Chakra Diets

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Many people believe the foods we eat can affect our chakras. Image by Kelly Cline/E+/Getty Images

In many metaphysical belief systems, the body’s seven chakras are the source of all energy. Many people believe that if one or more of our chakras is blocked or out of balance, it can have an effect us on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. There are a number of ways to get your chakras back into alignment – meditation and Reiki, for instance – but some people believe that the foods we eat can help us keep our chakras where they need to be.

If you’ve been feeling off-kilter lately, consider modifying your diet in a way that will be beneficial to your chakras.

Please keep in mind that a balanced diet is never a substitute for proper medical care, so be sure to consult your healthcare professional if anything seems wrong with you physically. You can work together with your doctor to find the cause and solution of any medical problems you may be having.

The Root Chakra

Associated with the color red and disorders like anemia and chronic fatigue syndrome, the root chakra is located near the coccyx. If you’re trying to get your root chakra realigned, consider eating more root vegetables. This chakra is associated with grounding and the earth itself, so earthy veggies like potatoes and beets, turnips, rutabagas, and parsnips can help. You can also add more red meat into your diet – game meats especially, like venison, or free-range and grass-fed beef are a good addition.

The Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra, which is associated with sexuality, is located around the spleen and corresponds to the color orange. If your sacral chakra is out of whack, you might be experiencing impotency, sexual disorders, or reproductive problems. You can give your sacral chakra a kickstart by modifying your diet to include carrots and yams, as well as juicy fruits such as oranges, melons, and berries.

The sacral chakra is connected to the element of water, so you may want to increase your daily intake of fluids. Water itself is always good for you, but you can supplement it with clear liquids like broth or tea as well.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Near your bellybutton, and connected to the color yellow, is your solar plexus chakra. Physical issues can sometimes manifest in the solar plexus chakra in the form of digestive disorders – irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, ulcers and so forth – as well as problems with diabetes. Give this chakra a little boost by adding bright yellow foods that include complex carbohydrates into your diet – these will convert to energy, and can make you feel better overall. Bananas, yellow peppers, fresh corn, and even curry powder are great for revitalizing the solar plexus chakra.

The Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is located – obviously – in the chest, and is related to matters of love and emotions. Associated with the color green, an imbalanced heart chakra can manifest itself physically with disorders of the chest – heart and lung problems, pulmonary disease, and even breast cancer. Help maintain heart chakra equilibrium by eating plenty of servings of leafy green veggies each day – kale, chard, collards, and broccoli are super healthy.

If you’re not crazy about leafy greens as a side dish, consider mixing up smoothies to start your day with a healthy green breakfast.

The Throat Chakra

Associated with the color blue, and with speech and communication, problems with the throat chakra can take physical form as problems with the mouth and neck, in addition to thyroid disorders and hyperactivity. To help your throat chakra regain balance, you can eat blue foods – but there aren’t many of them. Blueberries are always good, but you can also add fruits which grow on trees, like plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and apples.

The Brow Chakra

Located in the center of your forehead, the brow chakra is often referred to as the Third Eye, and is related to the color indigo. Brow chakra blockages may appear as flu-like symptoms, such as fever, swollen glands, and infections.

There a number of ways to open the third eye, but if you’re working on it from a dietary perspective, try opening up your diet to spices and herbs – poppy seed, lavender, and pepper, for instance – as well as dark blue or purple foods like eggplants and blackberries.

The Crown Chakra

Found at the top of your head, the crown chakra is connected to our relationship with the divine. When it’s off balance, it can manifest in the form of headaches or even mental health disorders. Many people believe that the best dietary approach to a crown chakra problem is to fast or do a detox program. You can also incorporate herbs into your daily routine that are associated with intuition and cleansing – sage, rosemary and basil can be eaten, or you can inhale the fragrant fumes of myrrh, patchouli, sweetgrass or frankincense.