Don’t panic – we’re not saying that regular coffee won’t keep you healthy this winter. Drinking filtered coffee has actually been associated with lower inflammation and the antioxidants typically found in quality coffee have been suggested to address illnesses like heart disease, osteoporosis and neurological diseases.
With that being said, too much caffeine has been said decrease our immune system’s ability to fight infections – which is hard enough already in winter time – as can the increased level of stress that may come with over-caffeination.
So, with that being said, is there any way to keep enjoying your daily cuppa joe and do your body a world of good, too? It turns out, there are five! Check out these coffee alternatives that will keep you healthier during the cooler months.
Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee
I know – mushroom and coffee does not sound like an appealing combo. But honestly, you cannot taste any hint of mushroom when you sip on this delightful coffee alternative! Made from Chaga mushrooms that are said to support your immune system, 100% organic Arabica coffee beans and what is probably the world’s craziest looking fungi – Lion’s Mane – this brew won’t just do your immune system a world of good, but kickstart your brain to focus and get creative.
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Beforeyouspeak High Performance Coffee
Beforeyouspeak is one of the most relatable coffee brand names we’ve come across, because we usually do find we need at least one cup before anyone speaks to us. This high-performance brew contains natural ingredients that make it a huge energy hit, like MCT powder, Siberian Ginseng, green coffee bean extract, turmeric and black pepper. Coincidentally, these very same ingredients make it totally delicious, too.
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This finely ground, organic instant coffee powder is said to be super rich in minerals like potassium and magnesium – which is said to play a key role in your immune system – and can apparently also reduce stress levels and promote healthy liver function. Plus, it does what you’d expect a cup of coffee to do – increase your energy – so it pretty much covers all bases.
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Dandelion root is a popular ingredient in coffee substitutes for its similar flavour, whilst also being caffeine free. It’s also said to be a great detoxifier (read: laxative) and can increase the flow of bile to emulsify fats. And, depending how much of this mixture you use, your Dandy Blend could substitute a cup of tea or a cup of coffee – how versatile!
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Much like a regular coffee, this caffeine-free coffee alternative boasts a smooth, rich roast flavour and a delicious aroma. But what your standard cappuccino may not do is ensure you get a good night’s sleep and protect the planet through sustainable organic farming at the same time. Not to mention, this brand also do a number of natural teas and coffees – and you can buy it in Woolies. Win!
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