Everyone knows the feeling, you hit mid-afternoon and you’re just zapped. Motivation is gone, the brain doesn’t seem to want to turn on, but you also have obligations; Obligations to hop online with the squad to go for a couple round or even a couple hours still exist. Nothing about your state of mind is overpowered in nature and you’re worried you won’t be able to pull your weight. Brain fog and lethargy go hand in hand and they usually come about for a plethora of reasons but can be solved with a few very simple habit changes in the moment, but also long term. The quick and dirty solution would be to just eat an OP bar before your sesh but I’m here to provide you with a couple more options to get in an even more optimal state of mind for overpowered gaming.
Intermittent fasting is a great resource when trying to reduce brain fog and especially lethargy.
A quick definition of intermittent fasting from Johns Hopkins website: “Intermittent fasting is an eating plan that switches between fasting and eating on a regular schedule. Research show that intermittent fasting is a way to manage your weight and prevent – or even reverse – some forms of disease” (Source)
Most people who participate in intermittent fasting usually only eat during certain hours like from Noon to 8PM. This essentially means you’re skipping breakfast but anything under 5 calories (like a cup of black coffee) is generally accepted as not “breaking the fast”. Intermittent fasting will make your peak hunger levels lower, meaning you won’t be as hungry when hunger does arrive, and it is also amazing for maintaining brain health. Studies of intermittent fasting have
shown to increase neuroplasticity in the brain.
Another often overlooked aspect of intermittent fasting is the redirection of blood eating less often. When you eat 3 or more square meals a day, the stomach will redirect blood to your stomach in order to process the food. This means there will be less blood for your brain which causes the lethargy you experience after eating a large meal. Another small practice to include in intermittent fasting is to also eat slower. Eating meals over a course of about 30-35 minutes is much better for energy levels than eating in 10 minutes. Maintaining your overpowered levels of brain function being the ultimate goal here.
Becoming OP is not just an in the moment activity but also a bigger commitment to your brain health.
One of my personal favorite nootropics of the six nootropics found in the OP Bar is Lion’s Mane. Lion’s Mane has been shown to reduce brain fog for various reasons, the main one being that it supports nerve health in the brain. Lion’s Mane increases nerve growth factor (NGF) production and possibly improves growth of the protective myelin sheath that surrounds nerves! The myelin sheath is the structure that ensures there is a smooth transition of information between nerve endpoints. All of this has also been studied to reduce anxiety and increase the reaction time of the consumer of Lion’s Mane.
Another nootropic that’s also found in the OP Bar that combats brain fog and lethargy is Bacopa. Bacopa speeds up neurotransmitter activity within the brain. These faster neurotransmitters also improve focus and battle brain fog and age-related cognitive decline. Dosing your body with these nootropics can be an effective way to becoming OP along with the other superfoods found in the OP Bar to beat out the brain fog that plagues your average gamer with an unhealthy diet.