Alternatives to Caffeine

Caffeine is an addictive yet legal psychoactive drug. Found primarily in cocoa beans, it is the most widely used stimulant in the world. It provides increased alertness in energy. However, when you drink too much caffeine, you are susceptible to its negative side such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and acid reflex. If a pregnant woman drinks a lot of caffeinated beverages, her baby may has the risks of low birth weight, DNA inhibition and small head size. Luckily, there are some healthier alternatives to caffeine that work wonders!

Alternatives to Caffeine

Ginkgo Biloba

1.     Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. It is extracted from the nut of the Ginkgo Biloba tree. When people take it by the herbal capsule or tea, they feel energetic and more focused. This is due to its medicinal properties that increase blood flow.

Ginseng2.     Ginseng

Ginseng is an herbal extract taken from the ginseng root. It is considered as one of the alternatives to caffeine because it has the same uplifting effect with caffeine by increasing blood flow. There is also evidence that it may reduce stress and depression. You can consume ginseng by eating a capsule, drinking it in tea or adding it to food as a supplement.

Ice Water

3.     Cold Water and Vitamin B12

When you combine cold water with vitamin B12, you give your body a kick start by forcing your body to warm itself and a boost from the vitamin’s stimulating function. B12 is also known to promote the production of melatonin and red blood cells, and to help fight depression. The vitamin B12 can be found in several types of energy drinks.

Chicory Flower4.     Teeccino and Cafix

Instant drink mixtures of Teeccino and Cafix are alternatives to caffeine that mimic the taste of coffee. Derived from grains, chicory, beetroot and grains, they contain no caffeine and acidity, which is a perfect substitute for coffee. They also have many benefits, for example, figs can help lower your blood pressure and assist your digestive system.

Probiotic Drink

5.     Probiotic Drinks

Probiotic drinks are full of live friendly bacteria. When your body is out of whack, you often become fatigued, while probiotic drinks can help a lot. The drinks introduce healthy bacteria into your system and therefore regulate your digestive health, boost your immunity and give you your zing back.

6.     Coconut Water

Coconut water is derived from young, green coconuts. It is milky-clear in color and lightly sweet. Naturally full of bioactive enzymes, potassium and beneficial electrolytes, it makes for a great energy drink. Its properties will make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. It can be drank alone or added to other beverages.

7.     Sparkling Water

Any time you hydrate yourself, your body will be rejuvenated immediately. Sparkling water is a good way to replenish water and is one of the great alternatives to caffeine drinks. You can often find it combined with natural fruit extracts, so you are able to enjoy a great taste without sugar. You can easily cut up fruits and add it to plain sparkling water to make your own flavorful drink.

8.     Hot Apple Cider

If you enjoy a cup of hot coffee on a cold day, consider hot apple cider instead. Full of vitamin C and antioxidants, it is great for boosting immunity, decreasing cholesterol and preventing inflammation. It is naturally sweet and quite satisfying when served warm, making it a tasty substitute for caffeinated warm beverages.

9.     Tea Without Caffeine

There are a wide variety of caffeine-free teas in the market. They can refuel your energy because they are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and many other nutrients. When you need a “pick-me-up”, consider drinking a glass of tea on ice that will also give the effects you want from consuming caffeine. Herbal teas are often naturally sweet, so you don’t need to add sugar. Types of caffeine-free teas include: reishi mushroom tea, rooibos tea, gingko bilobo tea and licorice tea.

10.     Others Caffeine Alternatives

Other flavorful alternatives to caffeine drinks include:

  • Chicory: Your body uses its carbohydrates to create an instant boost while converting its protein and fats into a long-term energy source.
  • Carob Powder: It contains theobromine, a much milder stimulant found in chocolate.
  • Flaxseed Shake: It is full of fiber and energy, and is a good substitute to caffeine. It can be blended with milk, ice and yogurt.
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