For a lot of people in our modern society the simple act of taking nootropics seems like the answer to their search for a much better functioning brain.  But we have to realize that that is the pop-a-pill-mentality of our culture talking, and even more importantly that taking nootropics isn’t the only thing we need to be doing consistently in order to create the brain, the focus, the creavity, and the conscious states of mind that we’re all after. 

Once we understand that there in no magic bullet and that there are so many other things we can be doing in conjunction with taking our brain supplements, in order that they work better, a whole new world opens up for us – a world full of infinite possibilities.  It’s extremely exciting; we live in interesting times, my friends. 

Any top neuroscientist will tell you nootropics are only a part of the answer for building a better brain.   It’s no secret that simply ingesting things like racetams, amino acids, minerals, and herbs won’t lead to enormous breakthroughs if you don’t get down to work and pair nootropics with actively doing other things.   

Anyone that tells you differently is trying to sell you a fantasy; we’re not saying all of this to diminish the appeal of the power of nootropic supplements, they are incredibly potent, but we have to be realists.  Without activity and adding your determination into the mix, what you put into your body as fuel is seriously limited in what it can accomplish. 

Think of nootropics as the fuel for growing new neurons and connections in your brain, however it is just the fuel, you have to actually step on the gas pedal to move forward.  This might be common sensical, but you might be surprised at all the fools out there who can’t see the forest for the trees.   

You cannot cheat Mother Nature (her laws demand effort); Mother Nature provides you with all the fuel that you brain can handle, but you it is you who must put the pedal to the metal or nothing extraordinary will happen. 

This stepping on the gas pedal involves serious engagement with our environments.   Again, this is a natural law that is literally built into the fabric of realty as well as built into our genetic codes and anatomical structures.  Only through application of the will can amazing deeds come into existence. 

Our brains are in many ways just like machines, it takes our will, determination and energy to guide it and program it.  This should not diminish our interest in nootropics one bit, quite oppositely we should all be thrilled that emerging science has revealed many paths towards strengthening our brains and increasing it’s connections. 

An Enriched Environment Is Critical To Making Nootropics Work 

One of the most important factors in brain health, physical health, and emotional health is living in an enriched environment.  Not only this though, enriching our environments is the keep to getting more out of life – to growth and satisfaction. 

Dozens of studies have been done with laboratory specimens demonstrating that an enriched environment is key to brain changes in a positive direction.  While too numerous to cite here, if you do your own digging around on the net you’ll find plenty of research to support this theory.  And again it is so common sensical, however, it may be so apparent in our lives that it is simply over looked in one way or another. 

So for a hamster, creating an enriched environment might mean including a hamster treadmill, a large area to explore, unique foods, lots of friends to hang out with and so on and so forth.  It’s so simple, but it has profound implications for our brain health, enjoyment in life, and even our spiritual existence. 

That’s great and all, you might be thinking to yourself, but how might this enriched hamster environment example translate to your life and you’re your goals with nootropics?   

It may seem self evident to some, but we’ll just go ahead and spell it out for you – you absolutely must explore new areas, try different foods, try a change of wardrobe, meet new people, take on new projects, learn a language, or something similar to the ideas stated here.  You have to grow in order to grow your brain; it is literally starving for new input. 

If you don’t challenge yourself with input from your environment then how do you think you’re going to make your brain grow new connections?  Sorry, but it’s just not going to happen, nootropic substances are like fertilizer for your mind, but you need to add the seeds, the water, the nurturing, etc. 

The magical think about any neuronal growth from this type of effort is that the rewards of creating new connections in your brain with regards to let’s say learning Spanish don’t simply end with learning that new language.  There is serious synergy going on in your brain with any effort towards the new. 

New connections help “fill in” different areas of your brain structures, and these areas of the brain can “talk” to other areas of the brain.   

This is where new ideas come from, folks.   

They may seem to pop up out of nowhere but learning new things in a variety of disciplines is the real catalyst for training yourself to have genius like epiphanies. 

You may have heard the term Renaissance man.  During western Europe’s Renaissance period of history huge leaps forward in all the sciences were made, in politics, in philosophy, mathematics, all across the board from top to bottom, stem to stern.  Why do you imagine this period of European history so fertile with regards to cultural and scientific growth? 

The answer is that the ideal of the Renaissance man (jack of all trades) was promoted throughout the culture, and this led to the molding of hundreds of men (and women) proficient in a wide variety of disciplines.  Are you following this because it’s critical quantum leaps forward in your brain?   

In today’s society, what do we do in our lives, careers, our spare time?  We specialize.   

And through this narrowed, societal specialization more genius is squashed and more human brains are stifled than with any other factor that you can think of; that is the sad truth of modern culture. 

Let’s look at an example.  If you want to be doctor, what do you do?  You go to medical school and learn a bunch of things that you’ll never ever revisit, because after medical school you become a specialist in let’s say -- neonatology.  All you know about or do for the thirty years of your career is take care of deathly ill infants.  That’s it.  It will make you an expert in the field of neonatology, but it will stifle the way your brain think, and it is in this manner that genius thoughts go to die. 

Specialization is wonderful for efficiency and gaining expertise that cannot be denied.  However, for brain health, creativity, new ideas, and growth, specialization is one of the main factors that is holding us all back from becoming truly innovative, great thinkers. 

Modern day schools are standardized to teach only the very basics of higher knowledge and they do so in a way that focuses primarily on memorization and regurgitation.  This isn’t critical thinking.   This kind of schooling promotes conformity, which silently molds brains to think inside of a very small box.    

Have you ever wondering why there are so many zombie-like-people walking around with blank stars in their eyes?  These people are casualties of a system that molds the brain -- an infinitely superior organic computer -- into something more like a toaster.   

Push a button, and X comes out.  It’s almost like the powers that be don’t want you to think very much.   

Unfortunately the labor market isn’t going to change to suit our brain goals, the school systems that have been put into place by decades of careful mismanagement aren’t going to budge to suit our tastes, but we can circumvent the system by choosing to vary our activities outside of school and the work place.  Our brains, after all, are depending on us. 

The very first place to begin your environmental reshuffling would be by cutting down on passive activities like watching television.  We’re not suggesting never watching any television (though that may be a good idea for some), we’re saying become aware of how time you devote to sitting around on your ass doing nothing but watching a screen flash images at you, images of thoughts that aren’t generated from within. 

An enriched environment means interaction.   

Can you interact with a flashing screen?  Sorry, but that’s just not possible.  You can interact with human beings or objects in your home.  You can pick up a guitar and strum it, try to find a new chord.  You can conjugate Spanish verbs out loud or even inside your head.  When you do that, you’re thinking…YOU are generating thought.  When you sit back and watch television, you’re not generating any thought; thoughts are being generated into you.  Do you see the enormous yawning chasm of a difference?  Does it make sense that an engaged brain will be forced to build many new internal brain connections, whereas a passive brain may do something akin to this but on a much lower level? 

Studies have been done that show that the more television you watch the worse off your brain can become in many areas.  Don’t believe us though, we actually don’t want you believing anything you read here, we would prefer that you take everything that you read here and try applying it to your own life.   

Because that’s the bottom line, real knowledge can only be obtained from direct experience.  Never believe anything that anyone tells you, test it out for yourself and make up your mind.  In doing so, your brain will record everything and your own experiences will shape what you think.  Do these things and you’re well on your way to true knowledge of the self, which will serve to foster even better brain habits and an even richer life.  

This should be the ultimate goal of taking nootropics in our minds, they can be catalysts for real learning, they can help to change the world for the better by creatively solving myriads of problems.  Taken with this mindset don’t nootropics become even more important than we might have originally thought about them?  We think so; we take everything that we put into our bodies or minds seriously because we know through trial and error that this the way towards extraordinarily capable brain states. 

Turning off your television set more lead to less stimulation and less noise in your mind.   

This down time actually helps you process things in your brain and create better and stronger connections.  When we consciously attempt to turn off as much stimulation as possible within our brains, we reach meditation states of being.  And as you may have already guessed meditation is one of the key ingredients to pair with ingesting nootropics in order that they work much, much better, and with that we will beautifully segue into our next sub-section. 

Meditation + Nootropics = Huge Synergy 

Creating a rich fuller life, and fully engaging in rich environments is of paramount importance, but on the flip side our brains need down time to build and grow properly.  If our brains didn’t need this kind of down time we wouldn’t need sleep.  But sleep and powering down in order to reboot is part of the genetic code of our entire planet. 

Pushing our boundaries ever so slightly followed by absolute emptying of the mind seems to be the key to ultimate brain health.  Only with the absence of stimulation can the brain process everything it’s learned and put it to good use by building strong new connections.  By utilizing this natural ebb and flow of stimulation and lack of stimulation we can forge into a larger and larger world.  It is the yin and yang cycle, the cycle of light and dark, and again it is programmed into our consciousness, psyche, and within our brains function. 

If we’re too stimulated, if we’re pushing too hard then the brain isn’t going to function at optimal levels.  Just think about the time that you studied all night, drank a bunch of coffee, and crammed for a test.  You may have done well on the test, but will you remember what you learned a few weeks or months later?  Studies demonstrate that you won’t.  However, if you studied slowly over time and got proper rest and nutrition you will retain the information that you learned.  We accomplish this by utilizing proper stimulation and proper rest, we enrich our environment through active study and we increase ability to learn and retain through sleep (or meditation states). 

How can we remember more of what we learn during the day and create more new brain connections?  One of the biggest answers is through practicing meditation.  The science bares it out, and it is one of the most important things we should all be doing daily in order to make our nootropic formulas work even better. 

Now a funny thing happens when we meditate, the brain actually creates more dopamine as well as repairs certain receptors.  This is actually completely counter intuitive because dopamine is the brain chemical involved in seeking, reward, and motivation.  How does “turning off the brain” make it primed and motivated to seek and learn at a higher level?  Well, we’re beginning to discover why, but the exact mechanisms aren’t completely understood yet.   

In a way there is a logic to this phenomenon.   

Zen masters have a saying about students having to empty themselves first before they can become enlightened, a full cup can never be filled they say.  The same is true with our brains, and it would seem that meditation helps to sweep away the unusable, the old, and the clutter of the brain.  Shutting down the brain is a yin activity, but it also primes the pump for yang activity (or dopamine release and the increased motivation to do more). 

Suffice it to say that meditation is absolutely irreplaceable for takers of nootropics who want more out of life.  You can take tyrosine, bacopa, and green tea extracts in order to boost dopamine, but you can boost it even further with meditation.  Consider the synergy going on there, if you continue to take your nootropics and meditate daily for let’s say a year or so, where do you think you’ll be?  How much different do you think you’re brain will be?   

No one can say for sure (and you should never believe anything you read without putting it into practice and experimenting yourself), but the science tells us that amazing strides will be made as well as huge brain changes.  With an enhanced dopamine system you’ll feel more motivated than ever before, which means that you’ll want to seek out even richer environments to engage with.  And that will synergistically push you even farther along your own personal path towards your own personal genius. 

Have you ever seen someone make amazing breakthroughs in their lives?  How did they do it?  Well, you can bet the farm on the idea that they, at some point, became extremely focused and motivated.  Would it make a difference in your life to feel more motivated everyday of your life?  Taking nootropics, meditating, and actively seeking a richer life does this for you.  It does so incrementally, slowly but steadily, but it will provide you with all that you can handle on your life’s journey. 

A fool will read that and not do a gosh darn thing with it.   

If you’re smart you’ll begin slowly heading in a better direction on all of these fronts (most nootropics users tend to be on the path to self improvement already, so this information should be coming at an opportune moment for most).  However, the fact is that you can have all the information in the world but if you don’t apply it then it is absolutely useless. 

Simple things like taking nootropics, being vibrantly active and meditating don’t always have a profound effect right away, so many begin to doubt, a big reason why people deviate and lose there way with regards to keeping with it.  (That, or they feel like they’re not “good at it”…let us pass something on about that, nobody is good at something they’re trying for the first time.) 

All of these things we’ve mentioned are the opposite of popping an Adderall.  Pop an Adderall and within a hour you’ll feel extremely focused and motivated.  However, what giveth in a manner like that also taketh away.  With subtle daily routines and nootropics the effects grow over time, and a lot of times you won’t even consciously feel or see the changes.  But they one day a few months later as you review your day in your head you begin to think to yourself, wow, today was so easy, I overcame those challenges without a hitch, how did I do that?   

That is the power of small, powerful daily changes in your life.  What are some other things that we can all be doing to make our nootropics work better?  Again, it all comes down to lifestyle changes.  And unfortunately the changes can be painful, but the changes in your brain and in your life can be stunning. 

Addictions, Drugs, Video Games, & Facebook 

There is nothing more damaging to certain structures of the brain (mainly the prefrontal cortex and the limbic brain) than addiction.  You can take all the Piracetam and choline in the world and you wont’ get the positive results that you want if you actively participate in addictive behaviors or ingest addictive chemicals (alcohol, coke, heroin, tobacco) into your body. 

So, really the place to begin even before you start supplementing with nootropics would be to figure out what you’re addicted to.  And trust us everyone is addicted to something, every single one of us has at least a few mild addictions even if they are only behavioral in nature.  Once you understand what addiction is and how it works, you’ll begin to recognize that this is a fact. 

Many people in our society are addicted to food; that is a huge one.  And I know this sounds like a marketing line, but it’s really not our fault.  Food chemists are hard at work in laboratories creating super stimulus foods, foods that are incredibly addictive and more palatable than food was ever meant to be in its natural state.  It’s quite astounding to think about, and if you struggle with food it will make you mad.  (The good news is you can break the addiction by switching over to natural foods slowly over time.) 

Your addiction could be video games, or checking your mobile phone every ten minutes (you know who you are), even pornography.  In fact pornography is one of the most well hidden and insidious addictions out there, its addiction to novelty and it’s hard wired into our brains.  The type of novelty created online though is again a super stimulus and our brains can simply be overwhelmed (over time) and become addicted.  Again though, all addictions can be overcome, whether they are severe or mild, behavioral or substance related. 

Addiction to alcohol and other harmful street drugs like cocaine and heroin are the obvious addictions really.  But, what about coffee or tobacco?  If you think that these compounds or harmless or don’t cause problems in our brains because they are legal or less addictive than say heroin, it’s time for you to reassess that notion.  But, we’re not selling anything to you, if you’re a big coffee drinker or smoker quit the habit and see where it takes you in your life.  Addiction is nothing short of degrees of slavery, my friends, and many things that seem harmless in our society are nothing of the sort. 

Everyone is addicted to something and you are too.  It’s painful to dig into these sorts of things but very necessary if you want a truly healthy brain.  The thing to remember is that you don’t want to try to root out and up end every addictive thing in your life in one fell swoop, that is a recipe for disaster.  What works best is doing some self-discovery and then slowly progressing towards change over time. 

Addictions absolutely beat the crap out of the brain, addicts have less gray matter, less D2 dopamine receptors, and less neuronal connections than non addicts, as can be seen in study after study.  Most studies are done with people severely addicted to street drugs, but the brain scans are absolutely horrifying. 

Can we create similar brain changes by being addicted to our mobile phone or checking our Facebook?  Science is seriously pointing in that direction.  Behavioral addictions, according to new science utilize the exact same brain mechanisms as do highly addictive street drugs.  Now that is an eye opener.  Addictions will make you a scatterbrain, unable to think clearly.  If you suffer from occasional or even frequent scatterbrain-ness, don’t you think that investigating why that might be would be worth your while?   

Surely checking your Facebook every two hours isn’t as damaging as shooting heroin every day but might these little behavioral addictions add up?  It’s very likely.  You might be wondering, how do I know if I’m addicted to a behavior? 

And actually the acid test is really quite simple.  Take the behavior out of your life cold turkey and see how you feel of the next several weeks.  If it causes you depression and anxiety like symptoms and you find it very difficult to stop the behavior then you are addicted to it.  When you start discovering all your little addiction behaviors, it is a very eye opening experience.  It’s guaranteed to shock you and we’re not going to lie, it can be very demoralizing when you literally can’t stop yourself from checking your Facebook for more than half a day.  But, it’s life changing to wake up in this way. 

Many of the things you may find will seem quite small.  But consider this, in one study several drug addicts brains didn’t heal up properly unless then removed tobacco from their lives or where never tobacco users to begin with.  Tobacco is legal, societally condoned, and therefore it doesn’t seem like such a big deal; the data says differently. 

The study demonstrates that if you take a cocaine addict who is a smoker and you take them off of cocaine but they continue to smoke, in 12 to 14 months their brains will not have recovered like a non-smoking cocaine addict would, if he received the same rehab treatment.  Even small addictions can create tremendous obstacles in the way of positive brain changes. 

That is powerful information. 

Now, how serious is even milder food addiction?  Unfortunately the answer is possibly more serious than you think.  If you’re a fairly big soda pop drinker, let’s say you drink a couple of cans of soda pop a day, try taking it out of your life cold turkey and see how you feel?  Don’t add in a few candy bars to make up for the sugar loss, just eat your normal way of eating minus the soda pop.  Countless people who try this little experience will be floored at how they feel when they remove this seemingly innocuous beverage from their daily routine.  Withdrawal symptoms can come on like a hurricane, headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, fatigue, you name it. 

The fact is you will be shocked at how difficult it is to stop drinking soda pop, if this is something that you’ve been doing for years on a daily basis.  Don’t let it freak you out though, just let it be a wake up call that things need to change if you want a better brain and for your nootropics to work better. 

For more minor additions -- not hard drugs -- like addictions to sugar, fast food, or your mobile phone it would be a prudent idea to simply become aware of the addiction and back off slowly.  The body and the brain hate very drastic changes, so this should help you to wean off more easily. 

Of course if you’re addicted to street drugs or alcohol, there is no other way than cold turkey and checking into rehab as you’re playing with your life.  The best way to quit anything is cold turkey, but progressively stepping down may seem easier for some people, and if it seems easier then that belief will make it easier.   The mind is a powerful ally. 

Here is something to remember with regards to addictions, small behavioral additions or severe cocaine additions, all of these addictions can be more easily beaten through taking proper nootropics, daily meditation, and living a full rich life.  Your pathway towards a healthy brain will only lead towards more opportunities to gain an even healthier brain. 

This isn’t an all or nothing thing either.  The richer and fuller your life is the less you’ll crave drugs or video games or porn.  And all of this has to do with what’s going on in your brain, the brain changes that are being made.  If this is the first that you’re hearing of this we don’t want to overwhelm you, and we hope that you find all of this encouraging, that is how you should feel. 

Every thing you do and every choice that you make in life either takes you closer to a healthy brain or an unhealthy one.  It’s not all or nothing, the best thing to concentrate is progress, long-term progress.  It’s not sexy, it doesn’t really sell but incremental progress is the healthiest way to a better brain.   

You won’t see results in a week from all these things, unless you were perhaps extremely deficient in a nutrient that you’re now receiving through your nootropic formula(s).  And this is definitely possible, the main point is that you shouldn’t feel all amped up at once.  If you feel like that then you’re probably dabbling with pharmaceutical meds, which some people consider nootropic.  We do not. 

One last thing about addictions and nootropics, don’t delay in trying different nootropics in order to help you recover from any addictions that you do discover, as they can have profound effects on you.  In fact and in some cases they may be the difference between overcoming them successful of not.   

Adaptogenic herbs (ginseng, bacopa, ashwaghanda), calming minerals (like calcium and magnesium), anti inflammatory herbs (turmeric, ginger), and amino acid therapy can work amazingly well to help make withdrawals from addiction much more management and smooth.  The reason why is of course because nootropics help to repair the brain, areas which addictions have slowly torn down. 

Diet, Exercise, Fasting 

Safe nootropics are nutraceuticals, which means that they are naturally occurring substances found in nature.  If this were true (it is) then wouldn’t we assume that taking a critical look at our diets might be a good idea?  You bet it is, in fact a well rounded, balanced diet is one of the main building blocks of a healthy brain and increase neural connections – food is the original nootropic. 

One word of caution is not to get too much of one nutrient or another and to always think about balance.  If you read an article and decide to mega dose one vitamin, mineral or herb you could very well, over time, be pulling other things out of balance.  Imbalances in our body chemistry cause it to not function optimally and all of this will effect the brain negatively in due time. 

So if you’re looking to supplement with vitamins, minerals, or herbs (and we definitely believe that you should) then take our advice and start low and go slow when raising the dosages.  Never go too high and make sure you’re balancing everything out to the best of your knowledge.  If a nutrient or herb can be cycled out of your daily diet and brought back then my all means do that. 

This also applies to what you’re eating.  Don’t buy for one second any hype surrounding crash or extreme diets, every single one of them will bring you out of balance if implemented over a long enough period of time.  Getting rid of food intolerances is one thing, but making all foods in a category forbidden for no reason can be dangerous (over time). 

Super low carb diets, super low fat, super high protein, whatever you have heard is generally taken out of context and not applicable for long term health.  Basically you want balanced macronutrients, carbs, protein, and fats as well as balanced nutrients, balanced for you, your body type and genetic liking. 

This means eating so-called whole foods.  Eat foods that grow from the ground, not processed foods that come from a box.  If you choose to become a vegetarian, supplement with b12 and omega 3 fatty acids.  If you choose to eat meat, then we really suggest you avoid factory farmed garbage meat.   

Factory farmed meat comes from fat, sick, weak, animals, grown with antibiotics and growth hormones in tight pens.  Don’t really care if you find this ethical or not (we surely don’t), but it’s just not healthy for your brain to consume these foods, and we’ll prove it to you. 

Why not?  Well for one, you’re repeatedly exposing your body to antibiotics, which changes the biofilm of your intestines causing your body to become over run with bad bacteria, which produces inflammation and toxins, which eventually reach the brain and impair neurogenesis.   

In addition, farm raised GMO crop fed U.S. animal meat is unnaturally high in omega 6 fatty acids.  Therefore eating it creates an imbalance of the omega 6 to omega 3 ratio in your body, this in turn causes inflammation in the entire system, including the brain.  Low-grade inflammation impairs brain function, causing brain fog, which is basically brain cell and receptor death. 

So, yeah, eating meat isn’t unnatural or morally wrong by evolutionary standards, but eating factory farmed garbage, over time, may very well warp your brain.  The science is all there for you to go dig up, if you so choose to investigate. 

And these kinds of things are why we maintain that you can’t just pop nootropics all day and think you’re going to automatically create your most perfect brain.  Without working hard on your lifestyle you will probably not make incredible progress like you should.  However, if you work at things and take your nootropics there is a massive synergistic effect.  Start slowly with a few of things we’ve included in this article and work up changing your life around over time. 

Modern lifestyles have us sitting on our asses a lot, and as you have probably guessed this just isn’t good for our brains.  Not that over exerting ourselves every day is good either, but sedentary lifestyles are proven to be brain negative.  That makes sense, right?  How enriched can your environment really be if you’re just sitting around in a chair all day?   

Remember the hamster wheel from earlier?  That example comes back into play when we’re talking about exercise, the enriched environment part of the equation was only a part of it all, the exercise and stimulation of the circulatory system played a huge part in making our hamster buddy’s brain just plain better. 

Think of it from a simple physics point of view and imagine your circulatory  system.  If you just sit around all day, your blood doesn’t move much, however if you raise your heart rate and get things pumping then that also effects the brain, right?  Surely it does.  And this increased circulation to the brain does many wonderful things that effect neurogenesis (brain neuron growth). 

Firstly scientists believe that increased circulation may remove the plaque that can build up in the brain.  Yep, plaque can build up in the brain, and it is this plaque that can cause Alzheimer’s Disease.  The increase in movement also creates a small stress on the brain, which causes it to produce a chemical compound called BDNF.  This compound is intimately involved in rebuilding the brains neural connections.  It works like gangbusters. 

See how a Renaissance man’s perspective of life will improve our brains?  Brainiacs shouldn’t just sit around in their office all day solving math equations; they need to be out running in the park, and pumping iron.  Balance creates synergy, and synergy is rocket fuel for your life. 

Believe it or not, not eating a whole lot once and while also creates more BNDF.   

So, it’s not only what we put into our bodies that builds up the brain, it’s stopping intake of food for periods of time that also plays a role.  In a way it’s kind of like what we talked about earlier and a brain with a newly enriched environment, it needs to “turn off” of the brain well in order to function optimally.   

Nature has patterns, if we only stop to recognize them.  Anyway, fasting is extremely beneficial for the brain even if it’s just for 24 hours, or perhaps 12 to 18 hours per day as with intermittent fasting.  Short juice fasts of several days and even longer fasts (supervised) are all excellent for neurogenesis and creating a better brain. 

For the true nootropic fan, doing some fasting is an absolutely must.  If you haven’t done it yet, then you may have no idea what’s in store for you, you’ll be amazed at the clarity of thought even a short fast can bring.  For many people therapeutic fasting has done more for their overall health than any other thing they’ve tried, and this includes their brain health. 

Looking at the power of fasting in isolation may seem counter intuitive or strange but if we look at things from an evolutionary perspective it all starts to make sense.  The reality is that genetically we are programmed to go through periods where we don’t eat.  It’s build into our genetics, because in the past there were famines that occurred very frequently.  In order to survive the body had to adapt to long periods without any food around.  It’s only within the last hundred years or so, and in wealthy countries that unlimited amounts of food surround us all throughout the year. 

It may seem like a startling fact to many, but it is unnatural for the body to eat all the time.  We know it’s strange to think about, but it’s true.  Genetically our bodies are programmed to expect periods of low access to food or no access to food at all.   

By eating all the time, which means eating in contrast to our genetic code, we are actually slowly poisoning ourselves with too much food.  Our bodies need periods of break down and cleansing.  It’s only natural, and it is extremely brain beneficial. 

If you don’t believe a word we’ve said about fasting, it’s understandable, it’s not common knowledge and many people think they couldn’t skip one meal much less not eat anything for a whole day.  Well honestly that is child’s play once you build up your fasting ability, but don’t take our word for it, if this is all hogwash, then prove it yourself and give fasting a try.  See how you feel and make up your own mind on the subject. 

Of course, never fast if you are ill or weak, but for relatively healthy people not eating for a few days will have no harmful effects on anyone, in fact it will have quite the opposite effect.  We’re not doctors and none of the information contained within these pages should be taken as medical advice. 

In conclusion, nootropics and nootropic science is exploding right now, there has never been a better time to experiment with them, take them and benefit from them.  However, if anyone believes that they are the magic bullet alone and in a vacuum then they will be sorely disappointed. 

We encourage everyone who is interested in nootropics or is already taking them to remember than as more science emerges new paths are being revealed to us, paths that are beginning to complete the puzzle that nootropic studies have put forth.   

An era of unlimited problem solving and millions of active, aware, superior brains will soon be upon us, so don’t be left behind, join the revolution and fight to responsibly take control over your mind and destiny as much as you possibly can. 

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