7 Energy Boosting Alternatives to Coffee

It’s exam time and students are constantly on the go studying for midterms and writing papers. With no time to sleep, coffee has become the go-to energy booster to get through the day or to increase focus on tasks. Caffeine works to stop the adenosine receptors of the brain and other organs from binding, which would normally cause drowsiness. As it stimulates nerve cells, it also increases heart rate, blood flow to the muscles, and blood pressure for a short while. The crash that comes from coffee is the result of the body trying to use the energy (ATP) it believes is there once the caffeine wears off. To avoid the caffeine crash there are other alternatives that you can eat to boost your energy and increase your focus.

1.  Green Vegetables

Kale (which is high in vitamin C) and spinach are great sources of energy. Spinach contains iron, which promotes blood circulation, and in turn increases concentration and alertness.

 

 2. Blueberries

Blueberries are filled with antioxidants, which promote cognitive function and mental agility.

 

 3. Papaya

Papaya boosts energy while it protects you from the common cold, secondhand smoke, and rheumatoid arthritis.

 

4. Oranges/Strawberries

The vitamin C and natural sugar in oranges and strawberries reduces fatigue. One cup of strawberries provides about 80 mg of vitamin C, while a medium-sized orange provides about 70 mg.

 

 5. Pineapple

Pineapples provide a quick boost of energy and are packed with vital nutrients such as vitamin C, B1, B6 and fiber.

 

 6. Salmon

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Salmon is good for brain function, energy, and a healthy heart.

 

 7. Eggs

Eggs are protein-rich and high in iron, which provide lasting energy throughout the day. They also contain Choline, a type of vitamin B that promotes brain function.

 

The next time you need a quick pick me up try one of the alternative choices above, citrus fruits, quinoa, almonds or coconut. These are all options that provide natural energy for your body to break down and use. Unlike coffee which increases your heart rate and contains fats that can increase the risk of developing heart disease, these natural alternatives provide a balance of nutrients that your body can easily break down to provide you with the energy you need to get through your day, or to maintain a healthy lifestyle.