It’s okay if you don’t want to give up your morning cup of joe. Some of us simply love the taste of coffee, and drink it for that reason. But if you’re drinking it every day, or more than once a day, you could be dealing with some chronic dehydration issues, an imbalance of electrolytes, or worse!
Did you know that chronic dehydration has actually been linked to thinks like eczema, rheumatism, premature aging, digestive issues, high blood pressure, and even cancer? And if you are chronically dehydrated, drinking coffee could make your symptoms even worse. You need to restore the electrolytes, hydrate, and provide the body with what it needs to have natural energy and build up immunity.
Naturally giving your body energy is definitely a healthier route vs. filling up on caffeine. Here are six things that will wake you up better than coffee, AND make you healthier in the process.
Apples provide natural fructose, carbohydrates, and fiber that allow the body to absorb the sugar slowly over a period of time. This gives you longer, lasting energy without a crash at the end. Many fitness people will actually eat an apple before beginning their workouts. The power in this simple fruit is fantastic for energy, and even immunity.
Seems so simple, right? You might be asking me: “how in the world can water wake me up like coffee?” Think about it: You can last three weeks without food, but only three days without water. Our bodies are made up of mostly water. If you are chronically dehydrated, you will probably suffer from some or all of the following symptoms: Fatigue, loss of energy, digestive issues, constipation, high and low blood pressure, weight gain (not drinking enough water will cause you to crave more food – your body confuses thirst with hunger for foods that contain water), premature aging, high cholesterol, and respiratory issues just to name a few.
A glass of water hydrates the body, wakes up the cells, organs, and blood in the body. Providing the body with this vital necessity gives it an energy boost, helps ward of diseases, and promotes a healthy weight.
It may seem like a simple answer and you know it to be true, but how many of us actually do this? Just a brisk walk in the morning, jumping jacks, or a few simple cardio exercises can give you the boost you need in the morning. Exercise gets the blood flowing quickly through the body, which wakes you up! Combine this one with drinking a couple cups of water and you’ll be good to go!
Bananas naturally contain fructose that will give you a natural energy boost. If you need to wake up in the morning or just need a little extra energy for your workout, grab a banana. They contain good amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and the minerals you need to keep going. The fiber will also allow the fructose to absorb slowly over time, giving you a lasting energy.
Side note: If you are suffering from over-caffeination (you had way too much coffee, didn’t you?), a banana has been shown to relieve this. If you have a caffeine headache or are jittery from way too much caffeine, grab a banana. Caffeine throws off your balance of electrolytes, potassium, and calcium. This makes bananas the ultimate natural remedy.
When I’m in need of an added boost, I’ll make up a smoothie of nut milk, cacao, and medjool dates. This is also known as my “raw coffee” recipe. It gives me a nice jump on the day, but I don’t suffer from the later crash and headaches caused by coffee.
Almonds have omega fatty acids that will give you a mental boost, and increased alertness. The magnesium in almonds help the body to create energy from sugar, so this makes almonds or almond milk especially good in the morning when combined with the natural fructose from things like bananas or medjool dates.
Here’s a simple smoothie recipe that combines three of these food items, to get your day going right. Add in your water and exercise, and you’re going to be alert like a rooster crowing at dawn! 😉
Early Morning Banana-Cacao Energy Boost Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tb cacao
For a little more added protein, you could add a tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter. Protein does tend to slow the body down as it goes into “digesting mode,” so use it sparingly if you’re going for a good energy boost.
What do you think about this list? Is there anything you would add?
Bonus: Fresh fruit and vegetable juices.
Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to stay hydrated and have a natural and lasting energy boost throughout the morning and day. If you aren’t juicing yet, be sure to check out my juicing recipes here.