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4 Coffee Alternatives

Even with the best of intentions many of us need a boost first thing in the morning, or maybe in the afternoon to get us through that work meeting or even a late-night study session. Because coffee is so good at providing an energy lift, it is the world’s most popular drink. But you probably already know that, you only need to walk down the high street to see it lined with cafes, restaurants, and coffee shops.

However, excess caffeine is not good for health and if you think you may be getting a little too much, then here are our tasty alternative tips.

1. Black tea

Black tea is the perfect alternative for anyone who’s not ready to give up on their caffeine hit completely, just yet. It contains less caffeine than coffee but still provides that warming sensation you get when you have a hot drink. Some varieties boast health benefits, too, thanks to their antioxidant levels. Camellia sinensis-based tea has been shown to reduce cellular damage in the body and even promote good bacteria growth in the gut.

2. Green tea

If tea is your thing, then why not have a go at a cup of green tea. There are so many benefits to drinking green tea and it has been consumed in the Far East for thousands of years. Green tea is extremely high in antioxidants and polyphenols – more than black tea – and this helps to protect the body from disease. The amount of caffeine in green tea varies from 35 -80 milligrams (mg) that compares to the same size cup of coffee which contains anywhere form 100-400mg. Many people find the taste of green tea quite bitter and it can take some getting used to. Thankfully, there are many flavours available such as lemon, mint and ginger or you can add your own flavourings such as a slice of lemon or lime.

3. Lemon water

Lemon water is a simple drink which can be enjoyed either warm or cold, making it perfect for your early morning drink or for sipping throughout the day in your Hydratem8 tracker bottle. Much of the evidence that lemon water is good for you is anecdotal but separately the two ingredients bring about many health benefits.
Lemon water though contains no caffeine making it a great alternative if you’re trying to cut down on your intake. The drink could help to:
• keep you hydrated
• boost your immune system
• aid weight loss
• aid digestion
• keep your skin looking healthy

4. Chicory root coffee

Chicory root coffee is not only caffeine-free but gluten-free too. Chicory is a type of vegetable which is generally quite bitter. However, once it has been roasted and ground, like coffee, it’s a great alternative.
Chicory is an excellent source of fibre, so it has numerous benefits for your digestive health including preventing constipation. It also helps to boost the growth of the good bacteria in your gut.
Because chicory root is caffeine free it won’t give you that high that coffee does but if it’s the flavour you’re craving without bouncing off the walls then this may be for you. You can reduce your caffeine intake gradually by adding a small amount of coffee to the chicory root as you get used to the new beverage.

Summary

If you love a coffee but want to cut down on your caffeine intake, then these alternatives are for you. There’s an array of different flavours for you to choose from and they’ll all compliment your Hydratem8 coffee cup perfectly. These alternatives are also healthier and, although they may not give you the same caffeine rush, they will benefit your body in many other ways such as boosting your immune system and feeding your gut bacteria.

Sources
Hervert-Hernàndez, D and Goni, I. (2011) Dietary Polyphenols and Human Gut Microbiota: A Review. Food Reviews International: 27(2)
Lewin, J. (2018). Is Green Tea Good for You? Available at: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-green-tea

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