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