If you live in Western society, there's a high chance you've become reliant on coffee for that much-need energy boost, despite research proving that the body is more likely to experience higher rates of blood pressure and palpitations if consumed on a regular basis.
And that's not all. Coffee isn't kind to your stress hormones, while the withdrawal systems spawned from going less than a day without it can wreck havoc with your body's natural source of energy. We could go on because honestly: the cons are exhaustive. But we at Lifehack Lane don't want to preach; we merely want to inform and suggest a few alternatives to one of the most popular drinks on Earth.
Here, we suggest 10 drinks with similar energy-inducing properties to coffee that we believe are better for your long-run health.
1. Ginseng Tea
If you need to stay focused on the task at hand (which is 99.9% of the workforce), then you can always forgo that cup of $5 Starbucks for a more body-friendly alternative.
Packed full of goodness, a cup of this tea has been proven to aid brain stimulation and thus help you concentrate without staining your teeth or costing you an arm and a leg for once cup.
2. Pomegranate Juice
There's nothing like a good dosage of fruit first thing in the morning- especially when the weather heats up- and if you add other things to the juice, you have a health-fuelled extravaganza on your hands.
On top of the sweet and tangy flavour naturally waking the senses, you can also add spirulina, soy milk, bananas, and berries.
3. Reishi Mushroom Tea
A more out-there option, this wonderful tea is native to China and is consumed by millions who swear by its invigorating effects on the body.
Said benefits include the stabilisation of blood sugar, lower blood pressure, offsetting potential tumour growth and a stronger immune system to fight infection.
4. Macha Green Tea and Almond Milk Latte
Trying this delicious blend of green tea and almond milk will send your skin into a healthy overdrive and give you enough energy to get through the entire day thanks to its caffeine contents.
Of course, as we've just bashed caffeine in this article, it's important to note that macha green tea contains minimal amounts of caffeine compared to your average cup of Joe. Instead, most of its nutritional comes in the form of an number of antioxidants.
5. Coconut water
Coconut water is one of the best alternatives to your traditional caffeine drink thanks to its array of electrolytes and minerals and is the drink Mother Nature intended us to consume before sugar and mass production besieged our diets.
Cheaper than your average cup of coffee and sports drink, coconut water is a great alternative, especially in the summer.
6. A protein shake
A protein shake has everything you could need first thing in the morning. They're packed full of energy and nutrition and are designed to give you as much energy as possible to lift heavy. But you don't have to go the gym to enjoy one of these great drinks.
Just one in the morning can aid your health as well as your energy, and if you want to go the whole hog, you can add some berries and bananas and any other food with antioxidant properties. The more the merrier.
7. Warm Water with Lemon
It may sound like a boring drink with not much in the way of excitement, but believe it or not, just adding a sliced lemon to a cup of warm water can produce wonders for your liver and also help speed up bowel movements.
It is also standard practice for models to start their day off with a glass of warm water and lemon, with the drink waking up our cells and blood better than any other.
8. Licorice Tea
With its trademark zing, this sweet and spicy tea could wake the laziest of us up in an instance. Why? Because licorice is a known tonic for the adrenals.
This then provides the body with a gradual increase in energy as the day goes on.
9. Hot chocolate
It seems odd to make a hot chocolate first thing in the morning but made with raw or organic cocoa powder, and you will reap a tonne of benefits.
You'll get a caffeine boost thanks to the traces in the powder, but more importantly, you'll be fed a plethora of antioxidants which will make you feel fresh and healthy as well as awake.
10. Rooibos Tea
A refreshing beverage that can be mixed with milk, rooibos is a great alternative to traditional tea and ideal for those who rely on tea and coffee for everyday activities.
Sharing a similar taste to regular tea when mixed with milk, this refreshing drink is also believed to have a great deal of immune-boosting properties.