Five Alternatives for Caffeine to Keep Yourself Going
Many of us love a wonderful morning boost from coffee to get us moving. That jolt of caffeine is something many of us crave, often to an unhealthy level. Not only is it easy to have too much caffeine daily, once you hit that point of excess, you’re also intensely drying yourself out; even electrolytes aren’t going to fight the worst caffeine hangover. Even a little bit of caffeine can dehydrate you, so here some non-caffeinated options for keeping that pep in your step.
B Vitamins are a necessity, but we often don’t look into what it is these vitamins can do for us. We know that a deficiency in vitamin B can cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating and other mood problems. Getting your vitamin B in by eating foods rich in vitamin B like nuts, fortified grains, lean meats and seeds can help your brain stay on the straight and narrow and let you approach the day refreshed.
It is often used as an alternative for chocolate, but carob (which is naturally caffeine free) is more than just a flavor substitute. It contains vitamin A and B, carbohydrates, minerals and protein. It also contains something called pinitol, which works to energize you by acting in a way similar to the way insulin works. Carob can be used in many creative ways, either eaten straight from the bag or mixed into smoothies and shakes, or used in your baking.
This plant is thought to enhance stamina and energy, and to support memory and attention. It is a perennial plant that, according to recent studies, may help ease mental fatigue and support physical performance. You’ll look for rhodiola in the medical aisle as a supplement, and take it as part of your morning routine with whatever non-caffeinated beverage you choose. Cutting out the caffeine is easier when you’ve got an alternative close at hand.
Water with Lemon and Fruit
Simple hydration as an alternative to caffeine consumption might seem counterintuitive, but when you consider that when we drink caffeine we may be addicted to the caffeine itself, but we’re craving hydration. We’re just not getting enough water when we drink caffeine to balance it out. Adding lemon to your morning water is a great way to increase your energy and metabolism, and infusing with fruit is a great way to cut the acidity of the lemon while also adding some flavor.
Maca is a root that has been used for hundreds of years to treat certain conditions. As with any supplement, do your research and consult a doctor, but Maca is believed to help enhance your mental focus and support the function of your adrenal glands and, importantly, is believed to be able to fight off fatigue. It is great when made with hot milk or added to a morning smoothie. It can also be used as an ingredient in baked goods, if you prefer to get your energy that way.