Biohack Your Brain For a Steady Focus On Success

Recent research offers daily habits proven to train the mind and help you reach your goals

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Hydration & Drinks

A Hydrated Brain Creates a Focused, Biohacked Mind

Like all of our muscles, the brain’s functionality is connected to its hydration level. By drinking enough water (and functional beverages like teas, and tonics), we allow our brains to function optimally— maximizing our focus and concentration.

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Drink Water to Avoid Cognitive Decline

We all have heard about the importance of drinking water. Since water makes up 60% of the human body,1 it is essential for many of our basic functions, including brain functions. Our brains rely on water for energy to complete complicated tasks and to make hormones and neurotransmitters 2 — special brain chemicals that are necessary for communication throughout the brain.

Throughout the day we lose water through sweat, breathing, and waste elimination.3 If we don’t rehydrate, it can leave us feeling sluggish, grumpy, and unfocused. As we age, it becomes even more important to stay hydrated because our bodies naturally store less water due to changes in muscle mass and fat gain.3 Women, in particular, are at a higher risk for dehydration, especially older women who tend to experience more significant cognitive decline than older men when dehydrated.4

Why the Brain Can’t Focus Without Water

A lot happens to our brains when we are dehydrated. The lack of energy in our brain cells means the brain has to work harder than usual to do basic tasks that require our attention and focus.3 This added effort leads to different symptoms, including decreased attention and focus, brain fog, and mood changes.

Dehydration levels can vary from mild to severe and affect us in different ways.5 While mild dehydration may not significantly affect the cognitive abilities of young adults, it can impair their mood. On the other hand, for older adults, the impacts of even mild dehydration can have far greater impacts, leading to decreases in cognitive performance and ability.5 Drinking water throughout the day is the best way to improve cognitive performance and mood.6

Hydration Options and Drinks to Biohack the Brain

So if staying hydrated is so challenging, what is the best way to do it? While regularly drinking water is a great start, here are some other tools to help optimize your hydration.

  1. Functional water: Functional water contains added health and functional ingredients such as minerals, vitamins, acids, herbs, raw fruits, and vegetables. These ingredients often target specific needs. Therefore, finding a functional water infused with focus-centric ingredients can be helpful to boost your concentration. For more information, refer to our section on functional water below. 
  2. Tonics: Tonics are similar to functional water, but are carbonated. Their focus is the same in that their goal is to support specific health functions.
  3. Tea: There are teas that contain herbs, roots, and other ingredients that support focus. Green tea, for example, contains L-theanine which has been shown to help with attention and focus.7
  4. Mushroom coffee: Mushroom “coffee” is a drink that is made solely from medicinal mushrooms. Different types of mushrooms are linked to different functions.8 Lion’s Mane, chaga, and reishi mushrooms are linked to brain function.9 The blend of mushrooms is often intended to provide alertness and focus, similar to traditional coffee, but without the negative effects of caffeine.

“Your brain is 80% water, which means you need to stay well-hydrated in order to keep your brain functioning optimally.”

Dr. Daniel Amen

Psychiatrist & Brain Expert

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BEAM Minerals

Two bottles of Beam Minerals Micro-Boost and Electrolyze liquid micronutrient support with a seal stating 100 percent plant-based.

BEAM Minerals’ Electrolyze™ is a liquid electrolyte replenishment product that maximizes electrolyte replenishment and charges the body’s energy production systems. It has a pleasing golden hue and provides 100% bioavailable electrolytes and trace minerals that can be immediately utilized by the body.

Seeking Health

Box of Seeking Health Optimal Electrolyte dietary supplement powder sticks in lemonade flavor.

Hydration means more than drinking water. Electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and chloride are essential for muscle health, healthy skin, immune system health, digestion, and more. Seeking Health’s Optimal Electrolyte supplement promotes rehydration and supports your daily water intake.

Focus Shots


Tru Focus Shot is a great tasting product infused with yerba mate, caffeine, and l-theanine. It is made with natural flavors and zero sugar. Tru always delivers a light crisp refreshing experience.

The drink is an enhanced sparkling water made without compromise1. It was co-founded by a former pro athlete and tech entrepreneur.

Tru is built to improve the health and well-being of people and communities, making us all one step closer to a happy lifestyle1. Produced with integrity, Tru earns confidence by delivering a consistent experience of quality and taste so that you can feel good while doing good.

Whether you are an elite athlete, student, or parent on-the-go, Tru’s obsessive formula will support your active lifestyle. Built compromise-free, this shot has your back.

Small bottle of Tru Focus brain blend supplement shot in apple kiwi flavor.

Molecular Hydrogen


LifeStraw personal water filter in blue color.

The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is an ultralight and durable tool that protects against bacteria and parasites. Independently tested, it meets US EPA & NSF P231 drinking water standards for the removal of bacteria and parasites. It has been tested all over the globe in the harshest conditions.

Berkey Filters

Travel Berkey 1.5 gallon water filter system in chrome next to a green apple.

The Travel Berkey Water Filter System is a versatile solution for everyday water consumption. It has a holding capacity of 1.5 gallons and can filter up to 2.75 gallons of water per hour. It’s a highly polished and durable 304 stainless steel system that provides enough water for up to 6 people. Lifetime warranty.


AquaTru Classic countertop reverse osmosis water purifier.

The AquaTru Classic Countertop Water Purifier is a patented 4-stage Ultra Reverse Osmosis® technology that can transform your tap water into pure, delicious water you can trust. It is certified to NSF standards to remove contaminants, including lead, arsenic, PFAs, fluoride, chlorine and many more.

Water Filtration


Molecular Hydrogen is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals and reduces oxidative stress.

It may also improve athletic recovery.

Hydrogen immediately provides balance in the body by neutralizing free radicals and oxidative stress.

By achieving this at the cellular level, the body maintains homeostasis and slows premature aging.

To enjoy Molecular Hydrogen, take 2 servings of Molecular Hydrogen and 1-2 servings of Cymbiotika’s Shilajit daily for overall longevity and improved cellular function.

Their H2 tablets are the best solution for creating hydrogen-rich water.

Box of Cymbiotika molecular hydrogen effervescent tablets next to a blister pack.

1. The Water School (2019) The Water in You: Water and the Human Body. U.S. Geological Survey.,bones%20are%20watery%3A%2031%25

2. Mills, B. (2020). Can dehydration impair cognitive function? Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation,complete%20the%20task%20%5B1%5D.

3. Harvard School of Public Health. Water. (2021). The Nutrition Source.

4. Bethancourt, H. J., Kenney, W. L., Almeida, D. M., & Rosinger, A. Y. (2020). Cognitive performance in relation to hydration status and water intake among older adults, NHANES 2011–2014. European Journal of Nutrition, 59(7), 3133–3148. 

5. Pross, N. (2017). Effects of Dehydration on Brain Functioning: A Life-Span Perspective. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 70(Suppl. 1), 30–36. 

6. Masento, N., Golightly, M., Field, D., Butler, L. T., & Van Reekum, C. M. (2014). Effects of hydration status on cognitive performance and mood. British Journal of Nutrition, 111(10), 1841–1852. 

7. Mancini, E., Beglinger, C., Drewe, J., Zanchi, D., Lang, U. E., & Borgwardt, S. (2017). Green tea effects on cognition, mood and human brain function: A systematic review. Phytomedicine, 34, 26–37. 

8. Hedley, E. (2021). Medicinal Mushrooms for Brain Health. Teelixir.

9. Medicinal Mushrooms: 7 Kinds and Their Unique Health Benefits. (2022). Real Mushrooms.

Meditation & Stillness

How a Meditation and Stillness Practice Can Biohack Your Focus

Supplement all you want, but research has shown that when it comes to improving concentration, nothing beats a strong meditation and stillness practice. A quiet mind lets you to focus on what’s important — and ignore what’s not.

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Train Your Brain to Biohack Your Focus

Our world has become increasingly busy, which has resulted in added distractions, multitasking, and stress. All of these impact our ability to focus. It’s no wonder that concentration and focus have become so challenging. An effective way to regain our focus is through meditation.

Meditation originated as a Buddhist practice as a way to achieve enlightenment. It inspired generations of practitioners to sit in mindful awareness and use their breath to find peace.1 While it’s been practiced for centuries in many Eastern cultures, it has only gained popularity in the Western world over the last few decades as a way to help with different health challenges. The practice involves sitting in a quiet space, closing the eyes, and focusing the mind on a specific target (the breath, an image, or a sensation for example).2

Meditation practices differ, focusing on things from relaxation to exercise to promoting a higher sense of well-being.3 In light of the broad spectrum of meditation practices, it’s important to do some research to determine which type of practice can best benefit you in achieving your specific goals.

Meditation and Stillness: Biohacking Workout for the Brain

Research shows that a prolonged meditation practice can have a positive impact not only on our subjective experience — how we feel — but also on how our brains function.4 Studies have demonstrated that a regular meditation practice can lead to increased connections in the areas of the brain associated with various aspects of awareness.5

Most meditations that improve focus involve contraction of a specific focal point. Types of meditation that help with focus include:

  1. Walking meditation: This practice involves walking slowly and methodically while focusing your attention on the sensations in your feet and legs.6 This can be how your feet feel when they hit the ground or how your legs feel as they move.
  2. Mindfulness meditation: This type of meditation is a blend of two different techniques: focused attention and open monitoring. Basically, the meditator chooses a focal point to bring their attention to, which serves as the anchor when the mind starts to wander, which it will do, especially in the beginning.3 The idea is to acknowledge the thoughts without judgment and bring the attention back to the focal point. This consistent return to the point of focus is what helps strengthen your concentration and will eventually allow you to become aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. 7
  3. Mantra meditation: With mantra meditation, a specific word or phrase is repeated as a point of focus. This helps slow down thoughts and activity going on in the brain.8
How to Introduce Meditation Into Your Day

If you are new to focus meditation or are just coming back to it after a break, there are a variety of tools that can help you establish this practice.

  1. Guided meditations: These are a great starting point. Having a voice guide you through the practice and provide you with reminders is very helpful at the start of your practice. 
  2. Apps: There are some great mindfulness apps available these days. Some provide guided meditations, while others offer music you can listen to during your practice.

Once you figure out what works for you, you can develop your meditation practice from there. Consider increasing your sitting time, branching out into different styles, and trying different platforms that align with your specific goals. No matter what you do, establishing a consistent meditation practice in your daily routine can have significant benefits for your focus and attention. After putting together a routine that works for you, you’ll wonder how you ever managed to live without it.

“Efforts to deepen your focus will struggle if you don’t simultaneously wean your mind from a dependence on distraction.”

Cal Newport

Professor & Author

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Meditation Classes


MasterClass is an online education platform with over 100 instructors across 11 categories. Members can stream anytime, anywhere, and at their own pace. One of the classes, Focus Meditation, is a form of self-care that can improve your attention span and boost your mental health.

Declutter The Mind

Declutter the Mind app logo with a dark gray hourglass shape.

Declutter The Mind is a free guided meditation app that offers a growing library of free guided meditation practices for nearly every goal. The app contains various guided practices in different lengths, from 5 to 30 minutes. It also includes a meditation timer that keeps track of your progress.

Ice Baths


Therasage TheraFrost The Ultimate Plunge cold plunge system with covered tub, motor, manual pump, and tubing.

TheraFrost is a portable cold plunge system employing a unique cooling system that bursts ozone into your water. It is an immersion system that employs a triple-patented process for restructuring water. This technology will take your cold plunging experience to the highest possible level.

Ice Barrel

Ice Barrel 300 cold therapy tub in black color with lid propped up on it.

Ice Barrel 300 and Ice Barrel 400 are fully insulated cold therapy tools that can be used with ice or a chiller. Cold therapy helps reduce depression and stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. It also reduces inflammation throughout the body and boosts the immune system.


The Plunge rectangular white cold bath tub filled with water.

The Cold Plunge is a revolutionary product that uses powerful cooling and filtration to provide cold, clean water. It is safe for indoor or outdoor use. The Plunge is easy to install and comes with an insulated spa cover, a cell phone holder, a skimmer net, guided plunge videos, and a rubber ducky!

1. A Brief History of Meditation. (2021). Mindworks Meditation. 

2. What is Mindfulness? (2023). Mindful. 

3. Lutz, A., Slagter, H. A., Dunne, J. P., & Davidson, R. J. (2008). Attention regulation and monitoring in meditation. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(4), 163–169.

4. Lazar, S. W., Kerr, C. E., Wasserman, R. M., Gray, J., Greve, D. N., Treadway, M. T., McGarvey, M., Quinn, B., Dusek, J. A., Benson, H., Rauch, S. L., Moore, C. I., & Fischl, B. (2005). Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness. Neuroreport, 16(17), 1893–1897.

5. Kang, D. H., Jo, H. J., Jung, W. H., Kim, S., Jung, Y. L., Choi, C. K., Lee, U. S., An, S. H., Jang, J. H., & Kwon, J. S. (2013). The effect of meditation on brain structure: cortical thickness mapping and diffusion tensor imaging. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 8(1), 27–33.

6. How to Meditate for Better Concentration. (2022). Mindworks Meditation.

7. Sharma, K., Wernicke, A. G., Rahman, H., Potters, L., Sharma, G., & Parashar, B. (2022). A Retrospective Analysis of Three Focused Attention Meditation Techniques: Mantra, Breath, and External-Point Meditation. Cureus.

8. Monahan, M. (2023). 3 Empowering Mantras & How To Use Them In Your Meditation Practice. Mindbodygreen.

Focus Supplements

Are Nootropics the Secret Focus Supplements for a Biohacked Brain?

Supplements that help with cognitive function, known as nootropics, are effective tools to optimize your brain for improved memory and concentration. Adopt these herbs and supplements to support your focus and live your best life.

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Supplements Help You Overcome Distractions

Dietary supplements have been used for decades to biohack our nutrition. In a world where many of us are too busy to make our own food, it’s no wonder we may need a little extra support. Brain supplementation has become increasingly popular in recent years, as distractions and multitasking have become more prevalent and people are searching for ways to improve their focus and concentration.

Focus Supplements Are Proven Safe and Effective

In the biohacking world, we use the term nootropics to refer to supplements that help with cognitive function. These supplements work by increasing mental functions such as memory, creativity, motivation, and attention.1 While some are natural compounds found in nature, others are synthetic and produced in a laboratory. Research on the effectiveness of these supplements is ongoing, but they are generally considered safe and may be worth considering for individuals seeking to improve their cognitive abilities.

Herbs & Fatty Acid Supplements Boost Focus Naturally

Studies have indicated that certain nootropic supplements can be effective in improving focus. Many focus-centered brain supplements are composed of specific nutrients that are linked to improving focus and concentration. There are many natural nootropics that are known to support energy and focus including rosemary, peppermint, and sage. These can all increase alertness, attention, and cognitive performance if inhaled or ingested.2 In fact, when used as an essential oil supplement, sage has been shown to improve memory and attention tasks as well as alertness over a 4-hour period. 3

Omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked to enhancing different aspects of brain function such as neuroplasticity — the growth of new brain cell connections- and attention.4 Omega-3 supplements may even increase learning and memory, cognitive well-being, and blood flow in the brain.5 In addition, they have demonstrated neuroprotective properties suggesting that this compound can potentially combat cognitive decline associated with aging.

While there are many different kinds of natural nootropics that have brain benefits, some also have side effects and may interact with other medications. Therefore, it’s important to be cautious when considering supplements for focus and attention and to talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen.

Brain Research Supports These Nootropic Supplements2
  1. Ginkgo-biloba: Has many medicinal properties including increasing blood flow to the brain for enhanced cognition.6
  2. Bacopa monnieri: This plant grows in Southeast Asia and has cognitive-enhancing properties that boost brain function and alertness.
  3. Ashwagandha: A popular root that has been used to combat stress and anxiety and has also been shown to improve cognitive function and performance.7
  4. Rhodiola rosea: Used for centuries to improve memory, alertness, and endurance. 
  5. Gotu-kola: Traditionally used to improve brain function, this supplement has also been studied for its effects on alertness and mood. 
  6. Maca: Native to Peru, this plant is known for its energy-enhancing properties.

“Supplements can be a useful tool for addressing specific nutrient deficiencies or supporting certain health goals.”

Dr. Rhonda Patrick


Row of various green leaves used in brain focus supplements.



Containers of LifeVantage Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer and NAD Synergizer, and three packets of sour cherry Axio Regular energy drink mix.

Focused Mind Activation Stack™ can help you get the most from your body and mind. It combines 3 products that support good health, starting with Protandim® Nrf2 Synergizer®, a patented formula that helps boost your body’s natural antioxidants. This supplement supports cognitive function and helps you stay calm under pressure.


Two bottles of Zamner Juice Mood Booster next to Nootopia World Domination Box.

Brain Flow is the ultimate brain nutrient delivery system, combining a tightly integrated nootropic powder stack with a concentrated organic nootropic oil blend to provide calm, creative focus. This unique nutrient system is perfect for those who want to achieve calm focus and problem-solving.


Bottle of Neurohacker Collective Qualia Mind supplements next to pile of loose capsules.

Qualia Mind is a premium nootropic that supports mental performance. It contains 28 vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO ingredients including 6 nootropic compounds, 7 neuro-vitamins, and 2 antioxidants. The product is formulated based on science which supports the upregulation of multiple pathways and processes.



Three ten-serving bottles of HVMN Ketone-IQ energy boost shot.

HVMN Ketone-IQ™ is a clean energy boost that helps you feel clear, focused, and ready to take on the day with just one shot. Ketones are a powerful macronutrient with clinically studied benefits. The product comes in two convenient sizes: a multi-serving bottle with 10 servings and a travel bottle with 1 serving that’s TSA/carry-on friendly.

Wizard Sciences

Six bottles of different blends of Wizard Sciences supplement oils and liquids.

Neural RX and ELIXIRX are products made by Wizard Sciences. Neural RX contains a solvent-free C60, also referred to as Carbon 60, a molecule with great potential because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. ELIXIRX enhances the distribution and absorption of fullerenes, resulting in increased “availability” to the body .


Three small containers of Feals supplement melts for focus.

Feals Focus Melts are a caffeine-free way to boost your focus when you need it most. Powered by Tetracitrene™, a proprietary compound crafted from citrus peels, these dissolvable tablets work in a matter of minutes without the crash, anxiety, or sleeplessness that come with caffeine or other traditional stimulants.


Bottle of BodyBio PC phosphatidylcholine capsules.

BodyBio PC is a health optimization tool that supports cellular health, mental focus, total body support and brain function. It is for everyone because everyone is made up of cells (70 trillion of them!). Give your cells the nutrients they need with BodyBio PC and they’ll reward you with health and vitality. Reverse aging at the cellular level with BodyBio PC.

Hanah Life

Jar of Hanah Life Hanah One Daily Superfood paste.

HANAH ONE is a unique blend of 30 herbs (including ashwagandha and turmeric), adaptogens and nootropics combined in honey, ghee and sesame oil. All ingredients are wild-harvested by hand in their natural environment to ensure quality and efficacy. HANAH ONE provides a sustainable, slow burn of energy with effects that last and build over time.

Seeking Health

Bottle of Seeking Health Active B12 with L-5-MTHF supplements.

Methylation, a vital process affecting gene expression, depends on sufficient bioavailable folate and B12 levels. The combination of Active B12 with L-5-MTHF is carefully designed to provide these essential nutrients as cofactors for enzymes in certain pathways, emphasizing the importance of active folate and B12 forms.

Bulk Supplements

Bag of Beta Alanine Powder.

Beta Alanine is a natural amino acid found in meat and fish that offers numerous health benefits. It supports the nervous system, brain health, lean muscle growth, and endurance, reduces fatigue, speeds recovery, and helps with weight management due to its fat-blocking properties.


Jar of Nadovim NAD plus Brain Supplements.

Nadovim is a unique non-prescription supplement that combines NAD+ with brain-friendly natural ingredients to enhance cognitive function and support long-term brain health. It replenishes and preplenishes essential brain metabolites and nutrients for optimal performance.


Bottle of Bulletproof NeuroMaster supplements.

NeuroMaster is a brain function supplement now on the market from the Platinum Line that enhances attention and focus, as well as neuron creation. It includes coffee fruit extract, which boosts BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor) in order to support memory and learning functions.

Herbs & Plants


Small bottle of Tru Kava calm shot.

LIME GINGER TRU KAVA Shots 6 Pack is a full-spectrum traditional kava drink in a concentrated 2oz shot form. It allows the average consumer to experience the full effects of kava in its strongest traditionally prepared drink form while bypassing the tedious preparation and potential unpleasant taste that deters many people from traditional kava.


Pyramid of 6 containers of Organifi Pure supplement powder for mental clarity and digestion.

Pure is a blend formulated with well-thought-out ingredients that promote stimulation in learning, memory, focus, and clarity. It stimulates BDNF in the brain and addresses the Gut-Brain Axis to support strong cognitive function. Superfoods for the mind, with proven ingredients to support overall optimal cognitive health.

KÄÄPÄ Mushrooms

Biohacker's bundle of four dropper bottles with different varieties of KAAPA Mushrooms tinctures.

Biohacker’s special: incorporate functional mushrooms into your daily routine. Enjoy these 100% organic, locally grown functional mushroom extracts. KAAPA believes that mushrooms have unforeseen potential in balancing out the daily lives of humans, as well as the ecosystem. Their aim is to reconnect people with fungi.

Vibrant Blue Oils

Small vial of Vibrant Blue Oils Attention essential oil for brain balance.

Attention™ is an essential oil blend that supports prolonged mental attention and strengthens the ability to overcome/ignore distractions. It balances and regulates the Central Nervous System, clears mental cobwebs and fortifies. Attention™ was formulated by homeschooling parents specifically to assist with ADD and ADHD.

Focus Snacks


Three packages of different flavors of Mosh brain fuel protein bars.

MOSH protein bars are packed with brain-boosting nutrients like lion’s mane, ashwagandha, MCT oil, omega 3s, collagen, vitamin B12, and vitamin D3. They’re sweetened with allulose from non-GMO corn and contain no gluten or GMOs. MOSH bars are also kosher approved and grass-fed whey. Try them today and keep your brain and body fit and fueled!

Earth & Star

Open packet of Earth and Star brain gummies with several supplements spilling out.

These Brain Gummies are made from a blend of 10 functional mushroom extracts. They are recommended to take every day, like a multivitamin. Their ingredients are science-backed to target optimal brain function and powerful immunity. Each bag comes with 30 daily servings, each of which contains a whopping 2,500 milligrams of mushroom extract.

Four Sigmatic

Canister of Four Sigmatic Think organic instant coffee for mental focus and energy.

Get the benefits of organic medium roast instant coffee infused with lion’s mane and chaga mushrooms. This online-exclusive 30-serving recyclable canister is perfect for enhanced mental focus, energy with half the caffeine, and long-term positive mood. With no toxins, keto-friendly, gluten-free, and no sugar added, this coffee is perfect for those who want to stay healthy.


Bag of Mojo mushroom gummies for brain boost, energy, focus, productivity, and mental clarity.

Mojo gummies are the perfect companion for everyday life. They are formulated to boost energy, focus, and mental clarity using functional mushrooms. These adaptogen and nootropic-based mushroom gummies help sustain concentration, improve mood, increase productivity, and reduce brain fog. Mojo gummies are vegan, gluten-free, and low sugar.

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2. Kubala, J., Richter, A. (2020). The 10 Best Herbs to Boost Energy and Focus. Healthline.

3. Kennedy, D. N., Dodd, F., Robertson, B., Okello, E. J., Reay, J. L., Scholey, A., & Haskell, C. F. (2011). Monoterpenoid extract of sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia) with cholinesterase inhibiting properties improves cognitive performance and mood in healthy adults. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25(8), 1088–1100. 

4. Fontani, G., Corradeschi, F., Felici, A., Alfatti, F., Migliorini, S., & Lodi, L. (2005). Cognitive and physiological effects of Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in healthy subjects. European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 35(11), 691–699.

5. Dighriri, I., Alsubaie, A. M., Hakami, F. H., Hamithi, D. M., Alshekh, M. M., Khobrani, F. A., Dalak, F. E., Hakami, A. A., Alsueaadi, E. H., Alsaawi, L. S., Alshammari, S. F., Alqahtani, A. S., Alawi, I. A., Aljuaid, A. A., & Tawhari, M. Q. (2022). Effects of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on Brain Functions: A Systematic Review. Cureus. 

6. Hill, A, Boyle, K. (2022). 12 Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba (Plus Side Effects & Dosage). Healthline. 

7. DiPasquale, R. Effect of Ashwagandha on Tests of Cognitive and Psychomotor Performance. (2014). Natural Medicine Journal.

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Max Lugavere

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Max Lugavere is a TV personality, journalist, and biohacking enthusiast who specializes in brain health, nutrition, and longevity. He advocates for a low-carbohydrate diet and has authored books on nutrition, wellness, and cognitive function.

Max’s TV career started as a co-host on the independent network Current TV. He has since frequently appeared on shows like the Rachael Ray Show and The Doctors and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Fox News, and The New York Times. He has shared his knowledge on nutrition and health performance at TEDx talks, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Biohacker Summit.

Max is also the CEO and partner of Wilder Capital, a health and wellness company that features high-quality and ethically made products. He hosts “The Genius Life” podcast and is a guest on many others while maintaining a strong presence on his website, Youtube, and Instagram.

Wade Lightheart

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Wade Lightheart is a widely recognized expert in biohacking, nutrition, and fitness. He has shared his knowledge on prominent TV networks such as NBC Today, CBS Early Show, ABC Good Morning America, and CNN, and his work has been featured in Men’s Health, GQ, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, and Oprah Magazine. Lightheart holds the position of president at BiOptimizers and Nootopia, where he provides consulting services to athletes, executives, and celebrities.

In addition to writing multiple books on health and nutrition, Lightheart is a highly sought-after speaker at global events. He is passionate about improving the health and wellness of individuals through his wide range of products and programs. Lightheart believes that everyone should strive to become the best version of themselves, and his mission is to help people achieve their optimal potential and well-being by adopting healthy nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle habits.

Biohacking Brain FAQs

Biohacking Longevity with Brain Health

Unveiling the power of your brain for a longer life filled with mental clarity and fulfillment.

  • What are some supplements that can help improve focus and concentration?

    There are several supplements that can enhance focus and concentration. Top of the list is Lion’s Mane mushroom, which has been shown to support cognitive function and promote nerve growth factors in the brain. Another powerful supplement is Alpha-GPC, a choline compound that can boost acetylcholine levels, a neurotransmitter vital for memory and focus. Additionally, adaptogens like Rhodiola rosea and Bacopa monnieri can reduce stress and improve mental clarity.

  • How can hydration and drinks affect our ability to focus?

    Hydration plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal cognitive function. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, brain fog, and decreased focus. It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Additionally, certain drinks can have a positive impact on focus. For example, green tea contains theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation without causing drowsiness, thereby improving focus and attention.

  • What are some effective meditation techniques for improving focus?

    Mindfulness meditation is a powerful practice for enhancing focus. By bringing attention to the present moment and observing thoughts without judgment, you can train your brain to stay focused on the task at hand. One technique is focused attention meditation, where you concentrate on a single object, such as your breath or a specific sound. This practice strengthens your ability to sustain focus and resist distractions.

  • Can biohacking your sleep improve your ability to concentrate?

    Absolutely! Sleep is vital for optimal cognitive function and focus. By optimizing your sleep environment and practicing good sleep hygiene, you can improve the quality and duration of your sleep. Some biohacks for better sleep include maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding electronic devices before bed, and creating a dark and quiet sleep environment. When you prioritize sleep, you’ll notice significant improvements in your ability to concentrate and perform tasks.

  • How can regular exercise impact focus and cognitive performance?

    Exercise has numerous benefits for the brain, including enhanced focus and cognitive performance. When you engage in physical activity, blood flow to the brain increases, delivering oxygen and nutrients that support optimal brain function. Exercise also stimulates the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and endorphins, which can boost mood and enhance focus. Incorporating regular aerobic exercise, strength training, or even short bursts of high-intensity interval training can all have positive effects on your ability to concentrate.

  • What role does nutrition play in improving focus and mental clarity?

    Nutrition plays a significant role in brain function and focus. Consuming a well-balanced diet that includes nutrient-dense foods is crucial. Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish and walnuts, support brain health and improve focus. Antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries and dark chocolate can also enhance cognitive function. Additionally, avoiding excessive sugar and processed foods can help prevent energy crashes and maintain stable focus throughout the day.

  • Are there any breathing exercises that can help increase focus and attention?

    Yes, certain breathing exercises can improve focus and attention. One effective technique is box breathing, where you inhale deeply for a count of four, hold the breath for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold the breath again for a count of four. This rhythmic breathing pattern helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and increase mental clarity. Another technique is alternate nostril breathing, which involves alternating breaths through each nostril, promoting balance and focus.

  • Can technology be used to enhance focus and productivity?

    Yes, there are various technological tools that can enhance focus and productivity. For example, using noise-canceling headphones or ambient noise apps can create a distraction-free environment. Time management apps and Pomodoro timers can help structure work periods and breaks, optimizing productivity. Additionally, brain-training apps or neurofeedback devices can improve cognitive function and focus by providing targeted mental exercises and real-time feedback.

  • How does practicing gratitude contribute to better focus and mental well-being?

    Cultivating gratitude has numerous benefits, including improved focus and mental well-being. When you consciously practice gratitude, you shift your attention away from negative thoughts and redirect it towards positive aspects of your life. This positive mindset can reduce stress and enhance focus by fostering a sense of contentment and satisfaction. Regular gratitude practices like keeping a gratitude journal or expressing gratitude to others can positively impact your ability to concentrate and stay present.

  • Can taking regular breaks throughout the day improve focus and productivity?

    Absolutely! Taking regular breaks throughout the day is crucial for maintaining focus and productivity. Our brains have a limited capacity to sustain attention, and extended periods of continuous work can lead to mental fatigue and decreased focus. Incorporating short breaks, ideally every 60-90 minutes, allows your brain to rest and recharge. During these breaks, engage in activities that relax and refresh your mind, such as going for a short walk, stretching, or practicing mindfulness. By incorporating regular breaks, you can optimize your focus and overall productivity.

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Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work, a book by Cal Newport, explores the concept of deep work and its significance in a distracted and fast-paced world.

Newport argues that deep work, which refers to focused, undistracted, and cognitively demanding work, is crucial for productivity, creativity, and professional success. He presents strategies to cultivate deep work by minimizing distractions, developing focused routines, and embracing deliberate practice. Newport emphasizes the need to prioritize deep work over shallow work, such as email or social media, to achieve meaningful and impactful outcomes.

By adopting the principles and practices of deep work, individuals can enhance their ability to concentrate, produce high-quality work, and ultimately excel in their chosen fields.

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Peak Brain Institute

The Peak Brain Institute is a brain training center that assists individuals in improving cognitive abilities and achieving optimal performance. Their training methods involve various techniques such as Quantitative EEG assessments, neurofeedback training, heart rate variability biofeedback, and mindfulness meditation.

Led by Dr. Andrew Hill and a team of EEG technicians and mindfulness facilitators, the institute serves as personal brain coaches. They provide alternative interventions for a range of cognitive challenges including focus, attention, creativity, mood, sleep, migraines, hyperactivity, and more.

Training options are available at branch locations, through a concierge program, or remotely with supervised neurofeedback. The institute offers free initial phone consultations to discuss individual brain performance goals.