It’s hard to resist waking up to the smell of brewing coffee in the morning. And as if one morning coffee is not enough, many people also take their second or third cup of coffee just to boost their energy for work. But do you know that the recommended daily maximum consumption for coffee is just 3 to 4 cups? That is about 400 mg of caffeine for the average person.
Drinking more than the recommended caffeine consumption daily can cause caffeine overdose which commonly leads to weight gain, low energy level, mineral deficiency and disrupted sleep. Does this scare you? Or are you more scared of not being able to drink another cup of coffee?
Fortunately, there are great alternatives to coffee that can keep your coffee cravings at bay while getting your energy levels soaring.
- Green Tea
Green tea is a refreshing drink with many health benefits. Generally, green tea is high in catechins which is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost your immune system. It can also possibly reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
- Lemon Water
Adding half a lemon to your glass of water gives you a refreshing drink that you can substitute for coffee or soda. Lemon water is one of the most inexpensive drinks, yet you’ll be surprised to know its many health benefits. This drink aids in digestion and detoxification. It also rejuvenates the skin, helps you shed extra weight, and boosts your energy level and mood.
- Fruit or Vegetable Smoothies
Consuming more fruits and vegetable has numerous health benefits because of their high nutrients and antioxidant content. And what could be a better way to start your day than preparing a fresh fruit or vegetable smoothie. The best thing about smoothies is that there is no rule on what you can add in there. You can toss anything fresh and healthy into the blend to give you an energizing morning drink.
- Flaxseed Shake
While perhaps one of the unpopular options in this list, a flaxseed shake is also worth mentioning and trying. For an energy-boosting flaxseed shake, you could blend a teaspoon of flaxseeds with soy milk, yogurt, fresh fruit for flavor and ice. From preliminary studies, flaxseeds have shown potential not just in improving your energy level but also in fighting heart disease, diabetes and cancer among other diseases.
- Ginger Tea
Not only can ginger tea boost your energy but it can also help improve your digestive system. Ginger tea is the best substitute for coffee if you must have an early-morning drink.
So the next time your craving a coffee, consider the five energizing drink alternatives listed above. They are inexpensive and far more healthy.
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