Rank #1: JS050 VERBAL COMMUNICATION (Part 3)
Jul 12 2016
Rank #2: JS026 Choline: How to increase MENTAL CLARITY and reduce BRAIN AGING
Choline is a water-soluble nutrient, which is grouped with the B-complex vitamins. To humans, it’s an essential nutrient because it’s used as a precursor or a “building block” of a neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Inside the brain, acetylcholine acts as a neuromodulator altering the way our brain structures process information from point to point having a direct impact on mental clarity and memory.
In 1998 the National Academy of Sciences, USA, evaluated that choline as a required nutrient for humans and recommended daily intake amounts. Choline is one of those key molecules in the world of neuroscience, that has gained popularity in the past few decades due to its ability to not only enhance memory, but also tackle the big guys like Alzheimer's disease.
Memory-EnhancerA study conducted in 2004 by Dr. SH Zeisel suggested that when rat pups received choline supplements (in utero or in the second week of their life), their brain function changed the development of the hippocampus in the brain resulting in enhanced memory function. Choline supplementation is......continue reading
Mar 11 2016
Rank #3: JS022 Intro to Brain: GABA 101 (RELAXATION and MOOD)
GABA is one of the most important amino acid produced in our brain. It acts like the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter, working to calm neurons that are firing in excited patterns.
It controls our mood, ability to focus, promotes relaxation and controls stress. Glutamate speeds things up in the brain, GABA does the opposite. So you can clearly see where we’re going with this… How does GABA work in the brain?It’s synthesized directly from the neurotransmitter glutamate de-carb-oxy-lase and can be reversed back to glutamate via the tricarboxylic acid cycle. Brain GABA concentrations and systemic GABA have a reflective effect on each other, which means change in one causes change in the other. This is how GABA self-inhibits itself, by keeping the concentration inside the brain constant.......continue reading
Mar 07 2016
Rank #4: JS019 Matcha Madness: Higher Cognitive Performance
Few months ago CBS covered the story of Matcha Madness and they went into great length to interview Matcha enthusiasts and its supporters as to why they were so supportive of this Green Tea. Especially, when we look at the numbers and how Matcha has increased 10 folds in popularity within North America in last few years.
As you know we never take things just on face value, so we went ahead and did an experiment of our own. Details of which we will share with you in how to section of this podcast.
Now as Professionals, Creatives, Athletes and Entrepreneurs you are always looking for ways to enhance your cognitive performance within your respective areas of expertise. Well Matcha is a good tool to have in your Neuro Enhancement arsenal. Especially when you need to combat stress and fatigue with all the benefits of coffee, without any of its side effects.
So, let’s examine this closely and see what is in Matcha that makes it so popular?
Matcha literally means “powdered tea”. Normally when you consume green tea, you order a traditional green tea, which is when the green tea leaves are infused with hot water, and then the leaves are discarded. When you order matcha, which is a form of green tea, you are actually drinking the leaves. The fine powder is made into a solution by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water, and then whisked with a bamboo brush to make it nice and frothy.
Unlike traditional green tea, matcha preparation involves covering the tea plants with shade cloths before they’re harvested. This triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor and texture, which are hand selected, steamed briefly to stop fermentation, then dried and aged in cold storage, which deepens the flavor. The dried leaves are then stone-ground into a fine powder.
Matcha offers many health benefits because it is made from high-quality tea, and you are ingesting the whole leaf. This packs it full of more nutrients than regular steeped green tea. Matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging.
Since you are consuming the whole leaf while drinking matcha, you actually consume as much caffeine as you would in a brewed cup of coffee. BUt the good news is, you won't experience that same caffeine buzz because matcha contains l-theanine (please check out our episode 9 for details on theanine), which induces more of an alert calmness. Theanine works by increasing the production of GABA in the brain. Similar to the effects of meditation, it also stimulates alpha brainwaves naturally associated with deep states of relaxation and enhanced mental clarity. l-theanine may increase learning, attention and sensations of pleasure as well. These effects are likely due to the natural dopamine boost brought on by l-theanine.
Why take it?
Green tea shows promise for protecting our brain health. In a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases, those who drank green tea one to six days a week had less mental decline than those who didn't drink it, or who drank black tea or coffee.
Research done at the Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science in Japan and the team led by Moeko Noguchi-Shinohara, MD, from Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, revealed that 12 healthy volunteers, who received a beverage containing 27.5 grams of green tea extract showed increased connectivity between the parietal and frontal cortex of the brain compared to those who drank a non-green tea beverage.
The increased activity resulted in improved performance on working memory tasks and decreased chances of Dementia.
According to another study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, catechins, commonly found in green tea, can penetrate into the eye tissue, protecting it from glaucoma and other eye diseases.
Green tea or the Powdered potent form called Matcha in addition to its cognitive benefits, it also showed significant reduction in prostate cancer.
How to take it?
Now our experiment with Matcha
Sid, our co-host that you heard in the intro, started with half a teaspoon and felt great focus throughout the day but felt that it didn’t give him the the same as rush as coffee. So, the next day he increased the amount to 1 teaspoon and he didn’t feel good. He felt like puking right after he had Matcha but the cognitive effects were exactly the same as the half teaspoon.
The next day Sid went ahead and increased the dose to one and half teaspoon and within minutes of drinking Matcha, he rushed to the bathroom and started puking.
We researched into it and found that Matcha has detoxifying properties in it and drinking one cup is the same as drinking 10 cups of tea, according to Lifehacker.org. The nutrients and vitamins loaded in Matcha are super beneficial for your fat loss, Neurological function, detoxifying and anti-oxidants properties.
So please go slow with increasing your dose and due to L-Theanine present in Matcha you will not feel the jitters you get from coffee. Please do not repeat the mistake that Sid did just to experience the rush he used to get from coffee.
We suggest that you locate an organic Matcha because You do not want to be ingesting pesticides and other chemicals that can cause harm to your body.
A healthy Matcha green tea should be certified organic and ideally come from Japan where the organic certification is of a stricter standard than in the USA or China.
If you are drinking matcha for the first time, please start with a ½ teaspoon in a cup of almost boiling water, and slowly work your way up to 1 teaspoon over a few weeks. To make matcha properly, you should use a bamboo whisk to whisk the match with a little bit of water to make a paste first, and then pour in the rest of your water. If you are in a rush put the matcha in your mug and pour the water in and just stir, it tastes almost as good, but you might not get the frothiness.
Recipie that you might want to try for boost in the morning.
Add all ingredients below as per your taste:
- Acai Berry
- Barley Grass
- Spirulina (another super duper food)
- Raw organic honey (if needed)
Matcha green tea has a natural delicate sweetness and it’s best enjoyed without sweetener, especially not fattening white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Try it without sweetener first and see how you like it. If you need to put sweetener in try something like a single drop of stevia.
Feb 29 2016
Rank #5: JS048 INTRO to COMMUNICATION (Part 1)
Jun 27 2016
Rank #6: JS006 Cognitive Effects of Caffeine and L-Theanine
Theanine is a compound that has similarities to amino acids such as L-glutamine which might help gut function, your immune system, and it provides “fuel” (nitrogen and carbon) to many different cells in your body. Theanine can be found in certain plants and fungal species, as well as green tea. In common preparations, such as teas and supplements, theanine is absorbed in the small intestine after oral ingestion. It can also cross the blood-brain barrier intact.
Many of us have ingested caffeine and experienced the jitters that come along with it. As well, some people experience high blood pressure, dehydration, trouble sleeping and increased anxiety. Ingesting caffeine and theanine together can help reduce or even eliminate the negative effects of caffeine alone.There have been numerous studies done indicating that theanine has positive impacts on mood, relaxation and alertness. Especially when taken with caffeine, the combination can improve focus and attention span. First I will discuss some researcher that has been done on theanine, as well as theanine taken with caffeine, and then I will discuss when and how much of each to take.
Research done in the journal of Nutritional Neuroscience by Gail N. Owen, Holly Parnell, Eveline A. De Bruin and Jane A. Rycroft studied the combined effects of L-theanine and caffeine on cognitive performance and mood. This study was done to compare 50mg of caffeine, with and without 100 mg of L-theanine on the cognition and mood of healthy volunteers. Researchers wanted to test the effects of the combination of caffeine and theanine on word recognition, rapid visual information processing, critical flicker fusion threshold, attention switching and mood, and compared the results to a placebo in 27 participants. Performance was measured at the baseline, 60 min interval, and 90 min after each treatment, and these treatments were separated by a 7-day washout period. Caffeine alone improved subjective alertness at the 60 min interval, and accuracy on the attention-switching task at the 90 min interval. The combination of Theanine and caffeine improved both speed and accuracy of performance of the attention switching task at 60 mins, and reduced susceptibility to distracting information in the memory task at both the 60 min and 90 min interval.
Consuming caffeine alone cause us to get a jolt of energy, but we may find it hard to focus on one task. Caffeine causes our Beta wave brain function, which is responsible for for alert, energetic, and distracted type thinking, to increase. L-Theanine encourages alpha wave brain function, which is typically created when we are daydreaming or consciously practicing mindfulness or meditation. The bonus is that L-Theanine overrides caffeine’s stimulatory effects that promote beta wave function.Theanine can enhance your alpha brain wave activity, and consequently your mood, relaxation and alertness. Studies done at Unilever Food and Health Research Institute tested that L-Theanine significantly increases activity in the alpha frequency band which indicates that it relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness.
Another study done at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory in New York used 100 mg of L-Theanine and 50 mg of caffeine to measure both cognitive behaviour, as well as brain waves in 16 healthy subjects. Subjects were given either a placebo, 100 mg of L-theanine, 50 mg of caffeine, or L-theanine and caffeine combined. They were tested each day for 4 consecutive days. The theanine alone, nor the caffeine alone had any discernible effects, however, together they improved the subjects performance on cognitive tests. Brain waves were also tested in the subjects, and alpha brain wave activity increased in those taking the combination of theanine and caffeine. Alpha brain waves are associated with effortless alertness, and are believed to be the underlying mechanism for the cognitive benefits.
To supplement caffeine and L-Theanine:
- for veteran coffee drinkers, take 200 mg of each supplement 30 minutes before you need increased focus and attention
- People that are not used to caffeine should start with a 100 mg L-theanine dose taken alongside 50 mg of caffeine
- Taking caffeine and L-theanine on an empty stomach can increase the rates of absorption. If this upsets your stomach, please take with food.
Feb 15 2016
Rank #7: JS030 PERFECTIONISM: Mental barriers of SUCCESS (Part 1)
Perfectionism can result from a rigid mindset in which you don’t change your expectations based on present situation your are in. For example, you started a business or a creative endeavor, you set certain standards and expectations for your business. But now as you get into this business even further or going deep into the creative process, you realize that only if you had access to extra resource things would be even better.
Now, in order to obtain these resources you start focusing on ways to get more resources so you can achieve the standards and expectations you had initially set for this product....continue reading
Mar 16 2016
Rank #8: JS036 PERSUASION: How to INFLUENCE (Part 1)
Persuasion is an art, because too much of it can make you look aggressive and too little makes you a pest. But when applied right Persuasion can get you what you want.
Persuasion’s first written accounts are found in ancient Greece, where all trials were held in assembly or in public setting, both Prosecution and Defence rested their case as it's done today but the more persuasive you are, the higher the chances of the decision being in your favour.
Persuasion was so essential that Artistotle even provided 3 reason why someone should learn Persuasion.
- According to Aristotle if you lose a case or trial it’s due to lack of Persuasion skills. Therefore you must learn Persuasion in order to defend yourself.
- It is an excellent tool for teaching - Because as a teacher your need to have students attention so your message as a teacher can be conveyed effectively. Also, as a teacher your need to gain respect of your students and that can only be accomplished if they see you as an influencer.
- A good communicator must be able to argue from both end of an argument
Furthermore, Aristotle provided 3 key ingredients that an effective persuasion master must have:
- ethos (credibility)
- logos (reason)
- pathos (emotion).....continue reading
Apr 04 2016
Rank #9: JS027 How sugar impairs MEMORY and causes COGNITIVE decline
Elevated blood sugars damage blood vessels causing progressive decline in brain function. Studies conducted on subjects living with diabetes indicated deficits in learning, memory, motor speed and other cognitive functions. Frequent exposure to high levels of sugar lowers brain capacity, as higher HbA1C (hemoglobin A1c - used to measure plasma glucose concentration) levels is associated with greater degree of brain shrinkage. According to a 2011 study, there was a positive correlation between higher sugar intake and lower cognitive function, which was measured by......continue reading
Mar 12 2016
Rank #10: JS023 Science of How to LEARN new SKILLS fast
World today is moving much faster. Skills required for us to perform at higher levels have increased rapidly as well. Now we are expected to have the working knowledge of more than one thing. People are now acquiring more and more skills and that has raised the benchmark of what an average person needs in order to either compete in their job market or for an entrepreneur running their own business
So the question is in this fast paced world of constant changes how do we increase our cognitive performance to keep up and excel in the world...... continue reading
Mar 08 2016
Rank #11: JS035 How to INFLUENCE and ENGAGE
Imagine that you’re an employee trying to transition to an entrepreneur life. You will need resources to jumpstart a great business idea. How do you get people to help? How do you convince clients or customers to go with you and not with their current vendor?
If your target audience are global then how would you communicate to global audience without running into cross - cultural differences? Another situation could be as a leader you need your employees or team to change the direction of a project, with ease without significant opposition?....continue reading
Mar 28 2016
Rank #12: JS020 Vitamin B12: DNA Creation, Improved Thinking & Verbal Reasoning
Most of us are aware of Vitamin B12 through the VITAMIN B COMPLEX SUPPLEMENT accompanied along with other Vitamin Bs.
Before we get into vitamin B 12, I would like to discuss one of the emails we received following our creativity crisis podcast.
The individual requested to be anonymous, but they had a very interesting question.
Their question was and quote “I went to university and graduated with a degree with a really high GPA. I have a job in my related field, that i enjoy. I often find myself thinking of various creative ideas that i could potentially start a business with, but i never seem to stick to one idea. I keep coming up new ideas, but I fail to execute any of them. I’m not sure where to start, my mind just keeps wandering.
In our creativity crisis podcast, we discussed that one of the traits of creative people is that they have to come up with many ideas for one good idea to implement.
For Entrepreneurs and Creatives the easy part is to come up with an idea but the tough part is to follow through with the execution of that idea. That’s why we have such a high rate of business failures. It's not because of the lack of ideas it's because of the lack of follow through and persistence.
That’s why in this podcast we decided to take the Neuroscience approach vs the fluffy feel good stuff. We just wanted to identify the factors that are responsible for someone not following through, or failing to execute, and the mindset that caused their business to fail.
After reading numerous books on motivational speaking, inspiration and strategies. We figured that not all but most are like your morning coffee that make you feel good at the moment. But they don’t have any proven method that you can replicate within your life. That’s the thing with science it can be replicated, as long as you follow the required steps, you will have the same outcome as the person before you.
But for motivational books to work, you have to buy into their belief system and most of them are like a one pill approach. But real life applications and results vary from person to person and in very few cases leave any factual evidence.
So let's take an example. Say you are super motivated and you just had an aha! moment that you can start a business of your own so you don’t have to work for anyone else. Or you can create something of value that others will pay you for. That’s great.
Now you went out and bought some books, youtubed some business gurus, checked out a few podcasts and now you are inspired like there is no tomorrow.
Ideally the initial steps are to choose your name, website and logo. Those are fun parts but by the time you actually get to shipping your final product out you will have little to no motivation to do so.
Especially if you are a creative or a content creator then you might start running out of original things, then what? Well at this point most entrepreneurs and creatives try to go for mentors and courses.
The things they don’t know but someone else might, its like you didn't get good enough sleep the night before and instead of recognizing the lack of sleep and maybe napping a bit you decide to blame things on work for making you tired.
That's the same approach we take with our new businesses, we never really look deep enough at the causes and keep running to the gurus.
There is nothing wrong with the gurus but what is wrong is going to the wrong person seeking a totally different result. It's like going to the optometrist to get your back fixed.
That's the reason we share research with you so you can make an educated decision and identify your own problems and enhance your own performance.
Sorry for taking forever to answer the question and going on a tangent.
So vitamin B12 and all other supplements discussed in this podcast all have direct impact on either your motivation, mindset, mental clarity or overall well being not because we believe it, because it's science and results can be replicated.
Here are a few facts about what happens when you are vitamin B12 deficient:
Symptoms of a deficiency often mimic those of dementia, such as memory loss, disorientation, and difficulty thinking and reasoning. It can be hard distinguishing deficiency from dementia, especially since older folks are at risk for both.
If Vitamin B12 persists for years, it can cause severe, irreversible neurologic damage—like an inability to concentrate. Other permanent side effects include nerve damage, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, even difficulty with bowel
More than a couple of drinks a week can even reduce the absorption of vitamin B12 because B12 gets is stored in the liver, and alcohol consumption can impair liver function and deplete B12 stores or make it harder for the liver to use it.
As athletes, creative and entrepreneurs our brain and body are the best things we have. Even if we fail at one venture or competition we can still have chance for another comeback as long as our cognitive abilities are in their prime.
Few facts about Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B12 is a powerhouse supplement, because it even helps create DNA,
- it is crucial for Brain function, boosts Immune systems and creates new blood cells.
- Vitamin B12 deficiencies are found mostly in vegan or vegetarians because most of the vitamin B12 is found in meats and dairy products. If you are over 50 and feel exhausted, rapid heartbeats and brain fog there are chances you are vitamin B12 deficient.
- As you age your stomach produces less acid and acid is critical for Vitamin B12 absorption.
If you are experiencing cognitive decline then as a first step you should get tested for vitamin B12 deficiency.
Unlike fat-soluble vitamins that accumulate in your body and can have side effects in excess, B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning your body only absorbs a small amount and the rest is excreted.
Supplementation of vitamin B12 tends to be around 1,000mcg (1mg) of supplemental vitamin B12 that you can buy over the counter. Even though it is a safe vitamin, please consult a licensed physician before taking any medications or unsure about the dosage.
You can vist JOLSID.com and access the list of foods that are rich in vitamin B12.
or by visit www.jolsid.com/resources.
Mar 01 2016
Rank #13: JS049 NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION (Part 2)
Jul 04 2016
Rank #14: JS034 SOCIAL APPROVAL: Mental barriers of SUCCESS (Part 5)
Human beings are social creatures. We need social interactions in order for us to be happy and to thrive. Also, this same notion of being social was responsible for the growth of our civilization, it all happened by sharing ideas, developing them and critiquing them.
Because of the social interactions we...continue reading
Mar 20 2016
Rank #15: JS025 Science of BRAIN GROWTH and REGENERATION with workout
It’s pretty common knowledge that exercise helps you feel better, physically AND mentally. But have you ever wondered what happens deep down inside our brains that give us that euphoric feeling? Science claims that there are neurobiological effects of physical exercise ranging from change in brain structure, brain function, and cognition. Doing any kind of physical activity helps, however studies have shown that aerobic activity specifically has been found to increase behavioural and neural plasticity, as well as long term effects such as: increased neurological activity, improved memory, improved stress coping and enhanced cognitive control of behaviour...continue reading
Mar 10 2016
Rank #16: JS039 SOCIAL PROOF (Persuasion) How to INFLUENCE (Part 1.3)
Apr 25 2016
Rank #17: JS043 ART OF WOO (Persuasion Theory) - How to Influence (Part 2.1)
Needing to know the person you are planning on pursuing is the key to any theory of persuasion. Get to know their motivations, values, personality, goals and also their challenges. The better you know your target...continue reading
May 23 2016
Rank #18: JS029 How Couch Potato Gene impacts MOTIVATION and SUCCESS
So you want to be successful, happy and financially independent as soon as possible.
You think you have the best idea that will help you accomplish this goal fast.
Now a few months have passed and there is no change in your personal finances and your golden idea doesn’t seem to be as golden any more. You start to doubt yourself and you get more focused on the daily routine of the same job (if you have one) or if not then the process of finding one.
Now lounging around and doing nothing, feels good, but when it becomes a regular part of your life then you start to wonder what’s going on? Why am I lazy? What’s wrong with me? Is it just me or are others lazy as well? Are some people lazier than others?
You ask yourself all these questions.....continue reading
Mar 14 2016
Rank #19: JS046 COGNITIVE DISSONANCE Theory (Persuasion) How to Influence (Part 2.4)
Jun 13 2016
Rank #20: JS038 COMMITMENT & CONSISTENCY (Persuasion) - How to INFLUENCE (Part 1.2)
Consistency is what psychologists call a “decision heuristic” or a shortcut for us to make decisions. Life is complicated enough already. Consistency is a practical survival skill in this complex world by giving us....continue reading
Apr 18 2016