Chronic stress and a poor sleep quality over an extended period of time will result in an excess in cortisol (the stress hormone) resulting in the following:
Inability to focus
Increase in weight
Feelings of anxiety
More and more people are turning towards Ashwagandha to better support the body’s stress response to external/internal stimuli allowing feelings of calmness, reduced feelings of anxiety, improved mood, enhanced sleep and overall cognitive performance.
This formula was formulated to provide fast-acting results typically seen in 1 week or less by taking only 250mg of Sensoril Ashwagandha per night (ONE SCOOP).
Why choose Head Honcho Ashwagandha?
At Head Honcho Supplements we pride ourselves in using only the best, high-quality ingredients each backed with clinical studies as well as the blend itself being backed with long historical ayurvedic use and modern clinical data. We take full control of all steps leading to the production of our products from sourcing, formulating, research, 3rd party testing, manufacturing and packing!
The Head Honcho Ashwagandha is using the Sensoril Ashwagandha extract, which is standardised to 10% Withanolide content, that's DOUBLE the bioactive content of KSM-66 Ashwagandha. It is important to keep this in mind when considering dosage protocols between this and other products. Sensoril has achieved this by using extracts from both root and leaf (KSM-66 is root extract alone).
In order to enhance the absorption of bioactive components, Head Honcho as also added in goMCT® oil powder - meaning you get more out of every gram of Ashwagandha and less waste! goMCT® contains pure C8 and C10 Medium Chain Triglyceridess, for more information - check outthe link here.
Directions for Use
Take ONE scoop (1 gram) in the evening or 60-30minutes before bed. Goes great with a hot chocolate! Some folk may prefer to use in the morning, however may give a feeling of drowsiness.
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L-THEANINE + Absorption Aids for better potency!
60 Capsules per bottle, every capsule includes:
Panax ginseng (50mg);
Black pepper extract (98% piperine)(10mg).
L-theanine is popular for:
Increasing mental focus and clarity;
Staying alert while remaining relaxed;
Stacking with coffee to reduce caffeine jitters and improve calm focus;
As a dietary supplement, take 1 – 4 capsules daily as needed. For optimal function take separate of food and sources of amino acids. L-theanine is fast-acting, with clinically proven effects within 45 minutes of ingestion.
L-Theanine in Tea
Ever wondered why sipping a cup of tea provides such a smooth uplifting feel without the hassle of jitters? That’s the L-theanine! Tea leaves contain a proportionally high amount of this sweet little amino acid, easily enough to handle the small amount of caffeine pumping its way in.
The presence of L-theanine in Tea leaves was actually discovered by Japanese researchers in 1949. Interestingly, when they correlated tea's that were considered "high quality", these were also the tea's that had a high L-theanine content!
But with our modern day workplace, coffee has quickly established itself as the beverage of choice for its greater caffeine content. Coffee which, unfortunately, lacks the supportive L-theanine component.
More on L-Theanine itself
L-theanine, a water-soluble, non-protein amino acid commonly found in green tea and some mushrooms, has been widely studied for its ability to encourage wakeful relaxation without sedation. L-theanine is thought to work by decreasing “excitatory” brain chemicals that contribute to stress and anxiety while increasing brain chemicals that encourage a sense of calm. It’s even been known to lower stress-related blood pressure and heart rate.
L-theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier, and has the ability to modulate inhibitory neurotransmitters, selective serotonin, and dopamine to bring about anxiolytic and calming effects. L-theanine can also improve cognition and selective attention, perhaps due to changes in alpha brain wave activity. Finally, its ability to selectively bind to glutamate receptors may confer neuroprotective effects as well.
In addition to promoting relaxation, L-theanine has been shown to stabilize cognitive function affected by stress hormones. More specifically, L-theanine decreases levels of corticosterone, which when elevated can inhibit spatial learning and memory formation. Other researchers have shown that, in people with anxiety, L-theanine improved attention span and reaction time. Taken with caffeine, L-theanine improved visual information processing and accuracy when moving between tasks.
Given its ability to encourage attention and focus, it may come as a surprise that L-theanine has also been found to improve time to sleep as well as quality of sleep. Instead of acting as a sedative, L-theanine works to promote better rest by reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
Q: Will I build a tolerance to L-Theanine?
Not at all! L-theanine is not habit-forming and it does not lead to tolerance and dependence even when used over long periods of time.
Q: What about adverse reactions?
L-Theanine is generally well tolerated, and there are no published reports of serious adverse side effects or interactions with other natural products or conventional prescription medications.
If you're keen for some further reading on L-theanine, below are a couple research articles we frequently recommend at VitaKea.
Brain Gains Sleep Aid was created as the night-time compliment to the Switch ON Nootropic Brain Fuel Supplement. While it is also an excellent standalone formula, this sleep aid will also add well to the benefits of improving your brain function for memory, creativity, mood and motivation... but this time tackling it from the lever of top quality sleep.
The Nootropic Sleep Aid formula is designed to support a feeling of calm and promote a relaxed mind and body. Also and help you refuel and repair your brain cells with the necessary building blocks to support an optimally restorative sleep.
40 Servings / 120 Capsules. Gelatin Capsule. Made in the EU. GMP Certified.
KeaLad Recommendations for Usage
First time Users:Due to quite generous dosages, at VitaKea we recommend starting with just 2 capsule serves, rather than the specified 3 capsules.
Want to try-before-you-buy?We're always happy to send a sample out with any order, so just leave a comment in your order notes and we'll sling one in for you!
If you have any questions at all, or would like some links to resources to learn more about the ingredients, just shoot us a question via the submit form below, or send an email directly to yours truly at: email@example.com.
Flora Probiotic + Prebiotic & Digestive Enzymes
Multi Functioning Probiotics
Flora is an all natural Probiotic is designed to support a healthy digestive tract, boosts your immune system, and helps with weight loss.
Inside A Single Serving
This is the only vegan-friendly Probiotic with 32 Billion CFUs, a vegan based Probiotic bend, and a clinically proven digestive enzyme designed to help you feel better immediately. This is, without a doubt, the most advanced, most powerful probiotic ever made.
When we began formulating this Probiotic we had one thing in mind - ingredients matter. This is why we are so proud to present you this masterpiece. This really is the perfect probiotic. Oh yeah, it's 100% vegan too!
(32 Billion CFUs) Our clinically proven SL14™ probiotic blend is made up of 14 unique strains. Unlike most, we actually tell you which strains we're using. More importantly, there's a special reason why we use 14.
500mg Just as your body needs food for energy and survival, so do the trillions of bacteria living in your gut. NUTRAFLORA® prebiotic fibre is the food for the gut microbiome. It allows them to flourish and boost your health.
100mg Supplementing the body's natural enzyme production with a digestive enzyme blend promotes digestion and the effective absorption of nutrients. Unlike antacids or some prescription drugs, DigeSEB™ doesn't just neutralize stomach acid or slow the digestive process, it helps adress the causes for digestive discomfort.
WHO WE ARE
Ambrosia Nutraceuticals is a collective effort formed in 2015 by three respected industry leaders of the health and fitness industry; Marc Lobliner, Mike Rashid, and Sean Torbati. The three founders of Ambrosia represent professional athletes, professional body builders, and an expertise in everything health and fitness related. Ambrosia is propelled by the spirit of innovation and progression. Marc Lobliner popularized the category of BCAA with his breakout product Xtend. Sean Torbati similarly created the category of NAD+ supplementation by being the first to commercialize a brand new ingredient, Nicotinamide Riboside. Mike Rashid pioneered the concept of "Overtraining" and "Mental Jewels" making him perhaps the only wellness/fitness expert to focus nearly entirely on the mental aspect of physical training and personal development. Collectively, all of this experience has come together to form a new entity. Ambrosia is greater than any individual member, and is poised to change our entire approach to health, wellness, and mental growth.
WHAT WE DO
Ambrosia is a solution based company that is founded on a very unique and purposeful concept. That concept is known as bio-hacking. This is a term that is relatively new to the mainstream - but is well known to the elite of the business world - especially executives in Silicon Valley and other tech hotspots. Bio-hacking in our sense is the exploration and pursuit of obtaining more from our brains and our bodies through the usage of novel and innovative nutraceutical compounds and self-growth techniques. Ambrosia aims to develop products and simultaneously educate about all approaches and ideas related to unlocking our highest potential.
WHY WE DO IT
We do this because of passion. We have a passion for unlocking the absolute limits of the human body; and we fully believe we can produce breakthrough natural products that allow us to get more out of our minds and bodies than we ever previously thought possible. Ambrosia Nutraceuticals was formed to take the human body to the next level using real science and independently researched ingredients. This is not your normal supplementation, but an approach to unlocking the most out of your potential.
The scientific blueprint for a long, healthy and happy life using cutting edge anti-aging and neuroscience based hacks
What exactly is "biohacking"?
Biohacking is just a fancy word for optimizing your own biological potential, and in the context of this brand new book from James Lee (author of The Methuselah Project) it means achieving this via:
Slowing the process of cellular aging to extend longevity - Whether by reducing oxidative stress, activating sirtuins, preventing inflammation or by just simply connecting with those around you (Having rich social connections with those around you is one of the strongest predictors of long life);
Understanding your own neurochemistry to enable you to address any underlying issues or dysfunction involving neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine or even acetylcholine;
Utilising the latest "nootropic" brain-boosting supplements and drugs to optimise memory and cognitive function - Never heard of racetams, EGCG, sulbutiamine or modafinil? Not for long.
The Biohacking Manifesto is, at its heart, a compendium of Lee's previous books The Methuselah Project, Your Brain Electric and Brain Hacks. However rather than just cobble these together and slap on a new cover, he has headed back into the clinical trial papers and the latest research from cutting edge biotechs to discover some brand new exclusive material for this book.
The Biohacking Manifesto includes:
An exhaustive coverage of the latest supplements including - curcumin, astaxanthin and nicotinamide riboside (to name a few);
A comprehensive guide to the fundamentals of neurochemistry, including a range of options for boosting neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine;
An explanation of the various processes which underlie the aging process including - oxidative stress, inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction
Everything you need to know if you want to live to 100 and beyond
As a collected body of work, The Biohacking Manifesto gives you everything you need to know to enable you to put together a comprehensive strategy for living a long, happy and healthy life.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on The Biohacking Manifesto
This read is still on my to-do list. Premise looks good, and hey, who doesn't want to know about how to age gracefully haha! :) I will update this section after I've given it a good study. :)
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker🌿
Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you'll achieve extraordinary results.
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.
In Deep Work, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four "rules," for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.
A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories -- from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air -- and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. Deep Work is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.
About Cal Newport
I’m a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to my academic research, I write about the intersection of digital technology and culture. I’m particularly interested in our struggle to deploy these tools in ways that support instead of subvert the things we care about in both our personal and professional lives.
In my academic career, I specialize in the theory of distributed systems, which meansI spend more time proving theorems than compiling code. To date, I’ve published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited more than 3,500 times.
I started blogging at calnewport.com soon after the publication of my second book, and have been posting here regularly ever since. The blog is named “Study Hacks” because when I started it I was primarily writing advice for students. I famously, however, have never had a social media account (it turns out that this is allowed).
I currently live with my wife and three sons in Takoma Park, Maryland, in a cool old Victorian house that has a study with a fireplace and a custom-built library table where I do my deep work.
Note: This video wasn't made by either Cal Newport or us at VitaKea, however it is a really nice and quick discussion on the book by the folk at Board Studios.
Praise for "Deep Work"
“As a presence on the page, Newport is exceptional in the realm of self-help authors.” —New York Times Book Review
“DEEP WORK accomplishes two considerable tasks: One is putting out a wealth of concrete practices for the ambitious, without relying on gauzy clichés. The second is that Mr. Newport resists the corporate groupthink of constant connectivity without seeming like a curmudgeon.” —Wall Street Journal
“Deep work is the killer app of the knowledge economy: it is only by concentrating intensely that you can master a difficult discipline or solve a demanding problem.” —The Economist
“What emerges most powerfully is the sense that it’s wrong to think of deep work as one more thing you’ve got to try to cram into your schedule. Truly committing to it, Newport suggests, transforms the rest of your time – so you’ll crank through shallow work faster, be more present in your home life, and eliminate time wasted switching between tasks. Depth, in short, isn’t at odds with a full life – it facilitates it. I’m persuaded.” —Oliver Burkeman, The Guardian
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on Deep Work
Quite simply, if you can read, I recommend this book to you... and it doesn't even talk about supplements! But I very much believe establishing practices for Deep Work will out-value any other biohacks or supplements when it comes to getting done what you actually want done. That big project that you can't seem to finish. Art. Writing. Even just thinking through a line of thought.
All the biology optimising tricks in the world is useless if that hard earned capacity is directed towards the wrong things. Like a Ferrari which has thousands of dollars of servicing every year, and the very best performance fuel. Only to drive at walking pace in bumper to bumper traffic. Implementing Deep Work practices will help you take your own hard earned performance engine to the open road to run free and at optimal potential. And of course, combining Deep Work strategies with things like careful diet, exercise and supplementation... there you have a recipe for long and deep sessions of mental flow that is both good fun, incredibly productive, and anti-burnout.
As far as reading experience goes, it would fit under casual and enjoyable but not a "light read". It's not a technical manual, but it will leave you with plenty to think on that would warrant focused reading... you could even say, deserving of a session of Deep Work session. As someone with an electrical engineering background, I also really appreciate the clean structuring of how Cal presented the book. First half covering the concept of Deep Work and value it provides, second half going over strategies to achieve deep work.
This is one of the books that I read once yearly (so far read twice, will begin again soon!) as a reminder to keep my priorities in order and a check on how I spend my days.
Right now, this is perhaps my highest recommended book in The VitaKea Store. We all want focus, this is a tried and true method and even gets better the more you practice it, as opposed to building a tolerance. Only downside is the need for self control haha!
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker🌿
Matthew Walker, PhD
Why We Sleep
The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates
A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber.
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.
In Why We Sleep, Walker answers important questions about:
How do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep?
What really happens during REM sleep?
Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime?
How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage?
Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.
About Matthew Walker, PhD
Dr. Walker earned his degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University, UK, and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London, UK. He subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, USA.
His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations. To date, he has published over 100 scientific research studies.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on Lifespan
I'm currently in the middle of reading Why We Sleep so chat will be coming soon. However if you've seen or heard some of Matthew Walkers interviews or talks, you'll understand why this read is a good one to prioritise. One good one, his interview on the Joe Rogan podcast is here for you curious folk. For something a bit more short and sweet, check out his Ted Talk above.
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker 🌿
R.P.Brown MD, P.L.Gerbarg MD, with B. Graham
The Rhodiola Revolution
The Herbal Breakthrough of the 21st Century
Previously classified studies from the former Soviet Union reveal the emergence of an herbal superstar, Rhodiola rosea. From two respected physicians comes an authoritative new book that explores the amazing powers of Rhodiola rosea.
Compelling scientific evidence about this commonly available herbal supplement confirms its ability to help:
Melt away extra pounds
Sharpen memory and concentration
Enhance physical performance
Strengthen immune function
Protect against heart disease and cancer
As more people turn to Rhodiola rosea to improve their health and vitality, they will look for a trustworthy, authoritative resource to answer all their questions. The Rhodiola Revolution is that resource, providing the latest news from the front lines of research as well as clear instructions on using the herb for maximum medicinal effect.
Paperback: 224 Pages
About the Authors
Dr. Richard P. Brown is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he obtained his medical degree 1977. He completed Psychiatry Residency and a fellowship in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology at New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College. The recipient of numerous awards, he has authored over 100 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on pharmacological treatments, clinical studies, and complementary and integrative treatments in psychiatry.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College, graduated from Brown University (1971), Harvard Medical School (1975), Beth Israel Psychiatry Residency program in Boston (1979), and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (1992). Dr. Gerbarg has lectured and taught about a wide range of topics in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, women’s issues, trauma, neurobiology, natural treatments (herbs, nutrients ), and the integration of mind-body practices in psychotherapy for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meetings and many other conferences, academic centers, and community organizations.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on The Rhodiola Revolution
The Rhodiola Revolution is actually a book we got in on recommendation from one of the good folk in the VitaKea community... and after having read it, I couldn't be more pleased.
The Rhodiola Revolution provides really interesting insight into the many applications of Rhodiola Rosea for supplementation. Given both authors work in a psychologist practice, they provide a great number of anecdotal case reports from their very own patients. They also provide a balanced viewpoint as well as the necessary caution you might expect from experienced medical practitioners.
Worth noting, the beginning few chapters can feel a little like the authors are promoting Rhodiola rosea as a cure all for all ailments. I encourage to continue on with an open mind, as the book progresses the picture does become much more balanced befitting to my commentary above. Also worth noting is the dietary recommendations which have dated notably, as is to be expected given The Rhodiola Revolution was published in 2004.
Each chapter is broken down into numerous small sections that make for light bedtime reading, the tone casual and easy to read. For anyone looking to learn more about Rhodiola Rosea, I enthusiastically advocate for this book. Potential side effects may include full blown Rhodiola obsession...
Your KeaLad, Thomas - VitaKea Caretaker 🌿
A Head Above
A Simple Guide to Peak Mental Performance
When 17th and 18th century Europeans replaced alcohol with coffee, it produced the Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment thinking. A simple chemical change can have drastic consequences for our lives and the world.
Today, nootropics, smart drugs, and self-experimentation technologies are helping high performers improve their mental performance from Silicon Valley to Wall Street.
But peak mental performance isn't for everyone. There is no magic pill. To achieve a level of optimal performance, be prepared to change lifestyle habits that are holding you back and utilize the latest technologies to craft your best routine.
For those desiring enhanced creativity, concentration, learning ability, and success, this simple guide can help.
Paperback: 142 Pages
About the Author
Mansal Denton is the founder ofNootropedia, an unbiased and accessible online nootropics resource to help you improve your cognitive abilities. Nootropics are substances that enhance mental functions, such as memory.
He previously co-founded and grewPure Nootropics into one of the 3 largest nootropics commodity ecommerce sites and exited after 15 months with buyout.
A Quick KeaLad Commentary on A Head Above
A Head Above is a light and casual, short and sweet read filled with interesting insights toward the idea of peak mental performance. It covers a wide number of topics, not particularly comprehensively but more dipping its toes in each pool.
From someone of Mansal's background, you might actually expect the entire book to be a run of nootropics stacks and protocols. But not so! In fact, the chapter on Nootropics is half the length compared to his chapter titled "Beyond the Pill". Rather Mansal spends much of his energy directing us toward more lifestyle practices to build our mentality and body up to provide a foundational support toward focus. Talking how we direct our focus, social relations and much more.
All up, its a great book and certainly one that sparks curiosity. Being reasonably short, its the perfect sort of single session on a Sunday afternoon sort of read. Oh it's also got some great illustrations too - see page 3 in the teaser images. :) Personally I've been through this cover to cover at least four times, so I can confirm, it is a good one to keep coming back to. Enjoy!