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Do your busy days leave you completely drained?

Coffee is probably your go to (like most of us), however it could be sucker punching your holistic health.

And fighting a coffee addiction is a title match. 

Your brain on coffee is often so in need of the liquid elixir, your coffee machine is on before you’ve even switched off your morning alarm.

Now we’re not here to knock coffee, but we do want to ensure you know there are alternatives are out there if you’re looking for a healthier switch.

Coffee does have some health benefits to it—antioxidants, regulates blood sugar, and (obviously) totally wakes you up.

However, it’s also known to cause anxiety, and take you off a regular sleep schedule.

The real harm comes in if you’re a coffee, milk, and sugar gal, pouring unnecessary calories and dairy into your system 2 to 4 times a day.

To help you make an informed decision about your caffeine needs, we’ve put together 4 coffee alternatives that fuel you better and help you reach your health goals without setbacks.

1

Matcha

This natural energizer has tons of health benefits.

Not only does its Chlorophyll properties cleanse out all the junk in your system, Matcha is also packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from sickness and helps knockout diseases such as heart disease. 

Matcha also boosts your metabolism while adding fiber, vitamins, and minerals like magnesium and zinc to your system.

Dealing with high cholesterol or blood sugar? Trying to find the right beverage to add to your weight loss plan? Matcha is your matchsugar free and delicious.

2

Kombucha

This probiotic puncher is not only an energy booster, it’s also an immune booster.

New to Kombucha? This fermented tea beverage is made with black or green tea and a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). The mixture sits for at least a week to go through its fermenting process, turning sugars into acetic acid. The result is a fizzy tea beverage filled with healthy benefits. You can add sugar, natural sweeteners, or flavors during the fermenting process as well depending on your taste buds.

What is the kombucha craze all about? Well not only is it a unique sweet and sour taste, the acetic acid that comes from the fermentation process, fights off infection. The black or green tea is what gives you your caffeine kick, as well as your dose of micronutrients that help with digestion, weight loss management, and even diabetes.

You can buy a range of fun kombucha flavors at your local grocer, or you can brew at home. However, if you’re going at it alone, you’re going to need a good friend who will lend you a SCOBY.

3

Ginseng

This caffeine-free alternative can have just as much power as a shot of espresso.

And an espresso sized amount is all you really need.

Ginseng is a stimulant and can be used for tea, soups, or smoothies. Its energy-boosting qualities help you focus, ease inflammation, champion the flu, and has multiple benefits for those with type 2 diabetes. 

However, ginseng is referred to as a supplement by most doctors. If you are thinking of making the switch, talk to your doctor to ensure you are taking the recommended daily dose.

4

Wheatgrass

If you’re dealing with inflammation, this heavyweight champion will help you neutralize. 

It’s kind of a jab right to the senses, but it definitely wakes you up! The natural caffeine properties found in wheatgrass come from periwinkle herb, which increases productivity, and L-taurine, which controls blood sugar. 

Similar to Matcha, it also contains Chlorophyll, which gives Matcha its green color and a boost of Vitamin B12 and several amino acids.

Let’s be honest: wheatgrass tastes like grass, but it’s worth a shot (literally). It’s best to either take it straight real quick, or throw it in your morning smoothie. 

Fuel up and power through everyday with a coffee alternative that boosts physical and mental performance.

Let us know if you make the switch and share your journey with us on Instagram @iamshewarrior.

Sources:
BBC Good Food
EatWell
Healthline
Matcha Source
Well and Good
Wheatgrass Love

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