Understanding Your Chakra System: The Root
The root chakra oversees our connections and relationships with the material world, including our possessions, finances, and career. For many, an imbalanced root chakra leads to a "scarcity mindset", and lack, believing we don’t have enough (despite how inherently abundant all of life always is), and an unhealthy, fear-based relationship with money. If nourished and balanced, this chakra will support you in feeling deeply empowered, allowing you to find the delicate balance between exercising control over your world and trusting that you will be taken care of (you always will!).
Because the root chakra is the is the energetic foundation of our physical lives, it’s believed that all physical conditions and illnesses have a root chakra component. However, most root chakra imbalances physically manifest themselves in the bladder, sexual organs, adrenal glands, kidneys, lower back, legs, and feet. Chronic symptoms in these areas may indicate a root chakra imbalance. Personally, I struggled with chronic urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and kidney infections for four years straight without relief. It wasn’t until I dove deeply into my yoga practice and began studying the chakras, that I realized these physical symptoms were a manifestation of my blocked root chakra.
When out of balance, you may feel: anxious, fearful, burnt out, aggressive, envious, overly controlling, and insecure.
When properly balanced, you will feel: powerful, deeply energized, grounded, abundant, at ease, and centered.
So how do we go about balancing, loving, and supporting this sacred and life-giving energy system?
While yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and energy work are all fantastic techniques for raising our vibration and nourishing our chakras, the food we eat plays a powerful role in how balanced we feel not just physically and mentally, but energetically as well.
With it’s focus on grounding and rooting down, it’s no surprise that the most nourishing foods for the root chakra are root vegetables! Carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, radishes, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, ginger, and turmeric all have a soothing and balancing effect on the root chakra. Similarly, sipping on dandelion root tea is a perfect way to ground down and reconnect with your core at the end of each day.
A healthy root chakra vibrates at the color red, so eating red foods help to provide this energy and sense of balance. Tomatoes, strawberries, goji berries, apples, pomegranates, cherries, and red rooibos tea, are all associated with balance in this area. Above all, focus on whole, fresh, organic, and life-sustaining foods.