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5 Caffeine Alternatives To Help Boost Your Energy Levels

Updated: Jan 11

by Lavanya Patrick. |

Caffeine has been one of the ways most people chose to give them that boost of energy they need in the morning. I remember when I was young, I used to see my mother drink a cup of coffee in the morning and get that rush of energy she needed.

Coffee seemed to function like some sort of magical elixir for the fatigued. However, coffee may not be the drink for everyone. Some of us may be allergic, some of us may be cutting down caffeine as a health precaution and some of us just can’t stand the way it tastes. Lucky for you I have a list of caffeine alternatives that will help give you that extra oomph of energy you need to function.

1. Kombucha Tea

The benefits that come from Kombucha tea include improving memory loss, helping cope with high blood pressure, treating bowel movement and more. If you aren’t exactly familiar with Kombucha tea, it is basically a fermented drink. The tea is made by adding a colony of yeast and bacteria to sugar and tea. The mixture is then left to be fermented.

Kombucha tea may taste a little bit like apple cider vinegar; however, depending on the added flavours that you chose, it may be able to tame the taste. I prefer adding strawberries in my Kombucha tea to give it a little extra flavour. I would suggest that you drink Kombucha tea before you have your breakfast as it can help with digestion.

If you're looking to learn how to make your own Kombucha tea at home, here's a helpful article which shows the step-by-step process.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Next on the list is something most of us may be familiar with, apple cider vinegar. You can try drinking it hot and it can be a healthier option compared to your daily dose of caffeine. This drink has many proven benefits such as the ability to kill harmful bacterias, lower sugar in blood levels, helps you lose weight as well as belly fat, lowers cholesterol and it can even prevent cancer.

It's up to you how you want to take apple cider vinegar. You can take 1-2 teaspoons or tablespoons depending on your preference. Mix it with a large glass of water, adding a stick of cinnamon or a few slices of apples if you like, and drink up! However, you should remember never to take too much of it as having an excessive amount of vinegar can bring negative side effects.

3. Smoothies

Now here is a fun replacement for caffeine. Smoothies are super easy to make on your own. All you need is your favourite fruits or vegetables and a blender. This is also a helpful tip for those of you who find it hard to incorporate fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.

Smoothies are packed with loads of vitamins and nutrients that are essential for the body. My favourite homemade smoothie is made by combining carrots, oranges and apples; however, the ingredients that go into your smoothie is really up to you and you can even try incorporating nut butter for added nutritional benefits.

Smoothies help keep me energized throughout the day as it has nutrients that keeps me fresh and awake. Besides, if you’re going to have a super long day, try incorporating carbs and protein into your smoothies by including ingredients such as oats, peanut butter, nuts or even yoghurt. Smoothies are a healthier alternative compared to caffeine as it gives you that extra energy as it fuels your body using ingredients that are filling to the tummy.

4. Coconut Water

The juice that comes from young green coconuts is not only tasty but it also has many benefits as it contains nutrients like potassium and antioxidants. Additionally, coconut water is good for your body as it reduces blood pressure and aids dehydration; and it does not contain any artificial flavours or added sugars to give you that sweet, refreshing quench of thirst!

Coconut water has the ability to get rid of my morning laziness and it helps me start the day feeling pumped. As I get that hit of coconut water in my mouth and down my throat I feel refreshed and energized, especially when I drink it on a hot afternoon as a method of keeping myself hydrated.

Coconut water replenishes your body by compensating for the liquid that you have lost, so it has the ability to make you feel invigorated. If you were to get coconut water, I suggest getting one straight from the fruit itself instead of the packaged ones as they are not as healthy.

5. Ginseng

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This is something that is close to our Asian culture. Ginseng has typically been used in traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese medicines as it has proven to have healing properties; not only that, ginseng can also make your mind sharper and make you feel more alert.

Ginseng has the ability to improve how your brain functions by improving your memory, behaviour, and your mood. So, you can see why this drink would be useful for you especially if you need help with feeling awake in the morning. If you find it difficult to drink ginseng on its own, try adding a little honey to reduce the bitterness.

So there you have it, five amazing caffeine alternatives that could help you boost your energy levels. Whether you are looking to try something new or in search of a healthier lifestyle, you can try any one of these drinks to help keep you awake and moving throughout the day.

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