Nootropics

There are many reasons as to why people take what is commonly referred to as “brain pills”. Some people want to improve their focus on a particular task, while others may want to improve their memory and information retention capabilities. Many people opt for brain pills before an event that requires their mind to be sharp and completely focused such as examinations or business meetings. What are Nootropics? Nootropics are a type of brain pills. They are also popularly known as smart drugs, cognitive enhancers or memory enhancers. These substances are meant to improve the mental performance of the user. Nootropics can contain a variety of drugs which are used for treating a range of medical conditions that can affect the performance of the mind. Some medical conditions where these drugs are used in treatments include dementia, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, ageing, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and stroke. Some nootropics use natural substances instead of synthetically manufactured chemicals. Commonly used natural substances include extracts from walnuts, ginger, fish oil, coffee and other caffeine stimulants. Usually, nootropics are distributed as a type of dietary supplement which can improve the mental performance of a healthy person. Are Nootropics Safe? It is important to exercise caution while using nootropic supplements. These supplements are not regulated by any authoritative body. Therefore, it is possible that the supplements will not provide the benefits advertised. Some studies have shown that nootropics have only a marginal effect on mental performance, brain function and memory. At the same time, it is possible to for nootropics to cause side effects in the user. Common Side Effects of Nootropics Usage of no tropics can lead to a number of side effects. It is crucial to stop using the supplements as soon as these side effects begin to show themselves to prevent further harm. Headaches The most common side effect of using nootropic supplements is headaches. Certain nootropics can cause the brain to work harder. The brain begins to require a larger quantity of Acetylcholine which the body is unable to produce. Due to the increased demand, the receptor sites of Acetylcholine begin to burn out. This results in headaches. It is possible to use a good source of choline to the supplement routine in order to eliminate the headaches. GI Tract Issues Excessive usage of nootropic supplements can create pressure on the intestinal system of the body due to the excess nootropic drugs. The body considers the excess drugs to be a threat and will remove the excessive material. However, the removal results in a number of problems in the GI tract and stomach. Common symptoms include diarrhea, pain...

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Cell Phones: An Inevitable Addiction
Sep19

Cell Phones: An Inevitable Addiction

The use of cell phones has altered the way many of us function on a daily basis. Whether it’s our transportation, how we work, and managing our personal life; these devices have become an unescapable addiction.   Admittedly, most apps have made life easier as we plan, order, and communicate. With this kind of an ease of use the world is at our fingertips. Although convenience has played a significant part in the use of the cell phone, the world around us is also enduring changes in order to accommodate our addiction to convenience. But what are some of the repercussions of constantly being wired to these devices?  One of the major changes that our society has made has been that of the everyday commute. Walking and texting. Seems simple enough, right? It’s got to beat texting and driving, in any case. But planners and designers around the world are toying with a new idea for wired-in pedestrians: special lanes for people who wish to text while walking.   Most implementations of texting lanes have been stunts of one kind or another: the Belgian company who made a lot of noise earlier this summer with the “textwalk” lanes they spray-painted onto city sidewalks were accused of “graffiti” by Antwerp’s mayor; the National Geographic’s text and talk lanes were an advertisement for an exhibit on brain science; and the similar lane in China was part of an amusement park. The most recent newsmaking texting lane, on a Utah college campus, is primarily “looks and laughs.”   But the idea does raise some serious issues regarding texting and walking. Walking is a more complex process than you might think, and people who text are often walking in unpredictable public spaces. What could go wrong? Vision Texting pedestrians often miss out on their surroundings. According the National Geographic brain science project involved in the DC text lane, texting while walking can reduce your vision to “less than one tenth of [its] normal range.” They produced a short video showing texters missing out on a newspaper-reading gorilla not ten feet from where they walked. (The video is funny but informative, and can be viewed in the linked text above.)   The take-away is clear: if you can’t see what’s around you, you should stop moving. It may sound funny, but walking recklessly is a serious problem; 21% of reported pedestrian accidents in Hawaii over the course of five years lead to traumatic brain injury, according to Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner. “Text Neck” Too much texting can have other serious effects on your body. The problem getting lot of attention lately is called “text...

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