These days we seem to be awash in a flood of energy drinks. Unfortunately, from a health standpoint these drinks are usually unmitigated garbage. Sure, Red Bull gives you wings, but when the sugar crash hits you a couple hours later, you’ll feel like those wings flew you straight into the side of a building. Besides that, energy drinks are loaded with all sorts of ingredients that are just plain bad for you.
Fortunately, there are some healthy alternatives that can give you all the benefits of an energy drink – and more – without any of the harmful side effects.
This one may come as a surprise to some people. The fact is, though, that in reasonable amounts, coffee is perfectly fine for you – and it has even been shown to have some health benefits, including antioxidants, and other beneficial chemicals. Additionally, though caffeine can be harmful in sufficient quantities, in smaller doses it’s actually quite safe.
Tea carries many of the same benefits as coffee, except in greater quantities. Tea – particularly green tea – is loaded with antioxidants. Additionally, though tea generally has a lower caffeine content than coffee, the caffeine you take in when you drink tea is actually delivered to your system more efficiently than when you drink coffee, giving you more bang for your buck, as it were.
Before we talk about juice, it’s crucial to note that we’re talking about juice. Real, honest-to-goodness 100% juice. That sugary mess that calls itself juice because it has a little bit of juice concentrate doesn’t count. Real fruit juice is loaded with all sorts of vitamins and other beneficial substances, including natural sugars instead of the kind that give you that awful post-energy drink sugar crash. They can boost your energy and leave you feeling much better and healthier.
Yes, that’s right. Water. While many of us spend our days drinking one thing or another – coffee, tea, soda, or whatever – the fact is that few of us drink enough plain water. You may wonder what the difference is. After all, all of those drinks are made with water, right? Well, that may be true, but it’s also true that some of the substances in them – especially in some sodas and energy drinks – require more water for digestion than is taken in when you drink. In other words, they leave you feeling thirstier.
But why is water an energy drink? Since few of us drink enough water, and since most of us drink things that wind up leaving us thirstier, we often wind up suffering from mild dehydration without ever really knowing it. Care to guess what one of the symptoms of dehydration is? You got it, it’s lethargy. Not drinking enough water can leave you feeling tired and run-down. So if you want a quick and easy pick-me-up, just get yourself a glass of water. And it doesn’t have to be the bottled kind, either. Water from your tap will do just fine.