Coffee is surprisingly addictive. We often need a hit of caffeine keeps us going after a night of broken sleep, but too much coffee is not good for us. There is no denying coffee is a pleasurable beverage, but too much is bad for you. Experts say that five or more shots of coffee are not good for our health. An excess of caffeine can cause muscle tremors, stomach irritation, and sleep problems (if you drink coffee too late in the day). If you are addicted to coffee, here are some healthier alternatives you should try.
Don’t underestimate the health benefits of water. Most of us don’t drink enough water, yet water is essential for our health. Our bodies are made up of around 60% water, so a lack of water soon leads to dehydration. Tap water is perfectly fine, but if you don’t like the taste of tap water, try drinking sparkling water instead, or adding a slice of lemon. Aim to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. It is much better for your skin than coffee.
Green tea is well-known for its health benefits. A cup of green tea contains all kinds of essential nutrients. These include antioxidants, minerals, and the amino acid L-theanine, which helps ease the effects of anxiety. Green tea is not caffeine free, but it contains far less than coffee. You’ll still get a pleasant buzz from green tea, but the health benefits far outweigh the negative effects of caffeine. Green tea is known to promote fat burning, improve brain function, and can reduce your risk of serious diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s.
Ashitaba tea is not as well-known as other types of tea, but it has a number of important health benefits. Japanese ashitaba tea can strengthen the immune system, cleanse the body of harmful toxins, and help to control diabetes, so replace your morning cup of coffee with a tasty mug of ashitaba tea.
Fruit teas are a healthy alternative to coffee. Choose from any number of different fruit teas, including lemon and ginger, mint, berries, and apple tea. Each is deliciously caffeine free and beautifully refreshing. They all have their own unique benefits: mint tea is good for the digestion and lemon and ginger has antibacterial properties.
Orange juice is an important source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and minerals such as folate, potassium, copper, thiamine, and magnesium. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice will boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and lower blood cholesterol. It also tastes delicious!
Coconut water is very trendy right now. It has become the go-to drink for health-conscious fitness enthusiasts, as it makes a healthy alternative to sports drinks. Coconut milk contains electrolytes, so it is perfect for rehydrating after an intense exercise session. You can pick up coconut milk from most stores, and if you have a sweet tooth, you will enjoy this clear, milky beverage.
Other healthy beverages you should try include tomato juice, cranberry juice, and milk.
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St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
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