5 Ways to Optimize Your Nootropic Experience
Studying or working intensely requires a lot of concentration and energy and very often commitment and dedication alone are not sufficient to ensure high performance. To try to always be at their best, many people decide to take nootropics to avoid being tired and to make the most of every minute dedicated to study.
Nootropics are brain supplements that must be taken with criteria and correctly. Consulting with a health professional, before taking any personal initiative, is always a good idea and we recommend that you do so at the first sign of any side effects. However, these supplements have proven effective over time. With many studies confirming that nootropics, if managed correctly, are safe and can be a valuable aid for both research and work.
Here are the best five tips that can help you to make the most of your nootropics experience.
1. Food and hydration
The purpose of nootropics is to enhance the attention and performance of your brain. However, many people reported that nootropics increased their concentration so much that they forgot to eat and drink for hours. Food, and especially water, is the gasoline of our body, and it is not possible to face a marathon of study or work without the most suitable diet. Recent studies have shown conclusively that dehydration can lead to health problems and brain issues and so it is essential to eat and drink during your work or study session.
A DIY (Do It Yourself) method to not forget to feed after taking nootropics is to use the smartphone and set reminders. In a short time, eating and drinking during study (and taking short breaks) will become part of your normal routine, eliminating any minor and unwanted side effects, especially dehydration.
2. Stand Up and Walk
The human body has been designed and developed over millennia of evolution to move around, so sitting too long in the same position is harmful to blood circulation and can lead to joint problems. Also, being seated too long reduces your attention (the most gifted people have a 45-minute attention threshold).
Getting up and stopping your work or study session for a few minutes to walk and do some short exercise or activity, has enormous positive effects on concentration and will help to develop the brain.
A Stanford University study showed that 81% of participants significantly improved their creativity after walking. The movement increases the heart rate, metabolism and blood circulation in the body and brain, which will have fresh oxygen to be used for the study operations and will maximize the help of nootropics.
Also, you can replace the traditional desks with standing desks that allow you to work standing up. Research has shown that people working with this tool have a higher concentration and have fewer health problems.
3. Solubility – Fat or water?
Nootropics, just like vitamins, can be divided into two categories: fat soluble and water soluble.
One of the most famous nootropics belonging to the water-soluble category is Piracetam. To show this, you take it and put it in a glass of water, and it will dissolve in a few seconds without leaving any trace. No fat-soluble nootropics (such as the Aniracetam) dissolves in water. See more examples below:
|Water Soluble||Fat Soluble|
These two categories are absorbed by our body differently and in different places of our body. For example, if you want to take fat-soluble nootropics, it is recommended to take them with fatty food, fish oil, coconut oil or grass-fed butter to improve the absorption in our body.
4. Onset, peak, and Half-life
People who use nootropics for a long time know the meaning of these words while the “newbies” should learn as soon as possible what they mean.
“Onset” is the time necessary for the substance to produce a noticeable effect.
“Peak” is the period where you will get maximum benefits from the nootropic.
“Half – Life” is the time necessary for your body to eliminate the dosage from your blood.
These times are critical, they are not constant and vary from person to person. The conditions that can modify them are many, for example, if you take nootropics on an empty stomach or not, if the body has ingested caffeine and other variables.
For this reason, it is necessary to learn and to know the reaction of your body to every nootropic beforehand so that you become aware when it reaches its “Peak” exactly when you need it.
It is also imperative to know that many nootropics perform a stimulating function, so do not take them before going to bed otherwise sleep will be practically impossible, which can be harmful to your health.
5. Take a break
One of the main flaws of nootropics is that if you take them daily for a long time, then your body will develop tolerance.
It means that you may need to increase the dosage to reach the same “Peak” and in the long run you will have to take several nootropics servings to get a desired “Peak” with potential undesirable side effects.
In the long run, tolerance cannot be managed, so it is vital to take a break and rest your brain. In most cases, a 7-day break is more than enough, and in other cases, it is sufficient even just a weekend off.
These above-mentioned tips are important for managing nootropics supplementation. In any case, it is always better to consult your health professional before taking any supplement and to understand when to stop at the first sign of an undesirable side effect.
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