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Brain Hacking

Understanding the Growing Fad of Brain Hacking

Brain hacking is a growing trend around the world and something that people of all ages are looking into.  It involves attempting to improve one or more functions of the brain, such as mood, reasoning, clarity, focus or energy and can be done in a variety of ways.  Some people see brain hacking as a negative; however, there’s actually nothing unsafe or bad about the practice. Plus, when you think about it, even puzzle games like Sudoku can be seen as a form of brain hacking as they stimulate the mind and are proven to provide long lasting benefits.

While puzzles are one way of improving the brain, science has actually provided us with many more options.  In fact, optimizing your gray matter can be achieved through the use of supplements. Often called cognitive enhancers or smart drugs, these supplements are safe and work a lot quicker than playing games like Sudoku. To help you understand how they work, we have described the most popular below.

Nootropics

Nootropics is a Greek word that means ‘mind altering’ or ‘mind bending’, however it’s not as scary as it sounds. This commonly used type of supplement has been proven to improve the brain’s neural functions and can help to take your mind to a whole new level. As one example, take a look at the nootropic uridine monophosphate which is described on the VitaMonk blog. This nootropic can help with everything from improving mental clarity and cognition to memory loss and reaction times. There are plenty of other options available too, each with its own benefits.

When choosing a nootropic, it’s important to consider what mind-altering benefits you want to receive. Each has a different potency and a different effect on the brain, although they are in no way dangerous. Pick one that aligns with your brain hacking goals and don’t be afraid to switch it if it doesn’t work as intended. You can also stack nootropics to find the perfect balance for you.

Stacking

As briefly mentioned above, stacking is a good option for those who want to take brain hacking to the next level. The idea has been around for a while in the weight training industry and basically involves using a variety of different supplements to achieve the desired benefit. The same is true of nootropic supplements; users can take supplements that are complementary to each other to achieve the greatest gain.

It’s recommended that you don’t start out with stacking. Instead, use one nootropic and see how it benefits you and where it is lacking. When you feel more comfortable, you can add extra supplements to your stack to suit your needs. It’s also possible to buy nootropics boxes which provide a mix of supplements in one pill.

Stimulants

Stimulants are something that most of us have heard of, thanks to caffeine, but they’re also a popular supplement in the world of brain hacking as well.  While they aren’t intended to boost your mood or memory loss, they can help to keep you awake, improve your mental clarity, and get rid of brain fog.

Stimulants are not a type of nootropic that should be used every day, especially if they are being used instead of sleep, however they can be beneficial when you need to promote wakefulness and alertness on occasion. Adrafinil and modafinil are the two most popular nootropics in the stimulant category.

With so many different options available, brain hacking doesn’t have to be hard.  It also doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process. Best of all, it’s completely safe.