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Coffee Hangover? 3 Alternatives to Drinking Coffee Every Morning

We live in a coffee culture.

Whether it’s at a hip coffee shop, a Tim Horton’s drive-thru, or an at-home Espresso machine, over 85% of Canadians are getting a daily boost in their productivity and mood, thanks to coffee.

As someone who has a busy schedule, and likely as sleep-deprived as the rest of you, I can totally understand the need for a morning boost. And that’s good, as long as it’s in moderation.

Why you have trouble sleeping

Adenosine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter.  This means that adenosine can act as a central nervous system depressant. In normal conditions, it promotes sleep and suppresses arousal.  Glass of lemonade or water on beach by sea Link Integrated Health

When awake the levels of adenosine in the brain rise each hour. Due to it’s similar chemical structure to adenosine, caffeine binds to the same adenosine receptors in the brain, and over time, will disrupt an individual’s sleep cycle. This is why you need more and more coffee to experience the same boost.

Caffeine also stimulates the production of adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone), while simultaneously preventing dopamine (feel-good hormone) from being absorbed into the brain, which makes you feel happy. This dopamine stimulation is why caffeine is so addictive.

When coffee becomes an addiction (as it does for many people), the body begins developing sensitivities to caffeine, which will lead to disrupted sleep, anxiety, and inflammation (due to very elevated levels of dehydration).

Here are some proven alternatives to coffee that you can do to start your day that will energize your body, uplift your spirits and sharpen your mind, without the jitters.

1) Drink Lemon Water

Slice up half a lemon and squeeze it into a glass of water. Not only does the lemon serve as a great liver detox, but it also boosts the immune system and gives a burst of energy, with NO SIDE EFFECTS! 
For the more daring:
 Add a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt & a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar to the cocktail.

2) Take a Contrast Shower

Contrast showers are a great way to get the blood flowing and out of that morning grogginess. 40 Seconds Warm, 20 Seconds Cool is the gold standard for benefits to be experienced.
For the more daring: Always step out of the shower when the water is in a cold cycle, not warm. 
For those with a death wish: A cold shower perhaps?

3) Go For a Walk

As soon as you wake up, putting on a pair of running shoes and going for a brisk walk has been shown to release endorphins, elevate mood, and the fresh air is fantastic for encouraging mindfulness and gratitude. 
This works the best during the brutal colds of our Canadian winters.


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