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Try These 8 Surprising Natural Coffee Alternatives For Energy Boosting

Updated: Feb 27

For many people, a cup of coffee is a part of their morning ritual, the first thing they do after awakening. Comforting and delicious, coffee also gives you an energy boost. But there may be better choices than coffee to jumpstart your day.

Research shows that caffeine intake of up to 400 mg daily (roughly 4 cups) is well tolerated by most healthy adults. But actual caffeine tolerance levels can differ significantly from person to person. Caffeine can be found in other foods and beverages, including black tea, green tea, certain sodas, chocolate, energy drinks, and even some weight loss pills. So, if coffee makes you jittery or irritated, try these 8 natural coffee alternatives!

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1. Peppermint Essential Oil

In a 2018 study, researchers investigated the cognitive and mood effects of essential oils on test subjects. They found that peppermint has energy-boosting properties, and smelling peppermint essential oil can help combat sleepiness and fatigue during waking hours. Peppermint oil is available in capsules for consumption and liquids to be applied to the skin via a carrier oil. Peppermint essential oil also comes in food-grade options to be added to drinks for consumption.

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2. Maca Root Powder

Available in powder form, maca is an adaptogen — a natural substance that can help the body respond to stress and tiredness. Rich in potassium, maca can improve your metabolism and boost your energy. Add a teaspoonful to your daily smoot