The Chakra Diet – By Rita Balshaw
When you think of Chakra balancing you probably don’t think about food! And, assumably your mind directly wanders to the more obvious Chakra healing methods of colour therapy, certain yoga poses, crystals, essences or perhaps the Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Range. Balancing the energy centres within the body (aka the chakras) can be achieved by including and excluding certain foods, working on the premise that every food commodity has a certain energetic healing vibration and frequency.
Since ancient times, it was known that people who took care of themselves holistically lived healthier and longer lives. Acknowledging our physical and emotional health via the energy of the 7 chakras allows for a successful mind body connection. This is something that has been held of great importance in Ayurvedic healing traditions. When the body is in balance and we are physically and mentally healthy everything just seems to fall into place. Health is an expression of balance, and Ayurveda views disease as an expression of imbalance within the body. The Ancient System of Chakra Balancing and its wise philosophies will provide insight into your true self, empowering you to heal and manage all dimensions of your being.
Here we discover how certain food groups can be used to effectively restore and harmonise each unique Chakra.
The journey through the chakras begins with the base chakra. The base chakra is concerned with survival, security and basic human needs. This chakra reflects our connection to life-force energy and helps us to stay grounded and embodied. The foods to promote healthy base energy must be nourishing and grounding, such as: root vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beetroot, onions, garlic and protein-rich foods like organic eggs, lean red meat, beans and tofu.
This particular energy field is very much associated with creativity, fluidity and sexual energy. Enjoying sensuality and pleasure all assist in enhancing the vitality of the sacral chakra. Enjoy sweet and light foods; mango, mandarin, papaya, passionfruit, raw honey, maple syrup, dates, figs, almond, cashews and fresh coconut water.
This one all is about empowerment and transformation. The solar plexus is healthy when we feel confident, assertive and free from feelings of anger and resentment. To keep this chakra healthy, one must embrace a diet that includes yellow, high enzyme foods that allow for good digestion. Things like, pineapples, bananas, squash, lemons and spices like ginger, mustard seeds and turmeric. Brewing up a spicy ginger, cinnamon and turmeric latte, based on almond milk will serve the digestion greatly.
The heart chakra is concerned with forgiveness and compassion. We experience unconditional love through the heart chakra and it is where we develop true self-acceptance. When this particular chakra is in balance it encourages feelings of positivity, openness and connection. The heart is said to be the core of immunity, vitality and inner strength, this is often why people become sick and weak when they experience conflict or grief. A diet full of nourishing green vegetables, fruits and super foods is a great way to heal this chakra. Be sure to include plenty of spinach, zucchini, basil, kale, broccoli, beans, peas and asparagus. Enjoy kiwi fruit, green apples, cucumbers, avocado and limes, wheat grass, matcha powder and green tea.
The throat chakra deals with communication, truthfulness and creative expression. Imbalances within the throat chakra can result in indecisiveness, lack of creative expression, inability to accept criticism. Swollen glands, thyroid issues and a sore throat can be a physical manifestation of blockages within this energy field. Although blue foods are rare, having plenty of blueberries and blackberries are your best bet to assist with healing the throat chakra. Try a soothing blueberry smoothie, using almond milk, raw honey, steamed purple sweet potato and chia seeds.
Often referred to as the center of intuition, imagination and mindfulness, this chakra is concerned with trusting your inner knowing rather than over analysing situations. The sixth chakra is the gateway into a high realm of consciousness, where we develop connection to the spiritual world. The good news is that raw chocolate is one of the best foods for the third eye chakra; raw cacao stimulates mental clarity and raises the human vibration making you feel blissful and present in the moment. Raw chocolate also contains MAO inhibitors (monoamine oxidase) which allows more of the feel good serotonin to circulate in the brain. Intuitive and mindful eating is governed by the third-eye chakra and it is best to eat lots of food that support brain function. Sustainably caught fish, walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds and flaxseed oil are wonderful sources of essential fatty acids, that contributes to a healthy and happy brain.
The Crown Chakra is our highest energy centre, located at the top of the head. It represents freedom, deep understanding, spiritual enlightenment and union with the higher self. Opening or balancing your Crown Chakra can bring a profound awakening, a connection to your spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness, and a deep understanding of universal love. To support the frequency of this chakra it is important to eat and drink commodities that are considered healing and sacred. Gotu Kola, ashwaganda, tulsi basil, ginseng and bramhi are helpful herbs to promote clarity and spiritual connection. Fasting and cleansing programs is said to purify the body and mind, leading to Crown Chakra awakening.
To learn more about the chakras and how you can feel balanced and harmonised, book into one of Perfect Potion’s Chakra workshops, here.