Energy is the basis for everything on this planet, and if you’ll recall from your physics class, energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be transformed. So when you need fuel, you need to eat. But did you know that you can choose foods that have specific vibrations that correspond to some chakras, thereby helping to raise the chakra’s vibration and recharging it? With this knowledge, you can eat for bodily fuel and eat to support your 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.
The Cost of Imbalanced Chakras
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.
Food for Energy Healing
The good news is that you can clear, charge, and balance your chakras to heal them before physical symptoms ever develop. That is one of the best things about energy medicine—you can address issues in your field before they manifest in your body. Working with a spiritual teacher or energy healer can help you determine which of your chakras needs balancing—and most people have several—and then you can target your efforts toward the energy center that needs the most help. Making your food choices for the health of your chakras is another way to get started healing your chakras, and your life.
First Chakra Foods
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.
Second Chakra Foods
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.
Third Chakra Foods
The third chakra transforms raw fiery energy into action and is your source of self-esteem. Sunny yellow foods really help to clear and balance this chakra, especially yellow peppers, but you can also try corn, yellow lentils, yellow curry, and bananas. Since this chakra converts energy, it needs foods that are not absorbed too quickly, so avoid sugar, white flour, and processed foods, if your third chakra is off-kilter. What you want instead is complex carbohydrates and whole grains that burn more slowly and keep you energized longer.
Fourth Chakra Foods
Your fourth chakra is located at your heart and rules love and relationships. Its color is green, so green vegetables, especially leafy and cruciferous ones like kale, lettuces, spinach, chard, bok choy, collard greens, broccoli, etc., really ramp up the energy of this chakra and help to heal it. The fourth chakra is also about balance, and green veggies are neither yin nor yang in Chinese medicine, so they maintain the equilibrium that is essential to the health of this chakra. Try adding kale or spinach to your morning smoothie, or include a small salad with every meal. “Eat your greens” is good advice!
Fifth Chakra Foods
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.
Sixth and Seventh Chakra Foods
These two chakras are more spirit than earth, so their nourishment really comes from sources other than food, including love and a strong connection to the divine. Eating light meals while engaging in a spirit-boosting activity like meditation can energize your third eye and your crown chakra. For more about how to heal your chakras and therefore your life, please consider joining my Secrets of Chakra Wisdom Online Video Course, where you will learn all about what chakras govern in your life (hint: everything) and how to heal, charge, and balance each chakra for a happier, healthier you!Deborah King
Deborah King is a New York Times best-selling author, meditation teacher, renowned spiritual leader, and the leading authority on energy medicine.