Are you one of those people who just can’t function without their first cup of coffee? Maybe you need tea throughout the day or regularly take caffeine pills to stay alert. There are all sorts of caffeinated options to help give you a boost throughout the day, but that doesn’t mean they’re good for you.
In fact, too much caffeine is bad for you. It’s been linked to high-stress levels, heart problems, and other health issues. It’s time to find a good alternative to get your energy boosts without reaching for anything caffeinated.
You can do it! I have seven caffeine alternatives to help you get healthy energy boosts. Are you ready to use them to your advantage?
Wait, Why Stop Drinking Coffee?
Caffeine isn’t completely banned from your diet, but you do want to limit the amount that you drink. Coffee, in particular, is high in caffeine, but you can also get it from black and green tea and sodas.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which is why it’s commonly used to help boost your energy levels. It sends a message to the brain that helps to boost the metabolism and increase your heart rate. In a small amount, this can be good for you. In fact, low levels of caffeine have been linked to good heart health and improved weight loss efforts.
The danger is when you drink too much. Studies have shown that you want to keep your coffee intake to less than four cups a day. You can reach this limit before you know it, especially with the size of some mugs now! What you think is two cups could turn out to be four or five because of the size of your favorite mug.
Too much caffeine leads to high levels of stress and bad cardiovascular health. You can start to get the shakes, suffer from headaches, and feel nauseous throughout the day. Once you get a caffeine high, your body uses up the energy, and you get a sudden dip. You can end up feeling more tired than you did before you drank the extra cup of coffee.
So, you want to look at healthier alternatives for your energy boosts. The seven here will give you more sustained energy boosts to get you through the day.
Get a Cold Shower
If you have access to a shower, now is the time to use it. You want to get the heat turned down, making it as cold as you can stand.
Cold showers have been linked to various health benefits. One of those is to improve your alertness and feeling of being awake. While your colleagues will experience a sudden crash after drinking their coffees, you’ll have an energy boost that will sustain you throughout the rest of the day.
How do cold showers work so effectively? They force you to intake more oxygen when you breathe. The first time you step into a cold shower, it feels like your chest tightens. Your body just can’t seem to get the air in that it needs. But eventually, you start taking in deep breaths, and you’re able to bring in more oxygen.
But you also increase your oxidative stress. In small levels, this is good for you. Small increases in oxidative stress help to increase your heart rate. Your newly improved oxygenated blood will pass around your body further and quicker. Your brain gets more oxygen throughout the day to stay away.
And let’s not forget that heat will make you drowsy. Your body feels more relaxed, which means you get the hormones to tell you it’s time to sleep. When you’re cold, you constantly feel alerted because your muscles don’t relax as much.
While you can’t grab a cold shower at work, you can start your day with it. Cut out your first cup of coffee and avoid being a zombie when you first get into work.
Chew Some Gum
Instead of reaching for the caffeine, why not reach for the gum? Not only does this help to keep you more awake, but you also remain more focused than you would with coffee.
Studies have shown that people who chew gum are more alert than those who don’t. And you only need to chew for 15 minutes to get the full benefits.
When you chew gum your heart rate increases.This helps to spread more blood to your brain, giving you the boost that the cold shower would have done. You not only feel more alert, but you can focus more, and you’ll feel happier. More oxygen helps to boost the levels of happy hormones circulating your body.
Gum chewing also helps to boost the autonomic nervous system. This means your whole body ends up on high alert. You can channel that into your work, focusing more on the tasks at hand.
If you choose mint flavored gum, you’ll also offer more benefits to your nerve fibers. Mint is naturally boosting for the body. It feels like getting a splash of cold water without actually leaving your desk.
Unless you are constantly in the public eye, most bosses won’t complain about you chewing gum at your desk. Just don’t pop it or chew with your mouth open. That’s just rude and annoying to your colleagues.
To protect your teeth, opt for sugar-free gum!
Add Lighter Colors to Your Office Space
It’s time to get rid of the blue around your office. Opt for brighter, summery colors instead. Red, orange, and yellows are the best for increasing your alertness.
Studies have shown that colors will affect the way you think and feel. Blues are commonly associated with sadness or calmness. Your brain gets the message that it’s time to relax, even if you’re at work and need to be on high alert.
Reds and oranges help to brighten the mood. You’re happier within yourself, and your brain gets the message to be on higher alert.
However, you will need to find a balance. Reds can cause some irritability. Opt for yellows and oranges instead to help create a more summery atmosphere in the office.
Your workplace may have a hot desk policy. Opt for colored items that you can easily move. Have a yellow coffee mug that you always used or have a picture of a sunflower that you just pop up and take down right away. If you can put personal effects around your desk or office space, think about the colors of photo frames.
Use Upbeat Music
It’s time to find your favorite songs and play them throughout the day. If you’re in an office with colleagues, make sure you have your iPod and grab a pair of headphones. There is nothing more annoying than listening to someone else’s music while you’re trying to work. Alternatively, you can all have an agreed radio station that plays a mixture of music you will all like.
Music has been known to make you drive faster and run faster. Singing along certain creates that effect. Studies show that singing along and listening to fast music boosts your energy levels. You decrease the amount of tension you feel, helping to eliminate stress levels in the body.
If this doesn’t quite work out, then get up and dance along. Shake off the negative energy and give yourself a boost. The movement will get the blood flowing back into your extremities and boost your circulation to your brain.
This moves us only our fifth tip.
Do Some Desk Exercises
One of the best things you can do to get an energy boost is exercise. This does initially sound counter-intuitive, right? After all, doing exercise will use up some of the energy that you have.
Well, while it uses up some energy, it also boosts the amount of oxygen passing through your body. You increase your heart rate, which means your blood circulation is vastly improved. Oxygen gets back into your brain, while you boost the circulation through to your extremities.
At the same time, exercise releases happy hormones. You get rid of the stress that causes the dip in the emotions. You will find that the brain can keep you alert for longer.
Plus, exercises at work is good for your overall health. We spend far too much time sitting. You’re chained to a desk for eight hours of the day, which means your metabolism slows down and your muscles don’t get the workout they need. When you do more exercise, you build muscle, and that boosts your metabolism—meaning you have more energy.
Every hour, get up and shake off the sitting. Do a few squats, try out desk pushups, or just jump up and down on the spot. Your colleagues may think you’re weird, but you’ll be far more productive throughout the day. Your body will also thank you for the break.
If you can’t do exercises, then focus on stretching. This offers some similar benefits, as it encourages more blood flow to your muscles.
Switch to Lemon Water Instead of Coffee
Sometimes you just want to drink something. Well, if you can’t have coffee what can you have? It’s time to reach for the lemon water.
Lemon water offers far more benefits than boosting energy. It helps to improve your digestion, increases hydration, reduces sugar cravings, and helps to create a more alkaline-leveled body. But how exactly does it help to boost your energy levels?
First of all, the benefits are in the scent. Lemons smell refreshing. They help to reduce the stress levels, so you automatically get a boost of happy hormones from the brain. These happy hormones help to make you feel more alert and rejuvenated.
At the same time, the lemon water will improve your digestion. They help to get rid of your breakfast or lunch, increasing your metabolism slightly. Your immune system within your digestion system will work more effectively. Getting rid of more waste will help to avoid discomfort, pain, and fatigue.
If you are suffering from a cold, you want to drink more lemon water than you usually would. The vitamin C in lemons will help to improve your immune system’s efforts against the cold. You’ll feel more alert and ready for action.
It’s very easy to make lemon water. Just add a few slices to your normal water. You can also squeeze lemon juice in and add some grated lemon zest. Add a little mint in too for more benefits.
Opt for Peppermint Tea Instead
If you want something warm, especially in the winter, you’ll want to opt for peppermint tea. This is a herbal tea, eliminating all caffeine from the drink. Of course, the thought of drinking tea can help you trick yourself into believing you’re getting something caffeinated.
We’ve already touched on the benefits of mint in the suggestion of chewing gum. Mint is refreshing and revitalizing. It’s almost like you’ve splashed cold water on your face, giving you an instant boost.
Peppermint tea more specifically targets your nerves. It helps to give them a boost, which sends a signal directly to your brain. Your whole body gets a message that you are more awake and alert than ever before. Your eyes will be more focused, and you’ll find you have more concentration.
The use of peppermint tea will also help to improve your digestion. By getting rid of the sluggish issues within your digestive system, you boost your overall feeling of being tired.
Get Your Energy Boost without the Caffeine
It’s time to make a change to how you get your boosts of energy throughout the day. It will be tempting to get more caffeine into your system, but it isn’t that good for you. You need to focus on healthier alternatives.
The seven above are suitable for all different lifestyles and needs. Cold showers are great if you have access to them when you need the energy boost. Otherwise, you want to do more exercise, chew gum, and switch to lemon water or peppermint tea.
Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass Celebrates a Decade of Wellness and Success
From influencing the Philippines’ wellness landscape to making a difference to the lives of Filipino families, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass continues to grow by leaps and bounds and remains to be a sought- after superfood stalwart in the country.
Founded in 2007 by Malaysian businessman Edward Ling, Wheatgrass CAN International (WCI) started with a modest beginning. Little did he know that in humble confines of a rented apartment in Dian, Makati will be the birthplace of a wellness brand that’s synonymous with vigor and vitality. As the country’s largest distributor of wheatgrass products with cleansing, alkalizing, and nourishing benefits, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass is now considered a household name and continuously making waves in the country for over ten years.
That’s why Easy-Phamax Wheatgrass’ lifestyle-centric campaigns talk about relatable real-life situations that get to the heart of the consumers. “Sickness leads to bankruptcy, emotional pain, and ultimately suffering of the whole family. By riding on different monthly health awareness events and strategies that enhance product knowledge about wheatgrass, consumers were able to develop a serious desire to lead a healthy and active lifestyle over time. Through our consistent marketing efforts, consumers of Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass were able to discover its one of a kind health benefits, which all play a big part for the overall prevention strategy that could positively impact their future,” said Wheatgrass C.A.N. International President and CEO Edward Ling.
Because of our fast-paced, harried lifestyle, eating healthily is almost next to none. More often than not, vegetables are absent or inadequate in family meals thus the need for supplementation. And since one sachet of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass is equivalent to 10 kilos of vegetables, the “No veggie, No problem” slogan strongly appealed to individuals who deviate from vegetables in their diet. Each sachet is not only loaded with nutrients, its patented Indoor Organic Cultivation (IOAC) process is an assurance of the product’s safety and purity that’s guaranteed free from bacteria, mold, and chemicals. Additionally, its organic fertilizer that allows roots to grow and spread even in the absence of soil that contains the cancer-fighting abscisic acid is what makes Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass a powerful concoction.
The Father of Wellness, Edward Ling adds “Wheatgrass is all-natural and has a unique property of nourishing the blood. Another factor that brings the product to the consciousness of the consumers is the wheatgrass’ chlorophyll content, which is considered the “green blood” of the plants that helps to sweep out toxins and heavy metals in the body. Well-nourished blood means optimum cell regeneration, which makes oxygen and nutrients get to travel around the body freely. In addition, healthy blood flow is the foundation of good health and one of the secrets of long life, so paying attention to our blood health should be a serious goal. “
The brand has been synonymous with the longest-running brand ambassador, sportscaster and fitness advocate Dyan Castillejo who truly remains to be one of the most influential personalities of all time. Her admirable physique, active lifestyle, and wellness advocacies encapsulate Wheatgrass C.A.N.’s mission of changing lives with optimum health as the beginning. “With the goal of reaching out to the next generation, fifteen-year-old Matthew Castilejo-Garcia joins her mom Dyan as one of the lead ambassadors of the brand. Now overtaking the world through tennis, Matthew’s burning passion for sports and wellness makes him the perfect fit to launch our products to the young consumers,” added Ling.
To welcome the year with a bang, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass recently celebrated its decade of success and long-standing market leadership at the Manila Polo Club. Industry leaders, ambassadors, partners, colleagues, and supporters gathered for a night of revelry and thanksgiving with the freshest update of what’s more to come. With its people, the main asset of the company, its top sales managers and leaders like Vice President, Head of Corporate and Consumer Health Jansen Calayag Senior Manager and Head of Marketing Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Montano were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and commitment during this event. A strong advocate of preventive health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International’s head and shoulders above success are merited to its hard-working team who share a passionate goal of transforming lives. Its empowered and talented wellness consultants, administrative department, sales and marketing team who work behind the scenes are considered the company’s greatest asset in reaching the vision of a lifetime of health and wellness.
Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass comes in original, honey, and lemon flavors and available in all Mercury Drugstores, S&R, Watsons, and other leading supermarkets nationwide. For order and inquiries, contact Customer Service Hotline at (02) 8901111 or 09055757799 and follow social media pages: Wheatgrass C.A.N on Facebook and ilovewheatgrass on Instagram and Twitter.
One-of-a-Kind Gift Ideas You Can Use this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means you’ll have to start looking for a gift soon. Let Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, introduce you to some great ideas which you can use to wow your significant other.
This year, make Valentine’s Day one to remember when you treat your partner to:
A perfect combination
Those “His” and “Hers” items you find in department stores may seem cheesy to some, but there are more than a few products that are actually quite witty and useful, while at the same time very sweet. With a range that goes from pillows to towels to jewelry to clothing, there are more than a few ways to express your love!
A personalized keepsake
What could be more special than a gift that’s made for your partner alone? Personalized items have become such a hit that you’ll be sure to find names or initials on a multitude of items in just about any mall or shopping center. Make him or her feel one of a kind with something that’s undoubtedly theirs – just like you!
A handmade project
Nothing says “you mean a lot to me” like something you created with your own hands. This kind of gift adds the benefits of something personalized as well: not only is it unique, but it’s tailor-fit to what your partner needs and guaranteed to be useful and appreciated. Most of all, it shows you not only know your partner very well, but also care about what he or she needs.
A gift that keeps on giving
Who says gifts can only be useful once? For the practical partner, even the most unusual “gift” can be romantic if it can be utilized for long. Splurge on something your partner needs around the house, or get them something they’ve always wanted. Not only will they be very grateful, they’ll also be sure to remember you each time they use it.
A delicious feast
Who doesn’t love to eat? Valentine’s Day counts as the ultimate date night. Turn the date itself into a gift by going somewhere extra special. Binge on delicious food, share bites and stories, and most of all relish the calm and romantic ambience that only a very good restaurant has to offer.
A little something for the Earth as well
All kinds of love can be (and are!) celebrated on Valentine’s Day, so extend your care to all the people who matter to both of you. Make sure you show your love for family and friends as well, and while you’re at it, why not give a little something to the Mother we all love, our own planet? You can even turn this into a project you and your partner work together on — because why not?
An experience to remember
It’s one thing to get your partner an object, but it’s a whole other thing to get him or her an experience. Do something you’ve never done as your relationship takes to new heights, and get to know each other better as you’re thrown into all kind of situations or adventures.
A chance to learn something new
If you’re a business owner and you don’t always have time outside of work, yet neither you nor your partner would pass up the chance to discover new things, why don’t you check out a workshop or activity you’ve never tried before? More than just the introduction to what could be a new hobby, it would also be a great bonding opportunity for you two.
Valentine’s Day should be a special occasion simply because it’s there for you to celebrate the most special people. Don’t let it go to waste by giving your partner exactly what he or she deserves — the best!
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5 Places You Can Visit to Make Valentine’s Day More Special
There are lots of places where you can spend Valentine’s Day but making it more special means finding venues with unique offers that help create new and memorable experiences.
Lucky for you, Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium-enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, has compiled a list of special places you should visit to make sure your day of hearts will be one for the books:
Spa and Wellness Centers
Relaxation is at its finest in spas and wellness centers. These places offer different ways to de-stress, perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Among the things you can try are massages from skillful masseurs. Coupled with aromatherapy, massages can help you feel refreshed in just a few minutes. On another note, some spas and wellness centers offer unique amenities like saunas, fish spas, jacuzzis, and hydromassage pools that are guaranteed to leave you wanting more.
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box experience on this special day of love, why not try camping and lounge on the best of what nature has to offer?
Groups of professional hikers and mountaineers are now offering this experience in different campsites near Metro Manila. Also, some resorts take camping to the next level by offering “glamping” as one of their options for accommodation. Glamping lets you enjoy the best of nature with resort amenities.
Beachside resorts are in high demand during summer months, but that doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day would be a bad time to enjoy the sand and sea.
In the sea, you can try kayaking, canoeing, or even island hopping for beachside resorts in places like Boracay, Alaminos, and Puerto Galera. If you want to check what’s underwater, you can try snorkeling, scuba diving, or riding glass-bottom boats. On land, you can explore different areas of a resort or schedule dinners by the seaside.
Central Luzon houses some of the oldest churches in the Philippines, making it a popular spot for pilgrims and tourists alike, even on Valentine’s Day. Be it in Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, or Tarlac, you’ll surely encounter popular churches with rich histories.
One example is the Monasterio De Tarlac, which is a monastery located at the top of Mount Resurrection that showcases a relic of the cross where Jesus Christ died. A 30-foot colossal statue of Jesus Christ also stands on top of the mountain, making it a popular destination, especially during the Holy Week.
A lot of festivals take place in the month of February and luckily, some of them are dated near Valentine’s Day!
The renowned Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City is a celebration of the city’s floral crops showcased through huge floats and artistic displays. Crowds from across the country flock to Baguio City just for this event, which this year will be held on February 24, 2018.
If you want to make an advance trip for Valentine’s Day, the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga, is a sure-fire destination for your senses as well. The festival will take place from February 8 to 11, 2018, perfect for couples and families who want to experience something that they don’t see every day.
Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Be it a date with just your partner or a group date with your whole family, taking the time off work and spending valuable time with them is an investment in itself. After all, your business is for the people who matter the most.
With these suggestions, you’ll surely have a rich and worthwhile Valentine’s Day experience that will help inspire your success in the years to come!
Three Ways to Upgrade Your Lifestyle This Year
Don’t let limited funds dampen your curiosity or dreams of learning more about a new place and culture this year. Check out these smart and frugal travel tips for exciting international experiences.
Learn something new
Developing a new skill is a great first step towards self-improvement. It benefits your self-confidence and can create a feeling of achievement that builds towards bigger accomplishments. Try joining a class or following online tutorials for some DIY skills to help you improve your home, or learn essential work skills for the modern economy like social media marketing or coding.
Be adventurous and spend time abroad
Living in a foreign country for a few months or a year can broaden your outlook, help you enhance your language skills, and introduce you to people from different walks of life. Consider a working holiday, co-op or internship, or professional development abroad. You’ll gain valuable international work experience, work on teams with diverse cultural backgrounds and develop connections that strengthen your place in a global workforce—all of which can launch you into the next level in your career.
Make the most of winter
The winter months can be hard on our health, as we tend to hibernate indoors, eat more junk food and exercise less. Get out of this rut by focusing on the best the season has to offer, like skating, skiing and snowshoeing outdoors. Boost your health and beat the winter blues by getting enough vitamin D and eating nutrient-rich foods.
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