A lot of people think they can’t go without their cup of coffee in the morning. But did you know that there are many healthy alternatives to your morning cup of joe? Find out about them in this post!
Are you one of those folks who can’t even get their eyes open in the morning before being at least two-thirds down on a strong cup of coffee? Well, you’re not alone! For many people, drinking coffee first thing after they hop out of bed is synonymous for “waking up”. On the other hand, coffee isn’t exactly the healthiest beverage there is.
Here’s the good news: There are better and healthier alternatives to your morning coffee that you can look into. Check them out and give them a try, so you can enjoy a splendid start to your day, but without the negative effects from coffee!
Coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant that acts upon our nervous system. In the US, about 80% of people use some form of caffeine every day, most by drinking coffee. An average cup of coffee contains about 100mg of caffeine.
Now, no one is denying that caffeine does indeed have a “wake-up effect”, and that it can give you a jolt of energy to beat tiredness throughout the day. Then again, caffeine has many downsides.
First off, your cup of coffee may well give you energy for some time, but this effect usually subsides shortly after. It is common for people to experience a “crash” not long after their last cup, which means they will feel even worse and more tired than before. Unless, of course, they continue to drink even more coffee to get over the crash. And this gets them stuck in a rather unhealthy loop where they need to drink lots of coffee just to get through each day.
Secondly, drinking coffee can have adverse effects on the body. You may feel alert and awake, but at the same time you may also feel nervous, jittery, and have a racing heart from the caffeine rush. This makes coffee less suited for people who suffer from anxiety, and it sure isn't optimal for those with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure.
But there are more repercussions of drinking coffee. Caffeine also has a dehydrating effect on the body, which can be a major problem for those who already don’t drink enough water. In addition, caffeine really doesn’t have any nutritional value. This is not ideal, since getting a dose of healthy nutrients in the morning is important for a healthy start to your day.
It’s no secret that breakfast can be the most important meal of the day. Health experts agree that a good lifestyle starts with a good breakfast.
Obviously, you want to get nutrients and vitamins early in the morning so your body can function well throughout the day. There is little point in “loading up” on healthy vitamins if your day is almost over. Also, when we get up in the morning from a long night’s sleep, our body is normally depleted of important nutrients, which means that we need to recharge it. This is why having a healthy breakfast is so important.
In addition, if you switch from your morning coffee to a better and healthier alternative, it means you won’t experience the negative side effects. This way, you won’t have all that nervous energy and the caffeine crash that accompanies your cup(s) of joe. Many coffee alternatives also provide you with energy for a longer period of time.
Nothing gets your body in gear like a cold shower in the morning! But if the idea of voluntarily dancing in cold rain right after bed makes you a little queasy, there is a simple trick: You don’t need to jump into an ice-cold shower right away. You can enjoy the refreshing and energising effect by lowering the temp briefly, right at the end of your shower.
If you still think that you won’t like a cold shower in the morning, or maybe you don’t have a shower at all, you can at very least splash your face with cold water. This will also feel very energising and will wake you up in no time.
Taking a walk in the early morning can be one of the best things to get both your body and mind moving. Just don’t let the idea of needing to leave your warm bed for a quick jaunt discourage you. Rest assured, it will feel really awesome once you get out there. What’s great about walking in the morning is that it vitalises your body while energising your mind and boosting your creativity in a productive way.
The healthfulness of taking a morning walk around the neighbourhood is even scientifically proven. Research found that walking a mere 3 hours per week can dramatically reduce the risk for heart disease in women. In other words, to experience the beneficial effects of walking, you don’t need to go on long and extended hikes each and every day. Just 25 minutes per day is all that you need to enjoy the invigorating and healthy effects that walking will have on your lifestyle!
We already mentioned how important a good dose of healthy vitamins and other valuable nutrients in the morning is. Rather than loading up on caffeine and sugar, you can drink our healthy Uzuma juices to start your day!
Our raw juices contain the equivalent of 1kg of fresh fruits and vegetables in one single bottle, and they have all the vitamins and nutrients you need to kick-start your day. What’s even better, our Uzuma juices taste awesome as well, making them the perfect morning beverage to look forward to!
Uzuma juices are also ideal if you have a busy lifestyle where you might not always have time to prepare a healthy and balanced meal. You can drink a bottle of Uzuma juice in addition to your normal diet to enjoy the benefits of good nutrition in an easy and convenient way! What’s more, not all people have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In the wintertime, for example, it can sometimes be quite difficult to find your favourite fresh fruits at your local supermarket. When you drink fresh Uzuma juices, you can enjoy the wholesomeness of fruits and veggies any time you want!
Just like walking, yoga can be great to get you into a positive and energised mindset at the start of the day! It provides you with clarity and focus, but also relaxes you and helps you combat stress.
But yoga also provides other benefits for overall good mental and physical health. One thing about yoga is that it contributes to better sleep at night. And if you sleep better, this will in turn provide you with many other benefits. Science has shown for the longest time how very important good sleep is for a healthy mind and body.
If you really can’t go without your caffeine in the morning, you can also switch to tea as a healthier and better alternative to coffee. Just like coffee, tea contains caffeine as well, just not that much—about half of the caffeine in coffee. But tea doesn’t just contain less caffeine, it also contains additional substances that make the caffeine act in a milder and more balanced manner on your body. You won’t get nervous or shaky from drinking tea and you also won’t experience a caffeine crash like when you drink coffee.
In addition, tea contains a plethora of very healthy compounds, from powerful antioxidants to many valuable vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. For fantastic and healthful tea options, you can try our Uzuma Mangata and Uzuma Meraki teas.
Uzuma Mangata tea is our green tea that also contains ginger and lemongrass. If you like black tea instead, Uzuma Meraki may be for you! In addition to black tea, Uzuma Meraki also contains rose petals and vanilla.
No matter which type of tea you prefer, both make excellent breakfast teas for a perfect start to your day.
Tip: If you want to try something different, how about a spicy cup of chai tea in the morning? Chai tea comes in a variety of styles, tastes awesome, and provides you with all the healthful benefits of tea!
Lastly, if you drink a glass of cold water in the morning, it can be a surprisingly vitalising and refreshing beverage to get you started. There is a straightforward scientific reason for this; when we wake up in the morning, we’re often quite dehydrated.
Drinking a glass of pure water is still one of the best things you can do to rehydrate. Why is this so important? Because almost all of our bodily functions depend on us being well-hydrated. So if you drink a glass or two, it won’t just make you feel more awake, it will benefit your overall health in many different ways.