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Ayurveda explains that there are three aspects to mental function: learning, retaining, and recalling.  When we have problems in any one of these areas, it shows up as a learning problem, which can lead to frustration and low self-esteem.  And then behavior problems can follow.  When learning, retaining and recalling are balanced and operating efficiently, the mind is quick and bright.  So, how can we get our minds sharp so that we can have peak performance at school or the office?  Ayurveda has these simple recommendations:

-Eat fresh foods, preferably organic.  Stay away from foods with additives, or foods that have been frozen or leftover.  The fresher the food, the more intelligence that it has.
-Eat a balanced diet.  Make sure you get enough nutrition, with proteins such as soy, and an abundance of fruits and vegetables.  We do need some fat, but not too much.
-Eat foods rich in antioxidants.  Look for foods with dark, deep, colors: blueberries, sweet potatoes, and spinach are really good.
-Get enough sleep.  Sleep deprivations leads to a diminished mental performance.  Sleep is a basic for mind/body health, just as food is.
-De-Stress.  Stress has a negative impact on both mind and body.  Make sure you meditate daily, and take time to relax.
-Exercise the brain.  Stay active with reading, puzzles, and learning new things.

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