For many of us, our days don’t start until we have that first cup of coffee. There’s something about the warm, aromatic cup of yumminess that wakes up our senses and gets us going. Research shows that coffee in small amounts has many health benefits. But too much coffee, with its high caffeine content, can be harmful to the body. It can interfere with your quality of sleep, cause nervousness, increase heart rate and digestive distress.

If you experience any of these conditions and drink coffee often throughout the day, then you may want to consider cutting back or quitting altogether. Here are some healthy alternatives to your cup of joe.

  • Teeccino: this chicory-based alternative is the closest thing to coffee you can get. It’s caffeine free, non-acidic and contains inulin, a prebiotic soluble fiber that nourishes the gut for improved digestion. It comes in a variety of flavors such as mocha, vanilla nut and java.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Known for its ability to lower blood pressure and manage blood sugar levels, apple cider vinegar can also give you an energy boost. Dilute 1-2 teaspoons into an 8-ounce glass of water and it’s safe to drink 2-3 times per day.
  • Shots: These are not the shots you’re thinking of. Wheatgrass or ginger shots are a great, healthy morning boost. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass is a natural energizer and the kick of ginger is sure to wake you up.
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