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8 Healthy Morning Energy Boosters Instead of Coffee

While coffee tastes great and has been actually said to increase your life expectancy (when used in moderation), it does have a lot of downsides. Coffee has been known to increase anxiety and homocysteine which increases your risk of heart disease, depression, cancer, and dementia. This also depletes vitamins and causes mineral loss. While coffee may have benefits as well, we tend to over indulge ourselves due to its addicting nature. The large amounts of sugar and cream also don’t help. I rarely see anyone sipping on a small cup of black coffee, including myself. So I’ve decided to find organic alternatives to give me a healthy boost in the mornings.

1. Green Smoothies

green-smoothie-energy-alternative-coffeeHome-made smoothies are one of the best ways to get a light breakfast, necessary vitamins, and some energy, all in one shot! The best part? You are in control of what goes in your drink. Pack some fruits in your smoothie, as they are full of glucose which is easily metabolized by your body into energy. Don’t forget your spinach, as it’s packed with iron. This will help prevent fatigue associated with iron deficiency. [1]

2. Chia Drink

These drinks are gaining a lot of steam and not only because they’re healthy but because of their intriguing texture as well. Chia seeds have a fantastic way of mixing with liquids, which makes the tasting experience amazing. But that’s not all there are too chia-based drinks. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and protein, which performs a wide variety of tasks for your body and affects everything from your muscles to enzymes and hormones. When your body does not have enough carbs to burn it takes amino acids from your dietary protein and converts that to energy. One study gave athletes 50% chia and 50% Gatorade during a workout, while the other group was given 100% Gatorade. Both groups performed equally, and the group with a combination of chia received a bigger nutritional boost. While it may not seem significant, it shows that natural drinks like chia can provide the necessary nutrients to replenish your body, just without the additives and sugar. According to history, the Tarahumara people would run 200 miles from one settlement to the next in just a matter of days. And the secret behind their endurance is said to be iskiate, which was a mixture of water and chia seeds.  [2] [3]

3. Ginseng

In proper moderation, ginseng may be a great addition to your natural energy boosting arsenal. Studies have found that American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) improves your mental as well as physical performance without increasing oxygen consumption.

According to Journal of Ginseng Research, “studies about actoprotective properties of genus Panax attest that P. ginseng (administered as an extract) significantly increased the physical and intellectual work capacities”. [4]

4. Green Tea

Originating in China, green tea has become one of the most popular drinks around the world. No wonder, as green tea provides incredible health benefits. However, unlike many other teas and foods, a lot of green tea effects have been confirmed by studies and it is one of the most studied drinks of all time. While it contains less caffeine than coffee, green tea has enough power to improve your energy and metabolism as well. [5] [6]

5. Beetroot Juice

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A well-kept secret by runners, beetroot juice is the perfect energy shot before any exercise or just a long day. Studies have shown that beetroot juice can extend your stamina and make you exercise up to 16% longer. Based on several studies it seems that 500 mL of beet juice before a race or exercise is the sweet spot and can have the most effect. [7][8] 

6. Kombucha

About 2,000 years ago, a drink that we now know as “kombucha” originated somewhere in the Far East. At the time it was known as the tea of immortality. There are many varieties of kombucha, but most involve the fermentation of tea by using some type of fungus. If done correctly, kombucha can contain a good dose of vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics. The ability of kombucha to invigorate is credited to the iron that comes from the tea in the fermentation process. Kombucha also often contains small amounts of caffeine and b-vitamins which can also help energize you. [9]

7. Coconut Water

Most people have a love or hate relationship with coconut water. However, the fact is, coconut water is a great way to hydrate as it has a perfect electrolyte balance gifted by Mother Nature. Coconut contains all five of the electrolytes your body needs: potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. Intense exercise quickly depletes your body’s resources and you may need more than water to sustain your energy. Coconut water can be one of the safest replacements for pure, fresh water. [10]

8. Water

One of the most overlooked drinks of all time is water. Many look for drinks in search of some mystical properties that will energize and revitalize them, forgetting that water, as basic as it is, should be the first option. Hydration is the key to keeping your body healthy and giving you the energy you need to get through the day. You can essentially ditch all your drinks and replace them with water, and significantly improve your health by eliminating high amounts of sugar and other additives that come with other drinks. Stay hydrated, my friends.

Use these delicious alternatives to get more energy with more benefits for your health! A great way to start your day.

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