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Coffee Alternatives: Ways to Enjoy Your Morning Brew without the Caffeine or Toxins

Updated on March 30, 2011
To go without one's morning brew is unthinkable. So if you are one of those individuals, who are sensitive to caffeine, there are several coffee substitutes that have a very satisfying flavor and will give you that needed lift in the morning.
To go without one's morning brew is unthinkable. So if you are one of those individuals, who are sensitive to caffeine, there are several coffee substitutes that have a very satisfying flavor and will give you that needed lift in the morning.

In my home, when it’s time to get up, it’s time for our favorite brew, Teeccino. Like coffee, you make Teeccino, in your coffee maker, and like coffee Teeccino is rich and satisfying. It gives you that much needed lift, to get you going. The good thing is that unlike coffee Teeccino is caffeine-free; it is high in heart healthy and soluble fibers. Best of all, unlike coffee Teeccino is non acidic. There are other wonderful coffee alternatives sold in the market place, such as Raja’s Cup, which is a fantastic Ayurvedic coffee substitute. You will find that with that unlike coffee, Raja’s cup provides you with rich antioxidants, that are a hundred times more potent than vitamin C or E.

Even though coffee itself is a very satisfying brew, it contains caffeine which can cause many health problems. Coffee whether caffeinated or decaffeinated has been linked to elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Caffeine causes many problems beginning with the jitters that are so common to many coffee drinkers. Research has also shown that caffeine has been linked to rapid heart beats and can cause such conditions as diarrhea, copious urination, and even depression.

Of course, the reason coffee is so popular is because in the morning it gives people that needed lift, so you can finally wake up, once you’re out of bed, sometimes showering isn’t enough. Caffeine has become so much a part of our culture, that we even include it in soft drinks, and if that isn’t enough, it is also the main ingredient in supercharge drinks such as Red Bull or Rockstar. It was once publicized in Reader’s Digest Magazine, in an article titled: “Kid and Caffeine: How Dangerous Is It?” In this eye opening account on how extreme caffeine drinks are sending young people to the emergency ward, the following is stated: “So it's no surprise that emergency room physicians and toxicologists around the country are noticing an increase in caffeine-related symptoms among young people. Last year, Guy Shochat, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, treated an 18-year-old who showed up in an ambulance with a heart rate of 220 (60 to 100 is normal). The patient, a recent high school grad, had been drinking eight 16-ounce cans of Rockstar every day to stay up for his night-shift job.” This is an alarming problem when young people are ending up in the emergency room because of caffeine overdose.

Apart from the caffeine in coffee which it in itself can cause many health issues. Coffee is also highly acidic. This causes the body to become toxic and have a greater propensity to disease. Coffee with its ph level of 5.0-5.1, which makes it highly acidic. The neutral ph level is supposed to be a ph of 7.0, therefore; the acidity in coffee is to be taken into consideration. Excessive acidity in the body is responsible for many degenerative diseases and it is a major contributor to obesity.

The best way to avoid the harmful affects of coffee and still enjoy your morning brew is to consider drinking a coffee substitute. They have the same rich flavor; with coffee creamers they give you that nice coffee drinking experience. They lift you up by the use of quality ingredients such as organic carob, organic barley, chicory, organic dates, almonds, and other wonderful ingredients that are actually good for you. This is great news for individuals who suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stress, anxiety, migraines, and insomnia, while giving them that much needed lift in the morning, minus the jitters.

These coffee substitutes come in a variety of flavors, ranging from Vanilla Nut to Almond Amaretto. I’m not saying you can never go to Starbuck again and enjoy a Latte or a Frappucino. Heavens no! Every once in a while, we all need to savor the moment. On the other hand, to avoid caffeine build up, it is a good strategy to try replacing coffee with something healthier like a coffee substitute. Teeccino’s creator, Caroline MacDougall created her special brew, with those who are caffeine sensitive in mind. She herself is also sensitive to caffeine and the acidity contained in coffee, therefore she invented Teeccino. After all, necessity is the mother of invention, and having to live without your brew in the morning makes life rather unbearable. So if your one of those people, who are struggling with coffee withdrawal and can not enjoy your morning brew, because of the health risks, consider a coffee substitute, you will be pleasantly surprised.

If you would like to know more about Teeccino here’s the link for your convenience.

http://www.teeccino.com/

If you looking for a coffee substitute with Ayuverdic benefits try Raja's Cup, here the link for your convenience.

http://www.mapi.com/maharishi_ayurveda/products/herbal_beverages/rajas_cup.html

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      Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thanks for the information GrizzlyOzz, if it wasn't for the fact that apples make me sleepy, I would choose an apple over coffee, unfortunately, I have tried other things and ended up with a headache. I guess some of us do need the caffeine. Thanks anyway, I always appreciate any advice, especially good advice.

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      GrizzlyOzz 6 years ago

      Just each an apple, they have been proven to contain more energy than coffee, and what you need is energy, not caffeine.

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      Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thanks myequatorial for you comment, I understand I often drink real coffee myself.

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      myequatorial 6 years ago from Miracle Island

      Unfortunatelly I cant't work without drink coffe.Nice suggestion I am trying

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Welcome back Ex Reflux Guy,

      I'm glad you decided to give Teecino a try, I hope you enjoy it, it comes in several flavors. I do drink green tea from time to time and yes it does agree with me.

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      Ex Reflux Guy 7 years ago

      I'll have to try Teecino - thanks for providing a link.

      BTW - green tea doesn't seem to cause me the gi problems coffee does even though it has caffeine. Not sure what the difference is, I just know how it works for me.

      Thanks again for a great hub.

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thanks Ex Reflux Guy, for stopping by. I am more familiar with Teecino than Raja's cup, so thanks for confirming what I always believed and that is that Raja's Must be one of the best coffee alternative available. I'm glad you can still enjoy your morning brew without the unpleasant side effects.

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      Ex Reflux Guy 7 years ago

      I was pleasantly surprised to see you mention Raja's cup - the first time I'm heard it mentioned by anyone other than an Ayurvedic practitioner. I agree it's well worth trying if someone is looking for a coffee alternative. I still have the occasional AM cup of coffee but mostly it's green tea or raja's cup

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank you Tams Thoughts,

      I'm glad we both enjoy Teeccino, it taste like coffee without the unpleasant side effects and it doesn't take away your energy either. I enjoy it very much. I'm glad you are feeling better and that you are more calm. I'm sure in time all the other symptoms that you doctor diagnosed you with will be a thing of the past and you will feel better and healthier. I'm glad you enjoyed my article.

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      TamsThoughts 7 years ago

      You are so right - Teeccino has been a life saver for me. I'm a single mom in finance and my lifestyle is so busy, I found myself dependant on caffeine. I also developed high blood pressure, dry eye, acid erosion on my teeth, joint stiffness, and asthma. A wonderful doctor pin pointed everything to acid reflux caused by my caffeine intake. For six weeks I've been caffeine-free. I'm a new person all together. No aches, pains, dry eye, asthma, and I feel wonderful. I do not need blood pressure meds after all. I do miss that morning cup of coffee but not so much with the alternative. I do not miss the jitters and neurotic behavior that come with it which I once thought was part of my persona.

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      Internetwriter62 8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank you for your comment E. Francis. I drink Teeccino every morning and I used to love coffee and I find that this is an excellent substitute, it even gives me a lift. It tastes wonderful, you can get Teeccino at most health food stores or online.

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      E. Francis 8 years ago

      If you ever had an attack of GERD after drinking coffee, and you are miserable and in pain, it's easy to give up coffee if there is an acceptable, good tasting alternative.

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      Internetwriter62 8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank you prasetio30, I agree, tea is very good for you. Green tea is especially healthy and it helps cleans the body of toxins.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like all the information. I not usual drink coffee, just occasionally. I better choose tea than coffee in the morning. I think it has the same passion. Nice topic and very well written.

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      Internetwriter62 8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment, MyWebs, I totally understand, I know what it's like to love your morning cup of Foldgers or Tasters Choice. Let me tell you, Teeccino is pretty good, and I guess if you are caffeine sensitive, it's better than having to go cold turkey.

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      Anthony Goodley 8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Sorry Internetwriter62 but we are going to have to fight! :) I love my fresh ground, gourmet hazelnut coffee way too much to ever give it up. But I'll admit drinking it from morning until bedtime probably isn't very wise. LOL

      I think I'm rather immune to caffeine by now.

      You do present a great alternative for those who can't indulge in the wonderfully delicious golden liquid. Mmmmmm

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      Internetwriter62 8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      thanks De Greek, Like I said this doesn't mean you stop going to Starbucks this includes enjoying some coffee with friends. However if you share some Teeccino with friends they probably will enjoy it all the same.

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      De Greek 8 years ago from UK

      But surely a few vices make life a little more pleasant? ..... :-))

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