How to boost energy without caffeine – What do the experts have to say?

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You woke up on the wrong side of the bed again today after being drained out of energy yesterday and not being able to complete all the work you had planned. Now you must make the dreaded decision again – should I go for a cup of coffee or not? It’s like playing a game of Russian Roulette – will this caffeine boost get me through the day, or will it leave me exhausted, jittery and unable to complete my work by mid-day?  

Fortunately, there are some healthy alternatives for coffee and energy drinks to give your energy levels a boost without resorting to caffeine and being trapped in the vicious cycle of gambling with your day. 

The best alternatives to caffeine for boosting energy (according to the experts)

1. Drink plenty of water

Did you know the United States National Academies recommends women aim for 2.7 liters and men for 3.7 liters of water daily? And get this – a 2013 study spilled the beans that dehydration isn't just about being thirsty; it can also make you feel fatigued and unable to concentrate.

But hey, let's be real – water can be a bit meh. That's where our still and sparkling drinks with exciting flavors come in. These drinks are about turning your water break into a tiny moment of joy because who said staying hydrated can't be low-key enjoyable?

2. Try energy-boosting drinks and supplements without caffeine

There are some brilliant drinks out there that can give you your much needed energy boost without relying on caffeine. 

Starting with Ginseng-based drinks, such as Moment’s Plum Ginseng which is made with natural and clean ingredients and is a wonderful combination of sweet plums and earthy ginseng. A review of 10 clinical studies in 2018 concluded that Ginseng is beneficial for fighting tiredness and for increasing energy levels. 

Next, mushroom-based supplements such as Moment’s Mushroom-Based Coffee Alternative, are the talk of the town. Various scientific studies have established a connection between mushrooms like Chaga, Lion’s mane, and Reishi in improving energy metabolism while providing host of other benefits. 

Read more about caffeine free drinks for energy.  

3. Exercise regularly

Ever thought about swapping that cup of Joe for a quick workout to kickstart your day? Turns out, exercise can be your new caffeine-free energy booster! Scientific studies back this up - research shows that a brisk 10-minute walk can do wonders for your alertness and energy levels. 

Experts like Dr. John Ratey, a Harvard Medical School professor, highlight how exercise increases blood flow to the brain, releasing feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine. So, why not trade that morning coffee for a brisk jog, or even a mini home workout? It’s like a secret energy weapon hidden in plain sight! Ready to ditch the caffeine crash and ride the natural high?

4. Get enough sleep

Getting enough shut-eye is the ultimate fatigue-fighting hack. Global Council on Brain Health recommends seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Ensure you're clocking in those hours each night, and watch your energy levels soar.

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Matthew Walker, a professor of neuroscience and psychology highlights how a good night's sleep can act as a natural and more sustainable energy booster, surpassing the temporary effects of caffeine. Walker emphasizes that consistent, high-quality sleep is fundamental for improved alertness, mood, and cognitive performance.

If you’re facing difficulty in getting enough quality sleep, try out Moment’s Chocolate Dream Blend - a perfect blend of magnesium and adaptogens to help regulate your body’s natural sleep patterns. Or take a look at our other magnesium drinks.

5. Manage stress

Managing stress isn't just a mood-lifter; it can be your natural caffeine replacement, giving you sustained energy without the jitters. When stress levels soar, our bodies go into 'fight or flight' mode, draining us of energy and leaving us exhausted. Taking intentional steps to unwind, whether through meditation, deep breathing, or a calming activity, can be a game-changer.

Dr. Kathleen Hall, a renowned stress expert, founder of The Stress Institute, and author of "Alter Your Life: Overbooked? Overworked? Overwhelmed?" highlights the profound impact of stress reduction on energy levels. According to Dr. Hall, chronic stress can deplete the body's resources, leading to fatigue and burnout. Implementing stress-reducing practices, such as mindfulness, yoga, and adequate rest, allows the body to restore its energy balance.

Dr. Hall emphasizes that by managing stress, individuals can unlock a sustainable source of energy, free from the peaks and crashes associated with caffeine consumption. She often advocates for the incorporation of short breaks throughout the day, where individuals engage in calming activities to reset their stress levels and recharge their energy.

Incorporating adaptogens and nootropics like Ashwagandha and L-theanine that are scientifically proven to induce relaxation and calm can be vital to boost energy levels and get through the day feeling energized. Moment’s drinks are packed with adaptogens - carefully selected in the right quantities so that you can say goodbye to elevated cortisol levels and can say ‘hello’ to energy-packed work days where you can get things done. 

Elevating your energy levels is a game-changer for numerous aspects of your life. Embrace these changes backed by expert opinions and pave the way for a healthy caffeine-free life brimming with vibrant energy and well-being. Your happiness and health deserve the spotlight, and fatigue shouldn't steal the show. 

Disclaimer: The content on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as professional advice. Use this information at your own risk.

Dr. Khan is a distinguished medical professional, with an academic background from Emory University and Yale School of Medicine, complemented by residency training in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was Chief Resident. Her journey in medicine is marked by a commitment to public health, evidenced by her Master of Public Health and active engagement in mentoring medical students. Outside her professional pursuits, Dr. Khan is an avid enthusiast of the arts, theater, and travel.

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