Natural and Healthy Alternatives to Coffee
Coffee is likely the number one addiction in the world. People wake up, and before they can even get out a clear sentence, they must consume their cup-o-joe. Caffeine is great for memory, boosting energy, detoxifying the body and building stamina; however, just like anything else, moderation is key. Consuming too much caffeine—usually from coffee and energy drinks—can lead to restlessness, irritability, insomnia, anxiety and an increase in blood pressure.
I want you to be the healthiest version of you possible, so I have come up with five alternatives to coffee in order for you to still get that morning pep-in-your-step.
1. Ginkgo Biloba is an herbal extract that comes from the nut of the ginkgo biloba tree. Ginkgo biloba can be taken as a capsule or in tea form. It was used for centuries in Chinese medicine. The ginkgo biloba works as a vasodilator, which increases blood flow to the brain, causing you to feel more awake and energized.
2. Ginseng is extracted from the ginseng root. Like ginkgo biloba, ginseng increases blood flow to the brain and gives the body a stimulating effect, similar to coffee. Ginseng can be taken in capsule form or tea form.
3. Green Tea provides a calmer form of energy boost compared to coffee because the caffeine in tea is buffered with the relaxation stimulating amino acid theanine. Green tea is extremely good for your health. It has been shown to boost levels of elastin in the skin and provides you with plenty of antioxidants.
4. Yerba Mate is yet another herbal extract, and it is full of minerals and beneficial phytochemicals which provide long-lasting natural energy without the crash that you may experience with coffee.
5. Ice Cold Water and B12 is an excellent pick-me-up for when you first wake up in the morning. Drink a glass of ice-cold water with the recommended amount of B12 drops in it (check the bottle for appropriate dosage). The cold water will shock the body and wake it up, making you feel more alert. The vitamin B12 will naturally enhance your energy and mental clarity.
If you are one of the many people who reach for yet another cup of coffee come afternoon around 3 p.m., try some iced green tea for a boost.
Have you tried any of these alternatives? If so, which ones and how do you feel about them?
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement.