by Tony Gjokaj July 20, 2020 3 min read
Fitness has allowed us to explore various opportunities in improving our entire lifestyle - mind, and body.
The more we started researching supplements, nutrition, and exercise, we found more importance in the holistic side of fitness. This allowed us to experience this side of fitness, and even educate others on the benefits of holistic fitness.
One of our favorite parts of holistic health is the adaptogens and herbs. We believe that these have allowed us to take our physical and mental performance to the next level.
Today, I wanted to dive into Bacopa Monnieri, one of the stronger adaptogens we have researched. Bacopa has a lot of great studies backing it, so we felt the need to share them with you.
Let's dive in!
Bacopa Monnieri (aka water hyssop) is an ayurvedic herb that has been used for thousands of years. It has been used to improve cognition by reducing anxiety, reducing inflammation, and more. While generally studied in an older population of people, there are various studies of its cognitive effects in young individuals as well.
Bacopa has been shown to regulate serotonin, and mainly works to improve neuron connection, allowing us to turn short-term memory into long-term memory.
Being a part of the same herbal family as Ashwagandha, this herb is a pretty powerful nootropic and adaptogen.
One of Bacopa Monnieri's biggest strengths is that it is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are powerful herbs that, when used consistently for weeks, can have antioxidant capabilities. This means that they can resist physical and mental stressors, improving mind and body performance.
Think about adaptogens like exercise: when taken consistently, you will experience great results overtime!
The benefits of consistently taking bacopa monnieri is the following:
One of our favorite things about bacopa is the fact that it helps turn short-term memory to long-term memory. This means that bacopa is incredible for studying, memorizing, or even learning new skills.
You can utilize bacopa for anything: learning new exercise movements, preparing for a speech, personal development, and more.
When it comes to supplementing with Bacopa Monnieri, here is what we recommend:
Remember that Bacopa is an adaptogen, meaning it must be frequently taken to experience all of its benefits!
So as you can see here, Bacopa Monnieri is a pretty great nootropic and adaptogenic herb. It benefits you in the following way:
In taking around 200-400mg of bacopa monnieri daily over the course of weeks, you will experience these benefits and anti-oxidant benefits of well.
Consider supplementing with bacopa for any task that requires physical and mental performance. This can be exercise, strategizing, doing difficult or new tasks, and more.
Since we believe bacopa monnieri is a powerful adaptogen, we decided to put it into our product, Spark.
Our nootropic adaptogen Spark contains 300mg of Bacopa, making it an excellent product to spark your mornings. Coupled with a caffeinated beverage like Impulse, you can truly augment your lifestyle.
You can get yours here.
I hope that this has helped educate you all on the various benefits of Bacopa Monnieri. We believe it's an incredible herb, and we hope that it helps you improve your lifestyle in some way.
Any questions, comments, or insights? Throw them below, direct email me at email@example.com.
Thanks for reading, Reforged Legion!
Until next time, warriors!
Tony is the Owner of Reforged Performance Nutrition. He is a PN1 Certified Nutrition Coach and has been in the fitness space for over a decade. His goal is to help bridge the gap between physical & mental health through fitness.
by Tony Gjokaj September 17, 2021 5 min read
When you're depressed, even when you're not expending a lot of energy... you don't feel like you have any energy to spare to begin with.
It can be aggravating to hear that you need to work out to boost your endorphins, (or whatever your friends say to you).
In reality, they aren't wrong... but how can you exercise if you can't even get out of bed?
Is there something wrong with us?
Absolutely not. This happens with depression.
The thing with depression is that your whole body may feel like it is against you... and it's very frustrating.
I've been there.
But I was forced to work out once I committed to it because of an accountability partner I had.
In this post, we are going to go over some ways that may help you get off the couch when your mind & body are against you.
by Tony Gjokaj September 13, 2021 2 min read
Hydration is paramount to your health and wellbeing.
When I worked my previous management job, I ran three rental car branches simultaneously at a time where one of the other managers was gone for over a month.
I would try to get my water in regularly, but the locations were incredibly busy. You would always find me at the front desk with customers swarming in.
This played a large part in my stress and I never knew it did until I found a way to actually get drink more water.
In this short post, we are going to go over why hydration is essential for mental health.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj September 08, 2021 3 min read
When I was overweight, I was inactive, depressed, and had insomnia.
I would isolate myself from social interaction, which led me down a dark path where I contemplated suicide.
Eventually, fitness was my salvation, as physical activity led to me sleeping better, eating better, feeling better, and thinking better.
Prior to exercise, I was stuck in what was deemed an Inactivity Trap.
So in this post, we are going to go over an article that was written in 2009 with the same name, called "The Inactivity Trap". This article included studies that supported their claims from a psychological standpoint which intrigued me as well.
So let's dive into what the Inactivity Trap is.
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