157 million Americans wake up for work each day, and each of them have a variety of morning routines, commutes, workplace wardrobes, salaries, job titles, working hours – the list could go on. However, there is a common denominator in the workday for most Americans: a freshly brewed cup of coffee to get the day started. 64% of Americans drink coffee every day, and although you have likely been witness to the myriad of coffee slogans that attach themselves to mugs, placards, and clothing, there is some truth behind the saying, “I start working when my coffee does.”
Science confirms that your coworkers are more likable after the popular morning beverage and that coffee-consumers are more likely to express willingness to work and alertness. However, non-coffee drinkers do not need to start forcing the drink into their workday. The boost in productivity comes not from the coffee, but from the caffeine within it, and there are many different non-coffee beverages that still pack a punch.
Here are our four favorite alternatives to coffee to boost your workday productivity:
Matcha, meaning “fine powder tea,” has traditionally been consumed in East Asia but has gained international popularity in the last decade. Coming from the same plant as green tea, Camellia sinensis, matcha tea contains about 70 mg of caffeine and is proven to boost brain function as a result, similar to coffee. The finely ground tea is high in antioxidants, specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), making it beneficial for your heart and liver health. Rich in catechins, which are proven to naturally speed up the body’s metabolism, matcha tea even helps accelerate weight loss. One study proves that the beverage speeds up fat burning during moderate exercise by up to 17%. It is easy to make. Most matcha tea powders dissolve in hot water – no machines necessary.
You may be thinking: where is the caffeine? Although this choice is entirely free of caffeine, lemon water is scientifically proven to heighten awareness. Most bodies awake dehydrated after forgoing water consumption for six to eight hours of sleep. Dehydration leads to low energy levels, and although coffee may seem like the best pick-me-up, it will only continue to dehydrate the body. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning rehydrates the body, and considering the brain is made up of 73% water, hydration is key to boosting brain function. High levels of vitamin C from the lemon promotes weight loss and prevents kidney stones, making this an excellent choice for the body and the mind. Served as both a hot and cold beverage, lemon water is a quick, easy, and cheap alternative to coffee.
A fermented mix of yeast and bacteria, kombucha contains black tea, vinegar, vitamins, caffeine, sugar, and other substances. Containing probiotics, kombucha is suggested to boost metabolism, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and improve digestive health. Although there is not nearly as much research on the benefits of kombucha, the drink has become wildly popular in the United States, with the market expected to grow by 25% each year. This option is easy and accessible, with plenty of different kombucha options available at most convenient stores, grocery stores, and even coffee shops – but if you are really feeling adventurous, you can make your own at Washington, DC’s Union Market.
HOT APPLE CIDER
Made from fresh-pressed fruit, hot apple cider is a fermented beverage that contains many beneficial probiotics, vitamins, and polyphenols, making it a healthy coffee alternative if consumed in moderation. Proven to decrease blood pressure and restore the gut for better digestive health, drinking hot apple cider provides the body with many of the same nutrients as consuming an apple. This sweet-smelling beverage is flavorful and helps reduce bloating and stress, making it an attractive addition to your workday. However, with a high level of natural sugar, it is important not to overindulge in this beverage.
The right coffee alternative is just a few steps away at each of our WaveOffice locations. With many nearby shops and cafes offering the above caffeinated and non-caffeinated options, plus more, the perfect workday beverage is always within reach. Whether you are a coffee drinker or not, a simple pick-me-up in your cup is proven to go a long way in boosting your workday productivity.