Even though we can’t see our 7 energy centres, tuning into them can have substantial health benefits. With distinct health conditions affiliated with each of your chakras, you can opt to eat foods which better balance them. Some foods are the same colour as particular chakras, and they vibrate in a way which can trigger stability within that energy centre. Discover which foods to choose to keep each chakra happy.

Chakras, Sanskrit for ‘wheels,’ refers to your body’s energy centres. At the bottom of your spine is your root chakra, and they continue up to the top of your head, where the aptly named crown chakra sits. In between these chakra-bookends are a further five energy points; each of our 7 chakras has a particular purpose. As an essential part of your health; when your chakras are open and fit, they draw in good, clean energy. This energy then fills and feeds your energy field to keep you in good health. The better the flow of energy from your chakras into your metabolic system, the healthier you are.

Each of your 7 chakras commands distinct areas of your body and life; if one is cluttered and chaotic, the corresponding part of your body and life become imbalanced. Consider your heart chakra; related to your lungs, circulatory system and heart, it governs your capacity to receive and give love. If your heart chakra is out of shape, the quality of your relationships may suffer, and you may block love from coming to you. In general – emotional, mental and spiritual problems can obstruct your chakras, which hinders energy flow and can cause health issues.

You can find this red chakra at the bottom of your spine. It assists in keeping your body's energy bound to earthly energies and helps with movement and self-esteem. This chakra is associated with colon issues, lower back pain, varicose veins and emotional difficulty around money and security. Feed with: beetroot, parsnips, apples, pomegranates, radishes, onions and beans. Spice up with: chives, paprika and pepper. Balance with: fresh rosemary and clove essential oil.

You can find this orange chakra at your navel. It’s all about emotionality and creativity and helps with achieving control and balance in your life. This chakra is associated with infertility, hip pain, sexual dysfunction, emotional imbalances and creative blocks. Feed with: nuts, oranges, carrots, pumpkins, melons, mango and passion fruit. Spice up with: cinnamon, vanilla, sesame seeds. Balance with: fresh parsley and orange essential oil.

You can find this yellow chakra at your Solar plexus. It holds sway over your ego and self-esteem and helps you strengthen self-esteem and intuitive skills. This chakra is associated with gas, bloating, liver issues, stomach ulcers, eating disorders, lack of confidence and procrastination. Feed with: yellow peppers, lentils, squash, oats, spelt, milk, cheese and yoghurt. Spice up with: Ginger, mint, chamomile, turmeric, cumin and fennel. Balance with: fresh lavender and chamomile essential oil.

You can find this green chakra at your heart. This important chakra is wounded by emotional abuse and heartbreak, so make it a priority to keep this energy centre in a healthy emotional frame. The heart chakra is associated with heart and lung problems, asthma, allergies and fear of intimacy. Feed with: broccoli, kale, chard, leafy greens, spinach, cabbage, celery and green tea. Spice up with: Ginger, mint, chamomile, turmeric, cumin and fennel. Balance with: fresh vanilla and rose essential oil.

You can find this sky blue chakra at your throat. Symbolising power and accountability, this chakra is aligned with not being able to adequately express yourself. This communication block can manifest as a cold and sore throat; learning to speak the truth consistently can counter this. This chakra is associated with thyroid disease, sore throat and difficulty expressing feelings. Feed with: blueberries, figs, kelp water, fruit juices and herbal teas. Spice up with: Ginger, mint, chamomile, turmeric, cumin and fennel. Balance with: fresh peppermint and ginger essential oil.

You can find this indigo chakra at the centre of your brows. As the centre of insight and wisdom, it helps you to maintain a healthy sense of perspective. This chakra is associated with depression, poor eyesight, hormonal imbalances and poor intuition. Feed with: purple plums, potatoes, grapes, blueberries and blackberries. Spice up with: poppy seeds. Balance with: fresh lemongrass and lemongrass essential oil.

You can find this purple chakra on top of your head. Considered the highest form of chakra, it's the gateway to spiritual communication with the universe. That's why this vital chakra is often depicted as a blooming lotus. Detoxing and fasting aid the evolution of the crown chakra; awakening the most potent form of spiritual connection. This chakra is associated with difficulties with the sleep/wake cycle, feeling disconnected from your body and others, having difficulty meditating and spiritual discomfort. Feed with: fresh air, sunlight, nature, incense and smudging herbs sage, myrrh and juniper. Spice up with: Gotu and lotus. Balance with: fresh thyme and rosewood essential oil.

Making some small shifts in what you eat can help keep all 7 of your chakras in optimum condition.

Kate Torta