Nourishing Your Chakras with Food

Everything is made up of energy; the world and our bodies, as well as the food we eat. We eat to nourish our organs and cells so that our body functions optimally. The physical body is where we live. It makes us human and our experience of life is greatly affected by how we fuel it.

The food we eat has an energy frequency that influences the vibration of the body, It either enhances or depletes energy from the chakras. In looking at food, there are various factors that determine the energetic affect a particular food or meal will have on the body.

Food factors influencing the energetic self

  • The form of the food (whole vs processed)
  • Color: the color of a food is directly correlated to the chakra it supports
  • Where and how it was grown: local, organic
  • Solid or liquid
  • Macronutrient profile: pro, fat or carb?
  • Who prepared it
  • Experience of eating – presence, pace, mood, people there
  • Beliefs about the food

Chakras are the body’s energy centers. They unify the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of who we are.

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Eating to Nourish the Chakras

1st Chakra: grounding/security, survival needs, safety, connection to earth, family/tribe

Physical: rectum, legs, feet, immune system, tailbone/spine, skin; the defense system, bones, adrenals

Proteins: meat, eggs, tofu, beans, nuts, dairy. When possible, choose organic, grass-fed meats. Meat is heavy, thus will “root” us to the earth, help ground us when feeling spacey and flighty; help connect us to our “animal” instincts. Too much protein can cause stagnation and keep us “stuck.”

Foods grown in the earth – Potatoes, onions, carrots, radishes, beets, rutabagas, garlic, parsnips, sweet potatoes, etc. Root vegetables are cooling, earthy, and centering energy. Fiber and long roots help clean out our bowels and assist in letting go, helping to feel anchored and safe in our lower core.

Red foods – Radishes, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, cayenne pepper, beets, tomatoes, watermelon, red bell peppers. Red fruits and veggies represent grounding and blood.

Minerals – Iron, zinc. Minerals assist the body to create a stable foundation for the body in terms of bones, proteins, and blood cells. Sources of minerals are vegetables, fruits, dairy, nuts, and seeds. Choose organic, fresh foods from the ground.

Spices – Cayenne, chives, pepper, horseradish, paprika, ginger.

2nd Chakra: flow and creativity, emotions, play, sexuality, pleasure, flexibility, desires

Physical: ovaries, testes, bladder, kidneys, large intestine, hips, lower back

Liquids – The physical body needs water for the flow of nutrients and body functions including elimination and movement within the body. Choose pure spring water.

Water foods – Foods grown on top of the earth such as cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes.

Orange foods – Oranges, pumpkins, apricots, peaches, mangos, carrots, mandarins, yams, salmon, bell peppers, cantaloupe. Orange foods provide carotenoids such as beta-carotene for cell membrane protection and assistance with fat absorption.

Fats and oils – Olive oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil, animal fats, ghee, olives, coconut oil, almond oil, avocado, walnut oil, sunflower seed oil. Fats and oils provide fluidity in the body needed for cellular communication and function, soft skin, nourishing the brain.

Fish – Salmon live in water hence flow, fats (especially salmon, high fat). Salmon is particularly supportive of the sacral chakra due to its high fat content and orange color.

Nuts and Seeds – Almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, pine, macadamia, brazil, pistachios, flax, hemp, poppy, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin.

Foods high in fiber – Fruits and vegetables as well as nuts and seeds assist movement of food through the gastrointestinal tract.

Sweet/tropical fruits – Coconuts, mangos, papayas, kiwis, pineapples, banana, oranges, figs. Honey represents joy, pleasure and delight in our lives.

Spices – Vanilla, carob, sweet paprika.

Sweeteners: honey, agave, maple syrup, brown sugar, raw sugar, fruit juices, molasses.

3rd Chakra: personal power, confidence, self-esteem

Physical: pancreas, liver, gallbladder, stomach, small intestines

Grains – Rice, millet, quinoa, barley, rye, spelt, oats, wheat. Whole intact grains are best.

Yellow foods – Lemons, pineapples, melons, bananas, grapefruit, olive oil, yellow peppers, egg yolks, plantains, yellow squash, yellow potatoes, lentils, corn, legumes.

Carbohydrates – Root starchy veggies such as potato, corn, squash, yucca, parsnip, pumpkin. Complex carbs are low glycemic meaning they provide a slow, steady release of blood sugar. For long-lasting stable energy, balance carbohydrates with fiber. Avoid sugar, juice, and refined carbs such as white bread, pastries and snack foods. Most beneficial for the body when carbohydrates are consumed in moderation.

Legumes – Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, navy, fava, pinto, lima, white, mung. Legumes provide stable energy due to their balance of fiber, carbohydrates, and protein.

Soluble fiber – Flax, legumes, fruits, and vegetables help to maintain blood sugar balance for stable energy.

Spices – Melissa, turmeric, fennel, chamomile, cumin, peppermint.

4th Chakra: expansion and love

Physical: heart, thymus, arms, hands, shoulders (nurturing parts) ,lungs

Green fruits and vegetables – Avocados, broccoli, cucumbers, peas, artichokes, beans, kale, brussels sprouts, green squashes, chard, spinach, dandelion greens, lettuce, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, arugula, bok choy, daikon, green beans, edamame, green grapes, kiwi, pear, asparagus, zucchini, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass.

Sprouts – Sunflower, bean, alfalfa, radish, lentil sprouts. Sprouts provide a young energy of renewal and light.

Spices – Basil, oregano, sage, parsley.

5th, 6th, and 7th Chakras

Bluish and purplish fruits and vegetables – Blueberries, plums, eggplant, broccoli, purple onions, grapes, prunes, kale, broccoli, berries, currants, purple potatoes, raisins.

5th Chakra: self expression and truth/communication

Physical:  mouth, throat, tongue

  • Sea Food and Fish – Kelp, seaweed, dulse. (Rich in iodine and selenium which will nourish the thyroid.)
  • Juice, Soups, Sauces – Provides moisture and lubrication for the function of the throat and mouth.

6th Chakra: intuition and wisdom

Physical: pituitary, eyes, brain, face

  • Healthy fats – Omega-3, nuts, oils, seeds.
  • Spices – All spice, anise, basil, cardamom, chili powder, cumin, curry, dill, fennel, ginger, mint, nutmeg, pepper, sage, turmeric, wasabi.
  • Green and black teas
  • Chocolate

7th Chakra: connection, integration

Physical – pineal gland/master gland, central nervous system

  • Water
  • Sun – the universal source of light, nourishes all of life
  • Love – provides the highest vibration of nourishment for our bodies, more so than any food….it is the real connection that we as human craves (but use food to fill)
  • Oxygen – vital and essential for metabolism and digestion.  Truly our life force.

Your diet can greatly influence chakra balance.  Use the info above to see how your diet may be helping or hurting the vibration of each chakra.

A few general principles in looking at feeding the chakras with food:

  • eat real whole food
  • avoid processed foods at all costs
  • eat local, fresh organic as much as possible
  • be grateful for your meals
  • eat without distraction enjoying every bite
  • breathe deeply before meals
  • connect to the energy and purpose of what you eat
  • honor the lineage of the food

Recommended Resource: Optimal Foods for Chakra Health

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