What is the Chakra Diet?

Foods sorted by color.

When was the last time you thought about your chakras? We’re guessing probably never. If we asked you about your diet, though, we have a feeling the answer would be radically different. What if we told you that there’s a growing population of humans who are thinking of their chakras and their eating habits in tandem -that the state of their spiritual alignment directly informs the foods they consume, and vice versa? We’d be talking about the Chakra Diet (also termed the Rainbow Diet), and it’s sending major (vibrational) waves through the wellness world.

But first, let’s back track: The Chakra system was born in India and has quite literally been around for ages -around 1500 and 500 BC to be exact, originating in ancient Hindu scriptures (the system is now also linked to Buddhist practices as well). There are seven Chakras that correspond to different parts of the body and your emotional and physical being, and each chakra relates to a specific color.

Rather than focus on eliminating foods or potentially destructive weight loss goals, the Chakra diet focuses on incorporating foods of varying colors that coordinate with your Chakras to harmonize your body and spirit so you can live your best life. Bonus: The Chakra diet also makes for a truly beautiful food ‘gram – and we’re always game for an aesthetically pleasing plate. Here’s how it works:

The Root Chakra – Red

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The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine, and is responsible for making you feel grounded, secure, and accomplished. Foods like tomatoes, red peppers, apples, and watermelon help keep this zone balanced and engaged.

The Sacral Chakra – Orange

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The Sacral Chakra is just below the belly button, and relates to your creative energy – motivating you to indulge and do things for pleasure. Foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, and mangoes are said to keep the Sacral Chakra balanced and thriving.

The Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow

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The Solar Plexus is the root of your confidence and personal power – reaching from your belly button to just below the breasts. This chakra relates to nutrients found in fruits like lemons and other citrus, and whole grains.

The Heart Chakra – Green

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As you may have guessed, the Heart Chakra is where feelings of love and compassion emanate from – reaching from your heart to your throat. Some foods associated with the heart chakra are leafy greens like kale and arugula, broccoli, and sprouts.

The Throat Chakra – Blue

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The Throat Chakra is where your internal voice comes from – spanning from your collarbone up to just below your eyes. Tart and tangy fruits like blueberries and blackberries are believed to be great for restoring your throat chakra, so you can take the world by storm.

The 3rd Eye Chakra – Indigo

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Your 3rd Eye is the root of your intuition, and is said to help you feel present and truly awake in a given moment. Located between your brows, your 3rd eye chakra relates to indigo colored foods, like grapes, purple yams, and raspberries.

The Crown Chakra – Purple/White

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Last but not least is the Crown Chakra which is conceptualized as your inner consciousness, that indescribable feeling that gives you a better sense of the world. Located at the tippy top of your head, the Crown Chakra relates to purple and white foods, see: radishes, onions, and cauliflower.

Interest piqued? Ours too. Remember: before diving in to any food plan full force, remember to seek the advice of nutrition professionals or your healthcare provider. What are your initial thoughts on the chakra diet? Is this something you could be interested in trying out? Sound off in the comments.


Mindvalley, et al. “The Complete Guide To The 7 Chakras – For Beginners.” Mindvalley Blog, 14    June 2019,

Cousens, Gabriel. “Chakras and the Rainbow Diet.” Dr. Gabriel Cousens,

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