Boost your brain with Ayurveda

Help those grey cells work at their best with this an­cient Hindu sys­tem of medicine

Spirit and Destiny - - Mind, Body & Spirit -

Whether you’ve made it your mis­sion to climb the ca­reer lad­der this year or sim­ply want to im­prove daily pro­duc­tiv­ity, look­ing af­ter your cog­ni­tive health will help you be a more ef­fec­tive ver­sion of your­self. The tiny cells that make up your grey mat­ter are re­spon­si­ble for your de­ci­sion mak­ing, thoughts, mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences of the en­vi­ron­ment around you. It’s thought that fol­low­ing some key prin­ci­ples of the age-old In­dian tra­di­tion of Ayurveda can help boost brain health by sup­port­ing its func­tion. Here are some top Ayurvedic reme­dies to aid the brain:

1 TAKE A TONIC

The Ayurvedic tonic Brahmi is well known for im­prov­ing the flow of blood to the brain to help sup­port mem­ory, fo­cus and learn­ing, and re­search shows it also helps reg­u­late our brain’s re­sponse to stress­ful sit­u­a­tions. Named af­ter Brahma (the cre­ator of the uni­verse ac­cord­ing to Ayurveda), it is made from an Asian plant. Buy in pow­der form and mix with liq­uid. Indigo Herbs Brahmi Pow­der, £8.99, indigo-herbs.co.uk

2 SIP GOLDEN MILK

The spe­cial in­gre­di­ent in Ayurvedic golden milk, a de­li­cious warming In­dian bev­er­age, is turmeric. This brightly-coloured In­dian spice is thought to help bal­ance en­ergy in the body and mind. Turmeric con­tains an an­tiox­i­dant called cur­cumin, which helps to com­bat in­flam­ma­tion in the brain. To make, warm a cup of milk and add 1tsp turmeric pow­der, a pinch each of cin­na­mon and black pep­per, ¼tsp ghee and honey to taste.

3 DRINK HOLY BASIL TEA

Also known as tulsi, holy basil is an adap­ta­gen, a sub­stance that helps to reg­u­late emo­tional and phys­i­cal stres­sors. It is thought to help beat tension headaches and promotes fo­cus and sharp­ness.

4 MAKE A SPICY IN­FU­SION

Your gut and brain com­mu­ni­cate via a nerve called the va­gus nerve, and if your di­ges­tive sys­tem is suf­fer­ing, so too will your cog­ni­tive health. Good gut health is a cor­ner­stone of the Ayurvedic phi­los­o­phy as it’s be­lieved that when di­ges­tion is op­ti­mum, your cells have the fuel they need to func­tion ef­fi­ciently. For di­ges­tion and brain sup­port, in­fuse 1tsp fen­nel seeds, ¼tsp co­rian­der seeds and ¼tsp cumin seeds in a cup of hot water and sip half an hour be­fore meal­times.

5 TRY THE ELIXIR OF THE GODS

In Ayurvedic phi­los­o­phy, soma is con­sid­ered the nec­tar of the gods. This nourishing drink sup­ports the body and en­hances en­ergy and fo­cus. Add the fol­low­ing in­gre­di­ents to a saucepan with a cup of milk: two pit­ted dates, 1tsp peeled al­monds, ½tsp turmeric, 1 car­damom pod and 2 rose­buds. Heat, then drink to feel en­er­gised.

Turmeric con­tains an­tiox­i­dants forbrain health

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