Chakras are the centers in your body, where energy flows. They control particular parts of the body and help in their functioning. If the energy is blocked in any of the 7 chakras in your body, it leads to an illness. Aligned chakras indicate that you are relaxed, calm, and nourished.
Food can help you balance the chakras and helps all the body parts to work in harmony. Based on the 7 chakras, there is food specific to each chakra and how they can benefit your body.
Here are foods that can help you balance your chakras:
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara Chakra)
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area. It is represented by the color red and is responsible your security, grounding, and foundation.
The foods that help to balance the root chakra include root vegetables like onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, potatoes, radishes, and parsnips. Protein rich foods like beans, meat, eggs, soy products, and almonds and herbs and spices like pepper, paprika, chives, and horseradish also help to balance the root chakra.
2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana Chakra)
The sacral chakra, responsible for your sexuality and creativity, is located just below your navel.1
Orange foods like carrots and oranges can be healing as it is represented by the color orange. Foods such as coconut, strawberries, passion fruit, and mangoes, that have a high water content, are beneficial. Honey and nuts and spices like cinnamon, paprika, vanilla, and sesame seeds also help to balance the chakra.
It is also important to keep yourself hydrated to balance the sacral chakra.
3. Solar Plexus (Manipura Chakra)
The solar plexus chakra is located in the upper abdomen and is important for self-discipline and self-esteem. It is represented with the color yellow and foods that are easily digested are beneficial to this chakra.
To balance your solar plexus chakra, eat rice, cereals, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, granola, bread, and grains. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese, and spices like fennel, cumin, turmeric, and ginger are also good for the solar plexus chakra.
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra)
The heart chakra is located near the heart, in the center of the chest and is associated with compassion and love.
Foods that help to heal the heart chakra are leafy and green vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, and celery. Spices like sage, basil, thyme, and cilantro also help to maintain the balance.
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha Chakra)
The throat chakra is located in the throat and helps in communication and expression. It is represented with the color blue and fruits like pears, apples, plums, apricots, kiwi, and grapefruits will help you balance the throat chakra. Water, herbal teas, and fruits juices are also beneficial.
6. Brow Chakra (Ajna Chakra)
Brow Chakra, located between our eyebrows, determines our ability to focus, think, imagine, and make decisions. It is represented by the color indigo.
To heal and balance the brow chakra, dark blue colored fruits like blueberries, grapes, blackberries, and raspberries are the best. Red wines, grape juices, lavender and poppy seeds can also help to balance the brow chakra.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head and governs your ability to be connected spiritually.2 It also helps in awakening the consciousness. It is represented by the color violet.
Though fasting and detoxing can help you heal the crown chakra. Incense and smudging herbs such as sage, myrrh, copal, and juniper are also beneficial in healing and balancing the crown chakra.