• Deanne Pandey

Alternatives to caffeine

Caffeine is a well known nervous system stimulant. That is why we usually rely on a morning cup of coffee or a jolt of caffeine in the afternoon to help us get through the day. Caffeine can make you feel awake, energetic, and on top of the world; but at the same time it can also make you anxious, irritable, and unable to sleep. Along with these effects, it has a lot of long term effects. Further, caffeine dependent people can barely get through the day without any assistance. This makes us reconsider having that extra cup o’coffee. Luckily, giving up caffeine doesn’t necessarily mean you will doze off during work hours or get through the day like a dull jack. There are many alternatives to caffeine. Shifting to these alternatives is not only a healthier option but also maintains your energy levels.

Here are some ways to boost your energy or stay awake without caffeine-

1. Golden milk as a coffee substitute

This warm beverage incorporates invigorating spices such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and black pepper. It also has inflammatory properties.

You can prepare a basic golden milk in about 5 minutes. Here’s how:

In a saucepan, combine 1 cup with 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger and a pinch of black pepper. Finally, add honey to taste.

Warm the mixture on low to medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning.

Once heated, pour the drink into a mug and enjoy.

2. Exercise regularly

While some of the body’s energy comes from food and drinks, the body’s ability to produce energy is largely affected by daily activity. Exercise not only gets your heart rate up and gives you a natural mood boost but also improves your posture, which in turn gives you more energy. Thus, regular exercising can help you lower your caffeine intake.

3. Take the right Vitamin supplements

Often, when we're lacking in energy, a deficiency of certain vitamins is to blame. Consuming the right vitamins can help get you on the right track toward waking up ready to start your day. Certain vitamins such as Vitamin D, iron, B12, and iodine can all be a part of improving your overall energy and well being. Although, it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking these supplements.

4. Try having Mint tea

If you need a caffeine-free replacement for your usual cup of coffee, try drinking mint tea instead. Mint has a proven ability to enhance stamina, improve performance, and increase mental clarityIt refreshes you and uplifts your senses. A cup of mint tea is a great alternative for your daily cup of coffee.

5. Make a Cup of Chicory Coffee

Just like coffee beans, chicory root can be roasted, ground and brewed into a delicious hot beverage. It tastes very similar to coffee but is caffeine-free. But it comes with some great health benefits. It is a rich source of insulin, and can stimulate your gallbladder to produce more bile, which may be beneficial for fat digestion, making it a great alternative for coffee.

These are some of the many alternatives of coffee. Even if a cup coffee saves the day, it can still have long term ill-effects. So, shift to these healthy and natural alternatives to replace your caffeine intake.

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