Alternative to coffee/energy drinks - I need to wake up!

Hi a newbie here! I was thinking of finding an alternative to energy drinks and coffee. I'm transitioning into the healthy/more environmentally and animal friendly diet and lifestyle so with this I had to ditch energetic drinks and coffee. 
I tried yerba matte, cascara and matcha but I didn't like the taste.
Since you know science so well maybe someone knows of anything that will help with my problem?
Thanks in advance :)


  • DASDAS Member
    Yerba mate with sugar or honey, green tea is too bitter and dry for me, and cascara I don't know what that is. Still, you won't get much energy from those infusions. If you aim to have a healthy lifestyle looking for uppers ain't a smart move, you are just changing one stimulant for another. Want healthy?. Eat healthy, do exercise and let your body rest through his natural cycle and at his own time. 
  • Ginseng
    Powder mixed in hot water seems to work better than caps.
    Get your Blood Pressure checked tho.

    For some reason tea actually makes me relaxed and even drowsy.

    If it's a health problem:
    1 Start by getting your metabolic rate checked
    Temperatures on waking up in the morning, heart rate, and their drop after eating give important clues.
    2 Get comprehensive thyroid labs. At least TSH, total T4 and T3.

  • DoreenDoreen Member
    edited August 2018
    Some health advices are probably best left to their GP c.q. specialist.

    FYI, fT4 is usually only checked if TSH is not within the rates (lab dependent though) and (f)T3 rarely, and is certainly not a standard test.

    Just my humble opinion: I don't think this forum is the right place for asking and giving health advices/instructions.
    @Perry ?
  • I would suggest adding a drop of oil in a glass of water, however it may overtime can cause irritation, so that try to choose essential oil with natural ingredients. Also, use a glass container better.

     o:)  The best solution will be to add oil, such as to smoothies or protein shakes. It is the way I do it and the oil adds a super-cool taste!
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @Doreen - This is put under the "off topic" category so it's fair to list.

    Having said that I certainly wouldn't take health advice from a forum.

    As to the original question, I drink tea as an alternative to coffee.
  • @Perry
    Having said that I certainly wouldn't take health advice from a forum.
    Special health advice is just best left to medically trained professionals.

    Re: waking up.
    What about a cold shower and a short exercise?
    I also like to drink tea. 1st flush Darjeeling :yum: As far as I know black tea contains more caffeine than white or green. Still less than coffee though.

    Tip: make your green tea with water that has cooled a bit (around 80C), boiling water makes it bitter.
  • Chemist77Chemist77 Member, PCF student
    I wake up on time with bitter sweet alarm, caffeine comes later in the office??
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