Nootropics: Willpower and Determination

Today’s the day that you skip grabbing your usual bag of chips and finally get that diet kickstarted. Really. This time you’re serious. Well, maybe you’re actually staring at the empty bag crumpled on your couch, wondering how you finished the whole thing that fast (and resolving that tomorrow is the day you’ll really start).

It’s a lesson you’ll encounter again and again when you try to start a new habit or kick an old one: willpower is a tricky beast, and it isn’t always as easy as firmly making a decision and sticking to it. So what is it then, exactly? Why are people so bad at making a decision and sticking to it? Read on for some insights on how to get motivated, and an overview of key nootropics for motivation.

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Offsetting the Adverse Effects of Common Nootropics

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Nootropics can help with cognition and memory.

Thanks to your recent foray into nootropics, your memory is better than ever. You commit new information to memory with relative ease, recall old memories in a flash, and are able to work your way through even the densest academic material. Smart drugs are great for increasing cognitive functions in a variety of ways. Better yet, only rarely do smart drugs have toxic thresholds or the potential for harmful overdose. Now, that doesn’t mean that they’re entirely without undesirable side-effects.

It turns out that, with certain compounds, your boosted brainpower comes with a price. Whether it is blunted emotions or wired edginess, there’s a chance that your empowered cognition is costing you something. But fear not! With careful and intelligent supplementations, you can balance out negative effects with synergistic nootropics, allowing you to reduce or erase negative effects while keeping your benefits. Here’s a look at a few of the most common “social costs” of popular nootropics and how to counteract the negative effects.
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ALCAR/ALA Stack: Benefits and Side Effects


ALCAR and ALA can help combat the effects of aging on the brain.

When studying nootropics, you will discover that these supplements have several nuances. You can educate yourself thoroughly on the exact mechanisms of pretty much every available compound, trial them individually, and still barely scratch the surface of smart drug supplementation.

The reason?

Nootropic stacks, or cross-nootropic potentiation. Basically, combine any two or more substances, and you’re going to see effects that go above and beyond what you’d simply expect from one or the other.

Nootropics are complex substances, and the brain is a complex piece of biological machinery. The more compounds you’re ingesting at the same time, the better the chances that you’re going to trigger some unexpected effect.

ALCAR/ALA Benefits

This combination is the concept behind recent trials which suggest that combining ALCAR (acetyl l-carnitine powder) and ALA (alpha lipoic acid) could have dramatically boosted benefits for health and cognition. Read more

Racetam Stack: Safe and Effective Use of Racetams

Racetams are nootropics, or brain boosters.

Racetams are nootropics, or brain boosters.

Racetams are the first family of nootropics; without them smart drugs might have never been. Racetams are a class of nootropic compounds that share a pyrrolidone nucleus, but in many cases not much else. Fortunately, Racetams go well together and the differences in each work out for the best, creating stacks you cannot get with just any nootropics.

Before we get into the combinations, let’s take look at the racetams and remind ourselves what each does individually.
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How to Make Your Own Chill Pill

Stress can drive you insane!

Stress can drive you insane!

When aniracetam is the main active component of a stack, it’s safe to assume relaxation and improved mood are in store (and that a choline supplement is going to be included as well).

As difficult as stress is to avoid on a day to day basis, it isn’t impossible to greatly reduce its impact on your life, and improve your well being as a result, and that’s just what The Chill Pill Stack will assist you in doing.

To paraphrase a very wise man, people aren’t stressed by things, they are stressed by their perception of those things (Epictetus, if you’re wondering). This is why there seem to be as many different causes of stress as there are people on the planet.

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Ashwagandha Rhodiola and other Anxiety Relief Supplements

What Is Anxiety?

Many supplements including Rhodiola are great for anxiety relief

Anxiety can affect you in many ways

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and at times can prove beneficial. Unfortunately, there are people who experience an excess of this response, and no matter how unnecessary they may understand the anxiety to be, there is nothing they can do about it because it is not something that can be controlled logically.

From PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) to social anxiety, all the way on to OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), disorders featuring anxiety are the most common mental issues experienced by Americans.
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Racetams: What They Are, What They Do, and How to Take Them

Racetams are great study aids

Racetams are great study aids

Racetams are derived from piracetam and are the most popular class of cognitive supplement. Because they are derivatives of piracetam, you might expect them to work in the same way, their only difference being their levels of potency in enhancing cognition.

However, it turns out that each offers its own unique range of benefits.


Originally intended to act as a calming agent like GABA, the neurotransmitter it was derived from, piracetam had no effect on relaxation nor did it induce sleepiness. Instead researchers discovered piracetam’s promise as a cognitive agent.
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Rhodiola for Relaxation


Rhodiola rosea can help you manage your stress

Rhodiola rosea can help you manage your stress

As a student, long days and nights lead to long weeks that don’t seem to end. If you’re not careful, the well of energy begins to run dry and before long you start to feel like you’re completely worn down and stressed out.

What do you do when it’s the middle of the semester, you’re tired of taking caffeine supplements, and you can’t seem to push on any longer? Sure, it would be nice to take a sabbatical and sleep for three days straight or tell professors to give you indefinite extensions on all your work, but that’s not likely to happen.
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Modafinil Alternatives

What is Modafinil?

modafinil alternativesModafinil has received a lot of press recently. From Silicon Valley to college campuses, Modafinil is often regarded as a real-life version of the drug NZT-48 that Bradley Cooper’s character takes in the movie Limitless.

However, like the drug in Limitless, modafinil comes with its own set of drawbacks. Luckily, there are a few natural alternatives to modafinil that could give you the mental boost you need without the nasty side-effects.
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Need Stress Relief? Try Theanine and Rhodiola

Do you use coffee to propel your day? If so, there’s also a good chance that you’re under a lot of stress. Did you know that, despite providing caffeine for energy, coffee boosts levels of stress hormones in your body?

These hormones can make you feel more strained than you did before and leave you feeling wired and worn out after you wrap up the day. Thankfully, just because you’re under stress doesn’t mean you have to drop your coffee.

In fact, you can still get all the benefits of caffeine and a dose of relaxation as well by adding either L-theanine supplement or rhodiola rosea powder into your daily routine.

L-theanine and rhodiola rosea can take you to the next level by giving you a boost in focus and energy while smoothing over stress and helping you relax.
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