There are more natural alternatives to receive a boost of energy than throwing back coffee after coffee – which can actually hurt you. (Not the least of which is an increase in anxiety – which is never good.) What you’re about to read are 5 healthy, all-natural drinks to consume in the morning. These will make you happier as a result and won’t make you feel like a Grinch come afternoon.
1. Guarana Tea
Pick up any Monster, Rockstar or AMP energy drink and you’ll see “Guarana” on the list of ingredients. This is actually a red fruit that increases stamina (hence the extensive use). LiveScience states that guarana seeds have twice more caffeine than coffee beans. As you can see, they are extremely proficient at giving you energy, and should be consumed with the utmost respect.
To make your own guarana tea…
- Grab ground guarana
- Put 1-2 tsps. In a cup of hot water
- Stir until fully dissolved
- Wait 3 three minutes
- Drink and enjoy!
Or simply buy your own guarana tea bags in your local health food store.
2. Protein Smoothie
One of the healthiest boosts of energy comes from protein. Sandi Busch, writing for LiveStrong, says you can get a quicker boost of energy from carbohydrates – but carbs don’t last as long as protein. When our bodies digest protein, they are broken down into amino acids.
Eventually, those amino acids are converted into fatty acids and/or glucose – both of which give you energy. By far, one of the most delicious (and nutritious!) ways of getting that energy is from protein smoothies. Rather than opt for protein powder (which can cause a bloated belly—and I’m speaking from personal experience—especially if you don’t exercise), try an all-natural protein smoothie, such as…
Banana Oat Smoothie
- 2 tbsp. rolled oats
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 4 ice cubes
(You can also add honey, cinnamon or any syrup to give it that special zing you love.)
3. Bali Kratom
If you’ve heard of the benefits of Kratom, chances are you’ve already tried Bulk Bali Kratom. Kratom Bali has been shown to alleviate pain (as an analgesic), offer a natural, relaxing “mindful” energy, and help opiate users during withdrawal. (In fact: this opiate-relief is synonymous with Kratom.)
The energy you receive is rather subtle: as this leaf, when consumed, calms you down. However, in this calm state of mind, you’re actually able to concentrate and focus more easily on tasks. (Can you see what I’m getting at?) The more focused you are on whatever it is you’re doing, the more efficiently you’ll be able to finish on time.
Hands down, one of the healthiest drinks in the world that will energize you… is a drink you can get from your faucet tap. The secret key to keeping your body healthy, flushing out toxins, revitalising your skin, and giving you energy… is hydration. There is no other liquid on Earth that hydrates you better (and faster) than water. We’ve been told all our lives that we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Why though? (And do we really need to?) What benefits does water actually have? These are a fraction of the benefits of drinking water:
- Helps control calories
- Energize muscles and improves muscle performance
- Keeps skin from looking dry, wrinkled and old
- Help kidneys get rid of stored-up toxins
- Prevent kidney stones
American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) improves both our minds and our physique. (However, all species of ginseng – such as Oriental and Siberian help.) There’s a reason the Chinese have used ginseng as a medicine for thousands of years.
- Increase energy and endurance
- Significantly reduce stress
- Controls blood pressure
- Lowers blood glucose levels
- Helps treat hepatitis C and erectile dysfunction
In order to stay fully energized for the entire day, be sure to consume one of these enthusiasm-building drinks first thing in the morning. As the day progresses, your body will absorb all the nutrients – ensuring your day’s performance is at its optimal level.