Corporate Wellness: Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine
Coffee is one of the world's favorite drinks, and one of the main reasons for this is that its caffeine gives a great energy boost. The typical workplace has at least one big coffeemaker running at all times because this translates to higher productivity. This is fine and even good for a person who only has a couple of cups, but it's easy to end up drinking far too much of it, with far too much cream and sugar added. Then, the effects of caffeine go from producing a nice stimulation to being a source of jittery, anxious feelings and physical distress.
What Can Too Much Coffee Do to You?
The most noted effect is known as "the jitters" – a feeling of being tense and ready to jump at the slightest touch. It is usually accompanied by both anxiety and aggression, making it so the affected person is not pleasant to be around.
Physically, our chiropractor in Orlando warns that too much caffeine strains the cardiovascular system. The heart rate and blood pressure rise, and if they stay elevated over time, many health problems can result.
Some people have extra sensitivity to caffeine. For them, it can trigger migraines, intestinal distress, and other problems.
Should All Caffeine be Avoided?
Unless you are one of the people who have problems that are directly triggered by caffeine, there is no need to take an all-or-nothing approach. In fact, some studies say that having up to three or even four cups of coffee a day may extend your lifespan! The important thing is to recognize that there is such a thing as too much, and to switch to an alternative before reaching that point.
Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine
When you've had enough caffeine for the day – whether from coffee or other sources – it's time to look for alternatives to give you energy. Here are some of the top choices:
- Gingko Biloba – This herb increases blood flow to the brain and extremities, thereby providing an increase in energy-providing oxygen and nutrients for these parts.
- Vitamin B12 – For the most noticeable effects use sublingual tablets. Take it with ice-cold water to kick-start your metabolism and wake you up.
- Plain Water – Dehydration is one of the stealthiest causes of low energy and brain fog. Meanwhile, caffeine makes it hard for your body to hold onto water. If you're feeling tired even after having coffee, it is likely that you need a big glass of water to rehydrate.
Contact Us Today for Additional Information About Caffeine
For more tips on staying healthy at work or helping your employees remain so, just contact us here at Summit Chiropractic in Orlando, FL. We're glad to help.