Improving Your Concentration with Ayurveda

By- Tracy Bannister

If you find yourself battling to concentrate and remember simple things, you are not alone.  In India alone up to 255 children are believed to live with varying degrees of ADD according to a report published by ASER. It is very difficult for anyone to lead a fulfilling life if you lack mental clarity and focus. Luckily poor concentration is fairly easy to address simply by following a number of basic Ayurveda principles which includes incorporating a number of brain-boosting foods into your diet and making use of potent traditional herbal supplements.

Brain boosting food   Consume almonds and fish oil
Almonds are believed to be the most potent brain-boosting food and can even cure amnesia  according to Ayurveda belief. Nuts, and almonds, in particular, are rich in antioxidants as well as Omega-3 fatty acids that can improve your mental dexterity substantially. Traditionally, almonds are first soaked in water overnight before consumption or can, alternatively, be grounded and mixed with honey and milk. Much like almonds, fish oil and fatty fish such as sardines and salmon are also rich in brain-boosting fatty acids which are ideal if you are not a vegan. However, if you do not consume animal products, it might be best to get your Omega-3s from either fenugreek seeds or a store-bought natural supplement.

Supplement your diet with Ayurvedic herbs
The global consumer market offers increasing numbers of new supplements for concentration, each with their own set of merits. There are also a number of Ayurvedic herbs such that can be used to boost mental alertness and concentration significantly.Ashwagandha, which is also known as withania and winter cherry, is a superb mental re generator that can also improve general strength and sleep cycles. Apart from nourishing the body and regulating the metabolic rate, the herb, which is related to tomatoes and potatoes, also facilitates improved memory and helps correct a foul mood.  A typical serving of Ashwagandha can range anywhere between 1 and 5 grams per day and should be taken for at least a week in order to see any significant difference to one’s concentration abilities. Other herbs to consider include Brahmi, rosemary and Shankhapushpi

Commit to a daily routine
By creating a daily routine for yourself you are able to improve your concentration by balancing vata dosha. The stability brought on by following a set routine will help boost your concentration as your mind will be free from having to plan your day as you go along. Try to wake at the same time every morning and go to bed at a set time every night. You can also benefit from eating at around the same time every day and make sure you never skip a meal as it can lead to unhealthy cravings. Where possible, ensure that your meals are at least 3 hours apart to allow all the nutrients to be broken down and absorbed into the body before giving your system a new load of food to digest.

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