(HealthyResearch.com) – Many of us can’t get through the morning without a cup of coffee, but this breakfast staple can cause some undesirable side effects. You could experience discomfort ranging from heart palpitations, nausea and insomnia to an increase in symptoms from conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder and irritable bowel syndrome. If these potential side effects worry you, or if you just want to switch things up, replace your daily cup of java with one of these 8 super drinks for a healthy pick-me-up.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has numerous benefits, from reducing glucose levels after a meal to possibly helping you shed unwanted pounds. Be careful, though — apple cider is acidic, and it can potentially damage your enamel. Instead of swigging this fermented drink straight from the bottle, mix a couple of spoonfuls with warm water for a tart, invigorating beverage.
2. Golden Milk
Turmeric is an inflammation-fighting superfood that’s been popping up in everything from coffee creamer to candy recently. Golden milk is a classic drink made from this antioxidant-rich root, and vegan and dairy options are available. You can make your own golden milk by combining coconut milk, almond milk, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and honey in a small saucepan, then heating until warm.
3. Hot Cacao
Not keen on giving up your coffee? Try a cup of hot cacao instead. Hot cacao has a similar flavor, texture and aroma to coffee, so it’s a good swap if you want something different, but not too different. A cup of hot cacao is packed with iron and magnesium, and cacao may act as a natural antidepressant.
4. Vegetable Juice
A whopping 9 out of 10 people don’t get enough fruits and veggies. Sure, coffee can temporarily boost your energy levels, but it’s not a long-term solution for exhaustion. Incorporate more veggies into your diet, especially those with essential nutrients like vitamin C and iron, by starting off each morning with a cup of fresh-pressed veggie juice.
5. Coconut Water
Many popular sports drinks are loaded with sugar and artificial colors. Unfamiliar ingredients, such as propylene glycol, found in these drinks are also potentially dangerous additives. If you want a refreshing beverage loaded with electrolytes, try coconut water with your breakfast or after a workout. This naturally sweetened beverage is low in sugar, and it’s loaded with potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus.
6. Lemon Water
Lemon water is a refreshingly simple drink that requires just two ingredients: a lemon wedge or two, and warm water. This easy-to-prepare drink helps freshen breath, boost digestion and reduce the visible effects of aging. It’s a great source of Vitamin C and may even aid in weight loss.
7. Herbal Tea
Quitting caffeine cold turkey can be stressful, so some coffee drinkers slowly transition to herbal tea. Some varieties of this warm beverage have caffeine, but decaf options are also available. Consider green tea if you want a mild tea that enhances your heart health, or sip a spicy cup of cinnamon tea if you want to boost your cognitive function. Peppermint, yarrow and rosemary are other potential options.
Folks who enjoy the tangy taste of apple cider vinegar may also appreciate kombucha, a bubbly beverage made from fermented tea. A sluggish digestive system can take a toll on your energy levels, but kombucha helps tackle this issue by encouraging the production of good bacteria in your body. It also helps reduce bloating and inflammation.
Try one of these 8 tasty alternatives to coffee, or explore your own alternatives to give you a healthy boost to start your day.
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