These drinks can help you reduce your caffeine intake as an alternative for coffee.
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We get you. Sometimes it’s impossible to get up in the morning and focus on your work without being sleepy. Coffee can help you with that. But too much coffee can also have its risks. Insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, shakiness, fast heart rate, and many more. Boy, the caffeine amount in coffee is like an innocent drug!
So, if you need to reduce the amount of coffee in your life, or if you just generally dislike the taste of coffee, you need alternatives.
Here are some of the drinks that you can opt for if a cup of joe is not your cup of tea.
Kombucha is a drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast that’s fermented for a period of time. It’s widely taken for its gut-healthy benefits because of the good bacteria found in it, the probiotics.
Coffee can sometimes irritate the stomach lining when consumed on an empty stomach, so drinking kombucha in the morning can naturally balance your gut and improve digestion.
It’s also packed with other health benefits such as reducing body fat, increasing body metabolism, rehydrating your body and refreshing your mood.
Plus, the amount of caffeine in kombucha is lesser than those of coffee, and this can solve your ‘keeping me up till late at night’ problem.
2. Warm Lemon Water
Warm lemon water claims to give a boost of energy and can help you focus in the morning.
The potassium in lemons helps with brain and nerve function, which increases your alertness. Furthermore, the scent of lemon helps clear the mind, reduce the feelings of stress and uplift our moods.
They also have other tremendous health advantages such as providing a stronger immune system, improving skin as well as body hydration, giving fresh breath, preventing kidney stones and guiding in weight loss.
3. Black Tea
Black tea or red tea is a type of tea fully oxidized tea that’s made from the leaves of a plant named Camellia Sinensis. The leaves are exposed to moist, oxygen-rich air which turns the leaves from green to a dark brownish-black colour.
Black tea contains both caffeine and an amino acid called L-theanine, which improves alertness and focus. Studies have found that beverages containing both of these elements have the greatest impact on focus due to the effects of L-theanine on the brain (improves cognitive processing).
L-theanine works by making our bodies slowly absorb caffeine, which results in a longer sustained period of energy without causing the caffeine crash or jitters. Additionally, it also leads to increased focus and mood while reducing stress.
4. Green Tea & Matcha
Green tea, on the other hand, comes from the same plant as black tea but is minimally oxidized. Green tea here means the processed tea leaves (in tea bags or packets) that need to be steeped in hot water.
Matcha, another variation of green tea, is usually found in the form of powder and traditionally needs to be mixed with a bamboo whisk.
Green tea contains roughly half the caffeine content of black tea and a quarter of the caffeine of coffee. Matcha, on the contrary, contains slightly more caffeine than green tea (around half a cup of coffee). This is because while steeping, not all the nutrients and healthy compounds diffuse into the water. In matcha, however, the person consumes the whole leaves themselves (powdered leaves).
Both of these drinks have the same amino acid as the black tea which can help you be full of energy and alert without feeling anxious jitters. Among all the types of tea, green tea has the highest amount of L-theanine and within the green tea category, Matcha is known to have the highest concentrations.
5. Masala Chai
Masala chai is a type of black tea that’s mixed with milk as well as a robust blend of spices and herbs, famous in India. They usually contain spices like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper, cloves and other similar ingredients (they may vary). So, if the intense flavours don’t wake you up in the morning, we don’t know what will.
Other than that, because this tea is a mixture of wonderful spices, masala chai can also improve heart health, reduce blood sugar levels, reduce nausea, improve digestion and might even help you lose weight!
However, as there is some caffeine present in these drinks, this brings us back to the same old problem, the risks of caffeine.
But their content is significantly lower than coffee. That means that generally, you can substitute a drink of coffee with two teas for the same amount of caffeine (it differs according to what drink).
All in all, everything should be taken in moderation. Too much of anything can be detrimental to your health. And that includes caffeine.
Whether you don’t prefer coffee or need to cut down on it, try out these alternatives. Have you tasted any of these before?