In the past few years, more often than ever, it's easy to find scores of people online asking "what is nootropics." Nootropics are complex tools. They're a supplemental but fundamental part of increasing a person's abilities.
Their presented intent is to allow individuals to function at a higher level and in many cases live a healthier, higher quality life. Like many things, they require a careful balance of both research and control. Too much of anything, even water or the wrong vitamin can lead to problems.
For instance, many users report using magnesium as a top tier supplement, one that some nootropics use as a libido and concentration improving ingredient. Those that take too much experience zinc poisoning, a phenomenon that leads to violent nauseous episodes characterized by emesis (vomiting).
Like zinc poisoning and other medications, their effectiveness can also be impaired by taking it for too long this leads to the body building tolerance. In this tolerance break guide, we will walk you through how to beat this pesky occurrence.
The term for using a medication or nootropic for a period and then taking a period off from using its called cycling. Cycling has a range of benefits:
Cycling is one of many solutions for preventing the limitations that many nootropic users find happen to them. When cycling doesn't happen, the body can get used to a particular substance. While the exact way the body learns to adapt is dependent on the substance itself, it all comes down to the way the body regulates itself.
Homeostasis is a word that essentially means your body's automatic response system. It prevents problems, or an unbalance within that can be caused by substances and nutrients. If there is too much of one thing, it tips the scale by adding the opposite and vice versa.
All most all nootropics that work well can and do have problems with tolerance in the long term. Many people try and compensate by either unsystematically abstaining until they feel the time is right, or try and overcompensate by taking way more than they should until it becomes a problem.
Sadly to say, neither of these are great strategies if you want to experience the benefits of your nootropics.
Cycling seems like a no brainer. It has the above-listed benefits and more, and yet so many choose to ignore what seems like common sense. The reality is that most people don't cycle because:
Both are misconceptions. Cycling is easy. It's just about finding the right approach for you and your nootropic schedule or particular stack. It requires a thorough understanding of both your body and the nootropics that you are taking. There is no definitive answer to the question, "how long should a tolerance break be." Tolerance break length varies from person to person.
There are a few options for nootropic users that want to cycle appropriately:
Option A is one of the most popular ways that many beginner and advanced users employ to minimize tolerance and side effects caused by build ups. Nootropic users will utilize their particular stack or nootropic for three weeks a month.
This allows them to casually use their stack without fear but still gives an easy schedule that is pretty simple to follow. There is, of course, some room for variation depending on what your stack uses but its effective.
Option B works for those that use a heavy stimulant stack. Things like modafinil and racetams should be limited. Not only can too many stimulants lead to tolerance, but over stimulation can lead to higher stress levels and without a healthy cycle can cause breakdowns, exhaustion, and burnout, which would defeat the purpose of using nootropics.
Three to five days work for many because it allows the user to still get through the hardest days of the work or study schedule without having to struggle. It's also good for those that have a varied schedule and need to be adaptable; you just have to incorporate whatever two to four days you want to have off.
This is one of the harder methodologies because it requires careful measurements, planning, and testing to find what works for you. Depending on what you are using nootropics for, there are multiple ways to satiate your need.
More than one type of a solution exists, so this method of cycling requires you to alternate either weekly or monthly which nootropics you use to reach your desired results. This is perfect because it keeps the quality controlled for both sets and you can see which works better over time.
Whenever tolerance begins to build up to one, you can switch to the other to give yourself time to re-adapt to it.
Before we wrap up, there are a few things that are important to keep in mind from the beginning with your nootropic usage that can impact your results long term.
If you stick to the above principles, your process of cycling will be far easier than you could imagine.