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Healing Your Root Chakra With Food

Updated on February 23, 2013
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Significance of the Root Chakra

The root chakra is an energy center located at the base of our spine. The term energy can seem like an esoteric term. If you are having trouble with this word, it may help to substitute the word "emotion" instead.

Our subconscious feelings about our physical existence is focused in this center. If our early childhood experiences of our physical surroundings (e.g. family, school, peers etc.) did not nourish us to where we could feel completely centered and secure, the root chakra would be weak and deficient.

Also if we didn't quite understand balanced boundaries when it came to acquiring physical things such as: food, toys, material possessions etc. our root chakra may be overactive. In our adult lives, we may be preoccupied with acquiring physical rewards in life, to the detriment of other parts within us.

Root Chakra Archetypes: The Mother and the Victim

How we related to our mothers is one of the most powerful driving forces that has shaped our existence. Our relationship with mom largely shapes our relationship with ourselves and our ability to mother our inner child.

if we were faced with disempowering, fearful experiences in childhood we may face situations in life where we play the role of the victim.

Root Chakra and Ancestors

Emotional currents and patterns run throughout our ancestry. They create energetic grooves that shape the trajectory of our own emotions.

Again the root chakra is about how we are rooted to the physical plane. It is also associated with our ancestral roots as well. These forces play a powerful role in our lives.

This is why working consciously with the root chakra and healing its dynamics is a profound part of our healing and growth process.

Root Chakra and Food

The root chakra is an energy center. It may be easier for you to think of it as a feeling center. It has to do with the way you feel about the physical world and natural human drives.

Foods carry subtle vibrations. And over time they can exert influence on our chakras.

If you are looking to heal or balance the root center of your being, food can be a helpful tool. What you eat does not just end up as biochemical reactions.

Things in our outer world are symbols for dynamics in our inner world. This is not just a metaphorical concept that only occurs in literature. Everything is connected as living consciousness.

So some foods area a good vibrational match for our chakra energy centers. They can enhance our moods and feelings.

Foods that are good for the health and well being of the root chakra include those that have similar characteristics as this center.


1) they are red

2) they are roots themselves

Proteins can also enhance our connection to our physicality, and therefore to the earth. Much of our body is made of protein. And also, proteins have a grounding effect as well.

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List of Root Chakra Foods

Here are some examples of healthy foods that can help balance your root chakra:

  • carrots
  • parsnips
  • beets
  • radishes
  • onions
  • garlic
  • tofu
  • soy
  • eggs
  • flaxseeds

Lists can be boring, I know. But look beyond the surface. Get your hands wet and experiment with recipes that incorporate root chakra foods.

Preparing food yourself is a great way to transition into new eating habits.

What Does Color Have To Do With Anything?

A lot of what you read about when it comes to healing chakras with foods is to make your meals colorful. So choosing red foods for the root chakra is beneficial for the healing and balancing of the energy center.

The sight of color and beautifully prepared meals is uplifting. And this sensory experience affects how you feel on the inside whether you are aware of it or not. These feelings are key to working with your chakras.


Root Chakra and Food- Quick But Helpful Insights

A bite of food as a gateway to consciousness- Deanna Minich

I found some interesting insight about the root chakra and how it can be balanced by food.

On, Deanna Minich, Phd, CN (author of Chakra Foods for Optimum Health) says:

  • The root chakra represents boundaries and support in our lives
  • "Since most people are out of touch with their bodies, it may be difficult for them to know when to eat. Try to get in touch with listening to your body by observing its natural rhythm rather than your imposed rhythm. See if there are certain foods that your body instinctually needs by simply asking yourself what you need. Practice trusting the response. Note whether some foods make you feel “grounded” or “ungrounded”."
  • "Protein assists us in reestablishing and strengthening our connection to the earthly vibration within us, bringing us back to our roots. It makes us feel heavy and slower moving, a welcome feeling if we are feeling fragmented or spacey. Animal proteins (e.g., dairy, egg, meat) are particularly grounding since their origin is from some of the most grounded creatures - animals who are “sure-footed” with up to four feet on the Earth and in contact with their instinctual selves. Vegetable protein (e.g., legumes) works perfectly for those who are vegetarian. Too much protein can have the reverse effect, literally creating too much rigidity, ultimately throwing off our physical structure."
  • Minerals, which are stable compounds from the Earth’s crust, impart structure and stability to the body and workings of the root chakra. For example, calcium is needed for a strong skeleton. Iron is needed to ensure that the body can be properly oxygenated and able to function. Foods high inminerals such as dairy foods high in calcium would be nourishing to the root chakra.
  • Root vegetables: These tenacious vegetables grow deep within the dark, quiet Earth, and embody earthy energy. Root vegetables help us to nestle into our internal, lower core and to be comfortable in its darkness. Examples include beets, parsnips, and rutabaga.
  • Red-colored foods: A healthy root chakra vibrates at a frequency similar to the color red. Therefore, red foods provide the vibration rate needed to help balance the root chakra. On a nutritional level, red foods usually contain relatively high levels of vitamin C, a nutrient utilized by several body parts overseen by the root chakra such as the bone, teeth, skin, and adrenals. Examples include tomatoes, strawberries, and cherries.

She also brings up another good point which is to say that the root chakra is also about tribal consciousness. So social eating can also be helpful for balancing out the root chakra.

The Inner Work And Eating To Heal Your Root Chakra

Using food to heal your root chakra is secondary to the actual inner work you must do to address past experiences that may have made you feel afraid, ungrounded and insecure. Do not ignore the processes of introspecting and reflecting. If you want to learn more about these areas, feel free to explore my other hubs.


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