Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world with over 400 billion cups being consumed each year. It is estimated that over 50% of the American population over the age of 18 consumes coffee daily- that’s 150 million people drinking coffee every single day! You may think of coffee as one of those things that isn’t that bad for you, but it does have an impact on your natural ability to stay awake and focused. Not to mention, buying a coffee or two everyday eventually adds up and becomes an unnecessary expense over time.
Let’s talk about some negative side effects that are associated with consuming coffee on a regular basis, and then explore some healthier alternatives!
Caffeine works on the Central Nervous System (CNS) and is classified as a drug. Because caffeine stimulates the CNS, it’s classified as a “Stimulant”. Stimulants typically increase mental alertness and energy levels by elevating heart rate, blood sugar, blood pressure and constricting blood vessels. The energizing effects of caffeine usually last 2-5 hours which later result in withdrawal symptoms or an energy crash. It’s important to note that most drugs have addictive qualities and it’s best to manage your consumption when it comes to caffeinated drinks or snack foods.
Consuming caffeine 6 hours before bedtime has been proven to substantially reduce amount of sleep. One of the most common side effects associated with stimulants is that they have a negative impact on your sleep schedule. A study found that drinking a cup of coffee 6 hours before bedtime has significant disruptive effects on sleep and reduces the amount of sleep time. This means that if you go to bed at around 10:00 pm, it’s best to not drink a cup of coffee past 4:00 pm, otherwise it may result in insomnia related symptoms.
There are many general side effects associated with consuming caffeine daily. These side effects include headaches, sleepiness, low energy levels, mood swings and feeling shaky or jittery throughout the day.
Now let’s talk about some healthier alternatives to get more energy throughout the day that won’t affect your sleep schedule.
Drink a banana smoothie in the morning
Banana smoothies are loaded with vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Drinking a banana smoothie every morning is a great way to naturally boost energy and activate your metabolism. Bananas are high in potassium, and contain three naturally occurring sugars- sucrose, fructose & glucose. Because bananas are also high in fiber, glucose levels are sustained in blood which provides a steady source of energy for a longer period of time! This means no coffee crash!
Try Drinking Ginseng Tea
If you genuinely enjoy drinking something warm in the morning or throughout the day, try drinking ginseng tea instead of coffee. Ginseng is an excellent herb for tonifying your energy or your Qi. It’s a great alternative to drinking coffee because it has been proven to effectively fight fatigue and naturally boost energy levels. Not to mention, ginseng is full of beneficial vitamins and minerals! Drinking ginseng tea has many other favourable health benefits too such as powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, improving brain function and boosting the immune system.
Take a cold shower when you wake up. I know this sounds dreadful, but many studies actually suggest that taking a cold shower is a great way to wake yourself up. Cold showers increase mental alertness, reduce stress and promote weight loss. If you have trouble waking up in the morning, try running a cool shower and focusing on your breathing. You’ll feel so fresh and revitalized when you get out!
Focus on your diet & nutrition. A lot of people feel tired throughout the day because they are not getting adequate nutrients. Snacking on foods such as apples, strawberries, oranges and berries is a great way to get nutrition and boost energy at the same time. In the long run, make sure that your meals are nutritious and avoid eating out!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post! I hope that I inspired you to be more conscious of what you consume daily and make healthier choices!