With more days at home, you might be looking to cut down on the amount of caffeine you consume. Caffeine can come from many different sources. You may be a serial coffee drinker, someone who loves their cuppa of English breakfast tea or maybe you even love the earthiness of a matcha latte.
We are a nation who loves their coffee. We have meetings over it, spend lots of money on daily cappuccinos or we even invest in having the necessary equipment in the comfort of our homes.
But if you’re looking to keep your energy levels up without the nasty caffeine-induced side effects we’ve got some ideas for you that will do the trick.
We’re not saying caffeine is all bad. It does indeed have it’s benefits:
- Can Help You Burn Fat.
- Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance.
- Contains Essential Nutrients.
- May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
But sometimes our bodies do need a break from too much caffeine in our system. Consuming too much caffeine is an easy habit to form. And our bodily functions tend to feel this the most, this can lead to feeling jittery, restless, irritable, or even anxious. Many people attribute caffeine to restless nights of sleep or even hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Follow these five easy tips on how to boost your energy without having caffeine:
1. Instead of coffee have raw cacao instead
Cacao is a food packed with nutrients. It has high amounts of minerals, copper, iron, manganese, and zinc. Cacao also contains theobromine, a compound related to caffeine but provides a smoother, crash-free boost of energy.
Try making your own cacao brew. Grind cacao nibs as you would coffee beans. Then make your brew the same way you would make coffee in a French press.
Add hot water to the ground cacao nibs, stir, and press- the cacao helps you stay alert and awake, without the unavoidable caffeine crash.
2. Eat more fibre
Having more fibre in your diet is one of the best ways to ensure you have energy that lasts the entire day. Filling our diets with fibre rich foods help us stay fuller for longer and keeps us fuelled for the tasks of the day. Fibre also plays a major role in our digestion. By keeping our digestive tract healthy and moving we also gain a whole lot of energy.
Some of the best high fibre foods are dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, broccoli, peppers, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds, and even fruits like bananas, apples, mangoes, and berries. We should be eating at least 5-7 servings of vegetables a day and focus on whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, barley).
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3. Add lemon and ginger tea to your morning routine
By introducing warm water and lemon first thing in the morning, it gently jump-starts your day and signals your body to wake up, feel refreshed, and get your systems moving. The lemon helps to make that first glass of water taste better, and also tops you up with vitamin C, which can improve the quality of your skin.
Some studies show that ginger can reduce fatigue by improving blood circulation and blood sugar levels. Ginger also acts as a natural antibacterial agent. This means it can boost your immune system and help keep you healthy all year round.
4. Eat chia seeds
These tiny magical seeds which expand when placed in liquid are an awesome option to introduce into your diet – they are low in kilojoules and easy to incorporate too. The seeds are native to Mexico and Guatemala. They offer a long list of important nutrients including fiber, protein, manganese, zinc, B1, B3, antioxidants, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which help to promote healthy skin, balance blood sugar, boost energy, and can even aid in weight loss.
5. Keep hydrated
We’ve all heard it about 100 times that we should drink more water. It’s really true. Studies show that mild dehydration can have a whole host of effects on our body’s ability to function and even our mental health. When you start to feel that afternoon slump creep in- drink a large glass of water and do a short walk in the garden or around your house. You’re bound to feel a boost of energy again.