AsianScientist (Sep. 18, 2013) – Whether you’re a lab researcher, medical student, or executive, you might face a common dilemma: working hours and coffee refills seem to be never-ending.
While coffee consumption instantly transforms you into an energizer bunny, it might not be the healthiest choice for your body. Those under 55 should seek caution as drinking more than 28 cups of coffee per week may be bad news for you. Furthermore, caffeine intake can decrease calcium absorption and put you at risk for osteoporosis, according to an article on healthy living by the Singapore Health Promotion Board.
Asian Scientist Magazine guides you on alternative tips to stay awake, should you choose to someday make a clean break with coffee.
It all comes down to the most basic of fruits. Apples contain sufficient natural sugar and vitamins to keep you awake. It is a healthy snack known to fight sleepiness. They can be juiced with celery or even sliced and dipped in peanut butter. Either way, apples are great pick-me-ups throughout the day.
Try sipping on jasmine-infused green tea and you most likely won’t be disappointed. Not only is it tremendously flavorful, it includes high levels of antioxidants, which lowered the rate of heart disease and cancer in Asia, according to a research study done at the Yale University School of Medicine. The study found that 1.2 liters of green tea consumed daily by Asians provided a high amount of polyphenols and antioxidants that improved cardiovascular health and reduced both cholesterol levels and plaque buildup in arteries. Furthermore, green tea is known to boost your immune system and aid in weight loss. What are you waiting for? Sip up already.
Just how many times do we have to hit the snooze button before we drag ourselves out of bed? Sufficient sleep at night does lead to better performance in the day. And with enough sleep, coffee won’t be necessary. According to the Sleep and Breathing journal, a study conducted among Thai college students found that poor sleep and heavy use of caffeinated beverages resulted in calamitous health problems. So make sure to get your full eight hours in.
Most of us would cringe at the thought of a morning jog. Little do we know that even 30 minutes of exercise per session gets the heart pumping, boosts circulation and generally keeps us more awake and active. A study published in The Lancet shows that Taiwanese who exercised for a mere 15 minutes a day extended their expected lifespan by three years.
The human body is made up of approximately 60 percent of water. Fresh, crisp, hydrating and only zero calories, there is nothing healthier than a glass of water. The book, T.H.E. Diet, advises us to drink ten glasses of water a day, as it helps with digestion and makes us less likely to feel lethargic.
Yes, you saw it right. According to a study in the British Medical Journal, researchers say that daily consumption of dark chocolate may lower the risk of stroke and heart attack over a ten-year period. Chocolates can drive up energy just as much as coffee; they not only aid the digestive system but also help brain function and growth. A healthy alternative to coffee would be hot chocolate – who doesn’t love that?
Kick the caffeine addiction and stock up on energy-packed food throughout your day. For starters, eggs are a healthy source of protein and can be a coffee replacement in the morning. Other foods include oatmeal, fruits and whole wheat toast, which will satisfy your appetite, increase your concentration and provide the energy you require to get through the day.
Say goodbye to coffee jitters, and hello to a healthier you!