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Your diet and your energies are intrinsically linked. If you’re already living a holistic lifestyle, you will start to learn that everything is connected. While you may be following the yogic diet, it’s important to learn that the meals you eat can impact your chakras.
You already know that you need to eat well to balance your lifestyle. However, the innate power of food doesn’t start and end there. Grab your chef’s hat and let’s get to it. Within this chapter, we take a look at which foods to eat when each of your chakras is blocked.
How Food Affects the Chakras
As you start to learn about chakras, you will understand the danger of them becoming blocked. Should that happen, it can lead to emotional and physical distress. The truth of the matter is that you may not realize when one of your chakras is unbalanced. It happens to the best of us. However, you will see the signs or symptoms, as they are hard to ignore.
When there’s something that feels ‘off’ but you can’t understand why, consider each of your chakras. Each one of them closely relates to an aspect of your being. For example, your heart chakra affects your emotions, while your third eye impacts your intuition.
You can unblock chakras through a series of holistic practices including using Kundalini Yoga technology. However, that is not the only way to ensure that they are clear at all times. One of the most surprising ways that you can impact your chakras is via food.
The food that you choose to eat each day can have a direct impact on each chakra. Understanding which ingredients align with chakras is a good place to start. Should you find that one of them is blocked, you can eat foods that will easily and naturally clear it.
What Food to Eat for Each Chakra
Is one of your chakras blocked? If the answer is yes, don’t panic. Cooking a healthy meal — consisting of some choice ingredients — could be the answer. Whether you’re a pro chef or a newbie in the kitchen, here’s what you need to know to get started.
The Root Chakra
The root chakra is all about being grounded. When it is out of balance, you should eat red foods. These include red apples, beets, pomegranates, and strawberries. You may also want to eat some healthy root vegetables, such as potatoes, turnips, and parsnips.
Serving suggestion: Roasted Root Vegetables in Garlic Olive Oil
The Sacral Chakra
Next up, the sacral chakra is all about pleasure and your emotions. To balance this chakra, try eating some orange foods, such as mango, oranges, apricots, and peaches. You may also want to add some nuts (such as chestnuts and walnuts) and seeds to your diet.
Serving suggestion: Orange Fruit Salad with Seed Toppers
The Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is tied up with your sense of self and personal power. If you’re trying to balance this chakra, start eating oats, brown rice, beans, vegetables, and grains. You can also include yellow foods in your diet, such as bananas, lemons, and corn.
Serving suggestion: Corn and Bean Stew with Brown Rice
The Heart Chakra
As you might imagine, the heart chakra is all about love and compassion. Whenever this chakra is out of balance, you should eat healthy greens. These may include kale, broccoli, spinach, chard, cucumber, zucchini, matcha, avocado, lime, mint, spirulina, and apples.
Serving suggestion: Mixed Leaf Salad and Green Juice
The Throat Chakra
Your ability to speak and express yourself is tied to your throat chakra. However, when it is blocked, you may struggle to communicate. When that happens, add some more blue foods — such as blueberries and blackberries — to your diet. Additionally, you may want to include coconut water, honey, lemon, and herbal teas to your everyday eating plan.
Serving suggestion: Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blueberries and Honey
The Third Eye Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra affects your ability to perceive and understand the world. When it is blocked, you need to start eating purple foods. For instance, you may choose to eat purple kale, purple cabbage, eggplant, plums, and purple carrots. Experts also recommend that you eat cacao-based foods, as these boost your serotonin levels and can reduce stress.
Serving suggestion: Purple Kale and Cabbage Salad or Dark Chocolate
The Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is located at the top of your head and is linked to spirituality. Should you find that it’s out of balance, you may need to detox or undergo a fast. Unlike the other chakras, this one does not respond well to specific ingredients or certain food types.
Of course, you may not want to forgo food entirely. When you are detoxing, you may want to drink a special type of brew. For example, you can opt for a turmeric and ginger tea during this period. It goes without saying, you should speak to a nutritionist first of all.
Serving suggestion: Detox Tea or Healthy Broth
Of course, food alone cannot unblock the chakras. Leading the right lifestyle for you and tending to your Kundalini Yoga practice is vital. However, we cannot ignore the role that our diet plays in our energies. When we overlook this aspect of our lifestyle, we are making a grave mistake. Food shouldn’t be purely functional — it’s a powerful medium.
It doesn’t matter how far along in your journey you are, you can utilize food to its highest strength. Spend time considering the types of food you tend to eat. We’re all busy but you need to make time for this vital part of your regime. Rather than relying on quick junk food, you should include health-forward ingredients in your diet.
Now that you know all about how different foods can unblock the chakras, what are you waiting for? Refer back to this guide whenever you next need a little pick-me-up. Changing the way that you eat may have a direct impact on what you feel.