It’s an ancient tradition in India that within the body, energy flows through seven points called chakras. To many followers of yoga, it’s important for healthy minds and bodies to keep your physical energy balanced by stimulating the chakras. This is usually done through meditation, but it’s also beneficial to eat properly. Here are some foods that will help to unlock your seven chakras.
Muladhara, the Root Chakra
This is located at the base of the spine and serves as your foundation, or connection, to the physical world. An unbalanced root chakra can lead to confused thoughts and anxiety. Perhaps not surprisingly, the muladhara is associated with red, and root vegetables such as beets, garlic, turnips, potatoes, and parsnips. A mix of these foods provides healthy fiber, potassium, iron, and many other nutrients.
Svahisthana, or the Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is located just under the navel, and is associated with sexuality and emotions. Be sure to keep hydrated if you’re experiencing issues in these areas. Svahisthana is connected to water. It is also linked to the color orange, so foods like oranges, carrots, cantaloupes, and mangoes will help with the sacral chakra. Orange foods are good sources of vitamin A, which promotes cell growth, skin, and eyesight.
Manipura, or Solar Plexus
This the source of energy for your ego, confidence, and self-esteem. It’s best represented by the element of fire and associated with the color yellow. To feed more energy into the manipura, eat yellow foods like peaches, corn, and bananas. Try to avoid foods that are high in sugar or starches, as these tend to be processed by the same energy into useless calories. Complex carbohydrates are processed more slowly for sustained energy and stamina.
Anahata, or Heart Chakra
Heart problems are common today, but you can help to manage heart health and rhythm through the heart chakra. This also represents love and peace. Anahata’s color is green, so you can improve the heart’s function in your energy with green foods like kale, broccoli, spinach, and so forth. All of these are very low in sugar and sodium, but filled with fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Even modern doctors will tell you that eating more greens is important to your health.
Vishuddha, or Throat Chakra
This located in your throat between your larynx and the cleft of your collar bones. It’s associated with sky blue and is the seat of communication. The vishuddha helps you to speak and to recognize the truth, and be true to yourself. Fuel the throat chakra with blue foods, especially blueberries which are known to be full of antioxidants and nutrients. But this can also include any bluish fruits that are grown and harvested from trees and vines, such as grapes, plums, and elderberries.
Ajna, or the Third Eye
This is located in the forehead and associated with a darker, indigo blue. It’s considered to be the source of your spirituality and intuition, and as such is less related to physical as to spiritual energies. Eat dark blue or red foods like blackberries, grape juice, raspberries, and red wines for antioxidants and fiber. All are good sources of antioxidants.
Sahasrara, or the Crown
This chakra is located at the top of your head and associated with the spiritual plane, the element of air, and detoxing your whole system. It’s color is violet, though others prefer to see it as white or even vibrant red. Sahasrara is more associated with incense and herbs like sage, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper. Fresh herbs are good sources of vitamin E, vitamin A, and potassium. For opening the crown chakra, these spices should be also be used as incense, rather than simply food.
As shown from this chakra chart
, it’s necessary to keep all seven chakras charged and your energy flowing. In the physical world, this is difficult to do with meditation alone. A mind-body approach is more productive.