For a lot of people, their day cannot get started without that morning cup of coffee. It’s one of the best things to get you started, but it’s not the best for your body. In small quantities, there may be some benefits for your health, but it is also known to irritate the stomach, dehydrate you, give you a headache and stain your teeth. With that in mind, maybe it’s time to look for something that’s a little better for you, so here are some options to get you started
Originating from the Far East, Kombucha is a fermented drink using black tea or sometimes green tea, various sugars, bacteria, and yeast. This makes it a good probiotic and is an excellent source of B vitamins, B12 in particular. Kombucha has a number of benefits including disease prevention, healthy gut and lungs and helps to manage diabetes. It can be bought at various health food stores and even Amazon. Alternatively, you can also make your own with not many ingredients is you prefer.
On average, green tea has about a third as much caffeine than what is found in a cup of coffee, but with the health benefits, it has to offer it wouldn’t be bad for you to drink a lot. Green tea contains a large amount of catechins that are a type of antioxidant that can fight cell damage. This is because is minimally processed. It is also great for the heart and the brain and can help to stabilize blood sugar.
You’ve most probably seen wheatgrass in sold at juice bars in the form of shots or added to other smoothies and juice drinks. It is very nutrient-rich, and fans of it claim lots of benefits including better skin, a weight loss aid and increased stimulation to name a few. It is also naturally energizing so is a great morning drink. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to introduce it into your diet is to use the power form so you can mix up a drink whenever needed.
Pomegranate juice is packed with antioxidants, almost three times more than is found in green tea which will protect cells and reduce inflammation. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, as the juice of just one pomegranate can provide you with about 40% of the vitamin C you need for the day. It has also be linked to the reduction of the joint inflammation that causes arthritis. So pomegranate juice could replace not only your coffee, but your orange juice too!
Black tea, as opposed to green and white tea, is fermented and oxidized when processed which provides some of its health benefits. It has a positive effect on cardiovascular disease, can help to relieve the symptoms of asthma, can reduce digestive issues and cholesterol.
As you can see, there are plenty of options if you’re planning on making a healthy change and moving away from coffee. Just a little change in your morning routine could make your body very happy.