Vigilance/alertness/cognitive hack

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 30, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Supposing you're preparing for exams or have a long proposal to finish on deadline.

Do you use a food plan to enhance vigilance, alertness and cognitive function?.

Whilst I'm more interested in food types rather than supplements (e.g. caffeine, creatine) if you've found something particularly notable list it here.

What foods do you use to enhance vigilance, alertness and cognitive performance?

Similarly, what foods would you avoid to achieve the same?

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on June 30, 2012
at 03:20 AM

I know you included the caveat of food-based alertness (which honestly may be as complex as a complete diet tweak), but if I may suggest a temporary alertness combo that is useful for focus & cognitive function: Fasted state + Coffee + L-Tyrosine. -- Smoked my biological anthropology final in a 3rd of the recommended time running on that cocktail.



on June 30, 2012
at 03:26 AM

I've found that when I just get adequate calories and nutritional content it allows me to both sleep better and not focus on hunger, and thus be more alert and not distracted during the day. No extra effort required.

As all of this Paleo stuff really boils down to complete lifestyle change, you might look into some Mindfulness and Presence meditation. You can get some simple stuff to do in 10 or 15 minutes at a time every day (or just a few times a week). Both of these can really help focus your thoughts and awareness of your surroundings for the day if you do them right after you wake up. Even just a couple minutes of legit thought/sensory-processing meditation before any sort of mental or physical challenge can pay off big time.

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