All Kurma is a big supporter of a healthier, happier lifestyle by eating well. In this week's entry, we will not only be sharing about the benefits of dates, but also highlighting on one important element that seems to be a global driving force: Caffeine.
Arguably, caffeine is not only restricted to our morning coffee and tea, but is also those found in a wide variety of foods and beverages such as soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate bars, ice cream, puddings and even certain cereals. (Yes, you heard us right)
While a nice cup of coffee is likely to be harmless, large doses and pro-longed consumption of caffeine can result in caffeine toxicity that comes with a complete overdose of side effects, especially when it's combined with sugar and other additives, which you can find in almost anything, from carbonated energy drinks to fancy coffee beverages at your local coffee shop.
Caffeine doesn't provide actual chemical energy, but simply tricks your body into producing fake energy. So how exactly does caffeine give you this "fake energy"?
One of caffeine's primary mechanisms of action is achieved by boosting the levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine. In a nutshell; they temporarily squeeze huge amounts of adrenaline from your adrenal glands, resulting in a longer-term drop in your energy levels and even greater dependence on these compounds for getting you through the day.
To some of you who are in an ongoing effort to give up caffeine or simply to cut down on caffeine consumption, here are some alternatives to caffeine for your energy needs.
1. Drink it differently to up your energy
The topic ‘Caffeine' is synonymously linked to coffee and tea. And it is such a ritual for most of us to have coffee and tea as our energy-boosting drink to jump start our morning.
There are many alternatives to caffeinated drinks that will still give you that good morning boost for the day: warm honey water with lemon, Kombucha, Green Tea, smoothies, Homemade Date Syrup and Golden Milk - a traditional Indian drink that is made warm and includes ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and black pepper. Honey and vanilla may be added as well.
2. Eat to up your energy
Eating healthier to up your energy sounds way better in the long run than having to chuck up caffeinated food and beverages to help you boost your energy, turn to food like Bananas, Berries, Eggs, leafy vegetables, quinoa and fish.
Snacking right will also give you that pick-me-up you need from caffeine. Nuts are the perfect, nutrient-dense and balanced food, containing carbs, fat, and protein. They'll keep you full and energized longer than other foods since they balance carbohydrate fuel with the satiating and blood-sugar-balancing effects of fat and protein.
So the next round you are planning for a coffee break, how about changing it into a snacking break instead.
3. Tweak that lifestyle to up your energy
Some of us suffer from low energy due to some bad lifestyle habits. To allow your body to recharge and produce more energy we too must do our part. Sometimes it can start with simple steps such as eating more nourishing food, getting at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep every night, drinking plenty of water, avoiding too much alcohol and cigarettes, and making time for some light exercise at least twice a week.
Despite whichever side you're on, with or against caffeine, the key to everything is always moderation. And here in All Kurma, we simply believe that cleaner eating and a healthier lifestyle will result in a better self.
Now that you've gotten your dose of upDates! Till our next date, Eat Fresh and Stay Well, only from All Kurma.