Many of us reach for a cup of coffee before we do anything else in the morning, but consuming caffeine too regularly can have negative side effects. You might find that you become dependent on the drug and suffer headaches, tiredness and irritability when it's not available. You might also have trouble sleeping at night or experience high energy for an hour or so, then crash for the rest of the day. Giving up coffee is much easier if you find a replacement drink. The three suggestions below are healthy, tasty, and drinking them daily won't have any damaging consequences.
Hot water and lemon
It's easy to become dehydrated overnight, as you aren't drinking any liquids for hours while asleep. Drinks like tea and coffee can make you feel even more dehydrated and often upset the stomach. Drinking warm water with lemon is a wonderful way to kick start the digestive process and cleanse your system. Lemon contains vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and other elements which help boost immunity, keeping you healthy. For best results, you should use water that's been filtered to remove any impurities. Having an under sink water filter installed is an easy way to filter all your water without having to think about it. You should use the juice of a fresh lemon, as lemon juice from a bottle doesn't contain as many nutrients.
Super green smoothie
A green smoothie is an excellent way to pack loads of nutrients into your body before you start the day. If you don't have much of an appetite in the morning and usually just stick to coffee, then this is a good way to get extra energy without having to eat a big meal. Choose a base, which could be milk, plant milk, water or juice. Add a fruit, like pineapple, strawberry or banana, and then throw in some leafy greens—spinach and kale are popular choices. Blend everything together until smooth, and enjoy! The greens will provide you with calcium and iron, and the fruit will add in loads of vitamins and minerals. There are lots of ways to mix this smoothie up using different bases, fruits and greens—way more exciting than coffee.
If you tend to feel stressed in the morning, then coffee, a stimulant, is the worst thing you could drink. Switch to a calming chamomile tea instead, and you might see a dramatic change in how relaxed you feel. Chamomile tea is shown to soothe stomach ache, relax the nervous system, and promote healthy skin. It doesn't contain caffeine, so won't have any negative effects on your ability to fall asleep.