Chakras are energy centers in your body, each with a specific purpose and duty – just like each organ in your body. They govern certain organs and the meridians (energy lines) that flow through them. There are 7 chakras in the body, each with central themes surrounding certain organs and meridians, emotions, sounds, colors, planets, herbs and spices. Often times we can eat the healthiest diet, but an emotional or energetic blockage can inhibit organ function. Consciously working on your chakras – through diet, physical movement, meditation, music, essential oils, and other healing modalities – can help raise your overall level of energy, stimulate metabolism, and promote detoxification of physical and emotional materials. So by eating foods and doing activities that correspond with each chakra, we are building awareness around the root energy. Literally, by eating beets, meditating on the color red, playing drums or walking barefoot through the grass, we are increasing feelings of connection and groundeness.
This recipe for a root chakra juice is a red beet base, deep in color and flavor, paired with red apple, strawberries, raspberries and ginger. In both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, root vegetables have a very grounding energy themselves. Ginger helps the pancreas metabolize sugar and stimulate digestion/elimination.
RED BEET + RED APPLE + STRAWBERRIES + RASPBERRIES + GINGER JUICE
- 1 small beet, scrubbed and peeled
- 2 red apples
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 3/4 Cup Fresh Raspberries
- 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
- Juice of 2 Blood Oranges
- Splash of water
Scrub and peel your beets to take off all the dirt from the skin before processing through your juicer. Juice the apples, strawberries,raspberries, oranges and ginger next (omit the ginger root if you are using essential oils instead). Pour into a glass, stir in your oils here if using them.
Note: Can be diluted with 4-6oz water if desired.
How to drink it? If it’s a nice day, take your shoes off and walk outside. Find a place you can sit down comfortably. With your juice in both hands, take your gaze to your glass and observe the deep color red. Then close your eyes and begin to take a few deep breaths filling your lungs to their fullest capacity, emphasizing long and slow exhales. With each breath, feel the energy shifting down to the base of your spine – where your tailbone touches the earth – visualizing that deep red color filling up that space. When you’re ready, open your eyes and take a sip of your juice. Taste the sweetness of the apple, the spicy warmth of the ginger, the comforting heaviness of the beets. Feel the juice infusing every cell of your body with trust, security, and groundedness. Take your time to enjoy your juice, infusing each sip with this intention.
Note: All juices by their very nature are cold and wet, increasing vata and kapha. To balance these qualities, add a digestive aid like ginger and be sure to sip your juices closer to room temp to avoid icy cold beverages dousing out your agni.