We often hear from friends and colleagues who try to give up on coffee how terrible they feel.
The difficulty for some people, particularly heavier users of coffee, to give up on coffee is truly great and should not be underestimated! For some people it can be harder than giving up on sugar or even alcohol. The medical literature has a long list of reported caffeine withdrawal symptoms. These include fatigue and low energy, difficulty concentrating, decreased alertness, irritability, tension and muscle stiffness, caffeine withdrawal headaches to mention just a few.
Unfortunately, decaffeinated coffee can’t be recommended as the caffeine is only part of the problem. For some reason (more on it in a different post) decaf coffee seems to provoke acidity in the stomach even more than regular coffee.
1) Hot Maca
Maca substitute in for coffee’s jittery caffeine kick with a smooth, brightening energy boost. Maca has adrenal boosting properties and will give you that boost without the crash of coffee - all the while maintaining the characteristic creamy chocolatey flavor of a mocha.
2) Matcha Green Tea
Touted as a superior antioxidant, detoxifier and energy booster. Another interesting fact about this Japanese way of drinking tea is that because you ingest the high-quality powder, rather than the herb infusion, the health benefits are higher than those of green tea. In short one cup of matcha = 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea in terms of nutritional content!
Matcha Green Tea is also rich in fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Put simply, the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.
3) Dandelion Herbal Coffee Blend
Dandelion is loaded with trace minerals and potassium, iron and calcium. Dandelion is reputed historically to be an excellent liver tonic and blood purifier, and one of the best diuretics, complete with its own potassium source. It is reported also to regulate the gastro-intestinal system, and is a good cure for anemia and acne. It also has the reputation for lowering serum cholesterol and blood pressure, eliminating gas and acid indigestion, aiding in weight loss,and counteracting certain cancerous tumors.
4) Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte
When the weather starts to get chilly, it’s time for pumpkin everything, and that means pumpkin spice lattes! You can add to the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice to make the perfect, hot, spicy, flavorful, and most delicious Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte (yammi with almond milk). Just the thing to warm you right up on a cold day!
5) Date Seed Coffee
An awesome replacement for your coffee, date seed coffee is both delicious and packed with health benefits. It is a great coffee alternative in both taste and energy, yet without the jitters that come with coffee.
Research have shown that the Date Seed could be used as a medicinal food in treating renal stone, bronchial asthma, cough, hyper–activity and weak memory. Date–pits contain glucomannan, which helped to normalize blood sugar, relieved stress on the pancreas, and discouraged blood sugar abnormalities such as hypoglycaemia and prevented many chronic diseases. Date seeds even contain amino acids and hormones that could help improve memory.
But best of all, date seeds are rich sources of phenolic radical scavenger antioxidants, also inhibit the oxidation of LDL (the so-called "bad cholesterol") and stimulate the removal of cholesterol from lipid-laden arterial cells.