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Play Like a Child, Live Like a King

For years I was focused on the minutia of my daily habits, whether that be what I eat, what time I eat, how I shower, or various other elements that mean much less to me now. As I’ve evolved other priorities have taken precedence. That isn’t to say I no longer use those practices; most of them are just daily practices I don’t think about anymore. However, there are new priorities that are sometimes less scientific, more philosophical, and definitely more profound.

Humans, especially adults in urban environments, have lost the ability to play. Children use play to learn the most about their environment and themselves. As humans age we somehow build fear, lack trust in ourselves, and if we do continue playing a sport, it usually ends up being focused on high level performance and competition. [click to continue…]

Supplements – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

As a business owner in the supplement industry, this topic is closer to the heart. There are millions of people purchasing supplements to improve their physical prowess or mental acumen every day and most of the companies selling these goods are unscrupulous at best. Between all the hype and marketing, it can sometimes be very difficult to figure out which products actually have some basis in scientific evidence.

Luckily, there are databases, such as the NCBI, that are full of studies. Sometimes they can be tedious, which is why Examine.com is a great resource to get distilled (but still scientific) facts about the supplements you are interested in taking. Most of the time, between these two sources you can see whether you are being swindled or not.

Reliable Supplements

Creatine Monohydrate – This is one of the oldest and most well-studied supplements currently on the market. It is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective form of creatine for the human body. Because humans create our own creatine and because we consume it in food, this is a relatively natural and safe to use compound. Athletes and bodybuilders have been using it for years, but creatine can be an effective cognitive enhancer as well. A micronized creatine product is going to be super simple to consume even if you are not a fan of powders.

Omega-3 DHA/EPA – Given that the human brain is made of primarily DHA, it is no wonder that omega-3 fatty acids are considered a reliable supplement to improve your brain health and remove inflammation. Some people compare krill oil vs. fish oil and evidence suggests that the krill oil is absorbed around 33% better. However, it is important to recognize that some of the benefits might come from astaxanthin. Just make sure that you are getting enough DHA and EPA whether it comes from krill oil or a regular fish oil capsule. [click to continue…]

Meditation Hacking with Sensory Deprivation Therapy (Case Study)

Scientific research indicates that there are numerous benefits to regular meditation, but most of the popular types of meditation techniques were conceived thousands of years ago. Although quite effective, these antiquated techniques also demand a lot of patience as the benefits are usually only present after regular daily practice. In the high paced lifestyle of the modern day mind-hacker this can be seen as an opportunity for major improvement.


Several attempts at hacking meditation have been made in recent years, but one of the most interesting technologies that has shown a recent surge in popularity is sensory deprivation therapy, more colloquially known as “floating”. [click to continue…]

7 Practices to Have More Energy

Energy levels are as much about mindset as physical practices. A healthy combination of both will help you to feel better and, more importantly, perform better in whatever task you are focused on. While you may have practices of your own that can energize you, here are some of the newly found tricks that I use in order to improve my energy levels and channel it into my purpose.

Who doesn’t want to have more energy?

1. Cold showers – As you may know, I’m a cold shower proponent, which is going to do physiological and mental good for your energy levels. It will help produce hormones like adrenaline that improve alertness and energy. It also acts as a great mental challenge that you can overcome and feel good about yourself. If you survive such a practice, you develop the character virtue of courage, which will further enhance your sense of accomplishment.

I started this practice long ago and although I no longer do it daily, it is profound to attempt this for 60 – 90 days straight. It will give you a new perspective on life and your capabilities as a human.

2. Stop ejaculating worthlessly – The loving embrace of one that you are intimately connected with is fantastic. Don’t stop. But ejaculation through masturbation at home (or worse by looking at porn) might be a large drain on your energy. I have noticed a tremendous boost in my energy and ability to give motivation and happiness into the world after reducing this action to no more than one time per week as per a single testosterone study on the subject.

Try to go a week without it and not only will you build mental strength, but towards day 3 – 5 you will start to have much pent-up energy that must find an outlet. So long as you can channel the energy into your work, dancing, helping people in the world, or your significant other, you are going to be far more fulfilled.

3. Creatine monohydrate – From a physiological perspective, if you are looking for energy there is nothing better than creatine monohydrate. Creatine is a molecule important in the energy system, which helps cells produce ATP (energy) for optimal function. There are very few creatine side effects and research indicates that it is one of the most effective and safe supplement to take.

You do not need to learn when to take creatine as it is a longer term supplement so you can be flexible and still see the same benefits; it isn’t like coffee where you have to drink some before feeling the energy. After your cells are saturated with creatine it will be a nonstop energy boost.

4. Eat well – I consider ancestral / minimalist approaches to food to be best. This includes lots of healthy fats, animal protein, and vegetables. With this type of a diet you can’t really go wrong and it will assuredly boost your energy levels if you do not eat well. Food is the fuel your body runs on; if it isn’t the most optimal it isn’t going to provide your body with much energy.

If you already eat well consider focusing on micronutrients in order to boost your energy. I like green juice every now and then in order to get the most micronutrients in a dense way.

5. Spend time with people you love – Spending time with family and friends that you love is going to act as an inspiration and will uplift you to improve your energy. This is purely a mental construct, but humans are social beings. By putting yourself into situations where you are loved and giving love, you will have higher energy.

My “love language” is quality time so I like to do this more than most people. You might be the same way, which will make your energy levels even more dependent upon quality time with those you love.


See? Look at all these people I love


6. Breathing techniques – There are dozens of different breathing techniques that can help improve your mental state and energy levels. Quick, shallow breaths (akin to hyper-ventilating) can oxygenate your brain quickly and provide more energy. You can also use deep breathing in order to help energize you. Pick something that resonates with you and give it a try.

7. Peppermint oil (and other natural oils/extracts) – Until Chad and Brenda Walding introduced me to peppermint oil, I had no idea the effect it could have on energy levels. Because peppermint oil is so effective in providing additional energy, it is even used to treat nervous system disorders, mental fatigue, and manage stress. One mice study showed peppermint oil to have a similar effect as psychostimulants.

I’ve used this numerous times when I felt drained before going partying with friends downtown. As I rarely use alcohol or other substances to energize myself, it must come from natural sources and peppermint oil is a great one. If you decide to purchase this, just dab some on your neck and wrists. Then put a single drop in your hand and breathe deeply for optimal effect!

This is a post by Mansal Denton who is the primary writer for The Hacked Mind.

Creatine for Strength and Cognitive Enhancement

When most people hear the word “creatine” bodybuilders and bros initially come to mind. Even though there are plenty of both that utilize creatine, there are advantages for your brain that you may have never known.

Creatine is a molecule that can rapidly produce energy (in the form of ATP) to support cells of all types. Athletes and bodybuilders may use it to improve cellular energy for their muscles, but there are plenty of high performance professionals, such as lawyers, doctors, and students, that utilize this compound for cognitive enhancement purposes.

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