More than half of American adults drink at least three cups of coffee a day. While most of us need a cup of Joe to start the day, Dr. Brian Paris of Advanced Wellness Systems says too much caffeine has its downfalls. On air with Good Morning Washington anchor Larry Smith, Dr. Paris shares natural ways to stay energized throughout the day without $5 lattes and miniature energy shots.
“We have an energy crisis,” warns Dr. Paris. Society’s chronic fatigue triggered by stress, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition is causing dependency on short-lived and unhealthy “pick me ups.”
Surprisingly, coffee, in moderation, isn’t as bad as you think. Because coffee is natural, its antioxidants and amino acids can fight conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. However, caffeinated sodas, energy drinks and coffee-based beverages (like those syrup-ladened iced coffees) lead to dehydration, sleep deprivation and irritability, because they’re loaded with refined sugars and preservatives.
Dr. Paris recommends substituting less caffeinated drinks and healthy foods for coffee for natural energy. If you must have a little caffeine in your system, particularly when you want to linearize your thoughts while completing tasks, turn to herbal teas and drinks Yerba mate that are less acidic. Super foods likes apples, avocados, apples, chia seeds, kale and strawberries provide a natural boost of energy too.