Do you rely on a caffeine-based pick-me-up to get through your morning, mid-day slump, or moments of fatigue? Yes, caffeine can provide you with an almost instant burst of energy and can increase mental focus. However, that surge of energy is due to the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline being released. As you may know, these effects are short-lived and may lead to feeling more tired than you were before. In fact, too much caffeine can bring about anxiety, insomnia, and heart palpitations - just to name a few side effects.The good news? There are many natural solutions available. Here 5 caffeine-free energy boosters for when you’d like to cut down on your caffeine intake without suffering from energy slumps.
Gotu Kola (Pegaga)
Used for centuries around Asia, Pegaga is among the most powerful herbs known for healing. As Pegaga is an adaptogenic herb it can benefit you in various ways, based on what your body needs the most help with. If that’s mental clarity then know that Pegaga activates the release of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which improves mental cognition and memory while simultaneously encouraging new brain cells to form. Pegaga by PurelyB is a healing blend of traditional Asian superfoods, composed of some of nature’s most powerful herbs and fruits: Pegaga (Gotu Kola), turmeric leaf, papaya leaf, and green apples and dates. This powerful blend of herbs and fruits has proven health benefits such as enhanced brain function and memory, improved digestive and detoxification, strengthened immunity, skin repair and anti-aging properties.
Red Dates, commonly referred to as Jujube, is loved by Koreans for its various health benefits. In fact, many Koreans claim it’s the (not so) secret to feeling and looking young. That claim probably has to do with how Red Dates are packed with vitamins and minerals that can boost your energy. Ironically, it can help you sleep better, too, so it’s a double edged sword ready to cut through any energy lows you may be experiencing.
Studies have found that ginseng reduces fatigue in athletes so if it can help them, it can definitely help you! Ginseng has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and recently, traditional remedies have been on the rise. Unsurprising considering how ginseng, for example, is known for improving mental performance, promoting health, and prolonging life as well. Note: ginseng is not suitable for kids under 12 and is recommended to be ingested during the day as too much of it can disrupt sleep.
Another traditional remedy, astragalus is a sweet, warming herb that is an excellent remedy for when your energy levels start depleting. Research has shown that besides boosting metabolism and energy, it can repair and heal the immune system, too.
Note: Although it’s safe for use, you should not take astragalus if you have an infection or high fever because it may strengthen the virus.
Maca, a root belonging to the radish family, is native to the high Andes of Peru. Like Pegaga, it’s an adaptogen. Maca enhances energy and endurance as it can regulate hormones and aid tissue functions. The darker coloured maca roots are packed with natural iodine and in general, maca contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body. Typically it’s sold in powder form so is a great addition to any smoothie.
Luckily, peppermint is something that is easy to come by despite offering a whole range of benefits. It’s known for increasing mental alertness while relaxing your muscles at the same time. Simply sniffing peppermint essential oil will give you that much-needed lift! Peppermint essential oil is even effective in relieving headaches, especially those caused by muscle tension. If you haven’t entered the world of essential oils yet, then you can stick to peppermint tea for similar benefits.
A Gentle Reminder
Although fatigue is not a disease, it can have a negative impact on the quality of your life and may even result in physical and/or psychological illnesses. If you suffer from chronic fatigue, do see a healthcare practitioner.