popcorn for sleep and spinach for a dopamine reset

a nightcap of popcorn?

i’ve discovered eating less than 1/4 of a cup of air-popped popcorn one hour before bedtime allows me to have a deep sleep. the popcorn is seasoned with tablespoon of mixed 1/8 olive oil mixed with Emeril’s Original Seasoning. sure popcorn is high glycemic but the added tryptophan is amazing for the deep sleep this past week. i avoid the carcinogens of microwavable bagged popcorn or high temperature oil to pop the corn kernels – the oil can easily form free radicals.

the nightly popcorn is in addition to a half pill of Theanine Serine and one Melatonin 5mg pill both taken a half hour before bedtime.

magnesium in spinach to reset dopamine pathways

want to remain sensitized to dopamine for Modafinil or Adderall? if yes, then read on.

magnesium is a critical participant in 300+ human biochemical reactions as an enzyme cofactor. wikipedia for magnesium describes,

“Inadequate magnesium intake frequently causes muscle spasms, and has been associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, migraines, osteoporosis, and cerebral infarction.[6][7] Acute deficiency (see hypomagnesemia) is rare, and is more common as a drug side-effect (such as chronic alcohol or diuretic use) than from low food intake per se, but it can also occur within people fed intravenously for extended periods of time.”

i much prefer food as medicine and spinach ranks as the number one food highest in magnesium, a mineral 80% of Americans are considerable low in. in addition to spinach being my favorite vegetable it’s also highly nutritional. i’ve compressed to two large batches of spinach with low heat and a little coconut oil on my small ceramic pan to be able to store in the refrigerator well. this leave me wanting for a ceramic wok with lid to hold at least one bulk spinach batch. i hunted a solid hour in the suppliments section of Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS only to find Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Oxide prevalent – no Magnesium Glycinate. a quick search in Amazon shows a bulk container of 500mg for less than twenty dollars. after nearly pressing the buy button, i opted to try foods and spinach was an obvious first option.

in addition, a large inexpensive bag of consumable Epson Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) has instructions on oral dosage per adult of one to two tablespoons per cup of water. i’m simply experimenting even though the Magnesium Sulfate has a low absorption rate maybe the heaping tablespoon will compensate.

later, i’d like to experiment with a night cap of a 400mg Magnesium Glycinate pill to compare.

Mental Health Daily describes “How To Increase Dopamine Levels” as well as avoid depletion of dopamine. also Dr Axe describes “Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods Plus Proven Benefits” – i’m definitely switching the cracked-pepper to sunflower seeds to pumpkin seeds which i keep in truck to help from dosing off while driving.

how to measure magnesium levels in the body? less than 2% of the body’s magnesium can be found in blood serum so that is not a good indicator (it’s found in bones) and the body’s response to increased dopamine takes days [need reference here]. like taking any pill, for the delivery of magnesium in spinach to be effective in schedule with Modafinil, i’m left desiring to know an effective amount and time of day.

reduced aggression of tryptophan and magnesium

magnesium has an added calming benefit. both tryptophan and magnesium are associated with reduced aggression. Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D. describes the lessened aggression of typtophan and magnesium.


cold brew coffee as a nootropic?

a smooth cold brew coffee

i’m reminded a Far-Side cartoon drawing where an ape sitting alongside a beach side tells his beach-mate how “you know a banana isn’t just a banana anymore..” same with coffee.


thirty years of drinking coffee on and off, mostly off, etched in stone for me a visual of turning to squeeze a vice between my temporal lobes. the “break-in-case-of-emergency” self-induced pain turned me only a bit more productive in the morning. cold brew coffee flips the vice-pain to a smooth experience. i have no brain or stomach pains as it is low in acid and i’m a bit more productive with a decent buzz. i pour a 1/4th cup of organic light roast coffee beans into a burr grinder and let sit with water in a repurposed tall jar with a tight lid. occasionally during the day i toss the jar to and fro to encourage the cold seeping of the grinds. in the mornings i pour the 22 hour cold brew with grinds into an organic hemp bag over a tin pot and wrench tight.

if you’re into the flavor of coffee then a hot coffee brew on ice may be your best option. i’ll try that another day.

later DIYs:

avoid coffee mold

my vegan friend Dakota warned me of U.S. coffee mycotoxins mold as the U.S. does not have regulations on the mold. i’m on a quest to find a way to measure and reduce coffee bean mycotoxin. one shortcut is to purchase mycotoxin OTA – free coffee beans. no affiliation here.

a probiotic cold brew coffee DIY?

i’m inspired to create a probiotic kombucha-like cold brew coffee. this will likely involve at least seven days of fermentation.

a slow pressure build on the cold brew?

one morning left me without a cold brew coffee and a quick search for “fast cold brew coffee” had listed a technique to nitrogen pressure a cold brew coffee ready in two hours. this has me wondering if a regular 22 hour cold brew can be self-pressured with some slowly expanding gas such as fermentation. a glass jar may be out of the question. maybe a metallic pressure sealed container will do. this may be a later DIY.

bulk cold brew coffee?

got three huge glass jars likely good for a large batch of cold brew coffee. the cold brew coffee will hold well in the refrigerator. i’ll experiment later if the batch will stay well on a tile floor where the temperature is cooler.




slob days

a fasting prep day for nootropics

the day after feeling enlightening and focused, i slammed the sparkly karma by eating the same healthy cereal and tofu-mushroom cooked in coconut oil. there is a lesson i learned from this, apply the nootropics only after a master cleanse and sprout and turmeric sauce controlled fasting day. to do otherwise is a band-aid and waste of nootropics where my brain is already struggling. so basically there are three categories of days 1) slob days (where i eat anything vegan at anytime), 2) fasting prep days, and 3) nootropic days. a full fasting prep day to precede a nootropic day. i can stay on for at most on five consecutive nootropic days. this is a healthy arrangement since i’ve adapted to inject at least two non-nootropic days. i love the chaos of a free day so i suppose one slob day can follow five nootropic days and that can be followed by a fasting prep day. i’m giving myself permission to have a strong coffee on the slob day only.

nootropic experiments on fasting prep days

one cool use of a fasting prep day is to experiment with new nootropics – simply because i have a better sense of effects without interference on days i expect to be productive. for today, i’ve drank the last of a Matcha tea and am topping it off with Ginseng and Ginko tinctures.

trial day 1 of sprouts and nootropics

a strangely beautiful sensation of enlightenment?

it’s amazing to have this sense after only one faithfully completed sprouts and nootropics day. so much so, i was inspired upon waking to pop up a yoga position videos and flip Google Play to a yoga station. think a burning incense will cap it well.


the 23.5 hour fast appears to enhance Alpha Brain. yesterday was a complete trial day 1 of the sprouts and nootropics. on way to Pomegranate, had a drink of apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon (the lemon was later added a part of my complementary water drink). met my friend Lynn and ate my bowl of sprouts with a side of brain sprouts. the combined taste was greatly improved over previous incarnations of the sauce. i’m clear to keep the apple cider vinegar in the drink.

today, seeing that a few fruits and vegetables may go to waste i’ll include one fruit in morning and two vegetables in the evening.

initial on and off trial sprout and nootropic days

today i’ll consume a half cup of cooked organic portobello mushrooms with tofu and garlic at noon along with the sprouts and turmeric dish and tomorrow another half.

trial diet preparations and ideas for metrics

after having completed a number of X day diet trials last year, getting a formula right is generally happenstance. one main reason for having trial days is simply because of the need to ready a number of items. for example, a blood test, organic lemons, non-toxic amenable sprouting containers suitable for long term use, a suitable camera setup, finding someone to film preparing food sprouts, etc.. i intend to visit a wellness doctor to request a before and after blood test. will research what blood tests cover general overall well being.

metrics to determine the wellness of diet are a good start. how to measure the degree of focus? programming speed, online chess, memory games, also i feel a desire to play musical instruments. will opt to find a midi keyboard that works well with a Mac.


a zen of sprouts video journal

a video journal

by shear coincidence yesterday my son wanted to visit a Goodwill where i chanced upon a solid tripod. i’ll be experimenting with a producing a one week experiment video journal for the below daily minimalist diet regiment.

1. nootropics, upon waking

upon waking i’ll be taking the nootropics described in the previous post entry for Modafinil, Alpha Brain, Guarana, and Yerba Matte.

2. exercise, while absorbing nootropics

i will do a morning run and swim for aerobic exercise and preferably find a group to exercise with on a daily basis – this for an increase of hippocampus stem cells and a 30% increase if it is social.

3. a lemon, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, and cinnamon  drink, before lunch

a “master cleanse” of lemon and cayenne pepper to open capillaries and help regulate blood sugar was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1940s. Dr Josh Axe has added two ingredients in the list, 1) lemon helps to balance blood sugar and has an alkaline effect on your body to help regulate PH plus stimulate the secretion of gastric juice, 2) cayenne pepper has been shown to drop blood pressure and increase metabolism, 3) Apple Cider Vinegar is full of enzymes and good bacteria, 4) Cinnamon is one of the best antioxidants on the planet. It’s the number one herb/spice for balancing blood sugar. i’ll consume a water drink having an organic lemon with all the pulp culled, a flat half teaspoon of powder cayenne pepper, and a tablespoon of Bragg Raw & Unfiltered Vinegar. to help boost my glucose a bit and .

i love my oats, dark chocolate, almond and coconut milk, peanut butter, and honey cereal but i can return to it after the sprout experiments.

4. lentil sprout with the vegan turmeric (brain) sauce, noon lunch

breakfast, lunch, and dinner happened at 9am with a simple bowl of sprout harvest. the technique was simple 1) soak a 1/4 cup of lentils for 12 hours, 2) drain and rinse into a humid and dark container, 3) rinse twice a day morning and evening, 4) harvest on third or fourth day depending on ambient temperature (summer verses winter).

i’ve sensed a need to return to a the same sprout experiment all the seventeen years since. the sprouts will be my only source of food with an optimized vegan turmeric (brain) sauce and an enlightening nootropic combination.

the vegan turmeric (brain) sauce describe will be added atop the lentil sprouts. still trying to decide to apply the vinegar to the master cleanse drink or the sprouts where it certainly boosts taste. one option will be to be spice up taste with Emerils Original Essence.

5) a 23.5 hour controlled fast, an open day for productivity

the fast i’ve found helps me to sleep better, obviates any morning belly pain, and increases the nootropic efficiency. leaving the time of day to consume the sprouts at noon is also important as i find the nootropics are best sublingual on an empty stomach up until my third cup of Yerba Matte tea plus any rest of day hunger pangs are reduced.

upon hearing a nearly 24 fast most folks i mention it to recoil citing an inability to do so. diabetes aside, i’ve hardly even noticed my fast. simply, i think, because the meal is mid-day to give little way for hunger pangs and with a higher energy my mind is more focused on tasks.

time, my precious! preparing to eat and eating easily consumes a two hour chuck of time after work. given that any worker-bee is lucky to have three hours of free time. that leaves one hour for productivity. more than twice the extra time for kids, family, friends, projects, tasks, etc..

biomarker: daily weight

i will be weighing myself daily upon waking preferably upon hitting the loo. the device maters also as i find the electronic weight machines are course and suffer from hysteresis (affected by a previous weight).

biomarker: sleep quality

sleep is to me the foundation for a nootropic stack. a lack of well sleep and any quality or quantity of nootropics will only save my productivity from being the proverbial village idiot.

a few years ago for a two month span, i experimented with measuring my ZQ (sleep quotient) with a Zeos headband where by morning time the sleep patterns appeared on my Android device and algebraically calculated a ZQ. surely, it was an empirically contrived calculation but at least a measure of likely success in my days productivity.

most critically, i’d like to gauge my snoring – it’s my Achilles Heel. a number of apps exist out there but i’d like to create one catered to my needs. then i need to research the physiology of nasal drip, excess tissue, or head position causing my snoring.

enlightening nootropics

an enlightening nootropics combo

after a year experimenting combinations of nootropic foods and supplements to compliment or enhance Modafinil, i chanced upon an enlightening combination of nootropics below. immediately upon waking, i take each in order twenty minutes sublingual on an empty stomach.

  • 150mg Modafinil sublingual. the approximate measuring i do by snapping one 200mg Modafinil pill in half and one half into another half to have 100mg + 50mg. remaining Modafinil pieces are left in an empty supplement bottle for use the next morning. Modafinil requires a prescription in the U.S. and can be purchased at CostCo or AfinilExpress (“MODALERT, MODAFINIL 200 MG BY SUN PHARMA” is touted as the smoothest Modafinil delivery).
  • Alpha Brain sublingual. after explaining to a lady handling the supplement department that Guarani is not simply a form of caffeine, she directed me to the Alpha Brain supplement. after asking her why the bottle was empty, she explained supplement was so popular customers were stashing them to steal the$79 per 90 count pill bottle so a prospective buyer had to request a bottle from the back room. i took the cue.
  • 400mg Guarana sublingual
  • a 1/4 cup of Yerba Matte tea seeped a few times over

i’ve discovered a 22 hour fast improved the nootropic effects. my nootropic cereal breakfast at 10am and turmeric brain sauce lunch at 12 noon works best for me. there is surprisingly no hunger.

the kill joy of Modafinil with coffee, green tea, or black tea?

people on forums typically suggest coffee or caffeinated tea tips to enhance Modafinil. any form of coffee was a hit and miss and typically left my brain sub optimally  wired. same with green tea. black tea worked best out of the three but still carried killed the joy in my day less out of the three. my mind became a focus monster as the joy of interacting in conversations (although my ability to listen improved) and getting a solid sleep both diminished.

next nootropic experiments

beginning next week, i’m experimenting with a morning aerobic exercise regimen,  sleep improvement technologies, returning to lentil sprouts as a bioactive source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.


noobie nootropics – a quick brain booster list


you want a quick noobie brain boost

to lift a mind fog, improve focus, assemble information quicker, retain info for an elongated period, reduce the likelyhood of anxiety and depression events. my existing three nootropics of being vegan, highly bioavailable turmeric, and Modafinil, i feel, have kicked into high gear this past month practicing this list,

below is a quick brain booster list you can easily follow,

  • eliminate wheat, barley, and rye flour foods: breads, cookies, flour tortillas, cake, pancakes, etc..
  • eliminate sugar laced foods
  • reduce alcohol consumption
  • reduce foods eggs, meats, and dairy milk laced with antibiotics and herbicide glyphosate (Roundup laced animal feed)
  • replace dairy milk with reduced or no added sugar coconut or almond milk
  • replace toothpaste with baking soda and a ten minute coconut oil pulling
  • add prebiotic (food for friendly bacteria already in your gut) and probiotic (replenishing friendly bacteria) microbiota foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, radish, kochumba, etc.. plus when i can find it, a vegan coconut yogurt.
  • stop eating after 2pm and drink only water afterwards



this is your brain on gluten

Dr. David Perlmutter describes the neuroscience of gluten effects in his book Grain Brain. per the publishers summary, “blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.”

i’m happy to have removed wheat, barley, and rye flours from my diet. seriously, who wants to pay $5 for a brain busting cereal? the profits companies rake for manufacturing cereal are outrageous in any case, on pennies on the dollar. there are wheat, barley, and rye flour substitutes and a set of gluten-free foods listed in 15 MUST-HAVES IN A GLUTEN-FREE KITCHEN.

are refined sugar and artificial sweeteners a poison?

the harmful physiological effects of refined sugar consumption is well documented for inducing obesity and diabetes but did you know it also disrupts you gut microbiota? see Diet-Induced Dysbiosis of the Intestinal Microbiota and the Effects on Immunity and Disease where,

“Refined sugars, on the other hand, mediate the overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria like C. difficile[54] and C. perfringens by increasing bile output [55].”

also, it’s even worse with artificial sweeteners. see Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

alcohol induced leaky gut and a microbiome displacement 

aside from increase neuronal damage reduced focus and productivity, doctors are now just beginning to accept the term “Leaky Gut” where alcohol increases the permeability of the one cell thick gut lining. see Top 10 Myths About the Brain – Alcohol Kills Brain Cells, “.. damage the ends of neurons, which are called dendrites. This results in problems conveying messages between the neurons. The cell itself isn’t damaged, but the way that it communicates with others is altered.”. for a leaky gut, the food you consume can directly enter your blood stream and that sets off a chain reaction to kill the the foreign invading food particles

The Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Alcohol Effects on the Composition of Intestinal Microbiota

How Alcohol Affects the Gut Microbiome

Alcohol & Gut Health: Eating to Restore Balance

eggs, meat, and milk laced with antibiotics traces kill your microbiome

(writing is in progress for this entry),

see, Meet Your Microbiome

eggs, meat, and milk laced with herbicide glyphosate (used in Roundup) traces kill your microbiome

(writing is in progress for this entry),

see, The Microbiota Crisis: How the Herbicide Glyphosate is Killing Microbiomes

for gut bacteria see,

(writing is in progress for this entry),


Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – for Life

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ