinks that can feed our 6th Chakra. Red wine contains antioxidants, which helps to reduce the risks of coronary heart diseases but we must still be careful in drinking it in moderation. Other foods include red grapes, blackberries and raspberries.
Third Eye Chakra – Food For Chakras : Fruit Salad, Steak with moderate amount of red wine
Food For Chakras # 7 – Crown Chakra (Sahaswara)
Element : Spirit
Planet : Pluto
This is our highest level of consciousness which connects our energy with the rest of the universe’s. An imbalance of this Chakra is common, one of the signs include having no spiritual aspirations.
This Chakra is represented by the colour pink and unlike the six other Chakras, instead of feeding to this Chakra, fasting and detoxing is what we should do. Inhaling herbs such as Sage and Copal is also a good way of balance our Chakra.
“Let food be thy medicine” – Hippocrates
Learning how to use food to balance our Chakra is definitely something tht we all should learn. But the problem is, how do we know when our Chakras are off balance? Read more about Crystal Pendulum Dowsing and how they can identify your “off-balanced” Chakras.