Why Exercise is Good for More Than Just the Body

originalMy Personal Experience: Looking for a Release

Back in my high school days, I spent the majority of my time being carefree by playing videogames (to the point of addiction) and barely getting through classes with the least effort required. But I was happy with that lifestyle, so I have no regrets.

When I started college however, I decided to cut off games and focus my energy into school and a social life. It was difficult, and I was in a new country, making things very stressful for me.

Many people have different methods of keeping the stress away, whether that be weekend drinking, golf, solving Rubik’s Cubes…the list goes on. I was already a very skinny, out of shape guy, so I decided to try exercise – and I found exercise to incredible for aiding my mental health.

What Weightlifting Does for Me

Weightlifting is time dedicated to me. There’s nothing better than pushing oneself to physical exhaustion and peace of mind on a daily basis. I find myself completely at ease in the gym, as it is my temple and home away from home.

When I worked at a fast food restaurant, I’d often have terrible days but I always looked forward to my gym time. Some of my best workouts were on my worst days.

I think the reason exercise is so effective for finding mental peace is because it’s similar to meditation. One is able to completely forget about their life and focus entirely on the task at hand.

For meditation, it’s typically focusing on breathing, and for my weightlifting, I think about how many more repetitions I have before I can re-rack the weight. It’s so simple, yet so satisfying.

Other Options

Weightlifting isn’t for everyone, and for those people, I would recommend some other variant of exercise.

Yoga is popular for this exact reason, and those who do yoga are often in a very relaxed state after their session.

Another exercise I like is rock climbing. I climb at an indoor gym, and I’m able to completely focus on where my feet are, how I can balance myself on the holds, and reach for the next holds. I’m not thinking about my grades, job, or friends: just my own body.

Some people like to go running for mental health, but I personally find myself thinking about too many things on a run, so it’s not the same.

Find Your Stress Reliever

I was fortunate enough to find a stress-reliever that’s been enormously constructive towards my overall health. I take pride in the fact that I exercise daily, and don’t look to things like smoking cigarettes (or insert any other deconstructive stress-reliever here).

The lady on the bus who solves the newspaper’s crossword puzzle, and the guy in the park playing fetch with his dog: these are the people who found something to distract themselves from life. And I find that exercise is one of the best ways to do this.

DHEA as a Nootropic

motivationWhat is DHEA?

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is known as an endogenous steroid hormone. It has many uses as well as some risks (as in any substance). I have taken DHEA on and off for quite some time, and its effect is perfect in my goal of maintaining my health and well-being as well as enhancing performance in a safe way.

DHEA Dosage for a Motivation Boost

DHEA is usually dosed at 25mg per day and is recommended to people who are aged 30+.

As males age, their natural DHEA levels decline, and with that the levels of testosterone decrease as well. When testosterone decreases the effects that are noticeable for that are usually fatigue, decreased drive, and loss of libido amongst others.

This is how the product takes the form of a nootropic to me. When I take DHEA supplements daily for some time I notice the increase in motivation and drive rather profoundly.  This is very subjective but there is also an increase in a feeling of “power”, it’s a bit hard to explain but I just feel more capable in general. This, in return, induces a sense of well-being and euphoria, as I feel nearly invincible.

Testosterone boosters in general tend to have this effect to a slight degree, but I hadn’t experienced anything like this before trying DHEA.

Risks Associated

This substance doesn’t come without its risks. First of all it is a steroid. This means you are playing with your endocrine system when taking this supplement and perhaps may be disrupting the natural homeostasis of your hormone levels.

DHEA supplements also convert to a variety of additional hormones, one of which is estrogen. Prolonged exposure to estrogen in males will have negative effects such as gynocomastia (breast development).

Since I’m aware of this I make sure to cycle DHEA (1 month on 1 month off). There is really no way of foretelling the effects DHEA will have on you (both positive and negative) without first sampling it. However, be aware that this is a steroid hormone and be sure to monitor your hormone levels.

Phenylethylamine: The Love Drug

Phenylethylamine dosages effect levels of the so-called “phenylethylamine love”Phenylethylamine: As intimidating as it sounds?

Awhile back I was researching this energy stack that I found online, and one of the ingredients was phenylethylamine (PEA). I had never heard of it before, but it sounded scientific and somewhat intimidating. I found a particular forum that talked about PEA health benefits and how popular it is as a supplement, especially among body building forums (for energy in the gym).

PEA (Phenylethylamine) The Love Drug

One particular post however, got my attention. The author wrote that PEA is the chemical released when people feel “in love”. It makes people jittery, crazy, and happy, with heart flutters and all. It’s also known to increase dopamine, which in some cases, is a good thing.

I immediately went online and purchased some. As it turns out, it’s also in chocolate perhaps adding to the myth that chocolate is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

The Facts

It’s important to know that alone, PEA is blocked by the body. Some sort of inhibitor is required to feel the effects completely.

This is where things get tricky: a MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) is required to readily feel the effects.

Fortunately though, most people use Hordenine as their inhibitor. It is an herbal inhibitor and it’s very safe. It has a very short window of opportunity, and does not actually destroy the necessary enzymes in the body, but rather, blocks them for a short time. This gives you a small time window to take the PEA and feel the effects.

My Experience

When I finally tried it, I had the sensation of an intense focus. My thoughts were racing and I felt like I could read my body very well. As soon as I started feeling it, I got what can best be described as “The Smiles”. I couldn’t stop smiling, and it was certainly an interesting experience.

Soon after, however, I got slightly overwhelmed by my large dose and sat down while I waited for my friend to pick me up to go climbing. Luckily for me, the effects of PEA are very short lived. When my friend and I made it to the climbing gym, my energy was through the roof and I was able to complete routes that I was having a hard time with in the past. I didn’t feel particularly “in love”, but rather, I felt strong and confident.

Many people who love the experience in which was so foreign to me must continually re-dose throughout the day to keep a strong buzz going. Perhaps one day I’ll try taking PEA again (at a smaller dose) and see if I can gain a better control of the effects.

Sulbutiamine Review: My Uneventful yet Hopeful Experience

Giving Sulbutiamine a Shot

Awhile back, one of my friends suggested I take sulbutiamine. He told me that he’s always had a hard time distinguishing nootropics effects from placebo, but with sulbutiamine, it was certainly not placebo.

He claimed to achieve a great energy and motivation from supplementing with sulbutiamine and highly recommended it to me. I did some quick reading and decided I’d give it a shot.

My Experiences

When it finally arrived, I took the suggested dose of 700mg. I certainly felt something, but I wasn’t sure what I was feeling.

Within half an hour I ended up dozing off and sleeping well. I felt refreshed and strong when I woke up from my power nap, but I was fairly let down that sulbutiamine powder had put me to sleep.

There are a number of explanations for what went wrong. For instance, I took it when I was already fairly tired, and on top of that I was in a dark room listening to calm music

Word on the Street

A lot of people swear by sulbutiamine claiming it is undeniably the best nootropic currently available. They say it’s a great caffeine substitution and creates incredible focus.

Some people say they were able to clean their entire house and play with their kids for hours without feeling exhaustion. I work with kids almost every day at an elementary school, and I certainly know how exhausting it can be.

Others even say that it’s a great party aid. It could even potentiate alcohol and get you drunk quicker (so be conscious of your limits if you decide to try).

Maybe Next Time…

I think I will try taking sulbutiamine again. Next time, I’ll take it several days consecutively to allow it to “build up” in my system, and I’ll experiment with different dosages. I will also control the time of day I take it and see if it actually potentiates lethargy. It would be amazing if I could achieve these same results as what people claim online, but so far, I’ve experienced a satisfying nap.

GABA for Sleep and Better Rest

Feeling Unbalanced?

Have you been suffering from things like irritability, restlessness or even insomnia? Is it becoming more and more difficult to even get to sleep; never-mind getting any good, solid and restful sleep? If so, you are certainly not alone. More and more people are suffering from these exact issues and at a loss for what to do.

Let me introduce you to a natural supplement that can help restore balance, assist in relaxation, and even provide you some more restful sleep.

What is GABA?

GABA is short for gamma-aminobutyric acid. It is classified as one of the chief inhibitory neurotransmitters within the human brain. Getting past all the scientific speak, this essentially means that it helps to calm down neurons in the brain which have become ‘excited.’

When a neuron becomes excited, it starts to fire repeatedly. It is also believed that these high levels of brain agitation can lead to restlessness, irritability, insomnia, feelings of stress and anxiety, among others.

GABA is actually a type of amino acid. It is made within the brain from a substance called glutamate (another amino acid) with the help of vitamin B6. In addition to assisting in calming the brain, many scientists also believe that GABA may be directly responsible for regulation of muscle tone. It also may help support the production of additional hormones which help to build muscle.

GABA Benefits

Since GABA is all-natural, this is a very safe supplement to take. It is a great choice as an alternative to sleeping pills for those who do not want to rely on harsh (and possibly and addictive) chemicals. By decreasing the amount of neurons which are constantly firing in the brain, people should be able to relax more easily and remain much calmer.

As this calming effect occurs, you will notice that sleep comes more readily. Not only that, but once you do fall asleep, it will be more restful. This means that you should wake up feeling more refreshed and not tired.

In addition to being an all natural sleep aid, just helping to induce relaxation could be a significant benefit to many people. For example, having fewer feelings of stress and anxiety could help you be more effective at work and in your personal life. Why not give GABA supplement a try? Include it as part of your regular sleep stack today!

Artichoke Extract And Forskolin Induced LTP

Artichoke Extract and Forskolin: The CILTEP Stack

Recently, I came across an online thread, devoted to creating a new theoretical stack known as CILTEP (Chemically-induced long-term potentiation). Science-dense (26 Pages to be exact!), the thread found a cheap, effective way to theoretically increase memory.

Because I’m not familiar with the chemistry involved, I’ll try my best to summarize the conclusions I drew after hours of reading.

Step 1: Inhibiting

The first ingredient is a PDE-4 inhibitor (Phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor). This basically blocks an enzyme that exists, known as phosphodiesterase-4, hence the inhibition. PDE-4 is known to block molecules that relay signals in the brain (like messengers). Simply put, we’re stopping a natural process occurring in our brain preventing us from achieving more efficient brain activity.

While it is possible to find a way to inhibit PDE-4 through numerous drugs, a safe approach is an herbal inhibitor. The recommended supplement is artichoke extract (500mg a day has been fine for me).

Step 2: Increasing

The second ingredient is a cAMP increaser. Remember how the PDE-4 inhibitor blocks the molecule designed to increase our memory retention? Well that molecule is known as cAMP (cyclic adenosine monophosphate).

So not only are we helping our body use that molecule as seen in step 1, but we are also adding more cAMP to our body.

The thread settled on forskolin, which is an herb from India. There’s even an added bonus to this supplement – it’s an effective fat burner! For this, I take 200mg of Coleus Forskohlii, standardized to 10% forskolin (so 20mg of actual forskolin).

Setp 3: Introducing

Finally, the third ingredient is some sort of dopamine enhancer, designed to introduce that much sought after euphoric feeling. While this is optional and the thread doesn’t go into much detail as to why it’s recommended, some non-responders to the first two supplements found success with a kick-start from dopamine.

The thread recommends L-phenylalanine, though personally I’ve found more success with Mucuna Pruriens extract. If you’ve never taken Mucuna before, or are in doubt as to its mood boosting abilities, watch the mucuna pruriens review to the right.

My Artichoke Extract and Forskolin Stack Experience

CILTEP is largely theoretical, and many people have not had luck with it. Fortunately, I was one of the few who responded greatly to this stack, and I have nothing but admiration for this nootropic combination as well as artichoke extract and forskolin.

After about a week of taking it daily, my memory was awesome. I could remember everything people told me, even in passing. It was as if everything that I observed was implemented into my brain. Unfortunately, I stopped taking the stack because I ran out of forskolin, and I concluded that if tolerance exists, I’ll wait to start again until I feel like having a great memory will be necessary.