For many, it’s American as apple pie – with a cup of coffee and two sugars, that is.
It’s caffeine – and whether we realize it or not, it’s everywhere. Now, with a growing number of Americans depending on several trips to the break room and Lent just around the corner, we think it’s time to kick our caffeine addiction.
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Caffeine, like the kind found in tea, coffee, and soda, does have its benefits. Aside from a physical and emotional boost, a U.S. Nurses Health study published in 2006 suggests that Middle-aged, moderate coffee drinkers are less likely to develop type 2 Diabetes than their non-coffee drinking counterparts. This, coupled with the desired energy boost, is the reason many are willing to wait in line or spend major bucks on a can with a small bull each morning and several times each day.
But it’s important to remember the downside to any over indulgence – drinks like coffee and soda impair the body’s absorption of crucial minerals including iron, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin B. And, when consumed in excess, caffeine can impair sleeping patterns while wreaking havoc on blood pressure and cardiovascular health – a key factor in the fight against Hypertension.
Many caffeine lovers complain of withdrawal-like syndromes if they don’t have their morning fix. Headaches, lack of focus, and major irritability are some of the more common complaints. There’s a reason why it’s often referred to as the “drug in a mug”.
Caffeine provides a quick pick-me-up typically needed throughout the day. We can’t argue that (we took a nap or two just writing this article), but we also believe there is a healthy alternative to every daily routine out there.
So, if you’re looking to cut some caffeine out of your day, it doesn’t have to be hard. Just try replacing one cup of coffee with a small snack of peanuts, almonds, or trail mix. Even 1 ounce of dark chocolate contains 10 milligrams of caffeine which you may find is just enough to get you over that mid-day slump. Apogee has even expanded our Smoothie line to include Almond milk, flax seed oil, and rice protein mixed drinks – all built from the ground up to ensure an optimal energy without the use of caffeine and perfect for any mid-day snooze fest of a meeting.
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Then, simply phase out as many trips to the break room as you feel comfortable by using one of these smoothies or a small power snack options.
Is your addiction a little more serious than that? For those who are looking into eliminating caffeine and other harsh substances completely, check out Apogee’s Juice Cleanse and 21-day powerful detox programs. These systems are designed to get your body perfectly aligned both inside, and out.
With work mounting and the hours ticking, it’s no wonder we look for ways to keep ourselves churning and the vitality flowing.
However, by substituting in some healthy options along the way, we can have our coffee and drink it too.
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