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How To: Track If Your Supplement (Stack) Works or Not!

Many people have written in asking for more detailed instructions on how to determine if a stack or a single supplement they are taking is actually working or not. The guide below will demonstrate how to how record your progress when your stack consists of just one supplement initially. It will also show you how to meaningfully record your results if you decide to try another supplement for the same goal. We have written a previous guide on how to setup a stack to track your conditions and symptoms here.

Step 1 – Click Create Stack

Lets start by creating your first stack, once you have signed up, you can click “Create New Stack” from any page. Click any of the screenshots to enlarge them if you need to.

 

Step 2 – Name it to differentiate it from other Stacks

Start by entering all the required details for a stack, the first being what you want to call the stack and selecting the purpose, e.g. “Anxiety” and adding conditions if any.

 

Step 3 – Explain the reason behind the Stack

Continue ahead with your stack by adding a description. The reason for entering this information is to inform other users on the platform a bit more about your stack and potentially receiving feedback from others. A detailed reason not only helps you but others understand why the stack was made.

 

Step 4 – Add Elements by Typing or Clicking

On the final step, you can add one or many supplements, vitamins, minerals or drugs that you may want to track. For the sake of determining what works and what doesn’t for a new goal, we will start by adding just one supplement (Fish Oil) to our stack. We refer to all items that can be added to a stack as an element and elements can be searched from the search field, added via suggestions (based on goals) and by clicking the green button with the supplement name. Go ahead add your elements and click Continue.

 

Step 5 – Stack Page, Change Log & Notes Tab

Once you have followed the wizard and created your stack, you will be forwarded to your stack page. From this page you may modify and tweak your dosage, timings, and add or remove supplements at any time.

If any changes are made to your stack, it can be viewed by clicking on the “Change Log” tab at the top. If you would like to store notes of any kind without doing a journal entry, it can be done so from the “Notes” tab. The following screenshot shows the stack page, we will now show you how to record the efficacy of this supplement by journaling in step 6.

 

Step 6 – Journal Your Results

To start journaling for this stack/individual supplement, scroll down on the stack page and click “Add Post to Journal” or go here: https://trackmystack.com/logs/create


(1) Click Add Post to Journal to be taken to a page where you may add entries to your journal which is connected to individual stacks.

(2) Start by clicking “Yes” or “No” for the supplements you have taken for that day to record your adherence levels. Next add any comment you may want to add along with this individual journal entry.


(3) Next, optionally, you may click the “Daily Values” tab and quantify pre-set metrics or add your own. Here we opted to change our energy level, memory and mood based on anecdotal evidence of how we felt after supplementing fish oil which we are taking for relieving anxiety. Once we are done, we go ahead and click “Save Post” at the bottom of the page (in green).

 

Step 7 – View Your Post

You can now go ahead and see what your post looks like on your stack page. You will notice your metrics are listed and graphed, along with a table displaying your adherence levels. In the next step, we will go ahead and make a few more posts to show you how the journal may look after some time. To see a list of your past entries go here: https://trackmystack.com/logs/ the link to post a journal entry is also in the sub menu bar available when you are logged in.

 

Step 8 – Post and Review Your Results

You can see that after taking fish oil for a few days, our focus, memory and mood all start to improve anecdotally. We can also tweak and play around with dosage increases or decreases at the time. Keep in mind, if you are changing other lifestyle factors such as exercising more or sleeping more or less, all these factors can also be included in each post through the different tabs on the journal posting page as seen in step 6.

 

Step 9 – Tweaking Your Supplement (Stack) if results Fail

Let’s assume in the past example the user did not see any changes with Fish oil after consuming it for a while, how do they add or track another supplement? There is no need to create another stack (though you can create as many as you like). The screenshot below shows the proper way to add another supplement and/or removing an existing one from your stack.

(1) You can set the effectiveness to “Can’t Tell” to remind yourself why you stopped taking it.

(2) You can set a Start Date and a “End Date” to remind yourself when you started it and ended taking it.

(3) You can make any other note you wish and click “Update & Close” and see it recorded on the stack page like below:

 

 

Step 10 – Adding a New Supplement to Your Stack

In the final step we click the blue button that says “+ Add Element to Stack” to add another supplement we have decided to try. You are given many options in this dialog box to record, such as the brand you are taking, the dosage and frequency of the new element. You may also setup refill and adherence reminders (via email) for yourself at this step (or any time later).

Below we see the new element added to the stack page with all information we wrote in the previous step saved, along with the a info-tip alerting us that our dosage may not be effective enough. If you had added multiple supplements, our service would also alert you about any dangerous interactions along with supportive ones. This may not be fully comprehensive but provides a general guide.

As a final step, you can continue to journal and see your progress, but you can also click through to the “Change Log” tab (At the top of the page), to see how your stack was tweaked over the course of your journey to find the right supplement or track your medication history.

 

In Conclusion – Keep Track of Health Journey

Thus far, we have only shown you the absolute basic features on TrackMyStack, there are dozens of other features that you could find useful such as: advanced graphs (pro feature), the ability to track calories and nutrition. Adding a circle of care (family and caregivers) where your team can monitor your progress privately. If you need further help you can also contact us or read specific articles with videos such as this one for tracking vitamins, or this one for using TrackMystack as a health diary.  Good Luck!

The Best Gaming Supplements for Energy, Focus and Speed

Can nootropic supplements help gamers perform better? The answer is an astounding Yes! Ofcourse. We measure improvements in terms of three aspects when it comes to gamers, and they are: Improved & Sustained Energy Levels, Improved Focus & Concentration and lastly, Quicker Reaction time.

Whether it is Call of Duty, Counter-Strike Go, DOTA or any other eSport you may engage in. You can get better through the use of natural supplements. This means you do not have to pack and load yourself up with bulky, expensive and sugar-filled energy drinks such as Red Bull or Monster (or some of the gamer focused energy drinks, anyone remember BAWLS? G-Fuel?). Generally what we recommend below is a no-nonsense, no fluff recommendation on what to take for your general health (in cases) and to take before competitive gaming or gaming in general.

A word to note, always consult a health professional before engaging in “biohacking” yourself by consuming any “brain pills”. Additionally, continue to do your own research after reading our recommendations if need be. Secondly, a word on measuring if your performance is improving or not: Use TrackMyStack as a platform to record your in-take of supplements over the first month and see if you notice any changes and modify your gamer supplement stack as you deem fit. Keep in mind, most of these are natural supplements, so they require time to “build up” in your system. For you to feel any sort of difference, unless if you go the route of things like Adrafinil things aren’t instant. Record things like your Actions Per Minute (APM) which is a critical component for FPS, MMO and RTS games, a good amount per minute is about 200.

 

The Best Gaming Supplements

Let’s target each item one by one to determine what supplement will work best for you, additionally if you want to learn even more about them, click the name to read more.

Best Gaming Supplements For Energy (In Order)

  1. Rhodiola Rosea – generally helps improve mood but more importantly helps alleviate stress and provides concentration. It stimulates the “AMPK enzyme” which results in better cell function which leads to improved cognitive capabilities. Bonus: It is a herb, is widely available, and was taken by Vikings to improve Stamina. Get it from this source for $12
  2. Caffeine+L-Theanine: Although you may be use to chugging starbucks or consuming monster energy drinks for gaming purposes. You may have noticed that after the quick burst and jitters, your energy falls off, leaving you wondering if you should consider spending another $5 to damage your health and your wallet. Anecdotal evidence on our platform states that users notice better potentiation when consuming the pill form. The L-Theanine stops the jittery feeling and gives you more of what you crave… That Focused Energy. You can buy a grab L-Theanine and Caffeine pills for about $19 from Amazon for 30 pills.
  3. Lumonol: This supplement contains all the elements needed to have a OVERALL healthy brain all the time, popping one pill before competing will really kick things into high gear. Most of it’s effects come from Noopept which is a cognitive enhancer and is “neuroprotective”. Plain for, it helps protect your brain from your potentially unhappy life choices on weekends. The creators claim:

    Engineered to elevate overall cognitive performance, Lumonol upgrades your Memory, Focus, Processing Speed and overall Brain Functions.Featuring Noopept at its core – the worlds most effective nootropic with powerful brain enhancing properties.

    We take it as well and we have seen thousands of stacks with this ingredient as well, if you are interested in Lumonol, you can visit their website here.

 

Best Pro Gaming Pills For Focus & Concentration

Lumonol: This would be our #1 choice for Focus and concentration, rather than taking many other supplements individually, we would recommend you take this supplement yourself. It contains B-Vitamins, Focus Blend (Guarana, Hordenine, Ginseng), Energy Blend, Memory Blend. What we came to realize about this supplement as opposed to others that had somewhat similar ingredients was that the quantity/or dosage was much closer to the required amounts to be effective and that they used standardized products. So you are really getting the quantity and the quality needed for this to work. Learn more about it here yourself before buying it.

Phenylpiracetam: If you are not up to date with nootropics, they are being touted as “the real life nzt-pill” from the movie limitless. This is one of those compounds, it is one that is a bit more powerful than the absolute classic “piracetam” as the bioavailability is a bit higher.
The taste is bad, and you may want to buy it in pill form, the effects will definitely be felt as we are approaching the realm of pharmaceuticals here, but in the nootropic community it is touted as a “safe, starting cognitive enhancer”. It is hard to come by and won’t give you all around benefits like Lumonol above, but if you want to go ahead and try it, click here, it is about $30.

As a side, most articles or companies will not recommend or even come close to mentioning the supplements above. Most would recommend you stick to caffeine mixed with a few B-vitamins, with sugar for good measure to make it taste better. We are writing this as a “tool” that gamers can use on occasion. The recommendations aren’t just “gamer pills”, they can be utilized (and quite possibly already are) being used by Entrepreneurs, Software developers, gym-rats, stock traders, and even pilots.

 

Improving Reaction Time with Supplement Pills

  • Lutein And Zeaxanthin: Generally included in pro gaming supplements to help keep eyes healthy as it reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. One thing you probably didn’t know is that it should be cycled and it should not be taken from today to infinitum. We don’t want to bore you with the details as to why, but consider taking this 1 month on and 1 month off for visual acuity. You can also read a study below on gamers can improve their reaction time (visual processing time) by lutein supplementation. You can use our link to grab the right brand for relatively cheap here for about $10.

    In a study published Sept. 24, 2014 in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) Vision Sciences laboratory reveal for the first time scientific evidence that the speed the brain processes information can be increased in young, healthy adults through the use of supplements featuring high amounts of the nutrient dietary zeaxanthin (20mg and above). The findings present meaningful implications for athletes as increasing the speed at which the eyes and brain communicate translates to giving players critical extra milliseconds to process visual information and react faster on the field.

    STUDY TITLE: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study on the Effects of Lutein and Zeaxanthin on Neural Processing Speed and Efficiency.

  • Lumonol: We have already mentioned Lumonol, and don’t need to go into reviewing why it is a good OVERALL supplement for the price, $59.99 for one bottle or 3 for about $120 (Free shipping) for when you play video games competitively. Generally you can take this daily and each bottle contains one month’s supply. Additionally, you can consume it before you need to get into competitive-athletic gaming mode. As you can guess the effects are better felt when it has been consumed daily and then taken before a gaming tournament. Below are some testimonials from users that have taken it (click below to read more).
  • Cyanidin (Superfruit black currant supplies active Cyanidin 3-Glucoside): While not necessarily what you would classify as a “gaming supplement”. C3G helps protect the retina by being rich in anthocyanins and helps with regenerating rhodopsin. Rhodopsin is the ingredient that helps with low-light and shifting-light adaptation and is generally considered good for night vision. This runs about $9 and you can get it from here.

We hope you now have a new reason to ditch gaming energy drinks for healthier and more powerful brain supplements (that are also better for your wallet!). We encourage you to take the supplements consistently with patience before making up your own mind on their efficacy. Please double check the rules as set in MLG, ESL Gaming or any other eSports leagues you may be a part of to confirm nothing has been added to the banned substance list as it is always changing.

Review by: Kathleen

 

 

 

† The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Stack Advice for Supplements Stacks

There are many problems TrackMyStack has helped solve for its users. From simply helping users maintain and track the effectiveness of their supplement stack and its results for them to learning more about how supplements, otc and other medications have affected patients with various health goals and conditions. All of this for free as a way for people reach optimal health, combined with a healthy diet, sleeping and exercise plan (all of which we also help you track!)

The New Stacks Page (subdomain)
Starting today we will be putting a stronger emphasis on users getting feedback from patients, biohackers, or fitness buffs just like them! Having said this, we are officiating this by moving the entire stacks section of TMS to https://stackadvice.trackmystack.com — after all, the whole point of having your stacks posted publically is to get feedback from others or have others hold you accountable for your results!
Edit: Update your bookmarks to the subdomain above and if possible link to us from your blog if you find it interesting!

New Commenting System
Recently we also changed our commenting framework from a custom in-house commenting system to Disqus to make it easier for users to post comments to stacks or supplement pages.

New Stack Building System
For those that haven’t made a new stack in a while we have also gone ahead and added the ability to “Bulk Add” supplements or medications to your stack rather than adding them one at a time from the initial wizard or the actual stacks page, look for a button that says “+ Bulk Add” to get a stack built faster.

The idea of “Stack Advice” comes from the Reddit subreddit that was trying to solve the problem we are solving in a more structured way. Here is the official description:
Due to an overwhelming number of posts in /r/nootropics where people post their stacks and ask for advice on dosages, feedback, recommendations, etc, we have created a supplementary subreddit for requesting and giving personalised advice.
Consider this a friendly environment for stack advice, Nootropics recommendation, supplement information, and any question concerning Nootropics.

Initially the purpose of our site was to help the nootropics community manage their stacks but we have since allowed everyone to build a stack for whatever purpose they deem fit with more options than they can handle. If you still have suggestions on how we can improve TrackMyStack, feel free to leave a comment below. We have slowed down development as we do not want “feature creep”.

Feature creep, creeping featurism or featuritis is the ongoing expansion or addition of new features in a product, such as in computer software. These extra features go beyond the basic function of the product and can result in software bloat and over-complication rather than simple design.

Final Word on StackAdvice
I leave you with some very real stacks found on reddit’s /r/stackadvice

Apoaequorin Review – Another SCAM Supplement?

What is Apoaequorin?

Apoaequorin is a protein more commonly found in glowing jellyfish when bound to calcium ions. When the protein binds itself with the calcium ion, it produces the glow of a jellyfish with one of the most basic nervous system in the ecosystem. However, Quincy Bioscience’s product, “Prevagen” will improve brain function.

Research has found that Apoaequorin helps improve the cognitive function of the brain which is especially effective if taken by older people suffering from cognitive impairment. Younger people are not prohibited from consuming Apoaequorin as the youth suffer from cognitive impairment as well.

Apoaequorin itself is extracted from a jellyfish, but researches claimed that the protein is “very similar in its amino acid sequence to a human endogenous calcium-binding protein.” What this basically means is that it is safe to ingest this compound for humans.

What kinds of benefits does Apoaequorin yield?

There are known benefits that the human body can enjoy like calcium homeostasis. Endogenous calcium is an essential component of the brain responsible for maintaining low levels of cytosolic calcium. When the level of cytosolic calcium increases, it causes a poor performance of the neuron cells. The decrease of endogenous calcium is a normal process that takes place as you age.

Apoaequorin’s amino acid sequence, similar to endogenous calcium, helps by maintaining low levels of cytosolic calcium. It can help regulate intracellular calcium levels and protect neurons from degradation and its eventual death.

Studies have also shown that patients that took Apoaequorin exhibited an improved recall. Those suffering from mild to moderate mental impairment benefited most from the compound. Furthermore, the test results from those suffering from moderate to severe impairments failed to show a significant improvement on paper.

Quincy Bioscience claims that people who take their product Prevagen, which is the only known supplement with the jellyfish protein, can expect an improvement from absent mindedness, memory, and other memory related problems. In addition to this, there are even more benefits derived from the consumption of this protein.

How safe is Prevagen?

Prevagen is probably the only supplement to incorporate Apoaequorin as its main active ingredient. It delivers improvement in memory and attention, which is required by people of all ages.

Quincy Bioscience claims that there are no known interactions between Prevagen and other prescription medications. However, consumers are advised by the manufacturer to consult their physicians before taking Prevagen with other prescription medications.

The company also claims that the supplement is safe and well tolerated by the body since it is safe enough to be ingested and classified as a food ingredient.

Apoaequorin is a non-allergenic so people with known allergic reactions caused by fish should not worry since the component is found in a jellyfish. A jellyfish is technically not a fish, but a Cnidaria, which is an entirely different phylum from fishes.

Does Apoaequorin Contain Jellyfish?

The protein is grown under scientific conditions without the need for actual jellyfish and the product Prevagen is a vegetarian product, produced in a non gelatin capsule and gluten-free rice flour is used as filler.

Controversies surrounding Prevagen

Although Quincy Bioscience claims that there are no known side effects from using Prevagen, there have been reports of people suffering from strokes, and showing symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

The controversy arose when the FDA claimed that Quincy Bioscience failed to disclose the reported Prevagen side effects. The FDA claims that reports and complaints have been made with the company by concerned users but “only investigated or reported two events.”

Prevagen contains a synthetic form of Apoaequorin and the FDA has argued that due to this reason, the product should be classified as a drug and not a supplement.

So who should take Apoaequorin?

Admittedly, there have been mixed reviews debating the efficacy of Prevagen. Some reviews claim that it worked wonders for them while the others claim that it failed to deliver its promise.

Hitherto, Quincy Bioscience has maintained its position that their product is safe and has no known side effects.

We believe that in conclusion, given both points of view, the final call is yours to make. Try Prevagen out and see if it works for you or find a different brain supplement from another label. However, we always advise you to do your own homework on the list of renowned manufacturers offering supplements and finding the perfect product for yourself.

If you take other prescription medicines or have allergies that you are aware of, always consult a specialist before opting for this jellyfish supplement otherwise you may also wish to try Lumonol!

Excelerol Review – Is it RIGHT for YOU?

It is not news that Excelerol has been a popular nutritional supplement for a good few years, doing well on big e-shopping portals such as Amazon. However, recent reports have been indicative of the fact that Excelerol customers are now preferring other, more advanced supplements (for e.g. Lumonol) for their cognition-boosting needs.

This supplement consists of twenty distinct ingredients, which, upon detailed investigation seem to be arousing concern. Firstly, and quite evidently, given the large number of ingredients i.e. twenty, it only seems plausible that very small quantities of each ingredient is used, rendering their effectiveness questionable. After all, there is only so much a particular size of the pill can contain.

Also, manufacturers have not given out the quantities of each ingredient composing the formula, making it difficult for users to decide what changes they should make in their dosage in order to reap maximum advantage from their supplements. The solution to these two problems was solved by our Nootropics Experts by suggesting that the most significant ingredients be listed with their proven benefits.

Three dimensions are hereby analyzed in regard to this nootropic multi-vitamin supplement:

  • The ingredients
  • The manufacturer
  • Possible risks involved with Excelerol intake

THE INGREDIENTS

Excelerol was found to be mainly made up of tea; black tea, green tea and white tea.  However, all these tea extracts are in fairly small proportions, so one might just as well sip a few cups of their favorite tea! In addition to this, tea has not exactly been categorized as a cognitive-booster nootropic beverage.

At the same time, traces of Vitamin B12, peppermint oil, huperzine, niacin, basil, vinpocetine, guarana, DMAE, rhodiola etc. were also found. One can, therefore, at least be assured that all substances used in the making of this pill are human-friendly.

THE MANUFACTURER

Excelerol is being manufactured by a company named ‘Accelerated Intelligence’, the details and whereabouts of which are ambiguous. It is difficult to get in touch with them, and when one does happen to connect to their network, their answers are inconsistent and unconvincing.

In this day and age where competition is skyrocketing and customers have abundant knowhow about what they digest, they will not settle for a company that does not have positive, traceable records, or for a product the details of which are unknown. This, by no means, goes to say that they are not successful now; it’s just the future that doesn’t seem to be too bright given the present circumstances.

ONGOING MARKET PRACTICES
Excelerol has been held responsible for corrupting their reviews on Amazon. How is that so? They are buying their own supplement just so they can leave a review that can serve in their best interests. What does not miss the eye is how these customers have not indulged in any other transaction with Amazon. Also, all these customers have left five-star reviews, but other leading products in this department, such as Noopept, have only managed to get 2-star reviews at best? Can this be alarming for current consumers and the manufacturers of Excelerol? Perhaps. But, perhaps, these are mere accusations and wrong calls of judgments.

 

FINAL REVIEW OF EXCELEROL

Recipients of this pill from among our panel have revealed that taking 2 pills per dose (i.e. the recommended dosage) made them feel sharper and quick-spirited; sort of like a strong cup of coffee kicking in on a Monday Morning.

This is to say that no significant differences were noted, which one might attribute to the pill’s failure if one was to be paranoid and reductionist, and at the same time simply means that those particular subjects failed to benefit from the pill.

EXPENSIVE OR WHAT?

Excelerol is available at around a hundred dollars each month, which is roughly two times the cost of other nootropic supplements available. We estimated a total cost taking into account the retail price of Excelerol along with its shipment cost.

This amounted to one third of the price customers are buying it at. So, yes, it is expensive, but who knows…it might be worth it?

OUR VERDICT

Taking into account all our above observations and the substitutes available, we have come to a conclusion. While it may seem that nootropic supplements better than Excelerol – both, in terms of price and effectiveness, may be available, one cannot ignore that it does benefit a percentage of its consumers.

However, if you are not one of these consumers, it wouldn’t hurt to switch to Lumonol, or any other top-rated supplement for your brain.

 

Addie Up Review

AddieUp – To Buy or Not To Buy

When AddieUp became the subject of our review, there was a division of people in our panel; one side claiming that it was indeed an all-natural, energy-boosting supplement, and the other that doubted its effectiveness. While some people believed that the effects are simply momentary causes of the caffeine-based ingredients used to make AddieUp, quite a few people have reported increased cognitive performance and mental clarity as a result of taking this supplement.

We will now examine what AddieUP is essentially made up of, its pros and cons, and finally, whether or not it really does give one the giddy-up to get through an exhausting day.

INGREDIENTS

Initially, AddieUP faced criticism as it was found to contain DMAA (a product extracted from geranium flowers), which was banned by the FDA  for its negative side effects. However, they then removed DMAA from their herbal supplement to be able to meet FDA standards, replacing it with phenylethylamine (obtained from dark chocolate).

  • Choline

Choline is a nootropic, similar to Vitamin B, that keeps the cells and nerves healthy, thereby affecting several processes in the brain.

  • Phenylethylamine

This substance, obtained from dark chocolate, allows the brain to release neurotransmitters called dopamine, which make the individual feel ecstatic and upbeat.

  • Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate leaves were originally used to prepare tea. Its leaves also contain medically-aiding properties such as boosting the immune system, helping those suffering from insomnia, cleaning the blood and soothing stress.

Long-term intake of Yerba Mate can have undesirable side effects, for example, nausea and ringing in the ears.

  • Hordenine

Hordenine enhances concentration as well as energy levels. This is a cactus extract with effects similar to Phenylethylamine, and when these two are used collectively, the results can be long-lasting and highly effective.

  • Guarana

Commonly used as an ingredient in energy drinks, this AddieUP ingredient is drawn from the seeds of a particular species of trees in South America. Although it is categorized as a stimulant, there is no scientific proof that supports the assertion that it increases focus or activity levels in the brain.

PROS & CONS OF TAKING ADDIEUP

PROS

  • It can be bought without the need of a prescription.
  • None of the ingredients are artificial; all are natural, good-for-health substances.
  • It contains antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, placing it in a win-win situation.
  • It boosts the performance of the brain and has long-lasting results.
  • It is cheaper as compared to other similar products.
  • The stimulants it includes are low in quantity.

 

CONS

  • We do not really know the exact amount of each ingredient.
  • The caffeine content in AddieUP is relatively high.
  • Not all users are satisfied with it (but then, same is the case with all medicinal drugs and supplements, owing to individual differences in biology).
  • There is a possibility of side effects such as headaches and nausea.

We selected a group of ten volunteers to test the effects of AddieUP. They were to take this supplement over a period of time, because the longer these pills are taken, the more one’s brain gets the nutrients. A few of the volunteers felt that when the effects of the supplement died out, they felt uneasy levels of decrease in energy, causing them to drop out halfway. However, other results indicated that it takes up to 30 minutes for the effects of AddieUP to kick in, after which it triggers an immediate punch to the brain, increasing its concentration levels and overall cognitive functioning.

 

SHOULD YOU TRY ADDIEUP?

It is true that AddieUP is devoid of some nootropic ingredients that are found in other such supplements. It is also true that it is expensive, but given the benefits, it is probably worth it. If you wish to be productive with your time, and to work at full potential, AddieUP can come in really handy.

Whether you are a university student struggling with your GPA, a working mom who barely gets to sleep, or a businessman who has to travel half the year, AddieUP can give you the much-needed energy and mental capacity to multitask as per your requirements. Of course, it would be advisable to start with low dosages and see if this is the supplement that works for you.

Also, the fact that is easily available online and at drugstores, without prescriptions, is just something else that will work in your favor if you decide to use this product. We may also suggest you try Lumonol.

5 Tips for Better Sleep

A barely functioning body consists of dragging-the-feet movement, heavy eyelids, grumbling speech, and a slow-to-respond mind. Early in the morning, this body is the result of sleep deprivation. Sleep is on equal footing to exercise and healthy eating. Specifically, the mind requires sleep to re-energize lost brainpower consumed during the day. A fresh mind is alert and responsive to daily tasks and conversations. However, work, family, illness, emergencies, and unexpected obstacles throw sleep time off balance, resulting in lost sleep and beginning stages of insomnia. Regardless, sleeping is essential for a productive mind. Prepare your mind for bed with these five sleeping tips.

Create a Sleep Atmosphere
What are the necessities for a good night’s sleep? A bedroom with a comfortable bed, dark environment, a cold temperature, and silence is the premier atmosphere to gain the most sleep. To recreate the atmosphere, turn off all lights in the bedroom. Fluff pillows and pull back the comforter. Use a fan to create a cold temperature (unless it’s fall/winter). Turn off the TV, computer, and music device. Turn down alarms, silence cell phones, and stop staring at the clock. If the neighborhood is noisy, use earplugs. If the room is bright, use dark window shades and sleep masks. Get pets and children a separate space; both are distracting to sleep.

Since the bedroom is for sleeping, draw the boundaries. Don’t go to the bedroom for television viewing, computer/internet surfing, and office working.

Sleep-Wake Cycle
The circadian rhythm, or the sleep-wake cycle, trains your mind to fall asleep and wake up at certain times. This creates an internal clock in your mind to fall asleep naturally and wake up naturally. Naturally waking up stops the dependence on sleep alarms and reduces tossing and turning mid-night. Simply decide the time you expect to sleep and follow that routine vigorously. Continue the sleeping pattern on weekends. In addition, do not sleep during the daytime. Surrendering to day napping and full-stomach drowsiness means less sleep at night. You’ll struggle to sleep, and once successful, return to sleep once awake.

Include pre-sleep routines into the sleep-wake cycle such as oral health, taking a bath, and taking sleeping pills. Avoid adding TV, computers, and cell phones as part of the ritual. This disrupts sleep faster than encourage it. Additionally, deep breathing, stretching, counting sheep, and visualizing a peaceful place will ease the mind away from brain activity to serenity. If you must exercise before bed, perform yoga. The pre-sleep routine’s purpose is for sleepers to customize a simple routine so the mind transitions from work to rest nightly.

Consequently, don’t turn the light on during the night. It signals to the body that it’s daytime, and it will become harder to fall back asleep.

Peace of Mind
Stress causes the mind to focus on the stressful problem and nothing else. Take the stress to bed and it’s unlikely the problem will melt away. You’ll struggle to attain sleep all night. Eliminate the problem by solving the problem immediately. If the problem is complex, break it up into manageable chunks. Organize manageable chunks by priority. Complete the most important first. Achieve as much as possible before bed. You’ll feel good knowing most of the work is complete.

A calm mind solves problems faster than a frustrated mind, so de-stress by taking a break from the stress. While shopping, chatting with friends, and massages are nice, none will ease your mind prior to bed. A solution is to allow worrisome thoughts to play out in your mind uninterrupted. As more worries occur, let those mentally play out. It won’t make the problem go away, but it will calm the mind. Upon waking, a renewed mind discovers a different problem-solving strategy not seen before.

Eat for Bed
The morning and afternoons require more food and beverages than evening. The daytime needs food for energy. A full stomach at night creates discomfort, disrupting sleep. Beverages at night disrupt sleep due to those unnecessary trips to the toilet. Specifically, do not consume caffeine beverages at night; avoid nicotine and alcohol for the same reasons.

Stop Exercising
Afternoon, morning, or night: when is the correct time to exercise? The answer is not nighttime. Exercising before bed does contain one benefit affecting sleep. The good night’s sleep is deeper, making sleepers well rested upon waking.

Physical activity, in general, energizes people to face challenges and uncertainties ahead. For morning exercisers, it’s a great energizer to begin the day. For afternoon exercisers, it’s a great boost to regain energy to finish the day strong. Consequently, exercising at night brings unnecessary energy when the mind should power down toward sleep. This unnecessary energy keeps the mind awake and alert when it should be resting.

As our lives become hectic, it seems like sleep is on the backburner. Sleep cannot remain on the sidelines; the results will catch up with you. The need for sleep isn’t leaving when life throws a curveball. Regain control of unforeseen circumstances and make time for you. Your mind will thank you.

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Brian Rees is a media relations representative for Lumonol. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, music, and maintaining a healthy, conscious lifestyle.

Tips and Techniques for Improve Your Concentration

Whether you are struggling to remember the last item on the shopping list or scratching your head for the answer to the multiple choice question on your exam that will help you pass, it can’t be denied that focus and concentration are crucial to our daily routines.

The good news is that there are skills you can learn and things you can do to allow your brain to focus better.

This guide aims to help improve concentration and mental focus by removing distractions, and simply using some simple yet clever concentration techniques.

Start fighting distractions

It was arguably easier for our ancestors to avoid distractions since they didn’t have all the technology we have around us now. They didn’t have advertisements and billboards or social networking websites. That’s right. All of these are distractions that you need to avoid to stay focused on the task you are trying to do.

Cutting Multitasking

Although you might think you are being more productive by attempting to do several things at once, you aren’t. Multitasking is more or less a myth where your brain simply paces back and forth between things, leading to further mental stress.

In addition to the above, a lack of mindfulness in the present has been found to promote brain aging by shortening protective end caps on your chromosomes called telomeres.

Clutter is detrimental

Brain MRIs prove that clutter adversely affects your ability to concentrate and process information. Having an organized environment can make you more focused and productive, however.

Find The Perfect Environment For Yourself

Some people need complete silence while others concentrate better in the buzz of their favorite coffee shop. Classical music, especially Mozart and Baroque music, is often cited as the top brain-boosting music.

If you concentrate best in total silence, consider getting a pair of noise cancelling headphones for enhanced concentration.

Nourish Your Brain

If you can’t concentrate, it’s possible that your brain isn’t getting the nutrition it needs. Start by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables which are high in vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients your brain needs. Also, avoid white sugar and refined carbs which make your blood sugar level fluctuate sporadically.

Your brain also needs a steady supply of blood glucose since brain cells don’t store energy. Avoid MSG, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Use a wide variety of herbs and spices to make your meals delicious and brain-healthy. Rosemary and turmeric are particularly good for the brain.

Remember that your brain is mostly made up of fat, so eat plenty of healthy high-fat foods like nuts and avocados. Low-fat diets haven’t made us thin and they have been a disaster for our brains so don’t go for those! Sometimes, they can even contribute to Alzheimer’s.

Use coconut oil instead of canola and soy oil which contains medium chain triglycerides that bypass glucose metabolism, getting energy directly to the neurons. If you are a fan of chocolate, go get yourself some dark chocolate. Flavonoids, caffeine and theobromine work together to improve memory and concentration.

Consider buying MCT Oil (sold as Brain Octane Oil) which is a more refined version of coconut oil.

Fill Nutritional Deficiency Gaps

The three most common deficiencies that can wreak havoc with brain function are omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 essential fatty acid that is a major building block in the brain. A DHA deficiency has been linked to many brain problems and psychiatric disorders. Memory loss, depression, mood swings, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have all been found to improve with DHA supplementation.

Vitamin B12 is the most common vitamin deficiency in the USA, particularly among seniors who often have poor absorption. People who eat little or no meat are particularly at risk, since animal foods are the only dependable sources of B12.

Vitamin D can lift your mood, improve memory, and increase problem-solving ability. However, most Americans and Europeans are deficient in it due to the climate.

Start Appreciating and Using Dopamine

Neurotransmitters like Dopamine provide your “get up and go.” If you have trouble concentrating, you may have a dopamine deficiency. Low energy, motivation, and libido are all signs of low dopamine. A protein-rich diet is an excellent source of the amino acids needed to create dopamine.

Besides all animal products, foods that promote dopamine formation include avocados, apples, bananas, beets, sea vegetables, green leafy vegetables, oatmeal, chocolate, green tea, and coffee.

Additionally, the top supplements to improve concentration by boosting dopamine levels are tyrosine (an amino acid), Phosphatidylserine (PS), and Ginkgo biloba.

Surprisingly, physical exercise also boosts dopamine production. Taking walks, or doing gentle, no-impact exercises like yoga, tai chi, or qi gong all provide powerful mind-body benefits.

 

Meditate regularly to improve concentration

Chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety, poor decision making, sleeplessness, and impaired memory. When facing chronic stress, your brain undergoes biochemical and structural changes that cause your brain to prematurely age and literally to shrink.

As a result, the best technique to reduce stress and improve concentration is meditation. Movies, TV Shows and Asian culture have already shown us the benefits of meditation. Meditation can make you happier, smarter, and more resilient to life’s ups and downs.

According to studies, regular meditators experience improved concentration and focus, memory, greater creativity, stress reduction, and better sleep. It can also decrease your biological age by 12 years. Impressive, right?

 Killing boredom

It’s clearly not possible for us to stay engaged or excited about something forever. We all get bored from time to time and here are some tips on how to tackle this problem to increase mental focus.

Chewing Gum May Help with Memory

Chewing gum boosts accuracy rates and reaction times while increasing ability to concentrate and focus. It is also believed that gum increases the flow of oxygen to regions of the brain responsible for attention.

Improve Concentration with Eating Mints?

Just a whiff of peppermint improves concentration, memory, and attention span.

Start Doodling for Mental Focus

Doodling or randomly drawing has been shown to not only exercise your brain, but helps you concentrate, grasp new concepts, and retain information.

Understand your “Biorhythm”

Do tasks you aren’t too excited about when you are most alert. Scientists have found there is a best time to do everything and that includes concentrating. While everyone is different, most adults do their best thinking in the late morning as their working memory, alertness and concentration reach their peak.

Sleep Properly to be able to Focus the Next Day

If you didn’t get enough sleep last night or suffer with low-level chronic lack of sleep for whatever reasons, you’ll have a hard time concentrating.

Stay Hydrated to Increase Concentration

Drinking water may be the easiest way to improve memory and concentration. Water makes up 75% of the brain but most of us are chronically dehydrated. Even mild dehydration results in shrinkage of brain tissue and temporary loss of cognitive function, including concentration and memory.

Caffeine Intake

A little coffee can help you get through a boring morning meeting. It boosts blood flow to the brain to improve concentration, mood and alertness.

And keep in mind that the half-life of caffeine is around 5-6 hours, so you may have to stop drinking caffeine by early afternoon so that it won’t keep you up at night.

Develop Focus by Starting Yoga!

We have already discussed the benefits of meditation. Doing yoga can also boost your brain power even more than doing conventional aerobic exercise. Even one session of yoga significantly improves working memory and concentration.

One of the best Concentration Hacks for Improving Mental Focus

The “pomodoro technique” was developed by an Italian graduate student as a study aid.

  • Pick a task you want to concentrate on, one that needs your undivided attention.
  • Remove obvious distractions (like putting away your phone).
  • Tell those around you not to disturb you.
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes then give the task at hand your all.
  • If your mind starts wandering snap yourself back and remind yourself you only need to keep up this level of concentration for a few more minutes.
  • When the 25 minutes is done, take a 5-minute break.
  • Walk around. Do some stretches.
  • When you’re ready, you can do another “pomodoro,” a block of 25 minutes of intense concentration.

You will be fairly surprised at how good this tactic is at boosting your concentration and productivity.

What Should You Do Next to increase your Focus?

Now that you have read the full article – hopefully with your full concentration – make sure you’re giving your brain the basics it needs to function its best like brain-healthy foods, sleep, and mind-body exercises like yoga or qi gong.

Reduce stress and halt brain aging by meditating and giving up multitasking. Boost your dopamine levels and address nutritional deficiency gaps with the right supplements from the right companies. If you feel like you’ve tried everything but still can’t concentrate, you may or may not have a health condition that you will have to seek advice for from a professional.

However, sometimes, the answer can be as simple as getting a pair of reading glasses. These are some of the tips and techniques you can use to answer how to build focus and concentration. Try some of these out and watch your brain get stronger and sharper.

Consider taking Lumonol or MaxSynapse to kick start your focus and memory goals!