AYURVEDA’S PERSPECTIVE ON BRAIN HEALTH AND MEMORY POWER
Ayurvedic medicine is based on a holistic view of management that promotes a balance in different aspects of human life: the body, mind, and soul. There are several Ayurvedic medicinal plants and formulations that are used to slow down brain aging and improve memory. If you are struggling to focus or cannot organize thoughts, you may follow some of the Ayurvedic tips.
Tips to improve memory, concentration, and brain health
Nutritious diet: Diet plays a vital role in improving your memory. The brain uses oxygen to remain active, and brain cells are prone to oxidative stress. To rejuvenate the mind, a nutritious diet is important. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in anti-oxidants and they are considered good for the brain. According to Ayurveda, memory-boosting foods include sweet potatoes, okra, spinach, oranges, carrots, milk, ghee, and almonds.
Ditch processed food and stick to natural food. Avoid snacks and beverages that contain added sugar. Besides obesity, high sugar can also cause a decline in brain volume, thus affecting memory. You can replace sugar with jaggery and dates, which help boost memory and focus.
Yoga and meditation: Yoga and meditation can keep your body fit and your mind. They can help in recovering from stress, depression, and anxiety. Deep breathing or pranayama is useful in keeping your brain active.
Kapal Bhati boosts brain power and works wonders for your immunity. Yogasanas like Sarvangasana, Viparita Karani Mudra, Vrukshasana, and Adhomukhashwanasana increase blood supply to the brain and are suitable for your parasympathetic nervous system. Meditation helps improve your concentration and thinking capacity.
Sleep: According to researchers, memories become more stable in the brain during the deep stages of sleep. After that, REM—the most active stage of sleep— is considered to play a role in sorting the memories. REM sleep can reduce the intensity of emotions. That’s why we often hear that a good night’s sleep helps with problem-solving. It will do good if you sleep between 11pm-5am as it is when the body goes through the regeneration process, improving the nerve cell power.
Herbs: Ayurveda suggests herbs to boost brainpower. Herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Guduchi, and Shankhapushpi are known to boost the brain. Ashwagandha improves concentration and immunity, while Brahmi stimulates the mind to improve memory.
Abhyanga: Abhyanga or whole-body massage with medicated oil helps to reduce stress. Ayurveda highly recommends a daily oil massage and bath routine for healthy living.