Your hand starts to tremble. Your heart races. You feel depleted. You’re positive that the coffee jitters have acted up again.
You know you overstepped your bounds, but you just couldn’t help it. You really needed that extra cup of coffee this morning. But now, you’re paying the price.
The coffee backfired on you again.
And now you have to make it through the rest of the day feeling exhausted and anxious.
But still, is coffee all that bad? Everyone drinks it, it tastes good and it’s legal, right? All true. But while coffee does have its benefits, it does have a dark side (coffee jitters). So let’s take a closer look at the argument for and against coffee.
The Lowdown On Coffee
As coffee contains a 100 mg or so of caffeine per cup, it is technically a cognitive enhancer. And because of this, it provides many benefits to the brain and nervous system.
These benefits include significant memory enhancement, an increase in dopamine levels (the “feel good” neurotransmitter), and improvement in physical performance by potentially 10% or more.
However, there can be adverse effects for those who drink coffee regularly.
The Dopamine rush is highly addictive, and reports show that those who drink coffee at any point in their lives have trouble kicking the habit.
What’s more, coffee also increases the levels of another hormone in your body: adrenaline. This can lead to a whole slew of negative reactions, which include anxiety, the coffee jitters, and restlessness.
So do you have any other options for a morning mental boost? Of course. Let’s look at three.
3 Alternatives to Coffee
Tea – not only does tea have less than half the amount of caffeine as coffee, but it also contains Theobromine. This beneficial substance promotes a sense of calm thanks to its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. While Coffee provides an instant rush, tea gradually increases mental alertness.
Exercise – if you exercise regularly, you probably already know it can improve mood, energy levels and focus. What you may not know is that there is a significant body of research backing this up. In fact, studies have shown that morning exercise can enhance cognitive function and focus throughout the day.
Supplements – cognitive enhancing supplements can offer the benefits of coffee and tea, providing instant alertness, without side effects such as coffee jitters. For example, Nitroamp (a brain supplement we produce here at Nitrovit) includes L-Theanine—a tea extract known to relax and calm. By blending this with Amazonian plant Guarana, Nitroamp produces a smooth, natural energy lift without the jitters.
So you have your options.
Of course, kicking the coffee habit can be challenging. So we suggest you wean yourself off the stimulant slowly over the course of several weeks. This will help reduce any of the negative side effects of withdrawal.
And while you’re phasing out coffee, why not start an exercise routine or give Nitroamp a try? At the price of $19.97 for a 30-day supply, it’s one of our most affordable supplements on offer.
Whatever alternative you choose, we wish you the best on your journey to a more calm, focused mind. If you ever have any questions about how to get there, don’t hesitate to send us a message. We’re happy to advise.