Have you ever noticed how people tend to be the same over time?
Successful and happy people tend to remain successful and happy.
Miserable and unlucky people tend to remain miserable and unlucky.
Why is this? Are they just genetically pre-dispositioned to attract certain things in life?
Or is it more the case that people, through their habits, routines and behaviors - all of which is governed by their internal operating system allows them to be so?
We would wager it is the latter of the two.
This is great news! It means that you dictate your actions, your internal state and therefore your reality around you.
Do you struggle with staying productive and actually getting work done each day? Don't worry, we feel you.
Staying on task and remaining focused can be difficult in our modern world full of distractions.
This blog post aims to help you out a little bit, and get you on the path to become a productivity machine.
Sleep is often so very overlooked.
It is starting to get the attention it deserves, however.
A lack of sleep can make us unfocused, fatigued, and can even increase beta amyloid and tau protein build up in our brain, which could be a potential cause for Alzheimer’s disease or neurodgenerative diseases.
Once again, our modern lifestyle has reduced our ability to get high quality sleep.
Mental health has finally started to get the attention it deserves.
Let’s characterise mental health as your proclivity to fall into alternate and unfavourable mental states, such as anxiety, depression or stress.
We all experience these states, some more often than others, and some much more powerfully than others.
Mental health seems to have roots in both biology and psychology. For example, a bad experience during childhood, losing our jobs or feeling isolated can make us more anxious or depressed.
We will define brain performance as your ability, or your brains ability to focus, be productive and effective, and work on challenging problems for long periods of time.
This, to no surprise, also seems to be on the steady decline.
The advent of information technology, particularly the internet, smart phones and social media has lead to an explosion of over-information and inputs entering our brain at any given time.
Brain health can be seen as the physical and structural health of the brain and its individual components, such as each neuron.
The degradation of physical brain health can increase as we age, which can lead to cognitive decline, memory loss or to a host of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Verbal recall/fluency and memory seem to be strong indicators of brain health, and thus supporting these functions may support our brain health in the long term.
Nootropics – you may have heard of them.
They are somewhat of a trend right now and for good reason.
We have health supplements used to improve general health such as your multivitamins, essential minerals or anti-oxidants.
We have sports supplements to improve your physical performance which can include amino acids, pre-workout formulas and protein.
But now, there is a new, emerging category called Nootropics. These are supplements to improve and support your cognitive performance and brain health.
Bacopa or Brahmi is a herb native to the wetlands of southern and Eastern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and America.
Bacopa has been used for 1000's of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as traditional Indian and eastern medicine, or what's known as Ayurveda. The herb was allegedly used by ancient Vedic scholars to memorize lengthy sacred hymns and scripture.