How to Quit Caffeine and Detox without Withdrawals

While I believe caffeine (and coffee specifically) to be a healthy option, it is a tool that can be abused like any other. Over the past few weeks, I have been abusing caffeine relative to my usual standards and I have paid the price for it. My typical routine includes one cup of coffee early in the morning (around 5:30 AM) before I do meditation and start my work day. Lately, I have been drinking cold brew coffee as it has less acidity....

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Nootropics to Replace Viagra

Every year there are millions of Americans and foreigners who are using Viagra as a way of improving their sex life. Let’s face it, after a few decades of marriage it may require a little bit of extra oomph to get going in the bedroom. Even so, Viagra isn’t only for use by the elderly individuals who need a little bit of help in the bedroom. There are plenty of younger people using the drug as well. The reality is that every human...

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Youth is Terrible to Waste: Anti-Aging and Longevity

In the past few decades modern science has cloned sheep, mapped the human genome, and made tremendous advances in the average lifespan. The average age in the United States has gone from 67 to 77 in the past 50 years and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, many experts believe the rate of research is getting more fast-paced than ever. Humans are reaching a stage where we may be able to live forever and one landmark book, Sapiens,...

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The Unbalanced Brain Part 2

This is the second installment of The Unbalanced Brain, which is a series providing a guide to increase your mood and decrease chances of degenerative diseases through the use of a well rounded diet, exercise, and stress relieving practices. You can find the first part here. As you saw in the first part of this series, many of the mood and degenerative diseases that humans face are caused by chemical / hormonal imbalances in the brain. In...

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The Unbalanced Brain Part 1

Attention deficit disorder, clinic depression, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, multiple personalities, anxiety, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia. We have all heard of these brain disorders that cause loss of productivity, memory loss, and even death. In the United States and places where western medicine is practiced, these conditions are often blamed on chemical imbalances that require a special prescription drug in order to fix. Upon...

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Why 99 Percent Sucks

The owners of my apartment told me a story about the previous tenant’s willpower. He used to maintain a strict diet and exercise regimen every day of the week except for one. On his “cheat day”, he allowed himself one “sweet of the week”. It lasted for a few weeks, but it wasn’t long before this “sweet of the week” quickly turned into a “sweet of the weak.” Although I never knew him, he sounded like a good guy with one fatal flaw. I see it all...

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Stop Consuming and Start Producing

My livelihood is technology, but attending the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas proved that I was strangely “behind” the times. Everyone was talking about X app, Y program, Z widget, and I had no clue what any of it meant. Furthermore, I felt for a day that I was out of place, losing touch with my generation, and would be left behind. Upon further inspection, and some timely insight from my brothers in Florida, I realized...

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Do You Really Know Caffeine?

Few drugs have influenced the world as greatly as caffeine. Modern businesses are fueled by caffeine-filled robots and few students have escaped the all-night caffeine binge associated with long-procrastinated school work. I grew up completely anti-caffeine if I could help it. Other than a bit of dark chocolate and tea every once in a while, caffeine was excluded from my diet. Not only did I hate the taste of coffee, but I thought caffeine was...

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Micronutrient Experiment – Is it Possible to Get Enough?

The practice of eating real non-processed foods has helped me tremendously over the past two years. The nutrient density on a Paleo style diet has afforded me a healthier lifestyle than most Americans, but that does not mean it is optimal. I’m a big fan of nooropics, but sometimes optimizing cognition and physiology has more to do with getting the right micronutrients rather than adding a chemical compound or natural herb. To find out whether I...

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The Ultimate Guide to Intermittent Fasting

Compared to any other health supplement, research on intermittent fasting is scarce. After all, there is little money in telling people to eat less often. The bit of data that exists is very clear, however: intermittent fasting (IF) is extremely healthy no matter what your health goals. Most people have found intermittent fasting as a method of losing fat and gaining muscle. Indeed, there are tremendous hormonal changes involved with...

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