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5 Smoothies To Align Your Chakras

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Balanced chakras are a part of balanced diet

Ever felt “off” but didn’t have a runny nose to explain to a physician what might be wrong? There are precisely 1,500,321 things that affect us in a single day from a text bubble that never turns into a conversation to a dude on the subway who keeps knocking his elbow into your earlobe. These minor offenses knock us off our Zen, which is why your symptoms may include grogginess without the headache.

Inside our insides, beyond the digestive system, there is an energy system made up of seven chakras. It starts at the root and climbs up through the crown, aligning the body in a spiritual balance. When those taunting dots on your text screen disappear, the heart chakra unravels, leaving you with all the feels. And when the heart hurts, we’re driven to chocolate bars and a bottomless bag of Cheez Doodles.

Rebecca Conran, an intuitive energy healer with a certification in integrative nutrition says, “Our emotional energy influences the types of food we want to eat … how we are feeling affects what we are eating, and what we are eating affects how we are feeling.” So rather than following your undone chakra to the chips aisle and ending up with orange fingers, opt for something more nutritious that will leave you feeling well and balanced. 

As you would slurp chicken noodle soup when the flu invades your immune system or seltzer for a stomachache, there are foods to heal spiritual ailment. Conran mentions, “Our energy points, centers, and meridians are all related to different glands and organs in the body.” If you’re saying all the wrong things or don’t know what to say, prescribe yourself blueberries to settle the throat chakra.

Other good chakra-satisfying foods? Our go-to integrative nutritionist says, “Since [the throat chakra] is related to the thymus gland, you would up your broccoli, cauliflower, or foods high in vitamin C or E. For the heart chakra, since it is related to the heart, and the heart is related to the blood you would think of foods like walnuts, olives, or salmon which are high in omega-3s.” If WebMD can’t diagnose your woe, an energy healer might be able to help. Find Conran’s contact information here

And of course, if your physical issues, depression, or anxiety are severe, seek medical attention with a traditional provider.

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1) Muladhara “Root” Chakra

The root of your issue may be at the Muladhara chakra. At the base of the spine, this chakra influences stability so it’s important to keep it in check. Red foods like beets, strawberries, raspberries, and root vegetables can help stabilize your mental well-being.

Ingredients

1 beet
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup almond milk

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and wrap beet in tinfoil. Place wrapped beet on a sheet pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the beet can easily be pierced with a fork. Let cool enough and then peel off the skin. Chop the beet into cubes.

Add beet, frozen strawberries, raspberries, and milk to a blender. Process until smooth.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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