I love the smell, taste and impact that coffee has on me and in moderation I, like the next person, loves a well prepared latte. Unfortunately like many of the pleasures in life too much coffee maybe a detriment to your long term health.
Although the immediate reaction to coffee is an increase in energy, focus and concentration, this short term stimulation on the nervous system and adrenal glands ultimately ends up causing stress to the body. Typically too much coffee intake results in anxiety and nervousness, energy crashes, sugar cravings, insomnia and heartburn.
So what alternatives to coffee do I recommend that will give you the similar impact without the physical cost to the body?
Yerba mate tea, green tea, chai tea and cocoa powder all contain caffeine but at much lower amounts than that found in coffee. They provide the energy and focus without the after effect of jitters and energy crashes. In addition these teas are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and compounds that have an overall healing impact. They have been shown to assist with weight management, reduce the risk of cancer and support detoxification.
The good news is that many of these alternatives are now available at your favourite coffee shop or trendy tea store. So the next time you are ready to order you morning java consider switching things up with a cup of green mint tea or chai tea with honey.