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How to Avoid Coffee
If you're like me and have a love-hate relationship with coffee, you'll know how hard it is to give it up, even when you're sick of the jittery side effects it brings. Organic teas and herbal coffee alternatives can make the perfect replacement for your daily coffee habit, so I've put together this guide to the best natural coffee alternatives to help you curb your caffeine addiction.
So many of us rely on that daily hit of caffeine to get us energised and ready for the day, especially on those busy mornings when we need that instant burst of energy. But once you start needing cup after cup of coffee throughout the day, your body can actually become addicted to the rush of adrenaline it brings, and practically demand it if you go without it! Organic teas and herbal coffee alternatives are designed to deliver naturally energising vitamins and nutrients without the jittery side effects of coffee, making them a great alternative if you’re looking to limit your coffee consumption or even cut it out altogether, if you’re brave enough.
What happens when you stop drinking coffee?
If you’re a caffeine addict, needing three or more cups per day, you might experience withdrawals if you quit coffee altogether and go completely cold turkey. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue and moodiness as your body adapts to not getting the caffeine it’s so used to receiving every day.1 Withdrawals can last for a week or so, but if you make it through this weaning period you’ll probably notice that you’re sleeping better, feeling more energetic and maybe even less anxious or stressed than usual. But if you really love the taste of coffee and don’t want to give it up completely, it can actually be a lot easier to limit yourself to just one coffee per day, and then replace the others with herbal or naturally derived alternatives which deliver those same feelings of comfort and energy, like a warming cup of Cacao Tea or a Matcha or Turmeric Latte, yet have a much lower or even no caffeine content.
Best natural coffee alternatives
Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder
A delicious coffee alternative for those who don’t want to give up the caffeine hit, the Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder makes a smooth cup of rich Matcha Green Tea which has up to 10 times the nutritional content of regular Green Tea. Packed with antioxidants, Matcha also contains amino acids, such as L-theanine, which help to aid concentration and alertness and provide a more sustained release of energy without the jittery shakes of coffee. To use, blend half a teaspoon into hot water or add to your daily smoothie or juice.
kkäo Co. Cacao Tea
With a rich, chocolatey flavour, the kkäo Co. Cacao Tea makes a great alternative to coffee as well as chocolate. Made from 100% Cacao Husk, this uplifting loose leaf tea contains Theobromine, a mild, naturally occurring stimulant similar to caffeine, as well as Anandamide, known to help reduce anxiety. It’s also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A and B3, Magnesium and Zinc. Hints of smooth caramel make this chocolate tea a warming pick-me-up which can be enjoyed either on its own or with the milk of your choice.
Edible Beauty Tea No. 8 Energise Me
An energising herbal tea, the Edible Beauty Tea No. 8 Energise Me is a great option to go for when you’re craving that afternoon coffee. Designed to counteract cravings, this therapeutic blend contains Amazonian Guayusa, a caffeinated leaf which does not have the same ‘come-down’ effects of coffee, as well Siberian Ginseng and Withania, known to naturally help reduce stress and fatigue. With hints of Spearmint, Lemon Myrtle and Calendula, this botanical blend can aid focus and support energy levels without the temporary adrenaline rush of coffee.
English Tea Shop Organic Wellness Tea Bags - Energise Me
Another energising blend to distract your mind from coffee is this blend from English Tea Shop. This Certified Organic tea is a delightful combination of Lemongrass, Ginseng, Blackberry, Nettle, Spearmint and Peppermint which is a wake-me-up concoction without the caffeine. Made in Sri Lanka from all Organic ingredients this might become your new firm favourite.
Stay Golden Turmeric Latte Chai
With a base of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant rich Turmeric, the Stay Golden Turmeric Latte Chai makes a warming cup of Golden Turmeric Latte. Vegan and Gluten Free, this spicy blend also contains Black Pepper and Nutmeg to aid digestion as well as aromatic Cinnamon and Vanilla for rich flavour. To use, add one teaspoon and some coconut oil to a small amount of hot water to form a smooth paste, then stir in your choice of cold or hot milk and sweeten if desired.
Source: 1Women’s Health.
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