If you are like many people, the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning is not taking a shower, getting dressed for work or the busy commute you are facing. Some people can't focus on any of these things until they get their morning cup of coffee. Maybe you feel like you're stuck in some kind of mental fog until you get that rush of caffeine. For some it's more about the morning coffee routine, than the caffeine they think they need.
In today's busy world, you may think that caffeine boost is the only way to get you moving each morning. The addiction or jittery feelings you get when you have one too many cups could seem like an acceptable price to pay, knowing it gives you the energy you need to jump start the day. Are there risks associated with your daily dose of caffeinated bliss? Some studies suggest as much. A heavy reliance on caffeine can decrease your body's insulin sensitivity, affecting your cell's ability to regulate your blood sugar levels. And reliance on caffeine for energy changes the way your body burns fuel and creates natural energy. It's also a bad idea to replace the morning nutrients your body needs with a large, high calorie frothy latte.
For these reasons and a host of others, people are kicking the coffee habit completely and looking for a healthier and more natural way to start their day. If you have considered a clean break from caffeine but were not sure how to replace that boost, you are in luck. in recent years the trend towards healthier morning alternatives has grown substantially, giving you more variety than ever.
If you are worried about withdrawal symptoms and want a slow break, consider chai tea which has less than half the caffeine of a standard cup of coffee and comes in a wide variety of styles and variations. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and has many benefits including heart related health. It's been known to help lower cholesterol, improve blood flow and even increase brain functions. Green tea naturally has caffeine, so look for decaffeinated versions. Another popular choice is turmeric tea, also full of beneficial antioxidants.
If you're looking to escape hot liquids altogether you should explore the tasty world of juices and smoothies. These can be easily made fresh in your own home each morning in less time than it takes to brew a pot of coffee. The options you have are only limited by your preferences and tastes. You can stick with fruits such as blueberries, bananas and strawberries or venture into the vegetable realm with spinach, kale and carrots. The health benefits are based on the ingredients chosen, including a natural source of fiber along with other vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Juicing provides a fast path for these nutrients to enter your bloodstream, skipping the digestive process that comes with eating whole fruits and vegetables. Not only can juices and smoothies give you a natural energy boost but they can also replace your morning meal, making them a good choice for those on a diet.
Kicking the coffee habit can be tough. If you're worried about the withdrawal symptoms, they can be minimized by drinking a lot of water and getting plenty of sleep. Just knowing there are healthy alternatives out there may give you all the inspiration you need!