The 3 pillars to brain health according to Maharashi Ayurveda are Diet, Sleep and Lifestyle

In Ayurveda, the mind is seen to be a part of the whole of the body, as explained by Dr. Johnson in the post below.

Most people want to have a healthy mind, but it’s not just a case of having a positive approach to life that keeps the mind bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. In order to avoid age-related decline, there are other techniques which one can use to stay cognitively switched on, as we make our way through life.

Ayurveda is the wisdom of life,  and the mind is seen to occupy the whole of the body, but in particular, the head and the heart. The head relates to our logical mind, with the heart holding space for our emotional mind. Needless to say, they need to work in tandem, to be ‘firing on all cylinders’.

Amongst other things, we should nurture our thoughts and actions and keep stress levels to a minimum. Lower stress means higher cognitive function.

What can we do to increase brain health?

MINDSET: Being respectful to others, telling the truth, acting in a way that is positive and courteous, and avoiding being deceitful will establish healthy brain activity. It is well known that people live the longest in areas of the world that have a positive outlook on life. On top of keeping our thoughts clean and clear and the usual brain training activities such as learning, and being creative we must also take care of our diet, sleeping habits, and lifestyle choices

LIFESTYLE: Regulating your time in front of a screen is also a must.

DIET: We know that the happy hormone, serotonin is produced in the gut, so it stands to reason that we should be careful about what we put in there and know that it will affect our mood. Eat according to your dosha, for more information on what the best foods are for your particular dosha, read my blog EAT ACCORDING TO YOUR DOSHA.

It is also helpful to remember that foods should be taken in a certain order, salad first, protein and carbs next, and finally,  sweets. Eat natural foods and try to avoid anything man-made. Avocados, almonds, and walnuts are excellent brain foods. Be sure to chew your food well and avoid eating until you are stuffed

The mind needs healthy fats, lest we forget that the brain is actually 60% fat itself!

SLEEP: The brain flushes out toxins as we sleep, it’s essential to get good quality sleep to allow it to function.

Try meditating, or taking a bath before bed, as opposed to checking emails or watching TV. Quality over quantity rings true here. In order to get a restful night’s sleep, the body must disconnect from the senses. Only you can judge how much sleep you personally need. Listen to your own body and remember that sleep is food for the mind.

LIFESTYLE: Self-care is imperative (Read our article to self-care in the modern world here) To add in link to the self-care blog on site this can include taking in a daily massage routine, getting plenty of water, breathing, stretching and singing. We are all different and you should find a healthy lifestyle routine that works for you. De-clutter your bedroom and try to sleep in natural materials. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure to do everything, all at once! Practice yoga and meditation to keep your stress levels low

Closing Thoughts: Herbs such as turmeric, curcumin, Gingko Bilboa, sage, and rosemary will also help with your brain-boosting regime!

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25771249

https://lifespa.com/finally-research-nose-breathing-exercise/