If coffee gives you a stomach ache or other gastro-issues, here are 5 energy-boosting alternatives.
For many of us, caffeine is a motivational life force that’s part of our daily routine—especially in the morning as we anxiously one-eye the slow-filling coffee pot. From the marketing and mystical allure of coffee growing countries, to a dizzying selection of coffee making machines and options, we’ve been seduced. And it’s become a deep, unconditional love filled with energetic aromas and a taste that seems to percolate inspiration.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), over 80% of adults consume coffee every day. So, yes, we’re clearly an over-caffeinated society that likely gushes when the barista knows our order, but not our name.
And while caffeine has many benefits—including alertness, mood enhancement and revving up metabolism—for some the caffeine in coffee causes stomach aches and painful gastrointestinal issues. Whether it’s a sensitivity to the acidity or a growing intolerance, caffeine can fuel a rabbit-hole of problems, including:
- Skin rashes, hives and acne
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Mouth ulcers
- Diarrhea and/or diuretic
- Jitteriness and in inability to sleep well
- In some cases, stress and anxiety cause worsening symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
If any of those ring true for you, and you want an energy boost minus the discomfort, consider falling out of love with coffee and trying these 5 energy-boosting coffee alternatives:
1. Eagle Energy
The natural caffeine in Eagle Energy comes from guarana berries, which when inhaled in microdoses, does not irritate the stomach or cause other gastro-issues. While coffee can stay in your system for over 5 hours, Eagle Energy metabolizes quite quickly and lasts about 1 hour. Which means you can get an instant energy boost whenever you need it without the added bathroom hassles that come with drinking it. The formulation also includes ginseng and vitamin B12, making it a totally plant-powered caffeine alternative, not to mention portable and convenient.
2. Blend up an energy-boosting protein smoothie
Do breakfast in your blender with an energy-boosting smoothie starring your favorite protein powder, fruits like seasonal berries and bananas, a handful of greens (think spinach), hydrating coconut water or non-dairy milk, and healthy fats like MCT oil, nut butters and avocado. Done right, you’ll be bright-eyed and fueled until lunch, which also eliminates snacking and helps with weight loss.
3. Brew some chai tea
This fragrant, spicy Indian tea not only serves as a great morning energizer, it’s been found to help support blood sugar levels and heart health (thanks to the ginger and cinnamon content). Traditional chai has some caffeine, but far less than a cup of coffee. Grab a chai tea at your favorite café with your warm milk of choice or brew up some DIY decaf chai at home.
4. Hydrate, and hydrate some more
Dehydration from not enough water is the fast-track to fatigue and brain fog. Not surprising given between 50% and 60% of your body is water, which is essential for carrying nutrients to your cells and taking away waste. Yet you’re constantly losing water through exercise, sweat, urine and even breathing, so if you’re low on fluids, you’re going to feel tired. Stay ahead of it by reaching for your water bottle and water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables.
5. Daily habit-hacks
Wake-up fast with some easy tweaks to your daily routine:
- Natural light: While one of the keys to a good night’s sleep is ensuring your room is as dark as possible to increase melatonin and your body’s natural sleep rhythm, the morning is when you should be hopping out of bed and opening those blinds! Natural light is an instant wake-up call to help you feel more alert.
- Get moving early: Make exercise your first priority in the morning to jump-start alertness, improve your focus, manage stress, and amp-up fat-burning and appetite control for the rest of the day.
- Cold shower blast: Yes, we all love a hot shower, but you can turn it into invigorating self-care by switching the water to cold for a few seconds before you finish and grab for your towel. Studies show a blast of full body cold water not only wakes you up, it increases circulation, builds a stronger immune system, boosts your mood, and reduces muscle soreness from work outs.