7 alternatives to coffee to start the day right, with or without caffeine, gently

7 alternatives to coffee to start the day right, with or without caffeine, gently
7 alternatives to coffee to start the day right, with or without caffeine, gently

What can we replace our morning coffee with?

It’s well known: the more we like something, the more it has the gift of playing tricks on us. And unfortunately, among the most common culprits is caffeine. A true ally of energizing properties, it is often used to stay awake and focused, much more than for its taste. Of course, having a cup of coffee when you wake up or treating yourself to an espresso after lunch doesn’t hurt, but overdoing it can cause some discomfort, starting with heartburn. It is therefore time to explore other alternatives to coffee, to sweeten our days without putting our health at risk.

Coffee alternatives that reduce cortisol levels and help you sleep better

The caffeine contained in coffee is a natural stimulant that boosts our energy by activating neurons and brain activity, thus delaying fatigue: perfect for an intense day of work. However, about 15 to 30 minutes after consumption, what is known as the “caffeine crash” occurs, a drop in energy that leaves us exhausted. This is when the need to take caffeine again arises, leading to a vicious cycle with unpleasant side effects. But there are alternatives like green tea, guarana, Yerba Mate and matcha, which allow you to break this addiction.

What are the effects of coffee on the body?

Overconsumption of caffeine can seriously disrupt the body, leading to various negative effects for the body and mind. Heartburn and sleep disturbances are among the most common. Indeed, caffeine stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid by the cells of the stomach, usually beneficial for digestion but harmful in the absence of food. Reducing or eliminating caffeine stabilizes cortisol and melatonin levels, improving sleep quality and reducing stress and fatigue.

7 alternatives to coffee to reduce your caffeine consumption

Giving up coffee doesn’t necessarily mean saying goodbye to the comforting little morning ritual, but simply finding other tasty drinks to replace the classic espresso.

1. Black tea

Yes, black tea also contains caffeine, but this comes from tannins and is therefore not completely absorbed by the body. The theine it contains gently stimulates without causing the excessive excitement of coffee. Additionally, black tea is rich in antioxidants, providing numerous health benefits.

Clipper – Organic Black Tea Bags

2. Green tea

Known for its benefits on digestion and against bloating, green tea is the ideal drink after a meal. An excellent antioxidant, it contains (in addition to caffeine) L-theanine, an amino acid which stimulates alpha waves in the brain. Green tea can improve mood and lead to the reduction of anxiety and stress.

Clipper – Organic Green Tea Bags

3. Matcha

Uniquely grown in Japan using ancient traditional methods, matcha retains all the qualities of green tea, with high levels of theine and caffeine, and a rich, pronounced taste.

Pukka – Matcha Tea Bag

Amoseeds – Organic Japanese Matcha Tea Powder

4. Yerba mate

Also known as mate tea or mate tea, Yerba Mate is a natural energizing drink from Argentina that has many benefits. It is obtained from dried and ground leaves of Ilex Paraguariensis, a plant known for its diuretic and depurative properties, as well as its richness in polyphenols and natural antioxidants. Yerba mate has excellent stimulating properties, also improving memory and concentration.

Verde Mate – Yerba Mate Green Frutos Tropicales

Origeens – Unsmoked Organic Yerba Mate

5. Energy drink

Although often criticized for their high sugar content and controversial substances (such as taurine), energy drinks can nevertheless be useful in an emergency, to regain strength and concentration. Opt for those containing functional ingredients such as mineral salts or vitamins.

Foodspring – Powder with electrolytes

Virtue Virtue Clean Energy – Natural Energy Drink with Yerba Mate

6. Guarana

Guarana is similar to coffee but much better tolerated by the stomach. By releasing caffeine more slowly into the body, it provides more powerful and long-lasting effects. Promoting digestion, it is an excellent alternative to a small post-lunch coffee.

Sevenhills Wholefoods – Organic Guarana Powder 250g

Amoseeds – Organic Guarana Powder

7. Mushroom coffee

This drink combines the taste of coffee with the benefits of adaptogenic mushrooms such as chaga and cordyceps, plant compounds that provide the body with a feeling of well-being. It contains essential minerals like potassium, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium, as well as B vitamins and antioxidants. It also strengthens the immune and cardiovascular system, perfect during seasonal changes.

Four Sigmatic – Ground Mushroom Coffee

Article originally published on Vogue Italia

Translation by Shaymae El Ouadi

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