Have you heard of Nootropics? Many people are unaware of the term, but it’s loosely used to describe something that will give your brain a boost of energy. Sometimes known as ‘smart drugs,’ nootropics come in many forms, including foods, prescription medication and supplements.
Almost everyone uses nootropics daily, without even realising it. Think of your daily coffee or tea, those cans of fizzy drink with lunch or even that sneaky chocolate bar. All contain caffeine, which falls under the nootropics category for its ability to boost fatigue.
It’s estimated that only 28% of adults in England consume the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day, with men eating even less than the average of 3.7 portions per day than women. Add in today’s busy lifestyles and it’s little wonder that so many of us struggle with energy levels.
Energy drinks have grown in popularity in recent years, and currently make up around 5% of the total soft drinks market, however, many studies have shown these products to have detrimental health effects, such as heart problems, tooth decay and obesity. A typical energy drink can contain more than 15 teaspoons of sugar, and with the recommended intake for the average adult being no more than 30g daily, just one serving could take up the whole daily intake.
Energy drinks also contain high levels of caffeine. Most people can safely consume around 300mg per day. When combined with an active lifestyle, caffeine can be beneficial in helping you get more from your workouts, holding off fatigue for longer. This can also help to boost weight-loss, by enabling a longer and harder workout and therefore burning more calories.
Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, managing stress, and getting enough quality sleep are all great ways to give your body what it needs and help to increase energy levels, but when that isn’t possible, choosing a good nutritional supplement really can make all the difference.
Taking a balanced Multivitamin and adding nootropics to your day are both great ways to get an energy lift without the sugar. Consuming a balanced breakfast and healthy snacks and meals can also help keep your sugar levels stable throughout the day, making it less likely you will reach for the biscuits at 11am and fall asleep at your desk at 3pm!