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    Obviously huge improvements in physical energy is commonly pointed out when folks go paleo/primal but has anyone gained a significant improvement in mental clarity? As an adult with ADHD? The combination of physical but more so mental clarity is huge to me

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    I've only seen it when I started drinking bulletproof coffees every morning with the best quality coffee beans and pastured butter and EVCO. At this time, I also gained 5 lbs over the course of 2 months. But I do miss the mental clarity of the time
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    • #3
      Even though I was eating very little grain pre-primal, removing them was like a fog being lifted.
      Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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      • #4
        I love Gingko Biloba.

        Been taking it on and off for years.

        I always notice that when I'm on it for a while, I can almost literally play music in my head (you know when yo ugot a song stuck in your head? It's more intense on Gingko). That's how I know it works.

        My professor told us that Vitamin C is good for mental clarity. Even before he said it I noticed that megadoses of Vit C made me more focused on studying. I guess it could be that.
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        • #5
          100%. Since giving up gluten I am brain fog free
          "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

          In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

          - Ray Peat

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          • #6
            Mental clarity and relief of ADHD is often a result of giving up wheat. Mental clarity and relief of depression has been reported in my friends who gave up only flours and sugars (they aren't on paleo/primal or low carb or even wheat free, just no flour or sugar.) Extreme mental clarity/focus is often reported when one goes on a ketogenic diet. I've experienced that myself. You can obtain it with fasting as well. So basically, any way you dice it, some aspect of the primal way is probably going to help.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              Giving up orgasms (not sex, just orgasms) seems to be very helpful to increase brain clarity. And a lot of snuggling with a partner. It all builds up oxytocin and keeps prolactin levels down and is extremely helpful not just for brain clarity but also for making all sorts of addictions easier to kick.

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              • #8
                I certainly have much more mental clarity since going Primal. I'm a pilot and during flying I really notice the difference with before: I'm more alert, sharper and more relaxed when things get a bit stressful on the flightdeck. That and not having to rely on snacks during a long day is enough for me to do this as a lifestyle.

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                • #9
                  Mental clarity is often experienced by eating less or fasting, so I am not sure that it is primal eating per se that produces this phenomenon…
                  "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                  - Schopenhauer

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by richard View Post
                    Giving up orgasms (not sex, just orgasms) seems to be very helpful to increase brain clarity. And a lot of snuggling with a partner. It all builds up oxytocin and keeps prolactin levels down and is extremely helpful not just for brain clarity but also for making all sorts of addictions easier to kick.
                    1. Citation needed
                    2. Don't bother with #1. Nobody cares how good the science is.
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                    • #11
                      Absolutely! I have much more mental clarity than before and never experience the dreaded “brain fog”. My memory has also improved. But what really kicked it up a notch for me was when I started intermittent fasting. I discovered that my body (and mind) really enjoy IF.
                      “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                        1. Citation needed
                        2. Don't bother with #1. Nobody cares how good the science is.
                        I know.

                        It's a hard sell, ain't it, (pun intended??)

                        More and more science is out on huge hormone changes following orgasm. Prolactin up, dopamine and oxytocin down.

                        Oxytocin makes it much easier to follow diets and lose weight and makes us less anxious.

                        Many people experiment with having sex more frequently, with orgasm less frequently, and they experience huge benefits. I'm not going to sit here and enumerate them or preach about it. But it is a big element in brain fog, often *the* element so that when orgasms decline, brain fog goes away, absent any other changes.

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                        • #13
                          I'm not buying that in the least. When I feel better, my brain is clearer, and I want to have more sex. Having an orgasm doesn't make it worse. If I'm not feeling great, I don't want to have sex, so orgasms aren't really happening anyway.

                          Anyway, I don't have ADHD, but I have much improved mental clarity when I stick with saturated fats, no grains, and no refined sugars. Keeping up with my amino acids (5-HTP) helps to keep the depression at bay and keep me feeling good too.
                          Depression Lies

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                          • #14
                            LOL. What's the point of sex, without an orgasm?
                            High Weight: 225
                            Weight at start of Primal: 189
                            Current Weight: 174
                            Goal Weight: 130

                            Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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                            • #15
                              I've been a space cadet for most of my life. Primal hasn't changed that except I'm less foggy first thing in the morning. The good news is I can now blame my spaciness on advancing age. heh.

                              An orgasm a day is surely better than the proverbial apple.
                              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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