This article covers an in-depth review of foods for each chakra. This chakra diet will help support, balance, and heal our energy centers through nutritious foods.
I first started teaching myself and learning about chakras, meditation, and healing crystals about two years ago. At the time, I was dealing with a health issue and was back and forth between doctors and putting several different new medications in my body. I needed to discover holistic approaches in conjunction to this, and once I did, I was amazed at how much it helped me. I already regularly did yoga, but I also added meditation to the mix. I joined a community meditation here in Portland, and the hour of quiet quickly became a favorite part of my week.
Honestly, I shrugged it off when people would start to talk to me about healing crystals or chakras. But then I started to learn about the benefits and tried these things myself.
If you think that all this chakra stuff is for the birds, that’s totally okay. I did too! But then I connected it to its most basic, fundamental truth. We are all composed of energy. Everything we see and touch is energy, including our bodies. Energy that is constantly flowing and changing.
Chakras just group our energies and give each a name.
There are seven chakras:
- The Root Chakra, located as the base of the spine, which represents our foundation and grounding.
- The Sacral Chakra, located in the lower abdomen, which represents creativity, passion, intimacy, and connection.
- The Solar Plexus Chakra, located in the upper abdomen, which represents self-worth, confidence, and the power of transformation.
- The Heart Chakra, located in the center of the chest, represents love, forgiveness, inner peace, and joy.
- The Throat Chakra, located in the throat, represents communication and expression.
- The Third Eye Chakra, located between the eyes on the forehead, represents imagination, intelligence, and trust.
- The Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head, represents oneness, spirituality, and connectivity.
Chakras can often become blocked. When this happens, it destructs the flow of energy in our bodies and causes emotional and physical distress.
There is a lot of information out there on blocked chakras and healing them.
For this food and chakra pairing post, I wanted to concentrate on how we can heal and balance our chakras with food.
I firmly, thoroughly believe that we are what we eat. What we put into our bodies gravely affects how we feel, how we think, and how our bodies perform.
Food is one of the biggest healers and preventatives of illness out there and yet it’s one that is so often overlooked.
So. Let’s explore the chakras! What are they, and what do they do? What are the symptoms when one becomes imbalanced, and how can foods heal them? Here is our food and chakra pairing, with the best foods for each of the chakras explained.
About the Root Chakra
- Sanskrit Name: Muladhara; root support
- Element: Earth
- Color: Red
The first chakra is the energy center in which supports our entire foundation. It connects us to the earth and everything around us. It is also the most common chakra to experience a blockage or weakness. It controls our survival instincts, security, fight-or-flight, and fear. Physically, it supports our legs, feet, and foundation. An imbalanced root chakra may cause issues with the legs, feet, digestive system, and emotional imbalances which cause feelings of not being supported, insecurity, loneliness, or fear.
Foods for Root Chakra
To balance your first chakra, think red. Red apples, beets, tomatoes, pomegranates, strawberries, and raspberries. Also add root vegetables to your diet. Root vegetables grow beneath the ground, absorbing a high amount of vitamins and nutrients from the soil and are rich in folate, vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. The healthiest root vegetables include sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets, garlic, parsnips, onions, rutabaga, ginger, and turmeric. Also include protein-rich foods such as eggs, beans, nuts, and lean meats, in addition to spices such as paprika, cayenne, and horseradish.
Support the Root Chakra
- Recipes: Jicama Strawberry Salsa | Beet Salad With Roasted Fennel and Blood Orange | Yogurt Bowl With Raspberry-Rose Compote | Strawberry Smoothie Bowl | Immune-Boosting Soup
- Root Chakra Crystals: Brown Jasper | Red Jasper | Smoky Quartz | Hematite | Garnet
- Root Chakra Affirmation to Try: “I am safe and grounded.”
About the Sacral Chakra
- Sanskrit Name: Svadhisthana; dwelling place of the self
- Element: Water
- Color: Orange
The second chakra is our passion and pleasure center and governs our emotions, senses, intimacy, creativity, and connection. A balanced second chakra allows us to express our creativity, form deep intimate relationships, and pursue our passions. An imbalanced sacral chakra can lead to many disturbances, including commitment issues, stifled creativity, lack of drive, lack of confidence, depression, back pain, and urinary/reproductive issues.
Foods for Sacral Chakra
Balance your sacral chakra with all things orange. Think carrots, mango, oranges, orange peppers, peaches, apricots, and sweet potatoes. Foods rich in Omega-3s, such as salmon, also work well to balance this chakra. Nuts and seeds such as flax, almonds, walnuts, and sesame provide additional fatty Omega-3s, which aid in cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation. Also stock up on coconut and spices such as cinnamon. Since this chakra’s element is water, stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, coconut water, or herbal teas.
Support the Sacral Chakra
- Recipes: Coconut, Orange, and Mango Smoothie | Orange Sesame Tofu Stir-Fry | Herb and Ghee Roasted Sweet Potatoes | Coconut Milk Salmon Chowder
- Sacral Chakra Crystals: Carnelian | Red Jasper | Amber | Tiger’s Eye | Sunstone
- Sacral Chakra Affirmation to Try: “I am a lovable and desirable being.”
Solar Plexus Chakra
About the Solar Plexus Chakra
- Sanskrit name: Manipura; lustrous gem
- Element: Fire
- Color: Yellow
The third chakra represents our personal power. It controls our energy as it is related to our willpower, goals, and general purpose. Governed by ambition and action, a balanced third chakra will translate into feelings of inner peace, confidence, and self-control. Physically, the solar plexus supports your spleen, stomach, liver, and pancreas. An imbalanced third chakra can cause feelings of insecurity and lack of purpose, as well as stomach issues (pains, ulcers, chronic indigestion, etc.).
Foods for Solar Plexus Chakra
Like the chakra’s color, think yellow when it comes to balancing your solar plexus. Bananas, pineapple, corn, lemons, and yellow curry are all good choices. (Bonus: Yellow is a natural mood enhancer). Also feed this chakra with complex carbohydrates and whole grains such as oats, brown rice, spelt, rye, farro, beans, vegetables, and sprouted grains. These foods provide crucial fiber and sustainable energy.
Support the Solar Plexus Chakra
- Recipes: Mango, Grilled Corn, and Black Bean Salad | Whole30 Chia Pudding With Bananas | Tropical Pineapple Green Smoothie | Grilled Lemon Chickpea Salad | Farro Breakfast Bowls
- Solar Plexus Crystals: Amber | Tiger’s Eye | Sunstone | Citrine | Pyrite | Yellow Jasper
- Solar Plexus Affirmation to Try: “I give myself permission to be my authentic self.”
About the Heart Chakra
- Sanskrit name: Anahata; unstruck
- Element: Air
- Color: Green
The fourth chakra is the energy center in which we feel joy, compassion, and love, not only for others but also for ourselves. It paves the pathway to our relationships with others and it establishes our own self-worth. Physically speaking, this chakra supports our heart, lungs, upper torso, shoulders, hands, and arms. An imbalanced heart chakra can cause feelings of unworthiness, heart issues, anxiety, low self esteem, paranoia, low energy, poor digestion, and anger (among many others).
Foods for Heart Chakra
Balance your heart chakra with green, raw foods. Organic greens can help greatly with energy and stress and provide our bodies with whole, balanced nutrients. These foods are essential in balancing the fourth chakra. Drink fresh green juice, make a salad, or start your day with a green smoothie. Leafy and cruciferous vegetables are especially healthy, as we know. Heal and balance your heart chakra with kale, broccoli, spinach, chard, dandelion greens, parsley, celery, cucumber, zucchini, matcha, green tea, avocado, lime, mint, peas, kiwi, peas, spirulina, green apples, etc.
Support the Heart Chakra
- Recipes: Avocado Green Smoothie Bowl | Honey Matcha Smoothie Bowl | Vegan Broccoli Kale Soup | Blueberry Kale Smoothie
- Heart Chakra Crystals: Rose Quartz | Jade | Green Aventurine | Amazonite
- Heart Chakra Affirmation to Try: “I deeply, and completely, love and accept myself.”
About the Throat Chakra
- Sanskrit name: Visuddha; purification
- Element: Akasha
- Color: Blue
The fifth chakra translates, quite literally, into our ability to express ourselves and to speak. Located in the throat, this chakra focuses on the energy of true expression, intuition, integrity, honesty, and openness. An imbalance in this chakra can cause a blockage of communication, misunderstanding, and a stifled voice. Physically, the chakra supports the neck, throat, jaw, and teeth, and blocked energy can cause issues with sinuses, swollen glands, and neck/shoulder pain.
Foods for Throat Chakra
Balance your fifth chakra with blue foods. Blueberries and blackberries are particularly good sources of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins. For the throat chakra, think healing and soothing foods and liquids such as coconut water, herbal teas, raw honey, and lemon. Fruit that grows on trees such as apples, pears, and plums are also known to be excellent at healing this chakra.
Support the Throat Chakra
- Recipes: Elderflower Syrup | Blueberry Kale Smoothie
- Throat Chakra Crystals: Amazonite | Turquoise | Aquamarine | Lapis Lazuli
- Throat Chakra Affirmation to Try: “I speak my truth freely and openly.”
Third Eye Chakra
About the Third Eye Chakra
- Sanskrit name: Ajna; to perceive
- Element: Light
- Color: Indigo
The sixth chakra is the third-eye or the brow chakra. This chakra, located on the forehead between our eyes, literally translates into “to perceive.” Known as being the center of wisdom, this chakra’s element is light. A balanced third-eye chakra allows us to see clearly, focus, and trust our own intuitions. The chakra’s energy stems from our purpose, ability to grow, and desire to constantly learn. An imbalanced sixth chakra can lead to feeling a lack of direction or purpose in our life. Physically supporting the frontal sinuses, ears, and eyes, an imbalance in this chakra can also cause tension headaches, blurry vision, coordination/balance problems, and sleep disturbances.
Foods for Third Eye Chakra
For this chakra, think purple. Purple grapes, purple kale, blueberries, purple cabbage, eggplant, and purple carrots. Also include cocao, which is rich in flavonoids and boosts serotonin, which helps to relieve stress and inflammation. These “brain foods” can instantly help clear an overworked mind and help to regain focus.
Support the Third Eye Chakra
- Recipes: Raw Almond Cocao Energy Bites | Grape Crostini | Blueberry Kale Smoothie
- Third Eye Chakra Crystals: Amethyst | Sodalite | Obsidian | Lapis Lazuli
- Third Eye Chakra Affirmation to Try: “I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences.”
About the Crown Chakra
- Sanskrit name: Sahasrara; a thousand
- Element: No element/thought
- Color: White or violet
Last on our list, the seventh chakra or the crown chakra is located at the top of our head. It represents oneness, truth, spirituality, and knowing. Highly spiritual, this chakra is about self-realization and the connection to the world around us. It focuses on seeking wisdom and joy and understanding. It radiates an energy dedicated to peace, faith, trust, and gratitude for our lives. An imbalanced crown chakra can bring about feelings of confusion, disconnection, and insignificance. It also commonly causes disorders of the central nervous system or headaches, depression, and sensitivity to light.
Foods for Crown Chakra
The crown chakra focuses more on fasting and detoxing than it does on food. It focuses more on the spiritual aspect of our bodies, our minds. Detoxing can help our bodies flush out toxins, boost our energy, and clear our mind. Meditation and yoga is an excellent way to strengthen and heal the crown chakra. It can teach us to live mindfully and take some quiet, peaceful time for ourselves amidst our chaotic lives. Meditation herbs or essential oils such as sage, lavender, frankincense, and juniper are wonderful in balancing this chakra.
Support the Crown Chakra
- Recipes: Detox Broth With Turmeric and Ginger
- Crown Chakra Crystals: Amethyst | Clear Quartz | Howlite | Moonstone
- Crown Chakra Affirmation to Try: “I am aligned with my soul’s purpose and truth.”
Further Chakra Support
Help balance and heal your chakras with these helpful resources:
- Chakra Healing Book
- 35 Chakra Affirmations
- Breethe App for meditation, wellness, and anxiety help
- Splendid Spoon subscription plan for convenient plant-based, whole nutrition (and $25 off from us!)
- Four Sigmatic for healing ingredients and soothing beverages (get 15% off with code PARSNIP)
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this guide on the best foods for each chakra and have found it helpful! Let us know below what your favorite chakra-supporting foods are.
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Nisha Foerstner says
You speak my language! Love this colour chart! So much fun. Also, your website name is brilliant.
I make curried fried egg atop farro sided with a herbed carrot sauerkraut or pickled beets! So many variations possible!
Also with mueslis and granola- my version of sundaes!
Always Eating colour with a dash of spice
My family thinks I am nuts 😆
The African Tswana Girl says
This was a refreshing..definitely an eye opener. I’ve grown to appreciate the vital contribution food plays in our overall general health. This is beyond powerful 🙌 👏..
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Jeneeshah Shah says
Amazing article. Very informative and clearly explained. Thank you for this wonderful insight.
More power, love and intelligence to you.
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Sidhant halder says
It was really helpful for me it’s been since so long time i have been suffering from depression but j guess this will help me for sure
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I am so glad I stumble upon this research into the Chakras and now the foods related to them! Well written and what I was looking for! Thank you so much for this!
With so much info rubbish injected into the millennial resurgence of “New Age” enlightenment and holistic well-being, I really appreciated your clear, concise, and most importantly, accurate summary of the Chakras and their elemental and Ayurvedic associations. It’s a great site for New Age Newbies to get introduced to Chakra fundamentals and the path toward well-being, enlightenment, and ascension which can be realized through alignment, balancing and healing of Chakra energies. Thank you for the aforementioned as well as the recipes and helpful links!
Thank you so much for the useful information. With that being said the study of Chakras is rooted in ancient Hinduism, and later other Eastern religions to a varying degree. It is not a “Hippie” practice, but one with deep Eastern spirituality.
I enjoyed this article.
Mahesh Khakhkhar says
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Micheal Anderson says
Thanks for this! I’m a child but my mother has been teaching me about the chakras, and your website helps my work! Thanks So Much For This!
Hi everyone 😍 i am very new to this as I’m trying to find the solution for my 3rd cancer reacured last summer & i refused chemo but it’s till there and active. Long story but accepted only 1st time round chemo 8 years ago but was doing juicing & all the rest to survive so I did appart from the other 7 which died in first 2 or 3 years because each time cancer came back they wacked with chemo. 2nd time I accepted surgery but refused chemo but 2 years later it’s back again . So I eat raw diet no meat, do juices sometime turning orange nothing stop it but seems stable and I feel great 🤗 Now i turned to Sri Avinash healing Mantras & being webinars & learning all about chakras. But reading your chakra pairing I got confused as you call then other way round or back to front … when I listen to healing webinars it’s all starting at the top from Crown chakra (As 1st) but your lovely story starts with red / root chakra 🤔 see for the new person like me I each time nearly have to stop webinar to see the pic on my phone to remember who h chakra his talking about and concentrate on it I was getting better till I read this 😂 love your story anyway. Just sometime hard to rearrange them.
I was looking for honey as I love Manuka honey and was taking since 1st time chemo and that pulled me through till today with no any other colds or flu apkart of cancer. But became worried as maybe honey feeds it and bit somebody was.telli g me I’m wrong and that honey feeds or change chakra but can’t remember which one …. So yes I’m learning & please 4give me if i wrote about something is not here like my illness 😇
Have a best day in your life ❤
Gwendolyn Duffie says
Thank you so much for your selflessness and sharing this information with all that come across it. This was very informative and a great help! be blessed.
Thank you, Gwendolyn! So glad you enjoyed.
peter ball says
Thanks for sharing the article.This is more informative for us .please keep it up.
What about brown foods like yuca and mushrooms?
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Thank you, Annette! 🙂
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Carleen Preziosi says
Hello, great article!
Thank You! You have learned a lot in two years. Good Work!?
Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says
LOVE this! I really enjoyed reading about the pairings. Pinning & stumbling 🙂
Thanks so much Angela! 🙂
jill conyers says
HI Tiffany. Nice to meet you.
I love love this. I have almost completed YTT200 with my teaching evaluation and written exam in July I’ll be done. I’m giving a workshop at a yoga retreat on this exact topic.
Hi, Jill! Thank you so much! That’s awesome about your teaching training and almost being done! Wish I could go to your yoga workshop!
I love how you have paired food and chakra! It is all about balance and harmony. I will focus on the specific foods that you list for each chakra to improve my own well-being. Thanks for the info.
I must check out these necklaces. They are so pretty and your photos really enhance their beauty!
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