by Tina Sendin January 06, 2020
TL;DR L-theanine is a relatively safe nootropic that relieves stress and anxiety, boosts focus and attention, helps you concentrate and become more creative, and strengthens your immune system. Mix it with a healthy dose of caffeine and you can amplify these effects for optimum performance.
Ever heard of the Limitless movie (or the Netflix show for that matter)? It’s where Bradley Cooper’s character, Edward Morra, found a nootropic drug - NZT-48 - which turned him from a struggling writer into a brain superpower (like 4-digit IQ and memory that remembers practically EVERYTHING).
So first of all - what is “nootropic”?
According to Healthline, nootropics are natural or synthetic substances that can be taken to improve mental performance in healthy people. 
They’re also known as “smart drugs” and “cognitive enhancers” because they take executive functions, memory, creativity, and other cognitive functions to a whole another level. Essentially, nootropics help you gain optimal function for all things brainy!
Second of all - why are we talking about Limitless and nootropics?
Let’s just say that this Limitless drug exists IRL, except that instead of a pill, it’s a naturally-occurring amino acid.
And it also starts with the letter L.
Commonly found in tea leaves and some mushrooms, L-theanine is an amino acid that brings about a trifecta of optimal brain activity:
The good news doesn’t stop there. L-theanine has been found to contain ZERO trace of toxicity, dependence, and tolerance. This simply means that there’s no need to worry about going overboard - you can take large doses and NOT suffer from any adverse effects.
If you're keen for some L-theanine fix, you can go grab yourself a cup of green or black tea. There are also supplements available in retail or online.
If you’re feeling so pumped about L-theanine that you just want to go for a green tea run RIGHT NOW, wait 'til you get to the best part... the health benefits!
Studies also show that tea is your best bet in dealing with high anxiety levels.  In fact, a series of five randomized-controlled trials prove that L-theanine reduces stress and anxiety during difficult situations.  Another study shows that our favorite amino acid also promotes relaxation sans drowsiness .
During stressful situations, our body produces stress hormones such as cortisol and corticosterone. These hormones prevent our brains from thinking clearly.
Thanks to L-theanine, which reduces the level of these hormones, we can think properly amidst stress and anxiety. A study conducted in 2013 showed that a combination of L-theanine and caffeine (more of this later) gave a group of young people increased “subjective alertness” and improved cognitive performance as they went through challenging activities. 
Not only can L-theanine reduce anxiety, but it also boosts our focus, attention, memory, and learning. Studies have found that L-theanine enhances these cognitive functions while increasing attention span and reaction time among anxious people. 
Studies have also found that L-theanine strengthens our immune system. Specifically, research showed that it could steer us clear of upper respiratory tract infections.  L-theanine could also ease intestinal tract inflammation. 
Now that we know why L-theanine is called a smart drug, many have vouched for its effects when combined with - wait for it - caffeine.
Apparently, L-theanine has a powerful synergistic relationship with caffeine. Not only is the amino acid just as effective as caffeine when it comes to heightened attention and focus, it also amplifies caffeine’s stimulant properties while getting rid of its infamous downsides - anxiety, increased blood pressure, and jitters.
Here are some of the recent studies saying this is so:
L-theanine is a relatively safe nootropic that brings about a trifecta of optimal cognitive function. Because of its natural properties, L-theanine helps relieve stress and anxiety, boost focus and attention, helps you concentrate and become more creative, and strengthens your immune system. When mixed with caffeine, you get the positive effects of caffeine - amplified - and without its side effects. If you're sick of caffeine-induced anxiety, jitters, and increased blood pressure, the L-theanine-caffeine power duo is perfect for you!
Here's a video that talks more about L-theanine and what happens when it's combined with caffeine:
by Tina Sendin November 24, 2020
Us ladies just want to maintain healthy, luscious locks all the time – lockdown or not.
But sometimes, we’re doing more harm than good to our crowning glory... often, unbeknownst to us. We may think we’re looking after our hair as best as we could, but at times they turn out to be a disservice to our hair.
For starters, hair goes through wear and tear daily, in more ways than one. What you consider hair care may actually be damaging to it.
To resolve this, a good place to start is understanding how we may be causing harm to it.
And for this, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ways you may be damaging your hair, and a few tips to turn it around.
by Mark Miller October 29, 2020
Nootropics are also called "smart drugs" and "cognitive enhancers." The theory holds that they help you think better, remember more, and be more alert, creative, focused, and motivated.
Whether you're near the end of your life and suffering from memory loss, in your middle years and needing to stay alert during that afternoon slump, or a college student needing to enhance your memory, nootropics can help.
They can also help people with ADHD, anxiety, and confused thought processes.
by Tina Sendin October 27, 2020
Blue light has been getting such a bad rap especially in the context of sleep. Many believe that blue light gets in the way of having a good night sleep and causes a lot of tossing and turning at night.
But what is blue light and where can you get it? Can it really keep you from sleeping well? If so, what’s the explanation behind it?
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