Rather than dehydrating your body, disturbing your nervous system, and assaulting your body with a morning caffeine slam, consider integrating a few different morning habits that not only wake you but actually spark health into your life.
Although coffee has some benefits (antioxidants) as does wine (resveratol) do not be fooled into believing that these beverages are actually good for you. The revered benefits of coffee or wine do not outweigh it’s damaging effects on the body.
People who are truly the epitome of health may fair fine enjoying these beverages in moderation. Yet, they won’t remain healthful long if they intake these acidifying, dehydrating drinks regularly.
The majority of the population is better off ditching these beverages entirely, with rare exception. The health of most Americans today can’t handle the continued onslaught of health-insulting foods and beverages. Secondly few Americans practice moderation. Sad but true.
Many people are amazed that once they give up their coffee addiction they realize they don’t actually need it. They feel a surge of freedom and empowerment. Furthermore, not only does their body feel better, they experience increased levels of focus and clarity not achieved on caffeine highs.
Here are 5 ways to wake up without coffee.
One of best things you can do for your body upon rising is to hydrate. Drinking 8-16 ounces of room temperature purified water first thing in the morning wakes and revitalizes all your bodily organs and systems. The temperature of the water is key. Water similar in temperature to your body temperature is recommended as you want to gently wake the organs—not shock them with the extremes of hot or cold beverages.
An even better option it to add 1/2-1 Tbsp of fresh-squeezed lemon juice or Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (ACV) which offers an alkalinizing affect helping to balance your body’s pH.
Hot-cold hydrotherapy shower
Jump into a hot shower and then alternate in between hot and cold numerous times. This delivers your body a morning wake up jolt that’s packed full of health-boosting elements. If you’re dealing with illness this practice is priceless as it helps bring nutrients to diseased areas while removing toxins.
If your goal is to wake up, the best bang for your buck is to cycle several circuits of hot-cold-hot-cold-hot-cold. Eight cycles are ideal for boosting healthy blood and lymphatic system, yet even 2-3 cycles will bring great benefits while serving to wake you up! This is so much better for your than a caffeine rush and just as effective!
Total body tonic
Start your morning with a nourishing Total BodyTonic and you’re sure to zing right into action. Replacing your coffee with a stimulating, and better yet, health boosting morning tonic wakes your body effectively and healthfully—improving its ability to function throughout the day. Caffeine only makes you dependent on it while wrecking havoc on your body.
Total body tonic is composed of 1oz. fermented coconut water (coco-kefir), 2oz. pure cranberry (not from concentrate), 1/4 tsp. each of ground tumeric & ground ginger, and 1/8 tsp. of ground cayenne. BAM!! This little doozy will wake you up in a flash!
Furthermore, it supports your organs, particularly your kidneys, liver, and digestive tract—all crucial for a healthy immune system. This is the morning tonic of good health! A much better option than the dehydrating, acidifying, fake-energy rush offerings a cup of coffee.
Replace your coffee habit with one of gratitude. A caffeine rush is like waking the dead with a touch of electric shock. Exchanging that habit with one of gratitude is like opening presents on Christmas morning. You are instantly awake ready to play with your toys.
Taking a moment each morning to remember what you are grateful for can really help you find excitement for your day! Everyone has something to be grateful for.
When you engage in gratitude practice, you give yourself reasons to want to wake up—to want to play with life—your life, which is precious! No matter what is happening in your life, when you choose to live in gratitude (the end-result of regular gratitude practice) it’s like putting on rose-colored glasses—even the downturns of life will appear like opportunities to you. Furthermore, your skills in traversing obstacles improves as your limiting beliefs about obstacles transform—creating opportunity. You become the artist of your own life.
Gratitude like many things require consistency and practice to bear fruit. It’s not necessarily always easy to focus on the positive aspects of your life but if you choose to do this with regularity, over time, the positive qualities of your life will automatically and naturally come to the forefront.
Here’s an example: When you wake, notice and enjoy the sheets against your skin, relish in the temperature in the room, savor any company you may have (your wife, kids, &/or pets) enjoy their touch and presence. As you rise, be grateful you are walking, be grateful for your home noting the colors of the walls, the furnishings, and your favorite belongings. Appreciate your shower, really feel how blessed you are to be able to shower and enjoy how refreshing it is. Singing in the shower is also helpful in waking up & being inspired.
Continue to think like this, focusing on all the positive aspects of your life. It’s even more powerful to speak out loud all the things you are noticing that you are grateful for. You can tell your loved ones how much you love them (your wife, girlfriend, or pets).
Keep praising all the awesome things in your life as you go through your morning rituals to wake up— and the next thing you know, you’re in a great mood, awake, and ready to tackle your day. Remind yourself why you’re lucky to be alive–and awake!
Another great way to get your body moving and your mind awake is to exercise. It gets your lymph and blood pumping in your body and has been scientifically proven to have a positive affect on your mind.
Caffeine is addictive and therefore most people think they can’t live without it, when the truth is they can. Succumbing to caffeine when you’re tired only creates a painstaking up and down roller coaster effect while increasing your dependency on it.
If you just love coffee, your best option is to enjoy a cup of Dandy Blend, the closest thing to coffee taste with loads of health boosting nutrients. Your next best options, which still have caffeine but at lower levels are: an organic green tea, or yerba matte.
Many people are tired due to the fact they are tired of their lives. They’ve lost their zest for living their current life and they do not realize that the caffeine is only numbing them to that fact, keeping them on the hamster wheel.
If you are tired of your life—a lifestyle change is due. Often this has to do with the way in which you’re living your life or quite possibly the way you’re viewing your life. Most often, it’s both!! Either way, it’s time to make changes. Start living a different life or start thinking differently about the one you are living!