Mindfulness, Nootropics, and Your Brain Health
Given the stress-packed lives that most of us lead, brain health has become a hot button topic in the medical community and the media at large now more than ever. When you stress, you age yourself, ruin your health, and increase your risk for certain diseases. Modern medicine is getting closer to a cure for these ailments, but what if you could prevent them?
The topic of brain health has opened up a world of alternative research into the benefits of mindfulness and natural extracts called nootropics, or brain-boosting compounds. Let’s take a look at what each is and how they can work together to improve your brain health.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being fully aware of the present moment. You aren’t worrying about what might happen in the future, and you aren’t harping on things that happened five years ago. You are right here, right now. Mindfulness is not the same thing as meditation; rather, meditation helps to build your skill in mindfulness.
The benefits of meditation and mindfulness training include a decrease in anxiety, stress, and cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
How to Build Mindfulness
You can begin to improve your level of mindfulness by practicing meditation each day. If you’ve never done it before, start small. Sit on a pillow or chair in a quiet room with your eyes closed. Focus on your breathing and count your breaths up until you reach 10 then begin again at one. Try this for five minutes in the morning, or whenever you feel stressed. Eventually add more time by 5-minute intervals, or whatever works for you.
What Are Nootropics?
Often referred to as brain boosting supplements, nootropics are ingredients that have been shown to have a positive effect on focus, attention, alertness, and overall brain health. You can use nootropics to enhance your learning ability while protecting your brain from age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are several nootropic ingredients that are backed by scientific research:
Dimethylaminoethanol: DMAE has been shown to promote acetylcholine production, which supports neurotransmitter creation. Studies show this can help with working memory and information recall.
Huperzine A: The most widely used brain boosting compound, Huperzine A has been shown to increase the formation and recall of memories and information.
Ginkgo Biloba: This root has long been used in Asian medicine, and studies are now revealing that it is helpful at promoting performance during cognitive tasks.
Mindfulness and Nootropics
The combination of meditation and mindfulness along with daily consumption of a nootropic blend such as Brain Boost may have a dramatically positive impact on your brain health. You might find yourself less stressed, able to recall information faster without burnout, and be actively decreasing your risk for cognitive-based illnesses.
Do You Practice Mindfulness or Take Nootropics?
What benefits have you noticed? How long do you meditate for? What are your favorite nootropics? Let us know in the comments below!
Written by David Sautter
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