Focus Toolkit: Tools to Improve Your Focus & Concentration | Huberman Lab Podcast #88

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In this episode, I provide a list of behavioral, nutritional, and supplement-based tools you can use to improve your ability to get into a focused state to do mental or physical work. I explain science-supported strategies for transitioning into focus, maintaining focus during the work bout, and exiting the focus session, which is also critical, including decompression/defocusing tools. I will explain the use of binaural beats and caffeine, as well as how to avoid them. Also, I will discuss whether or not to use fasted or fed states and food and supplements that increase dopamine and epinephrine (i.e. adrenaline), to help you focus better. Short behavioral practices such as meditation or visual gaze training can help you focus longer term. This episode is for everyone, as deep focus is essential to improve cognitive and physical performance in all areas. You’ll be armed with a comprehensive toolkit of scientifically supported, low- or zero-cost strategies for concentration and focus that you can tailor to your mental and physical performance.

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Timestamps
00: 00: 00 Focus Toolkit
00: 04: 25 Momentous Supplements
00: 05: 38 Thesis, LMNT, Eight Sleep
00: 09: 37 The “Arrow Model” of Focus: Epinephrine, Acetylcholine & Dopamine
00: 15: 15 Modulation vs. Modulation vs. Importance of Sleep 00: 18: 11 Tool: Binaural Beats to Improve Concentration
00: 20: 54 Tool: White, Brown & Pink Noise, Transition to Focused State
00: 22: 55 Warm-Up for Cognitive Work, Refocusing Attention & Neuroplasticity
00: 26: 14 Tool: Ultradian Cycles: Warm-Up, Maintaining Focus & Deliberate Defocusing
00: 31: 22 How Many Daily Ultradian Cycles Can One Perform?
00: 34: 14 AG1 (Athletic Greens)
00: 35: 35 Virtusan: Mental & Physical Health Journeys
00: 36: 52 Tool: Fasted vs. Fed States & Focus, Prevent an Afternoon Crash, Ketosis
00: 45: 52 Tool: Foods to Improve Focus & Regulating Food Volume
00: 47: 53 Tool: Caffeine & Focused Work, Dopamine Efficacy, Alertness
00: 52: 55 Tool: Stress & Improved Concentration
00: 55: 46 Tool: Deliberate Cold Exposure & Focus, Dopamine & Epinephrine
01: 00: 39 Layer Focusing Tools & Design Your Own Protocols
01: 01: 19 Tool: Short Meditation & Improved Ability to Refocus
01: 07: 40 Tool: Yoga Nidra, Non-Sleep Deep Rest (NSDR) & Defocus Periods
01: 12: 13 Tool: Hypnosis & Focus/Deep Relaxation States
01: 16: 07 Optimal Time of Day to Use Specific Tools
01: 16: 46 Tool: Overt Visual Focus & Deliberate Gaze
01: 20: 42 Covert Visual Focus; Deliberate Gaze Warm-Up & Focused Work
01: 24: 43 Tool: Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
01: 27: 28 Tool: Creatine Monohydrate
01: 29: 10 Tool: Alpha-GPC & Acetylcholine, Increased Risk of Stroke? & Garlic 01: 33: 52 Tool: L-Tyrosine Supplements & Food
01: 34: 47 Combining & Choosing Focus Tools, Variability
01: 36: 50 ADHD Prescriptions, Training Neural Circuits, Maintenance & Reduced Dosage
01: 39: 19 Tool: Optimal Order Approaching Focus Tools, Prescriptions & Dependency
01: 42: 56 Tool: Phenylethylamine & Dopamine
01: 44: 50 Tool: Other Supplements to Enhance Dopamine, Epinephrine & Acetylcholine
01: 46: 46 Behavioral, Nutrition & Supplement Tools for Focus
01: 49: 12 Zero-Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Momentous Supplements, AG1 (Athletic Greens), Instagram, Twitter, Neural Network Newsletter

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