Coffee is a complex beverage. While it is a stimulant that increases alertness, it can also make you feel tired at times. In fact, it’s not uncommon to have a ‘coffee crash’ after consuming too much of it.
Healthy Mummy, Alicia Jenkins, was fed up of facing these crashes and decided it was in her best interest to quit coffee for good.
“I quit coffee, currently on day 5, to test the benefits of other drinks and what would happen to my energy levels and sleep patterns,” she says.
“As a 4-5 cup a day coffee drinker, I was sceptical but I have been proven wrong. What are these miracle drinks you ask? Let us all be enlightened.”
“I’m exhausted, the kids didn’t sleep, work is stressful, all common complaints of a busy mum..the answer…I need coffee!” says Alicia. However the tired mum said her go-to answer was in fact ‘wrong’.
“There are other ways to boost your energy and start your day that don’t require that quick caffeine hit.”
Water with squeezed lemon is one of the most tested energy boosters around. Water filters out toxins where coffee is a stimulant and a diuretic that depletes your body’s water supplies.
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Black and white teas also contain caffeine like coffee, but it’s a cleaner burning, longer lasting fuel for your morning buzz which won’t leave you crashing soon after.
Whether hot, cold or with honey or lemon, brewed green tea is packed full of health benefits. It is a high concentration of powerful antioxidants that neutralises free radicals in the body.
It has the added bonus of not adding much to your calorie count and can increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation.
Like coffee, they are packed with antioxidants but also vitamins, minerals and nutrients and won’t give you the bloat.
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“So have I survived five days with no coffee? Am I still a functioning member of society? Do I still have energy?” Alicia ponders.
“ABSOLUTELY,” she says!
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