Today’s Solutions: December 01, 2021

If you’re someone who feeds off the energy of others or craves their daily routine to wake up, quarantine may be sapping your energy and motivation. If you don’t like coffee or just want to cut back, here are some alternatives to give you that same feeling of caffeine in a more natural package.

  1. Chicory root “coffee.” This digestion-boosting root has a flavor that mimics coffee when roasted. To enjoy this placebo coffee, steep the root in hot water and add your choice of milk and sweetener. 
  2. B Vitamins. Our bodies need B vitamins like nicotinamide riboside for energy and concentration. Natural foods like nuts, seeds, and fortified grains are rich in B vitamins, or you can take it in supplement form.
  3. Carob. This chocolate alternative contains protein, vitamins A and B, carbohydrates, and with some minerals. It also has high levels of pinitol which works with minerals to give us energy. It’s sweeter than chocolate and has digestive benefits so add it to hot chocolate or a smoothie for a delicious kick. 
  4. Rhodiola. This flowering plant, available in supplement form, improves memory and stamina for a mental and physical pick me up. 
  5. Water. Dehydration can make us fatigued, so start your day with a big glass of water. Enjoy it infused with lemon or berries for a little added flavor.
  6. Maca. For centuries, maca has been used to boost adrenal function and improve energy levels. Enjoy a couple scoops in a smoothie or in hot milk for a maca latte.
  7. Peppermint. This refreshing herb has been shown to improve brain oxygen levels. It also grows like a weed so you can easily keep it around fresh or dried. 
  8. Cordyceps. This one is a favorite of athletes. It has been shown to enhance aerobic performance and endurance and is great in smoothies or oatmeal. 
  9. Ginseng. This is a common ingredient in popular energy drinks and has long been used in Chinese medicine for its overall health benefits and for improving focus. It comes in tea and capsule form, but be sure to check dosage and speak to your doctor before taking it regularly.
  10. Nuts. This energy-boosting snack choice is a perfect balance of carbs, fat, and protein. A study found that eating nuts on a regular basis improved brain-wave frequencies associated with cognition, so enjoy by themselves or in trail mix, oatmeal, salad, or any other recipe. 
  11.  Berries. These natural sugar bombs are a great nutrient-dense alternative to snacking on candy. They contain antioxidants and they promote blood flow. 

It can be difficult to motivate when working from home, but if coffee or tea isn’t cutting it anymore, try one of these natural alternatives during your next mid-afternoon slump.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Online mushroom hotline puts the power of crowdsourcing in poison control

Ninety nine percent of mushrooms are non-toxic, but the one percent which are can have fatal consequences if accidentally ingested. For people with pets or young children, a seemingly harmless patch of fungi in the ... Read More

30 White rhinos make record journey to Akagera national park

White rhinos are classified as near threatened, with numbers dropping due to poaching. In a bid to improve the outlook for the species, 30 of these giant animals recently made the journey from South Africa ... Read More

This cutting edge camera is the size of a grain of salt

Micro-cameras are used in virtually all industries. In the medical field, these tiny cameras have helped facilitate less invasive medical imaging practices and improved robotic surgical tools. Structures of molecules and neural pathways have been ... Read More

Research shows gestures take the guesswork out of learning a new language

It’s common knowledge that picking up a new language is easier as a child, while your brain is still flexible—but learning a foreign tongue as an adult is another story. Well, according to new research, ... Read More

This impact-absorbing technology will save lives (and traffic poles)

Crashing a vehicle is already a traumatizing and possibly fatal accident, but if the object that the vehicle collides into is a rigid street light pole that snaps off its base due to the impact, ... Read More

New York City opens the country’s first safe injection site

Harm reduction strategies are gaining traction as a more effective way to quell the ever-growing opioid crisis. These strategies, like making clean needle exchanges available and decriminalizing drug possession, understand that criminalization alone will not ... Read More