Back to Work: Simple Tips to Increase Productivity

Greg Potter

Many of us are returning to work this week after the summer. As getting back in the swing of things can be tricky, I thought I’d share some simple tips to increase productivity at work. The next two blogs are for anyone who does "deep work", a concept popularised by Cal Newport. In Cal’s words, deep work is “professional activity performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that pushes your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.” I don't know about you, but that's the kind of work I...

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Eat Chocolate, Be Smarter? What You Should Know About Cocoa and Brain Health

Greg Potter

Let’s face it, I’m a chocoholic. So, when it came to exploring the science of cocoa products, I was bound to be a bit biased. But as I fought my urge to cherry pick research supporting the health benefits of cocoa, I came to see that it really is highly nutritious. However, there’s also a dark side to cocoa (pun intended) that has implications for which cocoa products you should pick. In the next couple of blogs, I’m going to highlight the science of cocoa, beginning with how cocoa affects brain health and the best ways to consume cocoa for maximum...

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The Science of L-Theanine, A Dietary Supplement that Relieves Stress, Improves Focus, and Enhances Sleep

Greg Potter

Do you sometimes feel stressed out or anxious? Perhaps you occasionally struggle to focus at work? Or are there times when, despite your best efforts, a good night’s sleep eludes you? If your answer to any of these is yes, you might find today’s blog helpful. In it, we’re diving into the science of L-theanine, a well-studied substance in tea that has an impressively large array of beneficial effects, hence why we include it in Energise and Energise & Rebuild versions of Long Range Fuel. This blog gets nerdy in places, so I’ve summarised the important stuff below, including how...

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In Defense of Caffeine

Greg Potter

Have you ever felt confused about whether caffeine is good or bad for you? I certainly have, and because of this, my caffeine intake has fluctuated between total abstinence and weeks of consuming over 600 mg caffeine each day (that’s a lot). When I was doing my PhD on the relationship between nutrition and sleep, I read study after study about caffeine, and this process helped me understand how to use caffeine to get more out of life. I’ve since seen many nutrition companies maligning caffeine and, honestly, I think most of this propaganda reflects the fact they don’t read scientific publications. I’m therefore keen to clear up what we actually know about this substance. Most important, I want to share how you...

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