Coffee Alternatives That Will Wake You Up
The first thing that you do in the morning is walk into the kitchen to find your perfect cup of Joe. You tell yourself that you can’t think like a real person until you’ve finished your cup or two of brew, but that’s not true. There are other ways to wake up your brain and body that will do it a much better service than coffee will.
- Ginger Tea: Ginger is a strong flavor that will make your taste buds stand at attention with each sip. It’ll perk you up and make your eyes open wide. For centuries, people have been using ginger to calm the stomach, so one of the happy side effects of ginger tea is a happy tummy throughout the day. You’ll have the digestive benefits of coffee without the jitters.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Shoot back a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar to wake up fast. It’s a big jolt to all of your senses, and it will kick start your metabolism. A tablespoon in the morning should be plenty. ACV is one of the best ways to ward off any lingering disease because it clears out your lymph system. Chase your ACV with something like water, juice, or tea. You’ll want to put a little something in your stomach along with the ACV so that the acidity doesn’t bother you.
- 8 Ounces of Water with Lemon: There’s nothing better for your body and brain than waking up to a tall glass of water. The lemon adds in the acidity that starts the metabolism. You’ll feel refreshed, your skin will look brighter, and you’ll be thinking clearer by waking up with water.
- Chicory Root: It’s the closest tasting herbal alternative to coffee. This plant is from the dandelion family, and can be eaten or used in teas. It can help with high blood pressure, heart failure, upset stomach, constipation, and rapid heart beat. It is technically caffeine free–so don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll get your caffeine just because it taste like coffee.
- An Apple: It’s argued that an apple can give you more energy than a cup of coffee. The coffee will stimulate your nervous system, but it doesn’t give you true energy. An apple, on the other hand, gives your body fuel in order to be energized. It levels out bloods sugars, it gives you good carbs to burn, and it hydrates you with juices. The fiber and carbs will help you feel fuller longer, which also means you’ll be energized for longer.
- Tea: This is the only one on this list that actually contains any caffeine. All tea leaves contain caffeine–even the “caffeine-free” teas technically still have caffeine. Green teas have less caffeine than black teas. The stronger the taste, the more caffeine it has. While it’s not the ideal option for cutting out caffeine, it’s still a better alternative to coffee in the morning. You’re hydrating yourself instead of dehydrating yourself, as well as taking in less caffeine overall. Coffee is also notorious for having cream and sugar in it. Teas aren’t usually paired with as much cream or sugar, which makes tea a healthier option.
Coffee isn’t the enemy, but caffeine can be. If you’ve been a coffee drinker your entire life, it’ll be a big change at first. You’ll want to wean yourself off of the caffeine to avoid bad headaches. After adapting to a few of these other alternatives, you’ll start to feel better, reduce bloat, and want to make healthier choices throughout the day.