Need Motivation? Give Thanks

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Need Motivation?  Give Thanks

               Grappling for motivation when you are completely out of steam has to be one of the most frustrating parts of life.  Before you end up snowballing a lack of motivation into worry that you won’t get it done and then become fully paralyzed and unable to initiate a task, take a breather and try this newly discovered way to increase motivation.                 Newly published research finds that a simple, daily practice followed for two weeks is enough to boost motivation directly after and up to three months afterwards!  Japanese university students were enrolled...

Cofactors for Vitamin D

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Cofactors for Vitamin D

One of the most overlooked parts to beginning a Vitamin D regimen is its cofactors.  Without adequate amounts of the cofactors, you won’t absorb the full amount of the vitamin, and it can put you at risk for a calcium imbalance. Magnesium Your body needs Magnesium to activate Vitamin D in the bloodstream.  It is one of the number one reasons why supplementing with Vitamin D sometimes fails to raise the blood levels as expected.  When your body is using magnesium to activate Vitamin D, it can cause already low magnesium to be pushed into a deficiency.  (This is one...

One Hour of Daily Meditation Sharpens Attention

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One Hour of Daily Meditation Sharpens Attention

People of all ages could probably use better skills for paying attention, but attention decline is something that seems to be particularly related to the cognitive decline seen with aging.  Biohackers and nootropics users should not only be looking to improve their present, but also further down the road; because no one wants to feel like they were at their peak performance and watch it slip away.  What can you do in one hour that can make a long-lasting impact on your ability to pay attention as you age?  The answer may surprise you! The new way to sharpen your...

Benefits of Curcumin + Black Pepper Extract

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Benefits of Curcumin + Black Pepper Extract

The spice Turmeric is definitely having a moment in popular culture and has become mainstream.  From its origins as a staple in Ayurvedic medicine (and Chinese medicine), it has soared in popularity over the recent years, and more people are becoming aware of its many health benefits.  One of the best supplements to pair Turmeric with is Black Pepper Extract. The primary ingredient in Turmeric is a compound called Curcumin which comprises 80% of the spice.  Curcumin is the compound that is responsible for all of the anti-inflammatory benefits associated with Turmeric.  While Turmeric is generally found in foods and...

Increase Green to Decrease Stress

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Increase Green to Decrease Stress

                One of the best ways to keep your stress level down could be right outside your front or back door.  We’re talking about the brain-boosting effects of physical activity and the mood balancing effects of green spaces combined in one activity you can do from your own backyard, front yard, patio, or rooftop:  gardening.                 If you can’t get to the park or out of an urban environment during the week, new research suggests that you can still benefit from the psychological effects that puttering around in a home garden can give...

Don’t Keep a Straight Face for Success!

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Don’t Keep a Straight Face for Success!

               Being successful means keeping all that inner noise from playing out in your facial expressions, right?  Not quite, according to a new study which challenges what we think we know about playing it cool to get the gig.                 From students to public speakers, interviews, and family holidays to game nights, we’re encouraged to be discreet about how we approach others if there’s something at stake.  Maintaining a civil presence means not giving away too much emotion and keeping that smile plastered on because we’re taught that self-expression could dampen our chance of...

It’s Not You, It’s Us:  Collective Attention Fatigue

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It’s Not You, It’s Us:  Collective Attention Fatigue

         As you enter that next reminder in your phone, do you find yourself questioning why your brain seems to be overloaded all the time and why simple reminders like “defrost the chicken” seems to need the mental backup of being entered in a technological device?         New research suggests that this is a rapid change happening within society because there simply isn’t enough space left in our collective attention. Where once we felt like we had enough mental reserves and the capacity to keep everything orderly within our own minds or with the...

Top 10 Reasons Your Supplements Aren't Working, and How to Fix It

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Top 10 Reasons Your Supplements Aren't Working, and How to Fix It

The last thing you want to encounter is feelings of frustration that your nootropics aren’t working. When you have high expectations that something will work as well for you as it does for others, it’s understandable to be frustrated when you don’t experience similar results—or sometimes even opposite results! The big question is: why does this happen? Below is what you need to know to make sure you’re getting the most out of your supplements. #1—You Need Cofactors One of the top reasons why your supplements may not be working for you is a lack of associated cofactors. A cofactor...

Napping For Mental Agility

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Napping For Mental Agility

             These days, hustle culture has made it nearly impossible to feel productive or worthy when we aren’t ascribing to the ideal of working.  We’re first told we have to work on our jobs, then find time to work on our relationships, work on our diets, and work on ourselves.  Modern culture has made very little room for resting and has an overriding tendency to pass judgement on those who take time to rest, labeling them and perpetuating the negative mindset that resting equals laziness.                 What if what we thought we knew about striving...

Get Your Brain Back In The Game: Hacks for Productivity

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Get Your Brain Back In The Game:  Hacks for Productivity

The blank screen. The blinking cursor. Or, perhaps it’s the constant pop-up alerts from your business team messaging you or the incoming emails. The notification sounds and lights from your phone. Focus can be easily lost as the mind wanders and compartmentalizes trying to keep on task with all the extra stressors around you, whatever distractions they might be. Losing your focus seems to have a snowball effect, where the more time passes before you catch it seems to just make it harder and harder to get back to where you need to be. Below are some hacks to help...

Why Screentime Robs Your Sleep, Explained

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Why Screentime Robs Your Sleep, Explained

              Did you know that reading this right now will affect how well you sleep tonight?  You may be saying, I’m reading this in the morning/afternoon, so what?—but it doesn’t matter to your melatonin!                  We’re talking about the blue light coming from the screen on which you are reading this.  Also about the blue light coming from all indoor light sources, such as LED lights, LED televisions, and overhead and compact fluorescent light bulbs.  You may have heard to avoid screen time before sleep, but why?                 Blue light refers to the length...

Binaural Beats Relieve Fatigue

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Binaural Beats Relieve Fatigue

               Trying to get rid of distractions at work or find the motivation to push through deadlines?  Don’t reach for those noise-cancelling headphones!  Try the brain-wave altering science of binaural beats instead!                 Binaural beats have been popping up as a background setting in many meditation videos or relaxation and sleeping apps, so won’t they be counterproductive if you’re trying to rally against a tedious task?  Research says the opposite is true, and they can actually relieve mental fatigue.                 Binaural beats are basically two beats played at the same time but with different...

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