Focus a lethargic brain

Follow the tailored-for-you movement, sleep, food, and supplement practices to support your pathway to focus.

We offer specific tools and practices to calm an anxious mood.

Read about your subtype below, then choose the tools and practices you'd like to use on your pathway to joy.


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What is the Lethargic Brain Subtype?

When you are experiencing a lethargic brain, you may feel “under-aroused” or slow to process information. Your boss or teachers may perceive you as apathetic, depressed, or unmotivated, at least by mundane tasks. You may also have cognitive and learning issues, or at least be perceived as having them, as these concerns can contribute to or be confused with focus problems.

Science of the Lethargic Brain

The Lethargic Brain is caused primarily by low levels of two neurotransmitters in the brain: norepinephrine and dopamine. Problems with the neurotransmitter acetylcholine may also be part of the cause. Acetylcholine controls several brain activities, including your ability to:

  • Retrieve and implement information quickly and efficiently
  • Have good muscle coordination and contraction
  • Pay attention
  • Communicate ideas and concepts
  • Have healthy social interactions
  • Have an open mind and a flexible attitude

Mitochondrial dysfunction may also be a cause of slow brain processing speed. Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell that create energy to fuel the body and brain. The signs and symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction are diverse, but most apparent in systems like the brain and gut. These symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Language impairment (apraxia)
  • Social impairment
  • Weakness
  • Clumsiness
  • Poor growth
  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Seizures
  • Headaches
  • Developmental delay or regression
  • Low muscle tone
  • Cognitive delay (usually slow processing)

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We offer specific tools, practices, and strategies to balance and focus a lethargic brain.

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Nourish your lethargic 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 lethargic brain.

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How to focus a lethargic brain

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Supplements for a lethargic brain


Targeted supplements can quickly focus a lethargic 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.


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Foundational Supplements

* 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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Learn foundational strategies to support your mental health and resilience.

Explore the articles below and learn our favorite foundational steps to help balance your mood.

Brain Chemistry 101

Learning a bit of brain chemistry can help you create a healthy, well-functioning brain and a good, sustainable mood. In this article, we present you a simple way of understanding and talking about this very complex subject.

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Sleep & Resilience

Your sleep, mood, and brain function are intimately related. Scientific studies tell us that our emotional states affect sleep and that sleep affects emotions. You can create better sleep with fairly simple strategies.

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The Resilient Diet 

We have created the Resilient Diet to integrate seamlessly into your daily life. It is not a set of restrictive rules or detailed recipes. Instead, the Resilient Diet is made up of six broad guidelines or principles.

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Resilient Movement Plans

Scientific research has shown that moving our bodies more frequently has a significant positive impact on mental health and can even help you grow a bigger, healthier, and better-connected brain.

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Boost Serotonin

Serotonin is the brain chemical that helps soothe you when you feel stressed or threatened, and it offers considerable protection to the brain against the damaging effects of cortisol. 

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