“As you think, so shall you become.” -Bruce Lee
Nootropics have been a topic of discussion that usually hangs on the fringe of society. Lately it’s popularity has increased as people search for ways to enhance their mood and cognition. More and more supplements are flooding the market offering the best way to increase focus, mood, memory, and stress management.
If you’re like me (poor you), you’re generally skeptical of anything in a bottle and would prefer getting your nutrition from natural sources like the food you eat. Today we’re going to discuss some nootropic basics and a morning breakfast stack to help you start your day off right.
What are nootropics?
To make a long explanation short, nootropics are any food, nutrient, herb, or drug that is consumed to improve your memory, mood, focus/attention and other cognitive faculties. Certain nootropics can be “stacked” together to work synergistically, enhancing each other’s effects.
Why should i consider utilizing nootropics?
If you are training seriously for competition, chances are you are spending many hours every week in the gym and on the mat. Spending so much time honing your skills will seriously drain you both physically and mentally. Nootropics can help keep you focused as the hours drag on so you get the most out of each session.
My breakfast blend
My breakfast blend utilizes a few natural and supplemental sources for my nootropic stack. This will help give you a mellow and steady level of energy and focus for the morning with essentially no adverse effects (unless you have an allergy issue or experience bad reactions to any of these foods already). Let’s cover my list and explain each item specifically:
- Coffee (Caffeine) – Well-known for improving energy and focus.
- Eggs (Choline) – Helps stave off fatigue as well as helps with focus and memory.
- Creatine – Quick energy for the brain and helps with short-term memory.
- Green Tea (L-Theanine) – Aids in improving mood, stress levels, and memory. Stacks well with caffeine, which just so happens to also be in green tea.
Putting it all together
I will admit, I am known for combining foods together in ways that many people find….unappealing. This is one of those instances where the recipe combination initially looks disgusting but is actually quite delicious.
I originally got this idea from one of Mark Sisson’s articles, but decided to add my own flare to it. Introducing the Primal Nootropic Coffee!
Makes one cup/serving of coffee
- Gather your ingredients: 1 egg, half a scoop of protein powder, a serving of creatine, and a piping hot cup of coffee (brew it stronger than normal)
- Optional ingredients that customize the flavor include cinnamon, dark chocolate, honey or stevia, and vanilla extract
- While the coffee is brewing, add your egg and other ingredients into the blender and pulse it a few times to whip the egg up and mix everything together.
- Once the coffee is finished, immediately add it to the blender and PULSE the concoction a few times to blend everything together.
- Please note there’s a reason I put “pulse” in all caps, italics, bold and underlined. The heat of the coffee can pop the lid off some blenders. During this step, keep your hand on the lid and pulse for no more than a split second at a time or you risk making a hot mess. You have been warned.
I personally like to add some vanilla extract, dark chocolate, and cinnamon to my coffee. It’s a pleasant way to start the morning and gets me revved up and ready to go.
If you want an extra boost, drink a cup of green tea either shortly before or after your coffee concoction. The L-Theanine stacks well with the coffee to boost your mood and promote calm, even energy levels.
Other nootropics to add in to your morning routine
Ginseng and gingko biloba are a well known stack to promote focus, memory, and energy. While I haven’t taken these in ages, I would be interested to see how they work with my nootropic coffee.
This kind of gets into a gray area but nicotine is also a well known nootropic that can help promote memory and focus. Now of course I’m not saying you need to take up smoking. Some nootropic enthusiasts use nicotine gum in the morning along with their coffee for an extra boost. I can’t say I’m either for or against this option. Nicotine is addictive and might cause other issues, especially if you take it regularly. Use your best judgement and don’t take anything without consulting a doctor or if you’re not in good health. I’m not a doctor so don’t come screaming to me if you do something stupid.
Take your gray matter to the next level with this coffee recipe and let me know if you had success with it. If you have your own nootropic stack that works well for you, let me know what it is!