Coffee Alternatives

Whatever the reason you have, it is a good experiment to provide yourself a break from coffee intake and see what it feels like to live life on your own fuel. Remove both coffee and caffeine from your system and you will see how authentically energized you feel. When you quit, you may get withdrawal symptoms for up to three days, which reflects how addicted you’ve become. After that, if you begin to feel perky and your health improves, that’s a good indication that you’re better off without coffee.

Interestingly enough coffee contains three stimulants – caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, all of which are addictive. Caffeine is the one most people have heard of; it blocks

Caffeine is the one most people have heard of; it blocks adenosien reception so that you feel alert, injects adrenaline into your system giving you a boost, and manipulates dopamine production which makes you feels good. These effects may feel good short-term, but lon-term they create a vicious cycle. Adenosine is needed for deep sleep so consuming caffeine anywhere within six hours of sleep can reduce the benefits sleep should have, leaving you with a sleep deficit that adds up, only increasing your desire for caffeine.  Once the adrenaline boost wears off, you face fatigue; again giving you motive for an extra boost. But, adrenaline over-production can lead to a range of side effects. And, while the overproduction of dopamine may feel good while in action, when it wears off it can leave you feeling depressed.

Although caffeine is the strongest stimulant in coffee, theobromine has a similar effect, which is why people who have stopped drinking caffeine still get a buzz from decaffeinated coffee which still provides theophylline and theobromine. On top of that many of us can add sugar to the list of stimulants in our brew.

 

CHICORY

chickoryBesides being a natural caffeine-free substitute for coffee, chicory root possesses many health benefits, it contains antioxidants which fight free radical damage, helps fight inflammation, boosts and supports digestion as it increases the flow of bile which helps break down fat, has the highest concentration of inulin which feeds digestive flora in the intestines and helps increase digestion (why it’s considered as a probiotic agent), possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, and contains phenolics which have beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system.
You can grind roasted chicory root into a caffeine free beverage which has a coffee-like taste with a sweet nut like smell. Brew like regular coffee.

DANDELION

dandelionDandelion coffee is made by grinding roasted roots, and makes a nice substitute for regular coffee, but without the caffeine.
To make, wash the root and place in a 250-degree oven, turning occasionally and slow roasting until dry and aromatic but not burned. Once dry, grind in a coffee grinder for Dandelion coffee.

MACA

macaA couple of tablespoons of maca blended in a cup of warm almond milk, with a splash of raw honey and ground cinnamon is a delicious way to start the morning. Maca has adrenal boosting properties and will give you that boost without the crash of coffee.

BLEND

Blend roasted dandelion, chicory root and maca together to give you a fairly close flavour rendition to coffee. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn close.

MATCHA GREEN TEA

matchaMatcha green tea is a superior antioxidant, detoxifier and energy booster.
Because you ingest the high-quality powder, rather than the herb infusion, the health benefits are higher than those of brewing green tea in the normal way.

YERBA MATE

yerba mateYerba mate is the good alternative to coffee for those who can’t start the day without caffeine. Providing the same buzz that coffee gives, Yerba Mate is preferred by many as it’s also full of nutrients. Mate is made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree. It is widely known for not having the heavy “crash” that coffee can bring. Another benefit of Yerba Mate is that it can be prepared and consumed in a variety of ways–hot, cold, with honey, in a tea infuser, in a French press, or a coffee machine.

LEMON WATER

lemonI know, I know, it’s nothing like coffee. But waking up with a cup of warm lemon water gently wakes up your liver and kicks your system off on the right foot.


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