Caffeine is not necessarily a bad thing, and some newer studies have shown that it may even provide some protection from certain ailments that typically occur later in life. However, it is addictive, is technically a drug, and is definitely a stimulant that can cause anxiousness, twitching muscles, feeling jittery and sleep disturbances. It can also increase blood pressure and cause withdrawal effects when consumption is suddenly discontinued.
Most moderate coffee drinkers who consume one to two cups per day and are in good health probably will not see any long-term health effects. However, if you are watching your blood pressure, managing anxiety, have an ailment affected by caffeine, have a doctor’s recommendation to cut down or just do not like the idea of relying on caffeine to get you through the day, there are other way to get that much-needed energy boost without relying on coffee, sodas or energy drinks. It is also important to note that avoiding some caffeinated drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks, also helps you cut down on sugar and is better for your health overall.
The first step in helping to ensure more energy throughout the day has nothing to do with diet; it is about what you do at night. Getting enough sleep and sticking to a regular sleep schedule provides the foundation for more energy during your waking hours. The next step is making sure you eat a low-sugar, low-fat breakfast that will help get your metabolism going and provide your body and brain with the fuel they need to function properly. A little light exercise, such as yoga or taking a morning walk, will also help you wake up and prepare for a productive day.
Throughout the day, you can help keep your energy level up by staying well hydrated. Dehydration can cause fatigue and make it more difficult to focus, but keeping your body hydrated with water can help your body and brain function better. To avoid mid-afternoon energy lows, have high-fiber or high-protein snacks on hand, such as apples or nuts, and keep your magnesium level up by including leafy greens or a magnesium supplement in your daily routine.
If you like starting your day with a warm beverage that provides an energy boost, consider switching to raw maca root powder. Committed coffee drinkers might need to experiment a bit to find the perfect additions to its nutty flavor to make this your new favorite way to start your day, but this nutrient-packed superfood supports good overall health and will provide that energy boost you crave.