These healthy drinks can boost immunity and make you feel fresh even without the caffeine making your heart race.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 16, 2020. It has since been updated.
Waking up and brewing a hot cup of coffee might be part of the morning ritual for most of us, but while coffee energizes us it has a dark side too. When consumed in safe amounts, which is up to four cups in a day, coffee is safe but it can cause insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, increased heart and breathing rate, and other side effects, according to WebMD.
There are many delicious and healthy options available to replace coffee from our diet. If you want to feel energized but don't want the jitters along with it or just want to stop consuming caffeine, here are seven options:
This drink is good not just for your health but it will also help clear up your skin. Use this just to replace coffee or even soda from your diet. It will give you added stamina and will keep your bowel movements normal because of the amount of fiber you will be taking in, according to Brit+co. If you add some cayenne to this mix, it will be great for boosting immunity and increasing your circulation, according to Justbeetit. Both beet and grapefruit are full of minerals, fibers, and antioxidants that improve our health.
There are many probiotic drinks available in stores and you will be spoilt for choice. They contain active cultures of live probiotics, but you may not be sure about why that's important. According to Inc, we face digestive disorders when the balance of friendly bacteria becomes disturbed in the intestines. If we are on medication or for any other reason, this can happen and probiotics can help maintain that order. They are a great option for regulating digestive health, and there are added benefits of the improved immune system, maintaining gut health, and more.
There are multiple options when it comes to tea as well. Green tea, Matcha tea, Chai, Kombucha tea, the options are truly numerous. Many teas are a source of antioxidants, B vitamins, and minerals. If you are not a tea drinker and don't know which one to buy, you can get samples of many flavors to find out which one works for you best. It will also help to know what benefits your preferred kind of tea has. For example, Matcha is rich in antioxidants, may help protect the liver, boost brain function, and do a lot more, according to Healthline.
This is one of the healthiest drinks that you can consume and it has been growing in popularity as well. It can range from clear to milky in color and it comes from green, young coconuts. It is naturally sweet and contains bioactive enzymes. It is also full of rehydrating electrolytes which can make it a good replacement for sugary fizzy sports drinks too, according to Inc.
This is a good caffeine-free beverage that can boost immunity. It can be easily made using spices such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and black pepper. You can also add cardamom, vanilla, and honey. Apart from giving your drink a beautiful golden color, turmeric is also known to be an anti-inflammatory since it has a potent chemical curcumin. The black pepper in the drink will boost your body’s ability to absorb curcumin. Fatty milk can also help do that, according to Healthline. To make this, just heat some whole milk and add the spices. Keep stirring to ensure the milk has not burned. Drink this warm cup of goodness in the morning to start your day right.
If you don't want to have to make a big effort for a refreshing morning drink then lemon water is the best option for you. It has plenty of vitamin C and antioxidants. This calorie and caffeine-free drink is a great way to start your day. Vitamin C is crucial for our immune system and it protects our skin from sun damage too. It is important for creating collagen, which is what gives our skin, tendons, and ligaments its basic structure.
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