Majority of the population intakes caffeine on an astronomical level. I have a friend who sheepishly admits to having at least ten cups of coffee a day. I used to have at least three caffeinated beverages a day myself. According to one study by John Hopkins University of Medicine, 80 to 90 percent of the American population habitually consumes caffeine.
The amount of caffeine the average adult consumes a day is roughly 280 milligrams (equal to 17 ounces of coffee or 84 ounces of soda). It’s fairly safe to say that caffeine is a mainstay in most American households, but should it be?
Some of the long-term effects of over-caffeination on the human body include:
- Higher blood pressure
- Increased anxiety
- Taxation of the adrenal glands
The above list is just for those who consume black coffee in a standard 8 oz serving, not to mention the whipped, sugary and sweetened coffee drinks you’ll find in popularity at your local Starbucks.
Alternatives are here!
While your taste buds might disagree, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to caffeine that will give you the morning boost you need without the chemical effects.
- Cold Water: I know, I know. It seems too simple, but it really isn’t. Cold water shocks your body into a better wakeful state. Consume a full 8 ounces in the morning with a little shot of B12 for an optimal boost.
- B12: This helpful vitamin has been know to increase focus, aid in wakefulness and ease fatigue. Increase your B12 intake by consuming higher levels of protein including fish, red meat and eggs. You can also purchase an over-the-counter supplement, which can be found in the pharmacy section.
- Peppermint Oil: Whether you dab a few drops onto your neck or take a few drops in your tea, peppermint oil has been shown to give your body a must needed boost by increasing ventilation, thus increasing oxygen flow and activity in the brain.
- Yoga: Believe it or not, sunrise yoga is a great way to give yourself energy and make your mind focused for what is to come during the day. Along with the meditative element, engaging your muscles stimulates your mind to get into a ready state for daily tasks. If you want to check out a class near you, look no further than HealingRadius.com and book an appointment today.
- Vitamin C: Since most sources of vitamin C not only come with a vitamin designed to increase overall body function but also a fair amount of natural sugar, switching to a vitamin C rich drink instead of soda or coffee might be a great way to drop the habit. You can’t overdose or become dependent on vitamin C and it can be found abundantly in orange juice, grapefruit juice, limes, lemons, papayas, strawberries, pineapples, kiwis, cantaloupes and raspberries.
Since caffeine is such a highly addictive substance, kicking the habit cold-turkey might not be the most pleasant alternative for most people. To minimize withdrawal, try easing yourself off your poison of choice by slowly decreasing the amount you drink a day, a week and then a month. Replace your normal caffeinated beverages with some other source of energy until you no longer have to rely on it. It’s just that simple. Good luck on your journey toward a happier, healthier you!
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