Updated: Sep 29, 2021
Have you ever gone into a room and forgot what you were looking for? Or found yourself in the middle of a conversation unable to find the right words? It goes something like this: “You know, the guy — the guy with the brown hair, what’s his name?”
These experiences can be disconcerting, but they're more common than you might realize. More than 600 million people around the world suffer from forgetfulness, and if you’re among the millions, don’t worry. Decreased focus, word search, difficulty remembering, and inability to think clearly are highly treatable — so long as you’re willing to be proactive about your health and well-being!
In this article, we’ll explore the root causes of these concerning experiences, and how to boost your brainpower naturally with Ayurveda.
What are cognitive changes?
Cognitive changes are typically characterized by poor concentration, decreased focus, issues with memory, alertness, and frequent, uncomfortable word retrieval challenges.
Essentially, it means your brain and mind are not functioning at an optimal level, typically due to some underlying factors such as stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance, and food habits.
What causes cognitive changes?
There are various issues that can cause cognitive changes such as diet, stress, poor sleep, medications, anxiety, stress, and depression.
If impaired memory or forgetfulness becomes a chronic condition, make sure you consult with a professional who can help you get to the root cause of your symptoms.
How to boost your brain power with Ayurveda
The vast majority of brain and mind-related changes we face are related to our lifestyle choices. In this section, we’ll cover proactive ways you can boost your brain power with Ayurveda and ultimately improve your memory, focus, and brain health as a result.
Ayurvedic brain-boosting tip #1: Stay away from ultra-processed foods
In Ayurveda, food is medicine used to nourish the mind and body. Unfortunately, much of modern society doesn’t share this same perspective.
As a result, ultra-processed foods such as microwaveable meals, instant soup, candy, chips, sweetened cereal, white bread, fast food, and heavily processed meats (bacon, sausage, hotdogs) have become a staple in many households. These options are touted as more convenient because they’re quick and easy to make — but they lack nutritional value and end up negatively affecting your health and well-being over time.
According to a Harvard study conducted on 100,000 adults, people who consume a diet containing 10% or more of ultra-processed foods have an increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disorders. Furthermore, these foods deprive your brain of important nutrients needed to function properly.
Ayurvedic brain-boosting tip #2: Eat antioxidant-rich foods
One of the best ways you can nourish your brain and protect yourself from chronic stress and depression is by eating antioxidant-rich foods. Wholesome fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants keep your brain cells healthy and help them avoid oxidative stress - which is a rusting of the cells that leads to depression.
The best antioxidant foods for your brain will depend on your dominant dosha. To learn more about the 3 doshas and how they impact your life, click here.