Nootropics or “smart drugs” have been the talk of the town recently. These supplements have been linked to boosting productivity and mental performance. However, very little is known about their long term effects. Many biohackers like Tim Ferris decided that the short term gain through "smart drugs" is not worth the long term side effects.
There are other, equally powerful ways to hack cognitive performance with superfoods. The compounds of these superfoods can stimulate your brain cells to release (e.g.) mood-altering dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. If used systematically they can reset or cleanse your system and prime it for peak performance.
Whether you are competing for a triathlon or looking for the cutting edge in mental clarity Superfoods are nature’s gift for optimal performance.
In order to really manipulate your system's performance it needs to be cleansed of harmful toxins we expose ourselves to on a regular basis. You can find more about this in our recent blog post "How to boost mental focus, productivity and energy with detox". Another, often overlooked tool in hacking your system is sleep.
Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology Dr. Russell Foster explains the link between sleep and emotional well-being in this eye-opening Ted talk.
We often downplay the importance of sleep with little regard for obtaining our recommended 7-8 hrs of shut eye. Sleep patterns can be affected with stimulants like pharmaceutical nootropics, energy drinks, coffee and electronic devices all of which interfere with our circadian rhythm which is our natural sleep/wake cycle.
Another interesting aspect of sleep is that your brain cleans itself of toxins during sleep. During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases, washing away harmful waste proteins.
The most commonly know "smart drug" is probably Adderall, a stimulate that affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactive and impulse control. One of the potential side-effects is the negative impact on REM sleep. However, with sleep being an important factor in overall health it is important to establish a circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle) and stick to it.
Superfoods such as Turmeric can have a positive impact on brain performance, especially when formulated or combined with other superfoods, without impacting your sleep patterns.
Effects include memory, brain cell development and neurogenesis, but also positive effects on balance of mood and sleep. In addition it may even have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s according to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Why Nootropics are a tangled web.
Nootropics, classified as dietary supplements, do not have to meet FDA standards; manufacturers and distributors are not required to obtain FDA approval before advertising and selling their products, nor do they require a prescription from a doctor.
This excellent article by Kristen Spina goes into detail on how excessive manipulation of neurotransmitter systems can lead to a variety of unpleasant issues, including serotonin syndrome, depression, and anxiety.
As Kristen states it "Smart drugs won't turn you into the next Elon Musk, because after all, your brain is still your brain". However, there is a way to enhance brain performance with the help of formulated superfood supplements.
Below is a list of superfoods you can add to your diet to boost brain performance the safe way.
Other, less exotic and underrated foods you can add in addition:
There are ways of accomplishing your goals with superfoods vs. pharmaceutical nootropics and there are many reasons why you should enhance your performance this way.
Results accomplished via superfoods will last longer and are healthier for your entire system. You can find more on this topic in our last post "How to boost mental focus, productivity and energy with detox".
We've also put together a free Guide on the subject: How to enhance brain performance with superfoods. Feel free to download & discuss on our social channels.
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A 3 day meal plan for everyone interested in kickstarting a detox program.
What you will find in this post:
Your goals for the first 3 days are:
For many people Detox programs are often the last minute emergency break after a long period unhealthy living. Whether alcohol or a one-sided diet, more people are looking for ways to reset their system.
But let’s take a look at what you can accomplish with a pro-active detox and why you should schedule a detox program (14-30 days) at 4-5 times a year.
How can a detox help you perform better?
Detoxing can lead to increased levels of health, well-being and focus. Many people report long phases of mental clarity after a proper detox. This is similar to what you might experience when fasting (intermittent fasting) - only less difficult.
There are ways of prolonging these phases by replacing nutrients through a post-detox diet. We refer to this process as RRA (Reset, Restore, Amplify).
Learn more on how you can enhance brain performance through superfood detox.