The old adage "There is a pill for everything" certainly seems to ring true these days, in a world that is increasingly fast paced and which demands
even faster responses.
If you happen to find yourself in a drug store or any box store these days, the shelves always appear to be lined with row, upon row of bottled
health, pain relief, sleep aid, etc etc...Something to further enhance our lives to meet the increasing demands of our lives.
How does one really juggle work, family, friends, hobbies, commitments and a rather infinite set of tasks that seem to demand our every waking moment,
if not our sleeping ones as well. >
Well, hopefully I have set the stage for the discussion I hope to encourage, as not only do i wish to offer my own knowledge/experiences, but I am
also seeking the same.
A little bit of context in relation to supplements and myself perhaps before we begin.
I am young professional, that currently works 5-6 days a week, 8-10 hours a day (or whenever it seems to demand
), whom also tries to maintain a
level of health and fitness that is beyond the norm.
Presently, I am in the gym 5-6 days a week, doing early AM cardio 3 days a week and weight training every afternoon, with additional light cardio on
top. I try to remain active on my off days heading up the cottage or helping friends/family with laborious activities when needed.
Now we come to the crux of the topic at hand; How does one maintain a high level of performance while putting ones body through such strenuous
Before I get torn apart with, "Oh you dont know what work is sonny, in my day..." and so on, the term strenuous is a relative term to each individual
and I can only tell you that I put every ounce of my energy to functioning at the highest level at both the gym, as well as the office.
This is were supplementation comes in and which has played a large part in my life.
I take supplements such as vitamins, protein powders, amino acids, supplements for joints, for physical performance ( in the gym
) and so on.
Presently most of my supplementation, in conjunction with a very, very......clean diet has kept me relatively healthy and happy.
Here comes my personal interest in starting this thread today and I apologize if you thought the preamble was a bit lengthy before i got to my point,
but in any case; I feel that I have accomplished what i want physically, but now i crave the same mentally.
I have taken some keen interests in supplementation that will enhance my mental performance not only for work, but other mental tasks, whether it be
learning a new language or being extra sharp when reviewing a project or closing a deal.
We have all seen stories/controversies over supplementation with respect to students at ivy league schools and even in secondary institutions,
utilizing products to give them that edge to make the grade or propel them to peak performance.
I am not after some "limitless" pill, as popularly portrayed in the movies, no I am after the real deal, whether it be a particular fruit/food or a
commercially available product.
There is a lot of anecdotal or "bro-science" (
) out there, that all claim the advantages of using X, Y and Z, but I require more then the
advice from some arm chair warriors spouting questionable information. Therefore I have turned to ATS for information. Grant it, there will likely be
a lot of questionable information or some "bro-science", but the statement which is almost becoming cliche, "There are a lot of very smart people on
ATS" continues to come to my mind.
In particular Heff, whom i know is very business savvy and full of information pertaining to cognitive/psychological function. I hope to attract him
to thread at some point.
Feel free to offer advice, information or a slap of reality if you deem it necessary, but I look forward to enjoying a conversation none the less.
I have choose this forum due to the fact that the nature of bottled remedies and big pharma have always been controversial, poignant and
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