What are Root Chakra foods?

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How to keep your chakras in balance with food

We know a healthy diet is key to a healthy physical body and mind, but what about when you want to heal a particular chakra? Diet has long been seen as a powerful tool in curing the body and is often included in holistic approaches to chakra healing. 

In this article we look at different Root Chakra foods and recipes, so you can work out how to nourish your Root Chakra. 

What is the Root Chakra?

The Root Chakra is the foundation of the chakra system and the first of the major chakras. It's associated with our basic needs and our connection to the Earth.

Also known as the Muladhara (originating from the Sanskrit words "mula" meaning root, and "adhara" meaning support), the First Chakra, or Base Chakra, this chakra is concerned with our security, stability and survival. This covers not only our basic physical requirements such as sustenance and shelter but also our mental stability and ability to live without fear. 

The Root Chakra is found at the base of our spine in the pelvic region. Not surprisingly it is therefore connected with our lower body health such as the digestive system. 

Symptoms of a Root Chakra imbalance

When our Root Chakra is balanced and flowing freely then we feel grounded and secure.

However when the Root Chakra is imbalanced we can experience a range of physical and emotional symptoms. 

Emotional symptoms include anxiety, insecurity, an unhealthy obsession with work, stress and an obsession with material goods. 

Physical symptoms of a Root Chakra blockage can include fatigue, issues with weight gain or loss, pain in the lower back, spine or legs, and digestive issues. 

What foods are good for the Root Chakra?

There are lots of different ways to heal the chakras but your diet is always a good place to start. What we eat and drink has a direct impact on our physical and emotional health, and therefore the health of our chakras. 

The Root Chakra is associated with the color red, and so red foods can be particularly powerful in treating this energy center. Healing foods for the Root Chakra include fruits and vegetables like beets, tomatoes, red peppers, red cabbage, red apples, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and radishes. 

With its connection to the earth and nature, the Root Chakra can also be healed by root vegetables which gain nutrients directly from the ground. This includes vegetables such as carrots, turnips, onions, celeriac, parsnip, sweet potatoes, beets, ginger and turmeric.

Similarly, earthy spices like cayenne pepper, horseradish and paprika can also boost the Root Chakra.

Protein rich foods are the building blocks of the body, fuelling our growth and helping us to build strength. They're also very beneficial for the Base Chakra which is the foundation of our spiritual body and chakra system. Foods such as eggs, nuts, beans, seeds, legumes, fish and lean meats are ideal.

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What can I drink for the Root Chakra?

You're not limited to Root Chakra foods, there are plenty of things you can drink to heal your Root Chakra.

Fruit smoothies are a great way to combine Root Chakra healing fruits like strawberries, pomegranate, raspberries and apples. You could also jazz up your tap water or coconut water with a few red berries to make a delicious healing drink.

Herbal teas and wellness shots are another way to get your hit of Root Chakra healing herbs and spices. So what teas are good for the Root Chakra? Ginger and turmeric tea is a particularly good one for this energy center. You can also buy readymade chakra healing teas

And most importantly, remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day - staying hydrated is essential for your physical and mental health. 

Root Chakra recipes

The following recipes are a delicious way to incorporate foods for Root Chakra healing into your diet. 

Root Chakra Soup Recipe

This easy Parsnip and Carrot Soup from Fuss Free Flavours, is bursting with Root Chakra healing foods. 

root chakra soup

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions - about the size of a small apple
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 500 g parsnips
  • 500 g carrots
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 liter stock/broth
  • 1 knob butter
  • salt and pepper - to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and roughly chop all the vegetables, aiming for similar sized chunks of carrots and parsnips.
  • Put the olive oil in a pan and warm over a medium heat. Add the onion and celery and fry gently for a couple of minutes before adding the garlic. Cook for a minute or two longer.
  • Add the spices to the pan. Stir in and cook for a minute or two.
  • Add the parsnips and carrots. Cover with the stock.
  • Bring the pan to a simmer. You can then put the lid on, turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 20–25 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft.
  • Allow your soup to cool a little. Then blend the soup to a smooth consistency using a stick blender (or food processor if you prefer), adding a little extra stock if needed.
  • Stir in a small knob of butter. Then season your parsnip and carrot soup to taste with salt and pepper.

Root Chakra Salad Recipe

This healthy salad from Jar of Lemons includes sweet potatoes, beets and goji berries. Why not add a sprinkling of nuts, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds at the end to make it extra nourishing for your Root Chakra. 

root chakra salad

Ingredients

  • 3 Beets
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 3 Cups Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Goji Berries
  • 1 oz. Goat Cheese

Dressing

  • 1 Tbsp Flax Seed
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Agave
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Cube beets and sweet potato. Place on a baking sheet or pan and lightly spray with coconut oil.
  • Top with a pinch of salt, then bake at 425 for 30 minutes or until soft.
  • While the vegetables are roasting, cook quinoa according to directions and set aside.
  • Finely chop the lettuce (optional) and toss with the goji berries and goat cheese.
  • Add the beets and sweet potato and pour over the dressing.

Root Chakra Tea Recipe

This Ginger Turmeric Tea from Feel Good Foodie is anti-inflammatory and bursting with vitamin C, making it the perfect drink to balance your Root Chakra.

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Ingredients

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Lemon
  • Honey (optional)

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients (other than the honey) to a small saucepan or pot.
  • Add in the filtered water and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Strain and serve with the honey. If you’re using black pepper or coconut oil, add when serving.

Root Chakra Smoothie Recipe

This triple berry smoothie from Simply Made Recipes combines strawberries, raspberries and protein-rich greek yogurt which are all foods that are associated with the Root Chakra.

root chakra smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raspberries (frozen)
  • 1/3 cup blueberries (frozen)
  • 2/3 cup strawberries (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener (recommend honey)

Instructions

  1. Wash fruits. Remove the stems and cut strawberries in half. Measure out the fruit and place into a ziploc bag. You can make multiple ready-to-blend smoothie bags at once.
  2. Once the berries are frozen, place into the blender with yogurt, honey and ice.
  3. Blend for 2 minutes or until smooth and all the ice has broken up and thinned out.
  4. You can add a little water or milk as needed if you need to thin out your smoothie.

Root Chakra Breakfast Recipe

Omelets are the perfect breakfast for a balanced Root Chakra. We love this Mexican omelet recipe from Sweet As Honey which combines protein-filled eggs, cheese and beans with red onions and tomatoes. 

root chakra breakfast

Ingredients

  • Eggs 
  • Olive Oil 
  • Canned Cooked Black Beans 
  • Canned Cooked Corn Kernel 
  • Red Onions 
  • Taco Seasoning 
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cheddar Cheese – Or any other grated cheese such as Monterey Jack cheese, grated Mozzarella, grated Emmental, or Edam.

Instructions

  1. Use a piece of kitchen absorbent paper to rub the surface of the pan and clean it. No need to use soap or water.
  2. Return the pan to medium heat, add the remaining olive oil, and heat the oil.
  3. Tilt pan to spread the oil evenly over its surface.
  4. Pour the egg mixture and tilt the pan to spread. Cook on medium-high heat for a few minutes until the eggs start to set and the middle dries out a bit.
  5. Cover half of the omelet with two tablespoons of cheddar, onion, bean mixture, and remaining cheddar.
  6. Fold in the omelet and keep cooking until the cheese is melted.
  7. Add salsa or cherry tomatoes before serving.

Root Chakra supplements

Research shows that whole foods are more nutritious for us than health supplements. Most adults will find they get all the nutrients they need for a healthy Root Chakra from a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. 

But that said there are times when it can be useful to boost your diet with high quality supplements. These supplements are particularly helpful for the Root Chakra physical functions:

  • Turmeric supplements: Turmeric is packed full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant goodness which is great for your whole body but particularly your digestion. 
  • Cinnamon supplements: Cinnamon has a whole host of benefits including antioxidants, anti inflammatories and antibacterial properties as well as lots of antioxidants. It is even thought to lower blood sugar giving it anti-diabetic uses. 
  • Ginger supplements: Ginger is often used to treat a range of ailments including chronic indigestion and nausea. It contains gingerol which is thought to support the immune system and combat the growth of lots of different harmful bacteria.

Takeaway

There are plenty of different ways to care for your chakras, but looking at your diet is a really good place to start. The foods and recipes in this article will not only support the flow of energy to your Root Chakra but will also be incredibly nourishing for the entire energetic body.