by Tony Gjokaj July 23, 2020 4 min read
I was a heavily-caffeinated college student.
It was pretty overwhelming for me: working over 40+ hours a week as a Liquor Manager and Pharmacy Clerk, and going to school full-time while consulting small businesses.
I worked with alcohol, drugs, and had a passion for fitness - oh the irony.
I was on edge and stressed out most of the time... and the heavy stimulatory effects of caffeine didn't really help to drink a few cans of Monsters. Yet I heard a lot about the calming effects of green tea with caffeine, so I gave it a shot.
This helped a bit, then I started to explore why green tea benefitted me... and then I found l-theanine.
This was a game-changer for me.
In this post, we are going to dive in-depth on L-theanine, one of my favorite amino acids that inspired my journey into nootropics... and ultimately started the path to creating Reforged. We will introduce it, talk about its various benefits, and how to use the amino acid in its entirety.
Let's dive in!
L-theanine is a non-dietary amino acid that's commonly found in green tea. We can trace its roots back to China and eastern cultures. Well known for it's anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties, l-theanine has essentially been utilized for over 1700 years.
L-theanine elevates the levels of GABA and glycine, allowing increases in serotonin and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters that have everything to do with our emotions, mood, focus, sleep, and more. This makes L-theanine one of the most versatile nootropics one can utilize
We believe l-theanine is one of the best brain booster and mood enhancer you can have in your arsenal.
Here are a few of L-theanine's main benefits:
Overall, L-theanine is an amino acid that reduces or inhibits the effects of stress responses to the brain. Think of incredibly stressful situations when you're in a reactive state - your blood pressure and heart rate increase. L-theanine helps reduce the effects of this state.
While we did mention that L-theanine improves cognition, we wanted to dive in deeper to how it improves memory, focus, and attention.
According to one study, frequent usage of L-theanine reduces oxidative damage and protects your neurons from injury. When it comes to individuals with brain degenerative disorders, nootropics like L-theanine are incredible.
L-theanine is most commonly used in synergist to caffeine. The reason for this is that L-theanine typically helps minimize the negative stimulatory effects of caffeine. In addition, it has been shown to improve reaction times and attention when combined with caffeine.
L-Theanine is an amino acid that is commonly used in meditation and holistic health for its calming effects.
With that being said, L-theanine can potentially be used for sleep as well. While we don't have many studies on it, one animal study showed that it had some counteracting effects on caffeine-induced sleep disturbances. In another study, L-theanine helped with sleep quality, and the time it took to fall asleep in boys with ADHD.
L-Theanine would help with sleep If you drink caffeine in the late afternoon, or when you feel restless, or even if you want that calming effect before bed. For sleep, we would recommend supplementing it with 500mcg or 1mg of melatonin.
Here are our recommendations when taking L-theanine:
When it comes to L-theanine, please be aware that it may interact with other medications, so always consult your doctor or physician before taking it.
As I mentioned, L-theanine is one of my favorite nootropics, and for good reason: it has truly augmented or elevated my lifestyle.
By taking L-theanine, expect the following benefits:
L-theanine is one of those supplements that can be used for various situations and occasions, making it a very versatile supplement.
L-theanine is one of the components found in our sleep supplement, Drift. We used this because, after a day of caffeinated beverages, we want to provide you a calming and soothing effect before bed. In addition, this will help reduce any stimulatory effects you had from your late afternoon caffeine.
You'll experience some solid sleep from this one.
And with that, we want to thank you for taking the time to explore L-theanine, one of our favorite nootropics that has definitely elevated our lifestyle.
If you have any questions, comments, or insights, throw them below or email me at email@example.com.
Until next time, Reforged Warriors. Now, go out there and crush your goals!
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 July 26, 2021 3 min read
What are the benefits of getting direct sun exposure?
Our human skin "runs" (for lack of better word) on a serotogenic system. This means that it is capable of producing serotonin. Sunlight exposure helps produce serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates our mood, digestion, bone density, and sleep. It is synthesized from tryptophan as a result of Vitamin D, which is synthesized from sun exposure.
So in this post, we are going to explore what this means to us and why sunlight exposure benefits us.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 19, 2021 3 min read
In our quest to find what is leading to the decline in testosterone in men, we look towards the lifestyle choices encountered in our society today.
While we are all about optimal performance, some of us will sacrifice sleep, proper eating habits, and exercise for career performance.
One of the most neglected factors in this pursuit is sleep... and sleep is one factor that can have a large impact on testosterone.
So in this post, we are going to go over how sleep impacts your testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
by Tony Gjokaj July 14, 2021 4 min read
When it comes to testosterone production, many men scour the internet in hopes of finding various ways to improve testosterone naturally.
The big secret about all of this is that it is well within our grasp for most of us.
Nutrition, for example, can play a huge part in testosterone production and is essential to optimize.
So in this post, we are going to talk about nutrition and how we can use it to optimize our testosterone levels.
Let's dive in!
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