Last updated: June, 22, 2020
The root chakra is the foundation of the chakra system and our body’s most fundamental energy centre. It’s about feeling connected with the earth and nature. Feeling that we can integrate into society and communicate with all the other beings on earth. The root chakra is also responsible for our instincts and our sense of safety and support.
Muladhara chakra has the lowest and densest vibration and as a result, it takes more time to heal than other vibrations we carry. The good side though, is that the root chakra will stay strong and durable once changes have been implemented.
KEYWORDS FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA
Basic needs, such as food, sleep, shelter and self-preservation
Security and safety
Physical identity and aspects of self
Support and foundation for living our lives
HEALTHY ROOT CHAKRA
When the root chakra is open and balanced, you feel grounded, safe and fully empowered to provide all the primal human needs for your survival.
Being grounded often provide healthy boundaries, a strong feeling of life purpose, and a feeling of worthiness or right to exist.
A healthy grounded person will know and trust that she or he will always be supported and provided for, whether through themselves, family or society.
Signs of an open and balanced Root chakra include:
- Feeling of groundedness, safety and empowerment.
- Healthy boundaries.
- Strong feeling of life purpose.
- Feeling of worthiness or right to exist.
- Courage to face life’s challenges with confidence and transform them into opportunities to grow.
- Feeling of integration into society.
- Emotional and physical connection with the family of origin.
- Connection with Nature.
UNHEALTHY ROOT CHAKRA
Since Muladhara has the lowest and densest vibration, it might take more time to heal than other vibrations we carry, however, once it is nourished and open, it will stay strong and durable.
An underactive Muladhara can trigger fears such as:
- Going broke and lose all belongings or the fear of changes.
- Difficulties surviving in the daily world.
- Feeling like the world is against you.
- Feeling unloved, neglected, insecure, angry, impatient or fatigued.
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ROOT CHAKRA
The Root chakra is responsible for the physical structure that allow us to have meaningful contact with the Earth, such as joints, bones, legs, muscles, and feet. It also provides us with an internal and external defence system, the immune system and skin.
The adrenal glands produce hormones to help our bodies function. One of these hormones is adrenalin, which gives us that instinctual urge to live and make decisions immediately, as it is hardwired within our DNA to survive.
Our DNA and immune system allow us to know who we are, and we are not. When we don’t connect with the Earth, we leave ourselves open to other influences, allowing external energies flowing into our physical, emotional, and mental space. As a result, we can feel fragmented.
The vibration of the Root chakra is especially predominant for men. The grounded vibration of the Muladhara controls the energy moving in the men’s genital area, including the prostate, reproductive organs, and rectum. Men who feel insecure and fearful of not being good enough, whether financially or sexually, may have imbalances in their Root chakra which eventually may affect their genital system.
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE ROOT CHAKRA
Blood cells (red & white)
Reproductive organs (male)
FOODS FOR GROUNDING
There are several foods and nutrients that can strengthen the earthly vibration within us and help us to keep our feet on the Earth.
Protein is the main nutrient to help us feel centred, balanced and present in our lives.
It is essential for the growth and repair of the body and maintenance of good health. It helps us feel centred, balanced, and present in our lives.
Proteins are made up of amino acids that join together to form long chains. You can think of a protein as a string of beads in which each bead is an amino acid.
In total, there are around 20 amino acids that the human body uses to build proteins. These amino acids are classified as either essential or non-essential. Our bodies can produce non-essential amino acids, however, it cannot produce essential amino acids, which need to be obtained through your diet.
Animal foods, like meat, eggs, and poultry, are considered to be complete sources of protein because they contain all the essential amino acids that our bodies need to function effectively.
If you eat meat, it is important to choose lean, low-fat options for animal products to maximize the amount of protein for grounding. High-protein foods, such as eggs, meat, or milk, are excellent to support the Root chakra energy during times of change when we may feel confused, anxious, or unsupported.
It’s important to highlight that on a spiritual level, each animal carries its own energy and vibration so when we eat its flesh, we take on the energy of that animal. For example, a sheep represents humbleness and community whereas a pig shows compassion and loyalty.
Plant protein sources are considered to be incomplete, as they lack one or more of the essential amino acids our bodies need. However, a combination of vegetable foods, such as beans, lentils, and nuts, can get the same range of amino acids. Also, a combination of rice and legumes is excellent to support both Root and Solar plexus.
KEEPING THE ROOT CHAKRA BALANCED
A high-protein diet can help people with issues, such as loss of trust or safety, to stabilize the energy of their root chakra. However, eating too much protein can lead to an overactive root Chakra and consequently, a physical, emotional and spiritual imbalance.
For example, drinking too much warm milk can lead you to a sleepy state due to its content of the amino acid tryptophan.
Physically, a high-protein diet can result in an excess of uric acid leading to gout. This proves that too much connection with the Earth leads to accumulation in the feet and pain.
Any vegetable that root itself is a great source for grounding. Root vegetables represent durability, toughness and determination, so it’s not surprising that their energy gives us a sense of protection and safety.
Nutritionally, root vegetables are a great source of minerals and fibres and help with the functionality of the organs governed by the root chakra. For example, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene and vitamin C, this means that regular consumption can strengthen the immune system, help develop resistance to infections and, combat free radicals in the body that cause skin ageing.
Shiitake, oyster, portobello, button, enoki, morel and cremini are superfoods for grounding us in our physical bodies.
- They help fight cancer.
- They help lower cholesterol.
- They’re rich in B and D vitamins as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.
- Mushrooms have anti-inflammatory powers.
Micronutrients have also a huge impact on the organs governed by the root chakra. The main nutrients that resonate with the root chakra the most are calcium, iron and zinc.
Calcium is a good example of a root chakra nutrient as it is stored in our bones and teeth.
Iron is in charged of carrying oxygen in the haemoglobin of red blood cells throughout the body so cells can produce energy.
Zinc is another essential element necessary for the growth and maintenance of the human body, such as immune function, wound healing, blood clotting or thyroid function.
Since the energy of the Muladhara chakra holds the same energy and vibration as the colour red, eating red-coloured foods restores the vibration of the Root chakra and help us get aligned with our body and soul.
On a nutritional level, red colour creates the vibration necessary to heal the organs relating to the Root chakra. For example, lycopene, a carotenoid that gives red vegetables and fruits their colour, can help lower the risk of prostate cancer.
Red plant foods also contain high levels of vitamin C, which help the growth, development and repair of all body tissues, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Whether you eat animal-based or plant-based foods, remember that the vibration of food is always interacting with the vibration of your chakras. Listen to your body and choose foods to eat in alignment with your soul.Omm foods
RECIPES FOR THE ROOT CHAKRA
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