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Coconut Water, Chai Tea, and 3 Other Healthy Alternatives to Coffee

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There’s nothing quite like a steaming cup of cappuccino or a quick espresso to lift your body out of sleep mode. While coffee can get you off to an energetic start, the hot drink is not without its potential health risks. Negative side effects associated with coffee include increased cholesterol levels (especially if you take yours with sweetener) and a higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis—a medical condition that causes bones to become brittle. If you’d rather not risk your wellbeing, try one of these healthy alternatives to coffee when you wake up tomorrow.

GREEN TEA
Spiked with antioxidants, green tea offers more than just a caffeine boost. The beverage boasts a number of health benefits that range from a prolonged life span to weight loss. The drink also contains catechins—or anti-bacterial agents that help fight acne-causing bacteria—to prevent breakouts.

KOMBUCHA
Dubbed as the “immortal health elixir,” kombucha is a fermented cocktail of black tea and sugar. The drink is known to improve the body’s natural detoxification process as well as aid indigestion and weight loss while increasing energy levels.

COCONUT WATER
Coconut water is known to increase the body’s precious electrolyte levels. It’s low in calories, fat, and sugar; meaning you don’t have to worry about your waistline while consuming. Drink coco water on its own, or add it to a smoothie for a refreshing twist.

CHAI TEA
The centuries-old beverage hails from India, but has become a popular tea across the globe thanks to its array of health benefits. A blend of black tea, milk, and various spices (including cardamom and cinnamon), the delicious drink has been proven to reduce the effects of fatigue and increase awareness.

WHEATGRASS JUICE
This drink calls for an acquired taste, but you don’t have to consume wheatgrass juice on its own to reap the benefits. Mix fresh juice (or powder) in a blender with bananas and coconut water for a tasty and healthy morning boost.

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