People Are Using Mushrooms To Supercharge Their Creativity
We’re living in the era of super-creativity and over-productivity.
Although the human race has been a hardworking bunch for centuries, the technological age has changed everything we’ve ever known about creativity, work, and efficiency.
Since we’re living in times where work is directly related to how “valuable” we’re deemed as members of society, people have turned to different ways to get in the mood to work, especially caffeine.
Here’s the problem with caffeine: it isn’t for everyone and isn’t necessarily the best thing you can put into your body. Instead of overworking, going into a caffeine crash, and eventually just accepting the burnout from functioning too much and playing too little, let us introduce you to our little friends: mushrooms.
The word “shrooms” is bound to scare some people, so hold your horses. Adding mushroom products into your day-to-day life doesn’t have to be scary, psychedelic, or have you feeling like a true junkie from the 70s.
Lend us your ears (or eyes in this case) to explain the ins and outs of nootropics and microdosing to improve creativity and productivity.
Nootropics For Creativity
The worldwide health industry is pushing nootropics to enhance a whole plethora of cognitive functions, including creativity.
Sure, we’re all born with innate imagination that fuels creativity, but it’s no surprise that the ups and downs of a technology-fueled world have left some of our brains grasping at the ends of a dying imagination.
Even the most creative minds on the planet will eventually find themselves at their wit's end, wondering if there are any ideas left in their noggin. That childlike sense of wonder, problem-solving, and innovation seems to drift off and leave you feeling empty.
That’s where nootropics come in: they may help improve mental performance, cognitive function, and above all, creativity.
What Are Nootropics?
Nootropics is the fancy word for what most people call “smart drugs,” basically any natural or synthetic substance that could possibly have a positive impact on brain function.
Nootropics come in a wide array of varieties. In the natural realm, supplements like caffeine, L-theanine in green tea, Ayurvedic medicinal herbs like Brahmi, cannabis, nicotine, ginseng, and mushrooms like lion’s mane may improve different areas of cognitive function.
Synthetic nootropics include creatine supplements, some ADHD medication, synthetic “smart drugs” like Nooptept, Modafinil, and Piracetam, and amphetamines.
To no surprise, caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive nootropic in the world and may help improve reaction time, alertness, memory, and mood.
However, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s good.
Although having a cup of coffee every once in a while won’t kill you, this widespread idea of “I can’t do anything until I’ve had my coffee” is slightly concerning, which is why we’re excited to give the world a healthier and less addictive alternative.
Different nootropics may hold different benefits and can be used in many different ways: whether you’re interested in boosting creativity and productivity, looking for workout inspiration, dealing with health symptoms, and wanting to improve your memory are just a few examples.
Before you go into the world of nootropics, make sure to do your diligent research regarding side effects and consult with a medical professional before going all out.
Memory’s Role in Creativity
When talking about the relationship between memory and creativity, there’s a lot to say. In fact, you can think of memory as the gasoline in creativity’s motor: you won’t get far without it.
When you’re going into creative mode, you’ll usually look into your memory boxes to find inspiration.
Whether it’s something you experienced, something you saw, something you dreamt, something you touched, something you smelled, or something you don’t even know why you remember, these memories serve as the base for every cool idea you could come up with.
Memories are often bunched into one of two categories: declarative (explicit) memories and non-declarative (implicit) memories.
It’s important to understand how important memory’s role is in creativity. To really get into the sciencey aspect of it, let’s look into our memory box and discover how it all works.
Declarative memory is the long-term memory of things that you know and consciously retrieve from your mind. For example, the capital of the U.S., two plus two equals four, your best friend's birthday, when you tripped in front of everyone on your first day of school, how many cups of water are in a liter, don’t eat yellow snow, you know, the basics.
Declarative memory has two subdivisions: episodic memory and semantic memory.
Episodic memory is like recalling your life story, often describes as being autobiographical. As the name suggests, you’ll often “see” these memories as episodes in the series that is your life (whether it’s a sitcom, drama, science fiction, or western).
On the other hand, semantic memory refers to facts, concepts, and skills you learn over time. Things like the ABC song, basic geography, how to write cursive, the multiplication table (no judgment here, to be honest even we struggle with that), and so on and so forth.
Basically, it’s what you learn in school and at home that sticks with you for life but requires a conscious effort to bring to the forefront.
On the other hand, non-declarative memory is long-term memory that doesn’t require conscious thought to do or remember. It’s like going on autopilot and making your life easier.
As the name suggests, procedural memory is a type of non-declarative memory that lets you live out your day-to-day without a second thought. You don’t have to overthink tying your shoe, walking, doing the laundry, washing your hair in the shower, or brushing your teeth. That is procedural memory.
We’ve also got to talk about priming. Within non-declarative memory, you can be primed by experiences and perceptions that’ll make your implicit memory unique (or not).
For example, think of an animal starting with the letter “E.” Most people might think “elephant” right off the bat, but it’s not always the case.
People living on an emu farm might lean towards that answer. Hardcore America fans might think “eagle.” Folks with interesting hobbies might go for “echidna.”
This is what priming refers to: the impact your individual background and insight have on your non-declarative memory functions.
How To Incorporate Mushrooms Into Your Creative Process
Mushrooms are a nootropic that’s gaining speed in the industry. The fact that they’re natural is a major selling point, not to mention the potential benefits they can hold.
Reishi, for example, may help ease symptoms of anxiety. Lion’s mane could be a great way to potentially boost your creativity and get your mind out of a fog. Chaga could be a potential antioxidant aid. Shiitake could possibly maintain heart health. Cordyceps may help boost your energy.
Whatever you’re looking for, mushrooms might just be the answer. If you’re looking to increase creativity at work or at home, look no further than VYU.
Mushrooms in Your Coffee
If you’re already a frequent flyer on the coffee trip, you can start off by mixing some mushrooms into your drink. If you’re more into matcha, lemonade, plain old water, or tea, go for that.
It’s literally easy as pie: mix it, sip it, enjoy it.
When it comes to VYU, we truly believe in our product. Countless testimonials back us up, and we are transparent about what we create and proud of what we’ve accomplished so far.
The TUNE IN is a supplement that you might get a lot out of, especially if you’re feeling stumped creatively.
Just a scoop a day could help you slip into your flow state, accomplish your goals, increase energy and creativity, boost memory, and have you feeling like your best self without crashing as you might with traditional caffeine.
Plus, we’re really proud to have focused on the flavor, as well as the potential benefits and effects. While many mushroom-based supplements tend to taste grainy, earthy, and not that great, VYU provides a smooth, sweet, and delicious strawberry lemonade flavor at every scoop.
Our ingredients speak for themselves: Lion’s mane may improve mood and cognition, cordyceps could give you an energy boost without the caffeine crash, Ashwagandha might aid with focus and memory, Bacopa Monnieri could help with retaining what you learn, teacrine for some extra energy, and L-tyrosine to keep stress at bay.
The world is a strange place, so why not make it easier on yourself? Pre-order now to discover the innovation in nootropics, and to make us happier than a clam.