Why you Should Quit Coffee and 3 Alternative Ways to Wake up
The topic about the benefits and the side effects of coffee
consumption is most probably the most controversial one out there. Almost every
week a new study is published, delivering another potion of break-through
findings about the ancient energy elixir.
Caffeine is the main substance found in coffee
beans (in tea leaves and cocoa beans, as well, but we’ll talk about it in
another post) and the one that actually “wakes you up”. Caffeine is central
nervous system stimulant that belongs to the group of the light stimulants (along
with nicotine). It increases the adrenaline levels in your body, making you
more energetic, alert and concentrated. Nevertheless, caffeine is not the only
substance found in coffee – in the morning cup that gets you going, there are
more than 850 different bio-active compounds that affect your body. Today we’ll tell you about 3 negative effects of coffee that might help you reconsider reaching out for a “cup of energy” tomorrow morning or at least
help you lower the amounts of coffee you are consuming daily. Apart from that,
we’ll share with you 3 great wake-up alternatives that can replace the legal
drug called “espresso”.
Interferes with digestion
Coffee boosts production of hydrochloric acid, thus improves,
or let’s say “speeds up”, digestion. This is why, in some countries, ordering a
cup of coffee after having a big meal is habitual. Nevertheless, in the long
run coffee has exactly the opposite effect – it starts interfering with the
normal production of hydrochloric acid. Your stomach starts producing less
hydrochloric acid and it becomes harder for you to digest food – especially proteins.
Aside from that, coffee contains natural acids that can irritate your stomach, especially
if you drink your “cup-of-joy” before having breakfast or if you have more than one per day.
Demineralization and dehydration
Coffee acts as a diuretic. It stimulates urine production,
which causes fluid loss and along with it – loss of important minerals (for
example calcium, that plays key role in maintaining your skin and hair healthy). Loss of calcium affects bone density and can increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. Coffee also lowers the absorption of iron and can lead to anemia, especially in
individuals that drink a lot of it and do not consume enough iron-rich foods,
as well as pregnant women and children.
Anxiety and depression
Coffee makes you nervous and increases anxiety levels
because in stimulates adrenaline production. Though, initially, it gives you a
happy-high, shortly after it come the after effects – fatigue, irritability,
insomnia. Some of these post-coffee effects mimic
depression – lack of will to do anything, apathy, tiredness, mood swings, etc. While
it’s true that not all people experience these symptoms after consuming
caffeine containing beverages, if you are, it’s time to think of another way to
get out of bed and start your day.
In case you are an avid coffee lover, we know that quitting can be hard. However, we can offer you 3 great “wake-up” alternatives you can try.If at least one of them works for you, saying “no” to coffee, will be way easier.
10 minutes of Yoga
30 minutes is even better, but if you don’t have the time,
10 are enough. The greatest thing about
Yoga is that it wakes you up in a very
gentle way. It improves blood circulation and warms up your body, thus
delivering more oxygen to your brain (especially if you combine the poses with
breathing exercises). It’s a well-known fact that physical activity is the best
way to start your day, so don’t pretend you haven’t read this – wake up and get
Fresh fruit juice
Though there’s been a lot of buzz around sugar, as part
of your diet, the truth is your brain needs glucose to function properly.
Actually, in most cases is not coffee that wakes you up, but the sugar you put
in it. Let me give you a better idea how to get your sugar fix for the day –
freshly squeezed juice from grapefruits, oranges and pomegranate! It will fuel your
body with powerful antioxidant, energizing your day and giving your brain what
it needs “to get the engine going”.
Nice uplifting music
Playing your favorite song right after you get out of bed,
will wake you up immediately, believe me! Dancing to it is totally allowed (even
if the neighbors are watching)! Not only that – starting the day with music, will
improve your mood and you’ll feel more inspired and excited to meet the day.
Try it – you’ll see it feels great!
Ah, and let’s not forget about the nice morning body scrub ritual – those 10 minutes under the shower that wake up your senses and your body and energize your day like nothing else can!
Coffee Bean Body Scrub
La Mav Coffee Bean Body Scrub exfoliates dead skin cells while reducing the appearance of cellulite. It contains organic Coconut Oil, Camellia Oil and Macadamia Oil that are rich in essential fatty acids and Vitamin A, B, E and Oleic Acid that hydrates, softens and moisturises skin. Its beautiful aroma makes it an all-time favourite of the entire family.Ideal for skin that lacks nutrients, ageing, cellulite, neglected, dry and sensitive.
• Ground Coffea Arabica helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, while reducing the appearance of cellulite. Coffee contains natural antioxidants providing protection from free radicals.
• Coconut Oil hydrates, cleanses, softens and moisturises the skin by replenishing the natural skin oils. It contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s), that are also found in the skin`s natural sebum.
• Camellia Oil and Macadamia Oil are rich in revitalising vitamins, including Vitamin A, B, E and Oleic Acid that are easily absorbed and helps to soothe irritated and dry skin. These nourishing oils promote young, soft skin.
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