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How To Improve Cognitive Function And Reaction Time For Gamers.

Esports is a rapidly growing, highly competitive space dominating the internet and taking over the lives of players looking to become the best in the world. Although unlike mainstream sports i believe the benefits of exercise and supplementation are very under utilised in the esports community until the athletes make it to the very top. Many professional teams have strict, balanced routines of practice, strategy meetings and also EXERCISE.. Because the top teams know a healthy body supports a healthy mind. 

Improving Your Cognitive Performance And Reaction Time By Integrating These Basic Fundamentals Into Your Lifestyle. 

Exercise - Do you know you can use exercise to improve cognitive function?
It is well established physical exercise supports a healthy cardiovascular system, builds lean muscle, burns excess body fat and improves bone density.
But did you know exercise can change the brain, helping to protect cognitive function and memory. That includes both long-term memory and short-term memory.
That’s why you should try to exercise daily, even if it’s only just a brief walk. You should get your body moving to keep your brain healthy.
Here are some of the benefits your brain gets from regular exercise:
- Improves brain function and memory
- Protects thinking skills
- Reduces stress, depression, and anxiety
- Promotes better sleep
- The Brain and Exercise
Apart from the physiological benefits that come from exercising, it can do wonders for your brain, too. Exercise works to boost your memory and thinking skills in both an indirect and direct way.

Nutrition & Hydration - It has long been suspected that the relative abundance of specific nutrients can affect cognitive processes and emotions. Newly described influences of dietary factors on neuronal function and synaptic plasticity have revealed some of the vital mechanisms that are responsible for the action of diet on brain health and mental function. Several gut hormones that can enter the brain, or that are produced in the brain itself, influence cognitive ability. In addition, well-established regulators of synaptic plasticity, such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, can function as metabolic modulators, responding to peripheral signals such as food intake. Understanding the molecular basis of the effects of food on cognition will help us to determine how best to manipulate diet in order to increase the resistance of neurons to insults and promote mental fitness. Whilst there has been no ideal diet for increasing cognitive function and reaction time there has been multiple studies referencing increased cognitive function and reaction time when above average protein intake is consumed,  individuals are following adequate daily hydration principles and adequate glucose is consumed (best sources include fruits, vegetables and whole grains).

We recommend consuming a high protein, nutrient dense varied diet an example day may look like this

Supplementation -  There has been a multitude of studies showing the significant impact a varitety of supplements can have on improving mental performance and reaction times primarily different nootropics and caffeine. Primarily in reference to processing times in comparison to improvements in actual mental performance essentially they make your faster not smarter. 
ingredients such as caffeine, cdp choline and l tyrosine that can be found in products such as GFUEL. If you are looking for more information on what supplementing a product like gfuel can do check out the video review below 

What Exercise Protocol Should You Implement Right Now ! 

Besides the science supporting the benefits correlating exercise to enhanced brain function i also personally notice a a big difference to my own cognitive function on a day to day basis when i compare the days i exercise in the morning to the days i don't. There is a vast improvement to my productivity and focus. 
How much exercise do you need to feel the brain-boosting benefits? Almost all studies carried out into exercise and the brain have been based on walking.
However, experts believe aerobic exercise of any form still delivers the same benefits. It still enhances your cognitive performance.
In a massive study by Yale and Oxford Universities, researchers gathered data on 1.2 million Americans. They found that those who exercised reported having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health every month.
In the largest observational study of its kind, researchers found that team sports, aerobics, cycling, and going to the gym offer the biggest reductions.
In terms of duration, the results of the study suggest that more isn’t necessarily better. Exercising for 45 minutes roughly three to five times a week was associated with most benefits.
The CDC recommends adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week, so try to get in 150 minutes per week at least up to 225 minutes.

If you were looking for a program to follow check out the pinnacle strength program delivered via our pinnacle performance app with 12 weeks of coaching support.

What Supplements Can I Use To Improve My Mental Performance And Reaction?
.When we get asked this question our number 1 answer is GFUEL. It provides generous doses of nootropics like l tyrosine, choline bitartrate, ATP and a moderate serve of caffeine (150mg) enough to dial you in without making you feel jittery. 

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