Although a delicious freshly brewed cup of coffee is a great treat, it’s not always the most beneficial to our health. Not only is it a tough habit to kick, but it can interact with your sleep cycles, and make you feel jittery during the day.
Coffee works by inhibiting the neurotransmitter adenosine, which is what brings on the sleepy or tired feeling. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee every day, we have some suggestions for other ways to get your daily boost of energy:
Many people are adding adaptogens to their daily health regime, and for good reason. They help to alert your body as to what it requires, and allow your body to release or inhibit neurotransmitters as it needs. Ginseng, a well-renowned herbal adaptogen, can help promote mental performance and energy.
LUV Rise Tincture
Our sweet orange RISE Tincture is a great morning alternative for sustained energy. It helps provide an extra boost to help get you going and remain focused for the day.
Green tea is well known for containing antioxidants as well as L-theanine, an amino acid that works in conjunction with the small amount of caffeine in tea to improve brain function. Many people report increased productivity from the smooth energy effects of drinking green tea.
Great in morning smoothies, maca has been used in Peru for hundreds of years. A root that's ground up into a powder, maca is actually a cruciferous vegetable, related to broccoli and kale. It’s also used by some athletes who believe it can give increased energy and improved performance.
LUV Shine Tincture
Instead of an afternoon cup of caffeine, reach for our Vanilla and Rose SHINE Tincture. Not only is it great mixed with smoothies after a workout to support muscle recovery, it can help promote energy as you tackle the afternoon slump.
Another herbal remedy hailing from South America, yerba mate tea contains antioxidants in the form of caffeoyl, sponins, polyphenols, and xanthines including caffeine and theobromine. With less caffeine than coffee, but more than tea, many people report improved energy and focus from drinking yerba mate.
It’s no wonder that avid gym-goers crave a daily workout for increased energy. Short bursts of energy tell your body to release endorphins, which can provide euphoria (a quick mood booster). Exercise also increases your blood flow, which results in more oxygen and blood getting to your brain, in turn resulting in feelings of focus, energy, and less fatigue.
Meditation can help promote your mood and energy levels. Ten minutes of breath-focused meditation in the afternoon can help to recharge your body without the caffeine buzz, and unlike taking a nap, it doesn't risk affecting your ability to fall asleep in the evening. It Try this energy boost meditation!