Lets face it, life happens and many need caffeinated beverages to function on a daily basis. The most common culprits are coffee, tea’s and energy drinks. Coffee and teas are not necessarily bad for you. In fact, there are some health benefits from drinking a cup of Joe or tea. However, it’s important to note that caffeine is not a food group. I will repeat, caffeine is not a food group!
If you fall into the category of not being able to function without your morning jolt of caffeine then it might be a good time to evaluate your diet and lifestyle to understand where you might be lacking proper support. Long periods of exhaustion can cause negative impacts on your adrenals.
Imagine a morning where you can wake up energized and think clearly. Or an evening where you can fall asleep easily and get restful sleep. This could be you if you try to identify where your body needs the extra support so you can rely less on stimulants to get you there. If you decide to give this no caffeine thing a whirl, there are a few beverages you can incorporate into your life to make the transition a bit easier.
Remove the psychological aspect of drinking coffee by replacing your caffeinated beverage of choice with caffeine free herbal tea. Dandelion root is a wonderful coffee substitute. It is a very strong herbal tea which reminds me of coffee and also has many health benefits such as supporting your liver and digestion.
Another favorite is Rooibos. Rooibos tea, known as African Red Tea also has a strong flavor and immune boosting benefits. According to an article published by Dr. Axe, Rooibos contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent illness. I personally love Chai Rooibos with a bit of honey. The aroma alone will have you brewing this tea often.
If you are battling the 3pm slump and are craving your coffee fix try Kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented tea that contains probiotics and is loaded with vitamin B! This is my go to whenever I need a pick me up. It may contain trace amounts of caffeine but it should be very minimal as the caffeine is broken down in the fermentation process.
Kombucha keeps your gut happy which supports your whole body. You can purchase at most health food stores and if you are brave enough, try brewing your own.
Last, but certainly not least is bone broth. I mentioned how relying on caffeine to function is not good for your health. You may be missing key nutrition for optimal health and covering up the deficiency with a caffeine jolt. Luckily, there is bone broth.
Bone broth is made by roasting bones followed by slow cooking with veggies for 12-24 hours. Bone broth contains easily absorbed nutrients and also wonderful for supporting your gut. I am all about food as medicine and I consider bone broth like a powerful multi-vitamin. Sipping on bone broth will surely make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you don’t have the time to make it, you are in luck. You can now purchase frozen bone broth at Whole Foods.
Breaking away from caffeine can help you find your balance again. Nothing good can come from chronic fatigue disguised with a fake energy. Once you try these new beverages, you may never go back.