A quick, sharp memory is a useful tool that comes in handy throughout our lives. Whether we’re trying to remember someone’s name, making a shopping list, learning a new language, or studying for exams, our ability to recall assists us with practically everything we do in a day—even remembering where we put our keys!
According to ayurveda, an ancient health system that means “life science,” our bodies become dryer and less flexible with age. Our joints stiffen and our eyesight weakens due to this dryness. Similarly, this dryness affects our minds and we can forget things more easily. This erosion can begin as early as our twenties—and when we neglect our health, it speeds up even more.
Fortunately, ayurveda offers simple remedies that are easy for anyone to apply. I often turn to ayurveda as a guide to health and healing in my own life because it includes positive lifestyle choices that are affordable, practical, and straightforward.
Apply these simple practices to sharpen your own memory:
Practice yoga asanas
The regular practice of yoga asanas is a boon for the mind. It improves concentration on a cellular level by assisting the body in breaking down carbohydrates into glucose—the primary fuel that your brain uses to focus. Upside down poses are especially helpful. Plough, Shoulderstand, Downward Dog, and all inverted poses increase your brain’s power by nourishing its tissues with fresh blood. In addition, yoga asanas have a relaxing effect on the psyche, and work to reduce stress and balance emotions—two things that cloud the mind.
Rejuvenate with herbs
Brahmi, also known by its Latin name Bacopa monnieri, is considered the greatest herb in ayurveda for revitalizing the brain’s cells. It removes toxins and blockages within the nervous system, improves circulation, and has a calming, nurturing effect on the heart and mind. For over 3000 years, brahmi has been used in ayurvedic medicine to improve memory, increase alertness, and ward off the insomnia, restlessness, and mental deterioration that come with age. I have included this wonderful herb in my Brain Boost supplement to help your memory function at its best. Brain Boost is made from 100% wild-crafted fresh brahmi leaves and prepared according to traditional ayurvedic principles.
Ayurveda emphasizes the important role that foods play in keeping our bodies and minds strong, healthy, and free from disease. Antioxidants in particular have the amazing ability to protect us from damage caused by dangerous free radicals. In excess, and without the support of a balanced diet, free radicals can speed up the aging process and contribute to memory loss. Although some free radicals are a normal byproduct of metabolism, most are born from pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, and pesticides. Fight free radical damage by adding fresh, antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, cranberries, kidney beans, and Red Delicious apples to your diet.