Achieve your maximum energy level with these effective morning kick-starters
Do you also suffer from energy holes during the day? Often the handle to the coffee cup is the only jumpstart when we always feel tired in the morning. But there are also alternatives for a fit day. Looking for the ultimate morning kick-starters? I’ll show you the best tips to wake up.
Coffee – not the only drink to get you going
“Without coffee, I can’t get my eyes open in the morning.”
Surely you know this saying. On average, we Americans drink about two cups of coffee a day. Most people need the first caffeine kick shortly after getting up.
This is not too bad, because organic coffee is one of the most effective energy boosters. There are two reasons for this.
On the one hand, it is the caffeine that makes us wake up quickly. It is absorbed in the intestine and easily crosses the blood-brain barrier.
There, it triggers the release of activating messenger substances: dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters awaken even the strongest morning muffle and act against fatigue after eating.
On the other hand, it is the habit of drinking coffee that makes us wide awake. Even the smell of the black hot drink provides us with energy.
Due to the positive associations, we are subject to a kind of placebo effect. This makes us feel more vital even before the first sip.
Have an experiment and try out how the smell of coffee can affect you. You will learn the principle of conditioning:
“Coffee – Ahhh delicious – I’m awake!”
In addition to coffee, there are other effective jumpstarters you can use.
Natural energy and mood boosters – the 4 elements
Natural kick-starters are simple behaviors in the morning. To wake up, we need to stimulate our metabolism. Before you even go over to special tricks, you should start with the basics first. The 4 elements provide a good structure: fire (light), water (drinking), earth (movement), air (oxygen).
Light is our most effective alarm clock. Our body is adapted to the day-night rhythm. Therefore, the light stimulus in the morning causes the release of cortisol, which quickly wakes us up.
So after getting up look for the light switch in your home. Or, better yet, go outside and enjoy the natural light of the sun.
Fresh air is pure energy for your cells. At night, the oxygen content in the bedroom decreases. If you want to get your metabolism going quickly, first take 10 deep breaths at the window, in the garden or on the balcony. Costs nothing.
Ninetynine percent of our molecules contain water (substance). Since we dehydrate at night, our cells are somewhat sluggish after waking up. That’s why a glass of water in the morning is a must – better are two.
Exercise is another killer of fatigue. A few jumping jacks, push-ups or a short walk really boost the metabolism. Morning sport hasn’t hurt anyone, and it boosts your metabolism for the entire day.
All 4 elements already ensure a good start to the day.
And here you will find more effective recommendations:
The best ‘wake-up’ tea varieties
There are different types of tea that are excellent entertainers. You can drink them individually or as a wake-up tea mixture.
Green tea is one of the most popular kick-starters besides coffee, because it also contains caffeine. In addition, L-Theanine is also included in green tea.
This also causes a release of two messenger substances: dopamine (drive) and GABA (has an anxious-solving effect).
One study has even shown that the combination of caffeine and L-theanine is particularly effective for brain function.
I pour my green tea with 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit hot water and let it steep for 2 minutes. It’s really fast.
Pu-Erh tea is usually only known among tea connoisseurs. The fermented, reddish-brown tea comes only from the southern Chinese province of Yunnan. This type of tea also contains plenty of caffeine as a watchmaker.
Furthermore, Pu-Erh tea has strong antioxidant properties, which is ensured by the catechins contained.
Unfortunately, there are still very few studies on Pu-Erh tea, so this remains an insider tip at first.
Good Pu-Erh tea* should steep at about 194 to 203 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes.
In addition to coffee and green tea, the top three morning jumpstarters also include mate. The tea from the South American mate shrub is currently in full trend.
According to Wikipedia, the annual consumption of Argentines was 15 pounds of mate tea per year. This can be easily done, as mate tea also tastes great as a cold refreshment in the summertime.
Mate has performance-enhancing and starvation-killing properties – which makes it very popular.
If you want to enjoy mate tea cold, do the following:
Pour only a third of your cup of hot water (203 degrees Fahrenheit) over 1 tsp mate tea*. When it has passed through for 3 to 5 minutes, fill the rest with cold water. A few ice cubes make it delicious iced ice cream.
Morning kick-starter tea blend
If you want to create a particularly effective energy booster, make yourself the ultimate tea blend.
Combine mate tea, green tea and Pu-Erh tea* to become the ultimate Kickstarter. In addition, you can always spice up the mixture with ginger and lemon. This provides additional energy in the metabolism.
In addition to tea, there are other jumpstarters that nature offers us. Guarana and cocoa are particularly popular as a super duo.
Guarana comes from the Amazon basin. The bush and liana plant has numerous medicinal advantages. Guarana strengthens our immune system, is performance-enhancing and cleanses our entire system. The 1 to 1.5-inch capsule fruit contains about one to three seeds, which are processed into guarana powder*.
The tannins contained, provide a slightly bitter taste. You can ensure that the caffeine contained has a longer duration of action. This should give you energy by noon.
Individually, guarana is not really delicious, but in combination with cocoa, it tastes incredibly delicious.
Cocoa is also excellent for waking up fast. It contains some caffeine, widens the blood vessels and can increase brain power.
You don’t necessarily have to drink cocoa. The cocoa powder is also an excellent complement to the muesli. If you want to make muesli yourself, cocoa has a good wake-up effect.
Coffee will certainly always remain the number one of all morning kick-starters. But if you don’t like coffee or like to use alternatives, you have plenty of other energy boosters available to choose from.
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