If your love for coffee is synonymous with ours, you’ll agree with one thing: Facing mornings without the hit of cuppa caffeine feels like a doctor going to his clinic without his stethoscope.
But we’d also accept that a coffee alternative won’t be such a bad idea. The fifth cup of this fuel can set you off on a high-octane spinout. Caffeine surges blood pressure and adrenaline but constricts blood vessels, causing overstimulation.
To avoid all kinds of shaky sensations, switch to these healthier beverages that’ll keep you from zoning out for the most part of the day.1. Matcha Tea
Matcha, a popular type of green tea you’ve already heard enough about, is a richer source of antioxidants. Its regular consumption can assist your body in reducing the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and body fat.
Remember that with matcha tea, you’re consuming the whole leaf so to reduce caffeine intake, you need to be careful about the quantity of the powder you add to your water. Depending on how it’s prepared, it may have more or less caffeine than coffee.
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Golden milk is caffeine-free. Along with turmeric, you can add other refreshing spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger to your milk.
Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to curcumin and black pepper helps your body’s ability to absorb curcumin. It’s a tasty, healthy and invigorating drink that increase alertness.
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Much like coffee beans, chicory roots are roasted, ground and brewed before being used as a hot beverage. Fibre-rich chicory coffee is good for digestion and for a healthy gut. Its taste is synonymous with coffee but you get all those benefits without caffeine.
You can also consume the powder in the form of a supplement to boost immunity.
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Unlike coffee and tea, South African red tea aka rooibos tea is low in tannin antioxidants which can interfere with iron absorption. Red tea is packed with enough antioxidants to help protect you against heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer.
Rooibos has a slightly sweet, fruity flavour, which we think you’d like early in the morning.
Made by fermenting black tea with bacteria, yeast and sugar, Kombucha is a rich source of probiotics, antioxidants and acetic acid. It can also help boost your immune system, improve cholesterol and blood glucose levels in people with diabetes.
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Apple cider vinegar is a result of fermenting crushed apples using yeast and bacteria. It contains acetic acid, which may help control blood sugar levels. ACV is a beverage you cannot consume without diluting first. Doing so can burn your mouth and throat.
Add honey or any other sweetener you prefer because just ACV and water will give you a bit of a kick.
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If you don’t want to complicate your kitchen trips early in the morning, just switch to lemon water. Start your day with a dose of vitamin C. It’s caffeine-free and all set to give your immune system a boost, protect your skin from sun damage and assist your body in creating collagen.
Feel free to infuse the water with other fruits and veggies like mint, cucumber, basil, watermelon etc.
There’s no denying that coffee has its own health benefits but all of them might not be a necessity for your body.
Try switching to coffee alternatives for the extra dose of antioxidants, probiotics and acetic acid. They’re all healthier so there’s no reason for you to not give them a shot.