The Root Chakra: Foods to Ground and Strengthen


By: Gaia Staff  |  November 10, 2013

We’ve all read about mantras, meditations and asanas for balancing our seven main chakras but along with our lifestyle, what we eat can effect our chakras as well.

In this series I’ll be breaking down foods you should be eating and drinking to help balance out your seven main chakras!

Lets start with our first chakra: our grounding chakra.

Located at the base of the spine, the Root Chakra (Muladhara) forms our foundation and is the building block on which all other chakras rest. Associated with the color red and the symbol of the four-petal Lotus flower, the Root Chakra deals with feelings of security, trust and survival as well as with the connection we experience with our physical body and its nourishment.

When this chakra is in balance we feel grounded, strong and secure and have a sense of inner security that allows us to trust in the universe. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative or may lack energy. Physical problems can include kidney weakness, stiff lower back and muscle spasms.

So when we think root chakra, we want to focus in on grounding. Adding in foods like: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, onions and garlic, and anything else that roots itself, can have a soothing effect for our root chakra.

Dandelion Root tea can be a great way to end a day that has left you feeling a little disconnected, and it’s caffeine free!

A healthy root chakra vibrates at the color red. Therefore, red foods provide the vibration needed to help balance the root chakra. Nutritionally, red foods usually have high levels of vitamin C–a nutrient utilized by several body parts that the root chakra oversees, like bones, teeth, skin and adrenals. Some red foods you could try are tomatoes, strawberries, apples, pomegranates and cherries.

Recipe: Kale and Mushroom Stuffed Potatoes

Here’s a grounding recipe I love to make when I feel a little unsettled or shaken.

Ingredients:

4 potatoes

Grapeseed oil

1 1/2 red onions

2 cloves of garlic

1 cup kidney beans

1 cup of kale

1 cup of mushrooms

Parsley, salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions:

Heat over to 350 degrees

Wash 4 potatoes of your choosing, I used russet but you could also you sweet.

Poke holes and coat with oil of choosing, I used grapeseed for high temperature cooking.

Add a little salt and pop in the oven. Times may very, as you know when it comes to potatoes. I say about an hour.

Meanwhile, sauté 1/2 a red onion and the garlic cloves until clear. Add in the kidney beans and sauté for about three minutes. Then add in the kale, mushrooms, and one chopped red onion. Season with a little parsley, salt and pepper.

Once the potatoes are done, slice down the middle and combined the mixture into the middle of the potato. Pop back in the oven for just about 10 minutes while its still warm–but not on–just to allow the flavored to soak in.

Serve while warm and enjoy!


 

Heidi Templeton


A southern yogini in Florida! I love NASCAR, country music, meditation and mudras! When I’m not teaching asanas at a hot studio, with recovering addicts at Footprints Beachside Recovery, working with pre and post natal moms or on a paddle board you can find me in the kitchen cooking up some vegan dishes and sharing my love for a healthy lifestyle with all of you!

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