I can’t believe that I haven’t written my review of Onnit’s Alpha Brain yet, but this oversight has given me the motivation to do so. Look for that early next week. Until then, I’ll give you a brief primer: Alpha Brain helps to boost your body’s acetylcholine levels. One of the effects of increased acetylcholine is a deeper sleep with more vivid dreams. Many users of Alpha Brain report having some seriously intense dreams, some of which would fall into the category of lucid dreams.
A lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware that you are sleeping. I often begin to have lucid dreams where I tell myself that I’m dreaming when something bad or good is about to happen. More often than not, when I become aware that I am dreaming, I ultimately wake myself up. Not so good when you’re experiencing something wonderful. On the other hand, it’s nice to wake yourself up when you’re deep in a nightmare.
That’s just the tip of the lucid dreaming iceberg though. In a true lucid dream, when you become aware that you are dreaming, you’re in such a deep sleep that you begin to control what’s going on around you. Dreaming that someone is chasing you? You could choose to spontaneously grow wings and fly away. Dreaming about making love with someone you don’t particularly like? You could change that person into the man or woman of your dreams. These are just a couple of examples of course, but you get the idea.
Many believe that lucid dreaming is something that you can teach yourself. Some people train themselves to have lucid dreams by taking reality checks during the day, keeping a dream journal, or by setting an alarm to wake up in the middle of the night in an attempt to fall back asleep and resume the dream where they left off. This can take a lot of practice, and you only have a small window of opportunity to do it each day. Taking a couple Onnit Alpha Brain capsules each day can give you the edge you need to experience deep sleep and lucid dreams!
I was diagnosed for depression a while ago and while I could have started taking pills to feel better, I opted against it. I don’t want to go the rest of my life having to take a pill each day to feel better, so I looked into the alternatives, such as supplements like Onnit’s New Mood and Alpha Brain to improve my mood, and foods that help battle depression as well.
I’m definitely an emotional eater, and when I’m in a funk, there’s nothing I crave more than junk food. Unfortunately though, it’s a vicious circle, as I feel better at first but ultimately end up crashing and hating myself for giving into my cravings. Fortunately, there are some foods out there that will have a positive impact on your mood.
B vitamins—specifically B6 and B12—have been found to have a positive impact on depression. Foods that are rich in B6 and B12 include eggs, which are also packed with protein and will help you feel satiated longer and stabilize your blood sugar. Foods that are rich in magnesium, such as kale, spinach, peanuts, almonds and suflower seeds are full of magnesium which helps with serotonin production, a chemical in the brain that helps us feel good.
Adding green tea to your diet can also have a relaxing effect on the body, despite the caffeine content which many people find makes them edgy. L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that can improve focus while helping the body to remain calm. I begin each day with Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee to kick start my morning and have a big cup of green tea at the end to help me wind down, and I’ve found that it truly does help me relax and unwind.
A few days ago when Joe Rogan published on his Twitter a picture of his new Angry Hulk Loads shake along with the recipe, he also included the supplements that he takes every day. I’m not certain if this is all of them, but this gives us a good idea of what he takes to feel good. And, like a good salesman, there are a few Onnit products worked in there as well. The three Onnit products Joe Rogan takes each day are Alpha Brain, Vitamin C and L-Lysine (now called ViruTech), and Spirulina and Chorella. The first two I’ve covered in earlier blog posts and you can check them out here, but the one I wasn’t so familiar with yet was Spirulina and Chorella. In a nutshell, Spirulina and Chorella are forms of algae that are packed with nutrients. This is new to me, so I plan on covering it in a future blog post. Next is Carlson Super Omega-3 Gems Fish Oil. These soft gelatin pills feature fish oils from cold water fish that are rich with Omega-3s. Why is having Omega-3s in your diet important? It can improve memory, aid in immune function and joint health, and promote healthy hair, skin, teeth, and nails. To be honest, I’m surprised he’s not taking Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil instead! Last but not least is the Pure Encapsulations Athletic Pure Pack. At first I thought this was some sort of a powder that you would add to water, but it’s actually a tiny packet containing a few pills. The pills are three capsules of Athletic Nutrients, trace minerals, and Melafolin L-5-MTHF. Everything in the pack is designed for healthy athletic activity whether you’re a savage like Joe Rogan or an average person who likes to exercise.