Benefits of Caffeine Variety
By Lenny & Larry's. Posted on March 19, 2018.
Caffeine variety can add greater benefits to your health than relying on coffee alone.
All over the world, coffee is recognized as a stimulating, energy-boosting beverage that can be easily made at home or found in coffee shops everywhere.
If you are a person who is unable to function until you've had your cup of morning coffee with extra boosts throughout the day, it may be time to consider why you feel you need it to get you through.
Today's world is busy, and it is rare to find someone who does not claim to be so. We have to work, take care of our homes, children, keep up with friends, and find time for ourselves. It can become overwhelming if we are unable to find balance. Many of us push ourselves to keep going beyond the point of being effective and a lot of us keep ourselves going by having another cup of coffee.
Below, you will discover if coffee is even beneficial for you and some natural caffeine alternatives for coffee.
Coffee Is Medicinal
There is good reason to love our coffee. Black coffee contains significant levels of antioxidants, which are known to provide many protective benefits, such as reducing inflammation in the body.
Several recent studies have shown that moderate coffee consumption (3-5 cups/day) have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Approaching your daily coffee with the intention of it being a healing beverage could be a form of preventative care.
But remember, adding ingredients like processed sugars and flavors along with creamers can reverse the benefits and cause crashes, digestive problems, and other issues.
But It Can Be Toxic Too?
We all know too much of a good thing will eventually hurt you. Coffee is a highly acidic beverage. When the body is overly acidic, it can cause imbalances to the digestive system, and is connected to other illnesses. Some people don’t respond well to coffee and experience issues like bloating and heartburn.
Quitting coffee can bring about withdrawal symptoms, a signal that toxins are being removed from the body. Be open to taking a break to know how you feel when operating on your own natural energy.
Why Are You Drinking Coffee?
Maybe it has become a regular part of your day. Or perhaps when you restrict it, you experience symptoms like headaches or grogginess. Plus, a highly stressful and high anxiety job may result in you running to the coffeemaker to help you keep going. Stop and take a look at why you feel you need coffee. Do you need to slow down and take a break, take better care of yourself overall, or just need a good night's rest? If you ask yourself why you need coffee, you can begin to take care of the root of the issue that is causing your dependency.
How Do You Know If Coffee Is A Problem For You?
Try experimenting with having a day or two absent of coffee. Plain and simple, if you experience withdrawal symptoms, you are consuming too much. A persistent headache is the most common symptom when cutting out coffee from your system, as well as feeling drowsy and overall unwell. Ways to reduce symptoms are to take care of yourself through staying hydrated with lots of water, exercising to provide natural energy, boosting your immune system with vitamins C and D, getting more sleep, having well-balanced meals to avoid blood sugar levels from dropping too low, and consuming natural caffeinated alternatives in place of coffee.
Switch It Up
So what are the other options? There are other energy-boosting beverages that are easily accessible like energy drinks and sodas, but these tend to be filled with refined and chemically-based sugars, colors, and other harmful ingredients. Diversify your caffeine intake with these healthier options:
- Yerba Mate - Derived from the leaves of a shrub grown in South America. Typically consumed as a tea. High in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Matcha/Green Tea - Green tea leaves are steeped in hot water then removed. Matcha is the powdered form of green tea leaves that are mixed in hot water and consumed. Boosts metabolism and is a natural detoxifier.
- Ginseng, Maca, Ashwagandha, Oregano - These are herbs that can be consumed as teas that are brain revitalizing by increasing the power of concentration, endurance, and memory.
- Kombucha - Fermented green or black tea leaves that are consumed as a naturally carbonated beverage. Acts as a natural probiotic for gut health.
- Black Tea - Commonly named as breakfast teas or Earl Grey and are steeped or brewed. Improves blood circulation.
For many of us, coffee is comforting and even an indulgence. Find the bright side of expanding your caffeine intake instead of taking on an attitude of deprivation. Many of the natural alternatives can be made to give you that comforting feeling. Try a Matcha or Yerba Mate Latte, Chai or black tea with almond milk, or any infinite flavor variety of kombucha. By having some variety in the way you get your caffeine, you gain an energy boost with freedom from dependency and some added health benefits.