Do Nootropics Work?

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS 

Nootropics work. They have a long history of use. In the future, we believe nootropics will be like coffee. Everyone will be using them. Just like coffee, nootropics affect people differently.  We think if you experiment and find the right nootropic for you, it can be life changing. Literally. We're not kidding. We're kicking off this series with a little intro to Nootropics. Here goes...

HISTORY OF NOOTROPICS

586 BC- Patna, India – Alone in the wilderness, a healer bends down in front of an herb with white flowers covering it to harvest some of the precious medicine called bacopa monnieri. The old man then places it into his basket on top of some roots called ashwagandha and starts to walk home to prepare the medicine for improving people’s memory and overall cognitive function.

347 BC- Chengzhou, China- King Xian of Zhou smiles inwardly at the earthy taste of his green tea infused with ginko biloba that he drinks every morning to keep him focused yet calm and his mind sharp to better manage his kingdom.

793 AD- Lindisfarne, Northumbria- As the Vikings prepare to beach their longships and begin for their raid on the monastery, a few of the men can be seen chewing on a root of the adaptogenic herb rhodiola rosea to increase their endurance, strength and boost their ability to focus on the approaching battle.

2017- Silicon Valley- Inside a dimly lit office, in the middle of the night, a lone soul types away at his keyboard. This entrepreneur has been working all night trying to complete a project that will take his software company to the next level. He has been awake for over 24 hours using modafinil to keep him awake and focused and aniracetam to keep his cognitive abilities operating at peak levels.

It is hard to say exactly how long nootropics have actually been in use.  We do have accounts that they have been used in some form or another since the beginning of modern civilization.  People have been using caffeine, herbs, and mushrooms to affect their cognitive abilities and mood for a very long time.  The more recent compounds like piracetam, which was the first in the family of racetams, was first created in 1964, and became available in the early 1970’s.  Other things like modafinil and andrafinil were first created back in the 1960’s but did not start to be used as nootropics until the 1990’s.

We can say that for thousands of years, humans have been using plants, mushrooms and other substances to improve the functioning of their body and mind. I think this alone makes a very strong case for what we today call nootropics.

Welcome to the ancient and also cutting edge of nootropics!

WHAT ARE NOOTROPICS?

Nootropics (/noʊ.əˈtrɒpɨks/ noh-ə-trop-iks)—also called smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers-are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve one or more aspects of mental function.  Specific effects can include improvements to working memory, motivation, or attention.  The word nootropic was coined in 1972 by a Romanian psychologist and chemist, Corneilu E. Giurgea, from the Greek words νους nous, or “mind”, and τρέπειν trepein meaning to bend or turn.[1]  To hear it pronounced, click here.  According to Dr. Giurgea, nootropics should have the following characteristics:

  • Little to no side effects and low toxicity
  • Enhance learning and memory
  • Protect the brain against physical and chemical injuries
  • Enhance resistance to conditions that disrupt learner behaviors
  • Nootropics run the spectrum from substances most of us use every day to readily available supplements to readily available supplements to harder to obtain supplements and even prescription and illegal drugs.

DO NOOTROPICS WORK?

Absolutely!

Many Nootropics have been used safely and effectively for thousands of years.

It is our experience talking with many people who have used nootropics and our own experience using these that they absolutely work!

Some people are quite skeptical when they are first introduced to nootropics.  Not all nootropics will work for everyone, and some lose their effect over time if they are used continuously or often. Just like 200mg of Tylenol doesn’t work for everyone and not every prescription will work for you, nootropics are the same way.

You may have to experiment and try different supplements and different combinations to find what works best for you.

You also may not feel the effects right away.  Some nootropics take four hours to begin working while others may take a week or two to start having noticeable effects because they have to build up in your body.  I’m not saying that they will do things like in the movie and tv show Limitless or like in the movie Lucy.  That is science fiction and to my knowledge there doesn’t exist anything that even approaches that level.  They will however have noticeable effects on your memory, attention, alertness, focus, mood and anxiety.

I have been experimenting with them for a few years now and can undoubtedly say they work.

If you want a little extra boost getting to work writing a chapter in your book, creating an important presentation, getting on stage in front of 100s of people, cranking out a blog post, rapidly learning a new skill, or just having an extra edge on your work colleagues then you might want to explore nootropics a bit further.

HOW DO NOOTROPICS WORK?

In layman’s terms, they work by changing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain and also the way those chemicals interact with each other, modulating neuronal metabolism, cerebral oxygenation, and neurotransmitter availability.  The exact method of effect will depend on the specific nootropic.

The brain is filled with neurotransmitters.  They are responsible for focus, memory, learning, mood, anxiety, motivation, appetite, pleasure, pain, libido, just to name a few.  Brain chemistry is very complex and we are only starting to scratch the surface of how it actually works.  We do know, however, that we can change the amount of neurotransmitters in the brain, and that will lead to changes in the way feel, think and act.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED WITH NOOTROPICS?

Most nootropics are known to be very safe. Many are considered supplements, and some are even everyday foods for most of us that have been used for millennia (like the caffeine in coffee and L-theanine in tea). Others are prescription drugs in some countries but not in Canada or the US and can be purchased over the counter. Other smart drugs may be prescription based or have addictive or other qualities that the user must know about and understand before deciding whether or not to try out. And finally, there is a class of nootropics considered illegal substances, at least in the US.

Everyone’s body and brain is different, so there is no guarantee that you won’t have an adverse reaction to a compound, even if other people have reported no problems.

Chances of an adverse reaction can increase when mixing different compounds together in what is called a “stack” (more on stacks later).  The risk of most normal stacks is very slim.

The possibility of addiction is only a concern when using specific stimulant type compounds, but a very large body of research on the therapeutic use of the “more addictive” psychostimulants indicate that addiction is fairly rare in therapeutic doses.

Some nootropics may have a negative effect on other supplements or prescription drugs.  If you aren’t sure, do your research and speak to your preferred health advisor.

It is not advisable for children or young adults to use nootropics, especially the chemical and lab manufactured ones.  Our brains are not fully developed until around the age of 25, so the use of nootropics may have a negative impact on the complete development of someone’s brain.  It is much more important to make sure you are getting adequate sleep, exercise and a nutrient dense diet.  That alone will help you much more than nootropics.

WHO USES NOOTROPICS AND WHY?

People from all walks of life use nootropics today.  From top level CEOS, professional athletes, college students, all the way down to the normal person just wanting a little edge.  Other people that are showing signs of cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s and dementia use them to try to slow or reverse the process. Some people that have anxiety or mood disorders also use them to help lessen some of these symptoms. Here is a short list of things people use them for:

  • Increase attention focus, concentration, and alertness
  • Improve memory, learning, mood and overall cognitive function
  • Treat age-related cognitive decline, brain injuries, and brain fog
  • Increase creativity, logical thinking and problem solving

HOW TO USE NOOTROPICS

Before you start using any supplement, you need to know how to make sure it’s working for you. This means getting a baseline level before you start taking them and then tracking the effects regularly.

Everyone’s body chemistry is different. This is especially important with nootropics. You may not notice that a certain nootropic is working, even though it may be having a very strong effect on your cognitive function.

A lot of people have a hard time with nootropics because they don’t pay enough attention. Some people have a hard time knowing what works and what doesn’t. That’s why some of the stacks are really problematic. Nobody knows what exactly in the blend is causing them to have positive results.

What works well for me may not work as well for you.  Things that have no effect on me may be the thing that really gets your brain humming at high speed.

One reason for this is that our brains all produce different levels of certain neurotransmitters. For example- I use a choline source with all of my stacks because it helps to tie them all together and increases the amount of acetylcholine that my brain produces.  One of my good friends only supplements with a choline source a few times a week because if he uses it every day, he gets a slight headache and tension in his jaw.  This is because he is acetylcholine dominant.  His brain produces quite a bit of acetylcholine so that when he supplements with it, it becomes too much for him and can have some side effects.

Tracking

This is why it is so important to track your usage and the effect of the things you are trying.

Here are some things that you can use.

Journaling is a good way to track changes in your physical, mental and emotional states. Its also great to have a reference to look back at.

Track My Stack- This a tool I use to track what I am taking on which days. I find this very effective at comparing data on certain days that I felt better or worse than normal. It also has a journal function to record how you are feeling each day. You can also see what is working well for other people.

Cambridge Brain Sciences & Quantified Mind –These are two resources to track the actual cognitive effects you are experiencing. You can track many different aspects of cognitive function with these like:

  • Reaction Time
  • Verbal Learning
  • Visual Perception
  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Attention
  • Many More

Mercury App- You can use this to track how you are feeling and your emotions. This is especially important because many of the neurotransmitters affected by nootropics are also related to your mood and emotions.

Stay Away From Addictive Substances

Some nootropics are very powerful.

The most important thing that I can say here is to steer clear of Adderall and any ADHD type pharmaceuticals.

Adderal is the go-to choice for a lot of students cramming for a test. The problem with this is that it only gives you a perceived effect of cognitive enhancement. You only think you are doing better, but it actually can hurt your cognitive performance. A study from the University of Pennsylvania had this to say:

“The research team tested 47 subjects, all in their twenties, all without a diagnosis of ADHD, on a variety of cognitive functions, from working memory — how much information they could keep in mind and manipulate — to raw intelligence, to memories for specific events and faces. Each subject was tested both while on Adderall and on a placebo; in each condition, the subjects didn’t know which kind of pill they were receiving."

The researchers did come up with one significant finding. The last question they asked their subjects was: “How and how much did the pill influence your performance on today’s tests?” Those subjects who had been given Adderall were significantly more likely to report that the pill had caused them to do a better job on the tasks they’d been given, even though their performance did not show an improvement over that of those who had taken the placebo.”

It can also be extremely addictive.

Other stimulants like caffeine can have some negative effects as well. The best way I have found to lower the chances of experiencing these are to cycle on and off. The way I do it is to drink caffeinated coffee for 2 or 3 days, then go with decaf for a day.

Some of the popular nootropics that should be cycled because of either physical and mental attachment or tolerance build up are:

  • Caffeine
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Phenibut
  • Phenylpiracetam

DIFFERENT TYPES OF NOOTROPICS

NATURAL NOOTROPICS - PLANTS FOR YOUR BRAIN

1442 AD- Cusco, Peru- A shaman awakens with all of the glory of the rising sun and sets out to start his day. Part of his morning ritual after meeting Inti (the sun god) is to prepare his morning tea composed of maca root and yerba mate. This helps him to keep his energy up throughout the day and also to make sure he is thinking clearly as he guides people through the journey of life.

236 AD- Kyoto, Japan- A young man bends down to look at something growing from the bottom of a fallen tree. It’s a mushroom of some sort with white stringy hairs coming off of it. He smiles with delight as he harvests the yamabushitake, otherwise known as the lion’s mane mushroom. As he heads home he smiles as he knows that it will help to heal his mother’s cognitive impairments as a result of a fall she took last month.

Humans have most likely been using plants to enhance and treat problems with their brains since we emerged from the stone age. We as a species have come a long way since the days of trying different combinations of plants to decipher their positive qualities. Whether you look at more recent scientific studies or at ancient texts of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine we can see that we have been studying these plants for thousands of years and learn more every year.

Here are some of the most popular natural nootropics people use in an attempt to either optimize their brain function or to try to overcome some type of cognitive issue. Most of these plants are adaptogenic which help the body adapt to stress by improving the health of your adrenal glands and help to normalize our bodily processes.

Before you start reading this, ask yourself what you are trying to gain by taking nootropics. Is it more focus, better memory or are you trying to compensate for some type of cognitive decline caused by an injury, old age or just an ongoing issue you had had with cognitive function.

This will make it easier to skim through the information and find what we think we will be of most benefit to you. Just remember, WE ARE NOT doctors. WE ARE BIOHACKERS. These are things that have been shown by either scientific studies, citizen scientists or by our own experiments to have very positive effects on cognitive function.

Happy brain hacking. 

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Mucuna Pruriens

Cognitive Benefits of Mucuna

  • Neuroprotective properties [r]
  • Reduces stress [r]
  • Helps to regulate hormone levels [r]
  • May help those suffering from Parkinson’s disease [r] [r]

Mucuna is a climbing shrub that is native to tropical regions of African and Asia. It is a legume that has a wide range of medicinal uses. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and also in tribal cultures throughout Africa, mucuna can have many benefits to help regulate neurotransmitters in the brain as well as many other things.

Many of the nootropic properties of mucuna are because it is a natural source of L-DOPA which is an amino acid that converts in to dopamine. Dopamine is one of the “feel good” chemicals in the brain which can be taxed by a number of contributing factors like stress, environmental toxins and drugs.

It is also a source of serotonin and 5-HTP which are very important to our brains.

It has even been shown that it may be more helpful than L-DOPA drugs for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Additional Benefits of Mucuna

  • Increased fertility in men 
  • Increase growth hormone [r]
  • Supports kidney and adrenal health
  • Regulate blood sugar [r]
  • Aphrodisiac [r] [r]

Mucuna Dosage

The dosage of mucuna all depends on the strength of the extract. Our favorite nootropic stack, Qualia, for example, uses an extract which is 98% L-Dopa and the dose is 100mg. On the other hand, Lost Empire Herbs’ extract is 15.76% L-Dopa and their recommended dosage is 1 gram or ¼ teaspoon.

Side Effects of Mucuna

Mucuna is very low in known side effects but there are some situations where people should be careful.

  • Can lower blood pressure so don’t use in conjunction with blood thinners
  • Because of the L-Dopa, be careful or avoid using with anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication
  • Like most nootropics I recommend cycling on and off.

My Experience with Mucuna

I have used mucuna on and off for a few years now. I really enjoy the stress-reducing qualities of it. I have also started to add it to my preworkout shake and have noticed that I see to get a little extra boost when trying to get that last rep in.

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Bacopa Monnieri

Cognitive Benefits of Bacopa

  • Improves memory recall [r]
  • Reduces stress and anxiety. [r]
  • Neuroprotective, protects against oxidative damage and mineral buildup [r]
  • Could improve symptoms associated with dementia, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy [r]
  • Increases the number of certain neurotransmitters like acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin [r]
  • Increases blood flow to the brain which leads to increased oxygen, fuel, nutrients and helps to remove toxins. May even lower the chances of a stroke. [r]
  • Adaptogenic [r]

Bacopa is one of the most thoroughly studied and tested natural nootropic.  It is also one of the safest and most effective natural memory enhancers.  It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries as a memory booster and stress relieving herb.

Bacopa Dosage

Bacopa can be purchased in capsules or as powder.  Capsules are the easiest way to take bacopa because you don’t have to worry about measuring your dose.  If you do decide to buy it in powder form, you can make your own capsules or just add it to a smoothie or coffee. The standard dose depends on the concentration of your supplement.

Standard dose depends on the concentration:

50% bacosides-300mg

20% bacosides-750mg

Bacopa Side Effects

Side effects are very rare but could include nausea and fatigue.

Additional Benefits of Bacopa

  • Reduced sensitivity to pain and anti-inflammatory [r]
  • Protection against stomach ulcers [r]
  • Powerful antioxidant properties [r]

My Experience with Bacopa

Along with a higher pain threshold, I’ve noticed a greater tolerance to the cold while using bacopa. I haven’t seen any studies on this but have noticed it multiple times myself. I also notice a large increase in verbal recall while I am speaking in front of a crowd. This may also have something to do with the stress reducing properties.

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Lion’s Mane – Hericium Erinaceus

Cognitive Benefits of Lion’s Mane

  • Reduces anxiety, stress and has anti-depressant properties [r]
  • Stimulates myelination (production of the myelin sheath) [r]
  • Helps repair the brain from physical damage [r] [r] [r]
  • Neuroprotective and increases nerve growth factors [r]
  • May slow or help prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia and age-related cognitive decline [r]

Lion’s mane is an edible mushroom traditionally used in Chinese and Japanese medicine to improve brain function and support immune system function. It was also used as a meat replacement to help people eat less meat. It gets its name from the stringy texture that resembles the mane of a lion.

Lion’s Mane Dosage

Up to 3 times daily

Extract at a strength of 30% polysaccharide

If using raw powder, I use up to a tablespoon.

Lion’s Mane Side Effects

No known side effects.

Additional Benefits of Lion’s Mane

  • Boosts immune system
  • Anti-fatigue [r]
  • 20% protein by volume
  • Aids in healing when applied topically [r]
  • Anti-inflammatory [r]
  • May inhibit weight gain [r]

My Experience with Lion’s Mane

Lion’s mane is one of my favorite nootropics of all time. I started taking it a few years ago to fix some of the damage caused by multiple concussions that I had sustained throughout my life. I have found that not only has it helped to repair my brain and allow me to think better, it has increased my ability to pull those words and thoughts out of my head that used to seem to be right on the tip of my tongue but more often than not eluded me. It has been especially useful during writing sessions by helping me really get what’s on my mind out on to the paper. I take this almost every day by adding it to my coffee or taking it in a capsule. You can also cook it up. Tastes a little like steak.

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Nootropic Benefits of Caffeine

  • Increases alertness [r]
  • Improves concentration [r]
  • Decreases fatigue [r]
  • Boosts mood [r]
  • Improves short-term memory [r]
  • Improves athletic performance [r]

Around 90% of the world’s population uses some sort of caffeine whether it’s from coffee, tea, soda or in supplements. It is definitely the world’s favorite and most used nootropic. It may be the longest used one as well. I prefer my caffeine in coffee or tea. Check out why My Coffee Is Better Than Yours

Caffeine Dosage

  • 50mg caffeine anhydrous
  • 100mg caffeine citrate

If you decide to get you caffeine from supplement form instead of from coffee or tea, you will mainly find it in the two forms listed above. Caffeine anhydrous is the standard form. The other form, caffeine citrate takes effect much faster but requires a higher dosage.

Caffeine Side Effects

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Increased blood pressure

A lot of your risks of these side effects are associated with genetics. If you do experience some of these, don’t worry. There is a great way to lessen some of the negative effects. You’ll find out what that is with the next nootropic we are featuring.

Additional Benefits of Caffeine

  • Improves athletic performance [r]
  • Decrease negative side effects of sleep deprivation [r]
  • Boosts thermogenesis which can help you lose weight

My Experience with Caffeine

I love my morning coffee. If you want to know why, check out My Coffee is Better Than Yours I drink coffee most days of the week but I am cautious to cycle off of it every once in a while to give my adrenals a break and with any stimulant to make sure that I do not become addicted.

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L-Theanine

Nootropic Benefits of L-Theanine

  • Counteracts negative effects of caffeine [r]
  • Works synergistically to boost mood and cognitive performance [r] 
  • Reduces physical and mental stress [r]
  • Helps you relax and enjoy a more restful sleep [r]
  • Reduces anxiety 
  • Enhances attention and focus 
  • Improves memory 

L-theanine is the main psychoactive compound found in green tea. It wasn’t discovered as a compound until 1949 even though people have known about the beneficial properties of it for thousands of years.

L-Theanine Dosage

Standard dose is 100-200mg up to twice daily.

L-Theanine Side Effects

No known side effects unless taken in very large amounts.

Additional Benefits of L-Theanine

  • Boosts’s the body’s immune response to infection [r]
  • Promotes healthy blood pressure levels [r]

My Experience With L-Theanine

L-theanine and caffeine are one of my favorite combinations for a relaxed focus. If I’m reading to listening to something that I am really trying to absorb and there are distractions around it’s much easier to tune out those distractions. Having 4 young boy’s has made distractions a HUGE part of every day so anything that helps with that is great.

It also helps to keep me present and more engaged when I’m just hanging out with the family or playing with the kids. Not distracted thinking about work that I need to get done or any of life’s other stresses.

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Rhodiola Rosea

Nootropic Benefits of Rhodiola

  • Helps reduce anxiety
  • Combats mental fatigue stress and anxiety [r] [r]
  • Short-term memory improvements and concentration [r]
  • Increased mental work capacity [r]
  • Improves depression [r]
  • Improves visual reaction time

 

Rhodiola Dosage

Using a standardized dose of 2-3% rosavin and .8-1% salidroside, the low end of dosage is around 50mg as a preventative for fatigue. To see more pronounced effects, a dosage of 288-680mg is used.

Rhodiola Side Effects

While side effects are rare, there are a few things to watch out for. The largest issue I have found with using Rhodiola is that it is a mild stimulant so if taken later in the day it may have negatively effect the quality of your sleep. You can also develop a tolerance to rhodiola, so cycling is highly recommended. Other potential side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth

Additional Benefits of Rhodiola

  • Helps combat physical fatigue [r]
  • Anti-aging benefits and helps promote longevity [r]

My Experience with Rhodiola

I have found this great to use when I really need to concentrate on finishing a project that requires long periods of acute focus. It gives me a very calm focus to stay on task.

Because of the mild stimulant effect of Rhodiola, I have found it of great use during those times that I cycle off of caffeine. I usually do this every month or 2 for about a week and use Rhodiola for the first few days until my body adjusts to it.

I also use this as a pre-workout and during times that I know, I will need an extra boost to endurance and to combat fatigue.

Stacks

A nootropic stack is a combination of supplements designed to synergistically create a specific effect that one supplement alone cannot perform.

Biohackers and experimenters from all over the world try out and share stack combinations with each other to improve the field of nootropics.

A common stack many people use is caffeine and L-theanine created most often by drinking a coffee and popping an L-theanine pill or drinking a coffee followed by a cup of green tea. This stack is said to reduce the jitteriness and intense high from coffee and provide a more mellow and relaxed focus.

There exist stacks for many brain states people wish to achieve such as stacks for creativity, sociability, recall, retention, stage performance, increased learning capacity, writing and more.

We’ll explore the world of stacks in future nootropic articles.

CONCLUSION 

I KNOW nootropics can change your life. It has for many people just like you (myself included). Research has indicated that these compounds are very powerful and they have been used since sometime in prehistory.

We will be looking at some of the more synthetic nootropics like racetams in a coming article.

You’re invited to take this journey into the world of nootropics with us.

What are your favorite nootropics and what do you use them for?

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Buying a Home for 5G

A cell tower for every 8 homes! 

500,000 more cell towers needed to connect 5G in the US. There’s only 300,000 out there today! 

The internet of things spying on you from every device in your home.  

The 5G power density is so high because it can’t travel as far as 4G and needs to be cranked up.  

How do you Mitigate the EMF in a 5G world? 

Remember with 5G, these are directed beam wave energy. Get a faraday cage pouch for your phone so it's not calling for signal when you don't want it!

One way is to buy a house that will minimize your exposure to 5G. 

Here’s what to look for. 

 

How to Search for a place to live When 5G hits 

5G frequencies are different from 4G, 4G LTE and 4G LTE advanced.  

5G is higher in frequency and the wavelengths are shorter meaning they are more powerful.  

They also don’t travel as far as 4G.  

5G is more easily blocked than 4G, unless of course you have a 5G enabled device in your home calling for 5G frequencies.  

Because 5G won’t travel as far, the antennas are going to be (many already are) placed at street and human level to allow them to enter homes. While 4G can enter homes from the walls and roof, 5G is largely blocked by these things.  

Keep in mind that when 5G is turned on, 4G isn’t going away and will be flooding the world in addition to the 5G.  

When looking for a house, you want to ensure to choose something that will block both 4G and 5G! 

Hire Building biologist 

Building Biologists are trained to identify EMF hazards around your home, or your future home. Hiring a building biologist is the best way to buy a home that will be as free as possible from EMF. 

If you have the money, typically $1200 or more for a visit, a building biologist has tools to measure exactly what your unique 5G issue is. They have tens of thousands of dollars of meters that measure the exact frequencies, wavelengths, and hotspots in your house.  

In addition, they can recommend the best mitigation strategies for your unique situation.  

We hired Brian Hoyer from Shielded Healing, discount code sleep for $100 off your assessment. 

Buy a fortress 

Metal and earth block 5G. If you can find a home that’s sided in metal with a metal roof, you will have gone a long way to stop 5G and 4G from entering your home. If you can find a rammed earth home or a home that’s partially underground, or even a home where the bedrooms are in the basement, these all will protect you and your family from much of these frequencies.  

Move to the country (till 5G comes form above, quote about every square inch of planet) 

Cities have a high density of people. Everyone has their phone on, their WIFI routers on all the time, their Smart TVs, their self driving cars and more...  

To serve all these people, cities have to install more antennas and towers emitting 5G and 4G. This is because each antenna can only handle so many incoming and outgoing communications, usually 4 at most. So an apartment building with 1000 people will need a hundred antennas per se.  

When you buy a home in the country, there are fewer people per mile and therefor fewer antennas and WIFI and cellphone leakage from neighbors. In some places you will not even receive cellphone coverage. That’s an ideal area if you ask me.  

Find a home in the country that gets little to no cellphone reception and is far away from any neighbors. In addition, steer clear of overhead powerlines and sub stations.  

 

Pine trees 

Trees block EMF like that from 4G and 5G. Specifically, pine trees are said to block the most EMF.  

Find a home surrounded by pine trees.  

Build a cold plunge or cold pool or even hot tub 

Water acts as a natural farday cage. A faraday cage blocks EMF.  

Look for a home with a pool or hottub, or even a natural body of water.  

Get in this water often to let your body detox from the EMF bombardment it gets all day long.  

Bonus points for using cold water because this activates ancient pathways that can lead to healing and improved health.  

 

Take our EMF course! 

Tomorrow and I created a FREE EMF course. We could have charged actual dollars for this, but we didn’t. Take advantage of it now.  

The Earth Makes EMF and It's Good For You

 

Yes, it’s true, there is EMF that’s good for us, and it comes directly from the Earth and Sun.  

We all live indoors these days and we’re insulated from Nature.  

We don’t get out in the sun, and many doctors today will tell you the sun is toxic.  

Manmade EMF like Wi-Fi, cellphone radiation and Bluetooth causes inflammation and can lead to health problems.  

We rarely if ever touch our feet to the earth and instead insulate ourselves from the ground by wearing rubberized soles in our shoes. 

By doing this, we miss out on the beneficial EMF that heals us and restores our vitality.  

We call this nature’s EMF.  

Anything created by man, that our bodies haven’t been designed to deal with we call Non-Native EMF (nn-EMF). And these are the fields that largely harm our biology.  

Nature’s EMF is used by our bodies to heal, sync us to the Earth and Nature, and even helps us sleep. 

 

Daytime Electric Field..Thanks Sun  

During the day the sun shines on the Earth. There is an electric field produced on Earth wherever there is daylight. This field is energizing and create by photons entering the atmosphere.  

In addition, the Earth receives thousands of lightning strikes every second. These strikes drive electrons into the earth and also create the Schumann Resonance.  

Our bodies can use the electrons in the Earth and are also attuned to the Schumann Resonance. Science is still learning how this works and what effect it has on us, but we know that when humans travel to space and leave these fields, their bodies break down.  

The Russian’s recreate a Schumann Resonant frequency in space to keep the cosmonauts healthier.  

 

Nighttime Magenetic Field..Thanks Earth  

 

At night, without photons bombarding the atmosphere, the Earth’s Magnetic Field is more prominent. Our opinion is that this magnetic field is healing and we take advantage of it in our sleep to heal our bodies.  

If we sleep above ground level, like in 3rd or 10th floor apartments, or even just in a 2nd floor bedroom, we are quite far away from the proper Earth fields we should experience and rather bombarded by manmade fields from cell towers and Wi-Fi and electrical currents in the walls.  

If you want to take advantage of the healing magnetic field, sleep as close to the ground as possible.  Sleeping in a basement bedroom both allows you to be close to the Earth's magnetic field and minimizes or eliminates the manmade EMF fields.  

 

Grounding 

Remember all those lightning strikes hitting the Earth every second? This embeds electrons into the Earth, which is why the Earth is the largest source of negative energy and why we “ground” electrical things into the Earth. You can stand barefoot on the Earth and allow positive charge in your body, known as inflammation, to drain out into the ground. How amazing is our Earth?  You’ll want to be barefoot to do this and stand on a conductive surface like grass, dirt, rocks, cement, concrete. If you stand on a wood deck, asphalt or plastic you will not be grounded. You also cannot ground through your shoes or through nylon or polyester socks, those are plastic. Get some wool or cotton socks or go barefoot.  

 

Schumann Resonance 

Those lightning strikes hitting the ground create a band of frequency close to the surface of the Earth.  

The collective lightning strike frequency is known as the Schumann Resonance. Humans and animals, probably plants too, are tuned to this frequency. Cosmonauts in Russia recreate this frequency in their spacecraft to keep healthy.  

The Schumann Resonance averages to 7.83Hz. This is exactly the alpha brain wave humans attain when in meditation. It’s probably important to tune into this.  

When you sleep or live further from the surface of the Earth, like in an apartment or 2nd floor bedroom, you are more removed from this resonance. 

 

Sunlight is Information 

When we talk about nature's frequencies, the majority of those come from the Sun.  

Sunlight, both visible and invisible, is information to the body.  

Ignore this information – by wearing sunscreen, clothes, and living indoors – and you will be worse off for it.  

Obviously get safe sun exposure. This means building a solar callus and slowly working to get more sun.  

Getting sun on your naked sun is pure information to the body. This sets your circadian rhythm, tells your body what time of day it is and what time of year. This information can be used to make vitamin D and more.  

When we hide from the sun, we completely miss out on this quantum information.  

Studies actually show that people that get the most sun die less often.  

Sun has both visible light and invisible light. We know there is invisible light, like ultraviolet and infrared. I would argue that there are more invisible wavelengths that we even know about. Science isn’t all knowing. I would also guess that these invisible wavelengths we don’t know about are extremely important to health.  

Bottom line is get outside.  

 

When is the Best Time to Get Earth Based EMF?  

If you want to take advantage of all this good juju the earth and Sun provide, then you need to do a few key things.  

The best times are dawn and dusk. However, any time you can get outside is a win. 

 

Get Outside First Thing in the Morning 

At sunrise your body will read the light and set your circadian rhythm for the day. This is extremely important.  

Also, dawn sun has no UV in it. Your body has receptors for UV and it will know there’s none, so be prompted to correctly set your circadian rhythm.  

When we stay inside and look at our phone, the body is tricked, through the blue light of the phone, into thinking it’s later in the day and then mismatches your rhythm to the actual time.  

 

Where BlueBlockers 

We can’t stress this enough. Get those BLUEBLOCKERS on.  

These are to be worn whenever the sun is not in the sky (After sunset and before sunrise).  

Blue light frequencies mess up your rhythm and are associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity when you see blue light at night.  

At night during sleep  

Lights out, connect to the earth by sleeping as close to the ground as possible. Turn off the breakers to your bedroom or better yet the whole house, or better yet, just sleep outside.  

You could also use a grounding sheet from Earthing Company. We use a King size grounding sheet under our bottom sheet to stay grounded all night.  

Magnetico mattress pad can help create a static magnetic field around you mimicking the earths field from centuries ago and possibly protecting you from the cell tower down the road.  

WiFi off at night and cell on airplane mode and into a farday cage pouch so it’s not tracking you and you guarantee no one can turn it on at night and radiate you with the wrong signals. Yup, I do think some companies turn on cell phones for brief milliseconds even when in airplane to download a bit of data on you.. don’t take the risk. 

 

Faraday Cage Bedroom  

We highly recommend sleeping inside a faraday cage. This is material that blocks manmade nnEMF like that from your WiFI, celltowers and your daughters cellphone that’s on all night. To create a primal environment while you sleep, think about investing in a faraday cage for your bed. We use one from Brian Hoyer at Shielded Healing.  

 

 

First thing in the morning when we wake, we get on our blueblockers to avoid signaling our body with the wrong messages.  

Get outside first thing to expose yourself to the electric field and the sun.  

Preferably barefoot on the earth so you can take advantage of the photoelectric effect and absorbing more electrons from the earth while dumping positive charge (inflammation).  

I understand it’s winter in northern climates and this is difficult to be barefoot, and that’s why we’ve sourced these grounding heel straps you can attach to any boot or shoe and be grounded without be barefoot.  They just slip on and off in seconds so you just put them on when you want to ground.  

 

Conclusion 

Get outside as often as possible and remove as many non-native sources of EMF as you can during the day and especially at night.  

Where blueblockers at night.  

 

 

Do you want to learn more about the EMF that comes into your home 

Do you want to learn more about grounding and “earthing” 

Do you want to learn more about EMFs from you cell phone, WiFi, and Bluetooth?  

Do you want to learn more about sunlight and the benefits?  

Best Nightlight for Kids

 

The right type of light at night for your kids is more important than you realize.  

Kids are far more affected by the wrong type of light at night than adults.  

While it’s true that most kids are more resilient than adults, when it comes to light this isn’t the case.  

Using the wrong light at night for your kids can lead to sleep issues and degenerative eye problems.  

Children may be terrified of the dark, but we have fund this is largely because adults light up their rooms at night starting from the time they are babies. Personally, our kids have slept in dark since they were less than a year old and they need to light to go to sleep.  

If you aren’t this lucky and your kids need light to sleep, or you want to light up their hallway or bathroom to ensure safe passage at night, then having the right type of light is critical.  

 What’s Wrong with Light?  

At night, lights harm our melatonin and circadian rhythm. This means kids don’t sleep as well at night if they experience light after sunset.  

In addition to sleep disturbances, light at night has been shown to negatively affect mood the next day.  

Humans have receptors in their eyes for blue frequencies of light. Since most all lightbulbs, phones, TVs, and computers, and night lights contain blue light, we stimulate the receptors in our eyes each night. When this happens, our bodies think it’s daytime. Cortisol, the stress hormone is increased while melatonin, the hormone of darkness, is suppressed. This is a bad combination at night. In adults this light at night is associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.  

Simply put, seeing light at night, and especially sleeping with lights on in our rooms leads to negative health consequences.  
 
Considerations when choosing night lights 

So, you have decided that your kids can’t sleep without some kind of light, or perhaps you just want a light in the bathroom.  

You want to avoid lights that give off blue light. That doesn’t mean you can just buy any bulb that doesn’t look blue.  

Every light you can buy at your local hardware store has blue light in it. LED and CFL lights have more blue than incandescent lights, even if the light coming out of them looks warm or more yellow.  

We took spectrometer readings of many lights and have not found a conventional light that is free of blue anywhere.  

Remember, the blue in light bulbs, including dim light can lead to circadian rhythm disruptions and possible health concerns.  

You want to find a night light that provides just enough light but not too much. In addition, it needs to be free of blue, and preferably green light. These are the two wavelengths studied and shown to impact circadian rhythm.  

Believe it or not there are pure red lights you can buy.  

These red lights have no blue or green and are just pure red light that has been proven not to destroy melatonin at night. 

Portability 

If you want a light at night that can be moved from place to place or even one used to read books at night, look no further than those from Gembared.com (Discount code SLEEP for 10% off).  

Gembared makes reading lights and portable red light therapy lights. While I wouldn’t use one of their lights as a “nightlight” because they are too bright and used for red light therapy, I would use that same therapy light as my lighting at night and I actually do. A nightlight is something I would use in a hallway for dim light at night, or you could use in your child’s bedroom. While a light is something to light up a room like your living room, kitchen, or dining room.  So while we don’t use nightlights here, we do use Gembared lights to light up our hone after dark in our bedroom and living room.  

For reading at night, they make two portable reading lights that are pure red lights. We use these at night to read and bring then with us when we travel. Our kids use these to read books at night and to navigate their bedrooms.  

In addition, Amazon stocks a pure red plug in night light here that we used to use in our hallway. Now we just use the Gembared Rave light strip (discount code sleep) for our hallway lighting. You can see that in the newspaper article we were featured in here, just look for the photos.  

Brightness  

If you want something with more ambience and slightly less red, you can put a Himalayan salt rock lamp in your child’s room. While this is not as ideal as pure red, since it will still give off some, but not much, blue light, it’s far superior to conventional lights.  

 

Night lights we recommend  

The best of the best 

Gembared Crane and Calm (discount code SLEEP) 

Gembared Rex 

Sunlite Red Bulb 

Decent 

Amazon red night light 

OK 

Himalayan salt rock lamp 

 

Why You're Using Your Cellphone All Wrong

I bet You Don’t know How to Use a Cellphone 

Safely that is.  

Your cellphone is a microwave emitting device.  

Ever stuck your head in a microwave?  

No?  

Seems like a bad idea, right?  

Yet you have no problem holding  your cellphone to your head for hours every single day.  

Some of your even sleep with your cellphone under you pillow.  

Take a look at the safety sticker that’s on your microwave. I don’t have one, but I went to the neighbors and looked at it.  

Now, go and look at the sticker on the back of your WIFI router.  

You will now have a better sense of perspective.  

The frequency emitted by your microwave and by your wifi router are the EXACT same frequencies.  

So, if you don’t want to stick your head in your microwave, and your cellphone and wifi router emit the exact same frequency, what gives?  

Truth  

The truth is that microwave radiation and its effects on human biology has been well studied. In over 5,500 peer reviewed, published papers the truth is laid our in black and white.  

Microwave radiation, like that given off by cellphones affects learning, sleep, mood, behavior, and health.  

Modern humans are bombarded with an astounding 1 quintillion more microwaves today than ever before in human history.  

When you carry a cellphone in your pocket, you are exposing yourself non-stop to the frequency associated with that cellphone.  

Every cellphone or cellphone provider uses a slightly different signal. 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and now 5G all use different frequencies to connect.  

Because the frequencies are all different and each frequency has a slightly different effect and each human has more or less susceptibility to any particular frequency, it is hard to nail down that cellphones are negatively affecting us because each human, carrying a different frequency around will have a different effect from that.  

One person may have an issue with their eyes while another gets cancer. These frequencies affect us differently. One thing that is not in question based on centuries of research is that wireless radiation absolutely affects biology.  

Safe Use Instructions  

Oddly, your cellphone doesn’t come with safe use instructions. HOWEVER, it does tell you right in the safety/regulatory manual that touching your cellphone while it’s turned on violates the safety requirements.  

Read that again!  

Touching your cellphone while in use specifically stated to be avoided for safe use.  

I bet none of your has read that part of your cellphone manual.  

So… if you can’t touch your cellphone while it’s turned on, what do you do?  

 

Wireless radiation affects can be mitigated with 3 key strategies. Follow these and you will minimize your exposure to harmful man-made EMF.  

 

Time 

The less time you are exposed to microwaves, the better.  

Use your phone, WIFI, and Bluetooth for as little time as possible.  

Spend as little time in high EMF environments. These are places like coffee shops and even your office where high powered WIFI is pumped out for everyone to use.  

When I’m at corporate headquarters bathed in junk light and wifi, I make sure to spend as little time inside as possible. If I can work, meet, and take my lunch outside, I will.  

 

Distance 

Wireless radiation diminishing quickly with distance.  

There is a law called the inverse square law that is applied to wireless radiation. This means that for every 1X increase in distance from the source there is a 10X drop in the intensity of the radiation.  

Position yourself as far as possible away from a microwave radiation source. Even a few inches can make a huge difference.  

If you can’t turn off a wireless source of radiation, move as far away from it as possible.  

When a friend of mine measured the WIFI radiation in her son’s high school she found that just moving desks from under the WIFI router that was installed on the ceiling to a desk 5 seats away dropped the radiation levels by more than 10X.  

 

Blocking  

Obviously the best way to reduce wireless radiation is to turn it off. Most of us can’t do that completely. Though we do more than most people, which I’ll explain below.  

When you can’t turn off the wireless, you can block it.  

Microwave radiation can be blocked by metal.  

There are faraday cages you can put your wifi router into and it will significantly reduce the radiation. It will not block all the wifi or else your devices would not be able to connect to it. These are metallic cages with enough gaps in the metal screen to allow some of the wifi out but at significantly reduced signal power.  

You can buy a faraday cage (LINK) for your phone. These are metal lined pouches that block all radiation going to and coming from your phone. These are great if you have someone in your family sleeping with their phone or if you want to be absolutely protected from your phone.  

We keep our phones in the pouches while we sleep even when they are in airplane mode. We know that people have been measuring wireless radiation from their phones even when in airplane mode. This is likely due to software companies calling for private data about you to be sent to the cloud all the time as well as reveal your location. We do not consent to this and therefore keep our phones in pouches so they cannot connect to the cloud or spray us with radiation while we sleep.  

In addition, we take it a step further by surrounding our bed in a faraday cage. While we can turn off our wifi and cellphones at night, we cannot stop the cellphone tower from sending radiation into our bedroom while we sleep.  

Actually, we can stop it by surrounding our bed with metal mesh fabric. This blocks the radiation from our “sleep chamber”.  

Whenever we fly or travel, we always wear our Primalhacker EMF blocking hoodies. It’s impossible to get away from wireless when traveling and thus we do our best to reduce what we’re exposed to as much as possible.  LINK 

You can also mitigate some of the radiation given off by your laptop while on wifi by using one of these products from Harapad.  

Blocking wireless radiation is often our best choice these days when we cannot get away from it. 

 

Airplane Mode 

Your cellphone, tablet, and laptop all have airplane Mode.  

Use it! 

Whenever you are not downloading messages or making a phone call, turn your devices onto airplane mode.  

Don’t forget that when your laptop is connected to a LAN line, you need to enable airplane mode. Otherwise it’s still pinging wifi every once in a while for no reason.  

If you have your cellphone in your pocket, put it in airplane mode.  

This is why we have voicemail and texts.  

I modified my voicemail message to state that I do not listen to voicemail, honestly who has time for that.  

I ask callers to send me a text.  

When I pop my phone out of airplane mode and download data, I see the texts and call back whoever I need to. I am not on call 24/7.  

Airplane mode will disable your WIFI, cellphone, cell data, and Bluetooth.  

It will not disable the GPS. GPS is always on. You can convince yourself of this by using maps on your phone and then turning your phone to airplane mode. The maps will keep up just fine.  

Be careful though, because some people turn their phones to airplane mode and the wifi or Bluetooth is still on. Check to make sure these are actually turned off when your phone is in airplane mode.  

One phone hack is to only have the wireless on that you need. Instead of ALWAYS having Bluetooth, Cell Service, and WIFI on all the time, just turn on the one that you need.  

Each of these is a separate antenna microwaving you. Turn on only the antenna you actually need.  

 

Hardwire 

You can get rid of wireless at your home.  

We have “hardwired” our home. Here’s an article we wrote detailing how we did this without pulling wire through walls.  

HERE's OUR ARTICLE ON HARDWIRING 

Here is a video showing you how to disable the WIFI on your router.  

Go into your router settings and disable the WIFI.  

Get a LAN cable and connect all your devices to the wired cables. Your TV, video game console, cellphones, and laptops will all connect to a wired connection.  

The best part isn’t just that you’ll be protected from the wireless radiation but wired connections are faster than wireless.  

 

Stop being EMF’d.  Adopt some or all of the suggestions above to improve your health.  

 

A Blue Light Supplement to Protect the Eyes

If you've heard about the damage blue light can do to your eyes, then you'll be excited to learn there is a new product that was built to mitigate the blue light damage caused by our devices and LED home and office lighting. 

We're a Device Centric Culture

Wow, if we thought time spent indoors and on devices was increasing before, what just happened in 2020 was a showstopper. We spent all of 2020 mostly indoors and more connected to a device than ever before. Well, those of you out there that didn't take advantage of the empty parks and woods to get out constantly :)

In general people spend over 95% of their time indoors. Between cars, work, gym, store, and home we're larger indoors under junk lighting and connected to devices. 

What's the Downside?

Now, being on devices a lot means our eyes take a beating. We're looking at screens that are close to our eyes, which is stressful to the eye. Looking further away is relaxing to the eye. 

In addition, the high intensity blue light can be harmful to the eye. Without the red and infrared light (which is present along with blue from the sun) we don't receive the antidote to the blue.  most indoor lighting and device lighting is free of infrared and has little red compared to blue light. 

This blue light from devices can cause free radicals to be developed in the eye. Over time, scientists and doctors believe this can cause macular degeneration. 

What Can You Do? 

Wear blue light blocking glasses. Blue light blocking glasses, like those found here, have been shown to protect the eyes from blue light. 

Use Candles at night

Work outdoors

Try the ONLY supplement designed specifically to mitigate the damage to your eyes from blue light

Qualia Vision

 The folks at Neurohacker have done it again. Not only did they invent one of the very best, and the first ever, pre-built nootropic stack, and a longevity supplement, now they have invented a blue light supplement. 

We all know we should be outside ALL DAY. 

And wear blueblockers whenever the sun goes down. 

Most of us do not do this. 

Trust me, I know a lot of biohackers and I can count on one hand how many of them actually wear their blueblockers at night.  I wish more of your would just do that because it makes a HUGE difference. 

So, when you ignore my advice and work on a laptop indoors all day and don't wear your blueblockers at night, there's now a supplement built specifically to mitigate the damage the blue light is doing to your eyes. 

I've been using it for a month and I really like it. 

Way back in 1999 a friend of mine was working on a vision formula at a company in Boulder Colorado. He told me that the #1 ingredient to help vision was Bilberry. Guess what's in Qualia Vision? That's right...

Qualia Vision for blue light health

Qualia Vision Designed to:
  • Provide support for strained eyes
  • Protect eyes from blue light
  • Enhance visual performance
  • Support healthy vision
  • Lessen blue light impact on sleep
How it works:
  • Supports visual processing speed
  • Supports tear production
  • Supports retinal glutathione (GSH) levels*
  • Supports brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)*
  • Supports lens regeneration functions
*Qualia Vision supplies support for the entire visual system, providing plant-based pigments, vision super fruits & spices, and eye-essential vitamin and amino acid support 
What to Expect from Qualia Vision: 
  • Less eye strain
  • Reduced dry eyes
  • Less eye sensitivity 
  • Enhanced visual processing 
  • Enhanced light-sending abilities 
Notable Ingredients:
  • Lutemax® 2020
  • Mirtoselect® bilberry
  • Amla fruit

 Get a bottle to try it out for yourself for less than $20 and save money using discount code PRIMALMIND!

Vision wheel chart

 Here's What Each Ingredient is Formulated to do

  • Lutemax® 2020

Main Claim: Enhances visual performance and blue-light blocking

Lutemax® 2020 supplies the three antioxidant pigments—lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin—used by the macula to filter blue light and protect retina tissue.

  • MirtoSelect® Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Relieves eye fatigue and supports eye surface comfort 

MirtoSelect® bilberry is a vision superfruit that supports ocular blood flow, promotes recovery of eye muscles, comforts the eye surface, and provides relief from eye fatigue.

  • AstaPure® Haematococcus pluvialis Microalgae Extract (3% astaxanthin)

Main Claim: Supports eye muscle stamina and blue light resistance

AstaPure® is a natural source of astaxanthin, an eye antioxidant that supports eye muscle stamina & recovery, blood flow to the eyes, and defenses against blue light.

  • Saffron Stigma Extract

Main Claim: Supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, contains a variety of eye-healthy carotenoids, and supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function.

  • Goji (Lycium barbarum) Fruit Juice Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina health and photoreceptor function

Goji fruit is a Traditional Chinese Medicine eye tonic used to nourish the eyes and promote healthy vision that supports healthy retina and photoreceptor function.

  • Amla (Emblica officinalis) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Supports lens health

Amla fruit is an Ayurvedic eye tonic that supports lens health and is believed to preserve eyesight, promote eye health, and relieve eye fatigue.

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Root Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina and lens health

Ginger is a bioenhancer (it enhances the bioavailability of carotenoids) with antioxidant benefits that supports the healthy function of the retina and lens.

  • Taurine

Main Claim: Supports photoreceptor function

Taurine is the most abundant amino acid in the retina, where it acts as an antioxidant and is essential for the function of the photoreceptor layer that captures light.

  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

Main Claim: Supports optic nerve function

Methylcobalamin (an active form of vitamin B12) is critical for the healthy function of the optic nerve that transfers information between the eye and brain.

 

There you have it.  I'm definitely excited about this product. I think this is the first and will be shown to be the best supplement in this market. Many others will follow now, but will they be any good? 

4 Specific Tips To Support Mitochondria And Cellular Health

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell”. 


It’s hard to overstate the importance of our mitochondria. Virtually every biochemical reaction and cellular process in the human body relies on them. Our energy levels, how we age, our exercise recovery times, and virtually any other category of health you can think of, have inexorable links to the health and abundance of our mitochondria. 


But advice on how to support mitochondrial function can be vague. “Diet”, “exercise” and “lifestyle” are obviously involved, but if you’re going to take mitochondrial function seriously, you need greater specifics.


These are specific recommendations for 4 major focuses of mitochondrial support: 


Specific Dietary Tip: Qualia Life + IF


You may already know the immense health benefits that come with intermittent fasting, and  its role in triggering biogenesis of new mitochondria. You also may know that limiting refined carbs (soda, white bread, pastries, etc.) is good for a host of health benefits including mitochondrial function. 


But you may not know that a 36-ingredient beast of a nutritional formula called Qualia Life is specifically designed to optimize mitochondrial function and cellular health. There’s nothing on the market that checks more nutritional boxes for mitochondrial support in one supplement than Qualia Life. 


I've taken Qualia Life for years and the difference it has made to my energy levels and personal training goals have been phenomenal. The company behind it, Neurohacker Collective, is well known for their premium nootropic products such as Qualia Mind, which I can't recommend enough for mental performance. I've gotten to know the Neurohacker team over the years and I was pumped when Qualia Life came out because Neurohacker specializes in very comprehensive formulas. Qualia Life contains NAD+ boosters, polyphenols, adaptogens, ergogenics, antioxidants, you name it. Neurohacker's calling card is how much you can nutritionally accomplish with one supplement. 

Qualia Life Bottle

 

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Try Qualia Life by clicking here and take your mitochondrial nutrition to the highest level ever.

Specific Exercise Tip: High Intensity Interval Training

Sprinter on a track at sunrise

Needless to say, exercise is vital to mitochondrial production, and any exercise beats none, but if you want the biggest return on exercise training for mitochondrial health, I highly recommend high intensity interval training (often abbreviated as HIIT). A recent study in Cell Metabolism found that HIIT exercise in particular- such as 15 second sprint bursts or 30 second cycling bursts followed by brief recoveries- had the strongest correlations with mitochondrial production. Evidence also shows this is true for strength training exercises such as squat jumps and similar rapid burst exercises followed by brief recovery. 

 

Specific Therapeutic Tip: 30 Seconds Of Cold Shower 

cold shower handle

The benefits of heat and cold therapies for mitochondrial function- such as sauna, cryotherapy, and outdoor cold exposure- are vast. But for those of you lacking the time, money, or discomfort tolerance to follow through on hardcore cold/heat options, you still have no excuse according to a new finding. A recent study published by Plos One indicates that just 30 seconds of cold shower exposure can deliver significant benefits associated with mitochondrial support. So even if you hate cold therapy, just toughing out a mere 30 seconds at the end of your shower can deliver big benefits to mitochondrial function (and beyond). And don't forget that even walking outside for a few minutes in winter without a jacket is considered cold therapy!

 

Specific Lifestyle Tip: Ritualize Relaxation

Man sitting on top of mountain

After asking you to do high intensity exercises and cold therapies, this last tip is the gentlest of them all- relax! Stress hormones can negatively alter mitochondrial function, so any daily practice that prioritizes relaxation- from meditation to massage to nature immersion- is actually serving an important role in overall mitochondrial health. How you reach a relaxation state is less important than the fact that you do. Maintain that state for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day, taking it just as seriously as exercise, nutrition, or biohacking therapies. 

 

From nutrition, to exercise, to therapeutics, to lifestyle, those are 4 specific actions you can take today to address mitochondrial health in a comprehensive way.