The alarm clock is not the buzz we look forward to every morning. It’s that feeling of taking the first sips of that faithful, glorious cup of joe. The jolt it gives is everything. But by late morning and into the afternoon, it’s all downhill.
First come the jitters, and then an ache in the back of the head comes creeping in. No wonder—you’re parched! We love coffee, but that caffeine crash is no fun, no fun at all. What if there was an alternative? Well, there is!
In our exclusive video, wellness coach Jennifer Partridge shares three products that can help you kick your caffeine habit. No need to totally ditch the coffee if you don’t want to—nothing compares to the scent and transcendent taste of a good roast, after all. But on days when a serious boost in stamina, energy, or athletic performance is needed—and there’s no time to waste in the clutches of a caffeine crash—try these alternatives.
Maca grows high in the Andes, where few other crops can thrive, which says a lot about the power of this invigorating root. This superfood has been shown to increase energy and mood. Put a drop of this potent maca serum in a morning smoothie for increased stamina and mental alertness throughout the day.
The little-known cordyceps mushroom is a fixture in ancient Chinese herbal medicine. As an adaptogen, it's believed to increase and sustain energy levels all day. Take this portable mix on-the-go and add it to a cup of hot water for an instant energizing tea.
Ever wake up wondering where you are, what day it is… And, oh my gosh, what is that thing beaming light onto your face? (That’s the sun, by the way.) Then this supplement is for you. The herbal extracts from ginseng, Chinese Fo-ti, gingko, gotu kola, peppermint, and rosemary work together to heighten mental agility and focus. Pop this first thing and mornings will never be a blur again.
Truly looking to wean yourself off coffee for good? You can do it! Especially when some of the tastiest foods on the planet are naturally energizing.
Produced & Directed by: Liza Glucoft
Director of Photography: Naeem Munaf
Editor: Megan Stone