Many people like to start their day with a cup of coffee, however, it is very important to limit your caffeine intake as too much can cause health problems.
Caffeine, usually in the form of coffee, tea, caffeinated sodas, and energy drinks, is often consumed to increase cognitive functioning and improve bad mood. Many may even feel like they can’t function until they get their first cup (or two) of coffee.
As much as coffee seems to work for most people, high intake of caffeine does no good to one’s body. Consuming too much caffeine may make you irritable, sleepless, and may even trigger anxiety and cause diarrhoea amongst other side effects.
Following are caffeine alternatives that will help you limit your caffeine intake:
Lemon water is a great way to start your day. It’s calorie-and-caffeine-free and provides an ample dose of vitamin C.
A 2017 study on The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health indicates that, as an antioxidant, vitamin C plays a role in your immune system and protects your skin from sun damage. It’s essential for creating collagen, a protein that provides the basic structure for your skin, tendons and ligaments.
Try brewing some green tea, which has slightly less caffeine than a cup of Joe but enough to give you a boost without any of the coffee jitters. Along with having several health benefits, green tea also makes for a great alternative to drinking coffee.
Matcha is a type of green tea made by steaming, drying and grinding the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant into a fine powder. In contrast to brewable green tea, you consume the whole leaf. For this reason, you’re getting a much more concentrated source of antioxidants, epigallocatechin gallate, in particular.
There are a lot of natural ingredients that can boost your energy in the place of coffee. You can combine those in a smoothie to have at the beginning of your day. Adding these Matcha powder, almond milk, blueberries, strawberries/raspberries, chia seeds and mint to garnish can help you power-up.
According to composed nutrition, decaffeinated coffee has about 5-10 mg per cup, which is significantly lower than the average 100 mg in a cup of regular coffee. This is a great option if you are looking to lower your caffeine amount, but still want that coffee taste you’re used to. Making it a great almost caffeine-free coffee alternative.
Kombucha is a fermented variety of tea, containing colonies of live bacteria. Often carbonated, the health benefits of kombucha as a probiotic have been widely publicised, backed by claims that it improves digestion and immunity in addition to being a plentiful source of vitamins and enzymes.