Look, we get it. Coffee makes your world go round, and with Starbucks at just about every corner, giving up your everyday java might seem like mission impossible.
But there are some side effects that comes with a cup of Joe. For example, studies have shown that coffee leads to higher level of cholesterol, causes ulcers as well as other forms of gastric irritation, and has been linked to an increased likelihood of miscarriages. While you don’t have to go cold turkey on coffee, we suggest trying other energy boosters instead.
1. Green Tea
It has less caffeine compared to your regular cuppa, but it’ll give you that much needed boost nonetheless. Catechins are also powerful antioxidants and potent disease fighters that are found primarily in pure green tea.
2. Lemon Water
A trenta iced Americano can give you a buzz but you may find yourself feeling sluggish once the caffeine wears off. The next time you reach for the thermos, fill it up with lemon water instead. Make your best waker-upper by adding the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of freshly grated zest to your H2O.
3. Wheatgrass Juice
This natural energiser is the only shot you can take in the office without anyone batting an eye. It’s packed with essential vitamins, mineral and nutrients. You can either drink this one on its own or add it to a protein-supplement drink.
4. Nut Smoothie
Nuts are the perfect snack and they can be easily whipped into a smoothie, too. Smoothies made using cashew milk, protein powder and nut butter help elevate your blood sugar levels, which is exactly what you need to overcome your post-lunch slump.
5. Ginseng Tea
If herbal teas help you sleep, then ginseng tea is the total opposite. It’s been shown to act as a stimulant, and it’s best when you sweeten it with just a dollop of honey. Some tea drinkers have claimed to experience insomnia, so we suggest drinking it earlier in the AM.