Focus a distracted brain
Follow the tailored-for-you movement, sleep, food, and supplement practices to support your pathway to focus.
What is the Distracted Brain Subtype?
A distracted brain is the most common Focus subtype. The key chemical imbalances involved with this subtype are most often lower-than-normal dopamine and/or norepinephrine.
The science of a distracted brain (the short version!)
Dopamine and norepinephrine are two important neurotransmitters for a focused brain. Dopamine plays an important function in learning, motivation, goals, drive, and emotion. Norepinephrine helps keep you in a state of alertness and readiness to process stimuli around you. Too-high levels of glutamate (another neurotransmitter) may also be at play in the distracted brain and can affect the brain's ability to properly choose what to focus on.
The role of the stress response
The stress response is our normal human reaction to feeling threatened. Sensing danger, the brain activates the adrenal glands which then prepare us for action (this is often called the “fight or flight” response). This response is not bad in and of itself. In fact, studies show that short-term stress can even be good for us.
However, if you are prone to a lack of focus or to anxiety, the stress response acts as an accelerant, adding fuel to the fire in your mind. So while it is important to calm the mind, that is often not enough to get a distracted and worried brain back in balance. You must also take measures to tame the stress response and eventually to address the sources of your stress. Otherwise, the embers of anxiety will stay lit, ready to flame up again as soon as the conditions are right.
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See the key tools below to help you reclaim your focus.
Nourish your distracted brain
Looking to build a strong foundation? Start by giving your brain what it needs to find its balance. Discover the best way to nourish yourself, including the specific foods & supplements that focus a distracted brain.
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How to focus a distracted brain
Try the simple steps below to help focus.
Supplements for a distracted brain
Targeted supplements can quickly focus a distracted brain while foundational supplements support ongoing resilience. The targeted supplements may need 30-60 days of consistent use.** After that period, you may continue using them if needed. Stick with the foundational supplements daily or seasonally, as desired.
Remember: Check with your health care practitioner before beginning any supplements.
1. Focus (Theacrine blend)
2. Peace of Mind (L-theanine)
3. Relax Powder (magnesium)
1. Nourish (multivitamin/mineral)
2. Strengthen (omega-3)
3. Illuminate (vitamin D3)
* Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use. Individuals taking medication should discuss potential interactions with their healthcare practitioner.
** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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