Between work, meetings, cleaning, working out, and trying to have a life on top of all that, it’s no wonder you’re feeling a little worn out. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way you could get the energy you need to power through your day without those nasty caffeine-induced side effects?
It turns out there are many healthy drinks that can boost your energy levels without caffeine—a drug that has been linked to insomnia, migraine headaches from withdrawal, and even cardiac arrest. Below are some options to consider when you want to get your energy levels up the safe and healthy way.
1. B Vitamins
While B vitamins won’t give you a kick like caffeine, they are essential for your body to produce energy. Vitamin B-12, along with others in the B-vitamin complex, helps the metabolic functions in the body. Adults should be getting around 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B-12 daily and many natural energy drinks provide more than enough to keep your body running smoothly.
A popular drink in Russia and Eastern Europe for hundreds of years, this fermented drink is a healthy way to get your energy levels up without using caffeine. Kvass is created through the natural fermentation of wheat, rye or barley and has a similar taste to beer. Besides giving you energy, the probiotics in kvass have been found to enhance your immune system, aid your digestive tract, and even protect you against cancer. The best kind of kvass to boost your energy level will be mixed with fruits and veggies. Kvass is available in many natural food stores nationwide, and can even be made in your own home.
3. Coconut Water
Known as nature’s sports drink, coconut water is a great way to boost your energy through the coconut’s high levels of minerals and potassium. The best coconut water comes from young, Thai coconuts. Drink the water by itself, or blend it with bananas and strawberries for a tasty smoothie.
This fermented, pro-biotic tea is a tasteful way to detoxify, heal and boost your body’s energy level. Kombucha is a mixture of brewed tea and SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) producing organic enzymes, amino acids and vitamins.
The drink is available in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region stores, or can be purchased online. You can also buy your own kombucha brewing kit to create various flavored drinks and even beauty products.
5. Acai Berry
Besides the acai berry’s amazing nutritional properties, acai juice is a great way to boost your energy levels. Acai contains a host of B vitamins, potassium, protein and fatty acids. The acai berry boosts your metabolism, which gives you more energy and can help you lose weight. When searching for a good, energy-boosting acai drink, make sure to check the nutrition label and look for those with acai high on the list of ingredients and with a low amount of sugar.
6. Eleuthero and Ginseng
Ginseng is a herb that aids your body in adapting to stress and helps boost energy and stamina. There are different kinds of ginseng and the Siberian ginseng, also known as eleuthero, is the most conducive to increase your energy levels. Adults should take around 200-400 milligrams of ginseng daily, and the herb can be found in many healthy energy drinks.
7. The Green Monster Juice Drink
In addition to helping with weight loss, juicing is also an effective way to meet your fruit and vegetable quota while boosting your energy naturally. Below is a recipe that is sure to give your body a healthy energy boost.
- 2 cups of spinach (about 3 handfuls)
- 2 cups of kale (about 6-8 leaves)
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- ½ of a cucumber
- ½ of a lemon
- 4 stalks of celery
- Rinse fruits and vegetables well.
- Peel the lemon, if you want.
- Put into your juicer and juice.
- Pour over ice, and drink up!
8. Berry, Beet and Wheatgrass Smoothie
A homemade treat that’s a healthy energy drink with vitamins A, B, C and potassium! Beets are one of many foods that have the ability to help your body use oxygen more efficiently. Blend together one small beetroot, 1/4 cup strawberries, half an avocado, a handful of spinach, one banana and one cup of almond milk. Add a tablespoon of fresh or powdered wheatgrass to add the additional benefits of antioxidants, minerals and even more vitamins.
Life demands a lot from you, and you owe it to yourself to be able to bring your A-game, no matter what the day might throw your way. For increased energy and stamina to tackle your to-do list and do the things you love, try the beverages listed above or check out this list of 165 energy drinks reviews. More energy, great health benefits, and no nasty caffeine-induced side effects? Yeah, we’ll drink to that!
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