Why would you give up on coffee, you’re asking? Well, because you’re hypertensive, because it’s making you too agitated or maybe because you’re associating it with other unhealthy habits such as smoking or eating sugary foods – donuts, biscuits, chocolate. You also might want to give up on coffee if it’s causing you indigestions or if you’re on a detox diet. That because coffee affects the metabolic and detox functions of the liver.
That being said, if you’re addicted to caffeine, you’ll want to replace coffee with a drink that still contains a small quantity of this addictive substance. Otherwise you might feel depleted of energy and go back to your first love – yes, coffee, of course. So here is what you can try:
Mate tea is prepared from the yerba mate plant. Although the taste is very different from that of coffee, mate tea contains approximately two times more caffeine than black tea, but just half of the quantity of caffeine contained by coffee. Also, yerba mate is packed with antioxidants, it’s energizing and it helps with weight loss by boosting metabolism.
If you’re only mildly addicted to caffeine, you can try this option. Green tea contains small quantities of caffeine, but enough to give you a small boost of energy, it is rich in antioxidants and a healthy alternative overall.
Matcha tea is a specific variety of green tea, a fine powder obtained from the green leaves of the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis), through an elaborate processing method that leads to obtaining a superior final product with multiple health benefits. Matcha tea has all the benefits of green tea, but it contains a higher quantity of L-theanine, an antioxidant that stimulates the production of dopamine and serotonin, which are known for inducing relaxation, but also boosting memory and concentration. Matcha tea is relaxing, but it also keeps you alert, due to the caffeine in its composition. It does not lift your blood pressure, it does not make you agitated or nervous and it stimulates the elimination of toxins from your body.
You can prepare it with chocolate and milk, but you can also simply replace coffee with cocoa. It contains small quantities of caffeine and it tastes delicious.
This is another great option for those addicted to the taste of coffee. It tastes very similar, but it is completely caffeine free.